Marvel Studios announced today that it has arranged with NASA to transfer its blockbuster movie, Marvel's The Avengers, to NASA's Mission Control in Houston, where it will be uplinked to the International Space Station (ISS).
The film will then be screened for the space station crew, currently orbiting 200 miles above Earth.
Marvel and NASA are pals from early in the process -- the film shot at the Space Power Facility at NASA's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio.
"A special thanks goes to NASA for utilizing their incredible technology to make this special screening miles above us in space happen. It is a screening that would make Tony Stark envious," says Louis D'Esposito, studio co-president and exec producer of the film.
"These are the types of things that help to keep the crew connected to home, which is a huge morale boost while being away for long periods of time," said Dan Cook, Psychological Support Coordinator with Wyle, a contractor at NASA's Johnson Space Center.
The current space station mission is Expedition 31 and has a six-member crew consisting of 2 NASA astronauts, 1 European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, and 3 Russian (RU) cosmonauts as follows: Don Pettit (NASA), Joe Acaba (NASA), Andre Kuipers (ESA), Oleg Kononenko (RU), Gennady Padalka (RU), Sergei Revin (RU).