SpaceWorks Serves on Panel in Support of Upcoming “Passengers” Movie

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Dr. John Bradford, SpaceWorks’ President and COO, is featured in the following Sony Press Release regarding the new Passengers movie. Dr. Bradford is the technical lead for SpaceWorks research on torpor-enabled transfer habitats for human exploration of space.

SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT EXPLORES THE REAL-LIFE SCIENCE OF “PASSENGERS”

CULVER CITY, Calif., December 7, 2016 – In anticipation of the nationwide release of Passengers, in theaters December 21, Sony Pictures Entertainment is working with NASA to provide the film to the astronauts orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station.  The film portrays the real-life possibilities of space travel, exploration of the universe, and finding a new home around another star.

Today, moviegoers can see a new PSA featuring the stars of Passengers, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, in which moviegoers are pointed to ways to find out more about exoplanets.  Moviegoers can see the PSA at NASA.gov.

At the movie’s junket this weekend, Tiffany Kataria, a NASA JPL scientist and expert on exoplanet exploration, and Dr. John Bradford, President and COO of SpaceWorks, will speak to press about the current technologies being developed to make deep space travel a reality.

Next week, as the stars celebrate the World Premiere of Passengers in Los Angeles, the studio will provide NASA with the film to deliver to the International Space Station for the astronauts to enjoy in their limited personal time.   In addition, at the premiere in Los Angeles, former NASA astronauts Garrett Reisman, Michael Massimino, and Nicole Stott will walk the red carpet and help celebrate the film.

Commenting on the announcement, Neal H. Moritz, a producer of Passengers, said, “The movie is about the very real possibility of traveling to a new home around another star.  It’s fascinating to discover the real science behind that – to see how astronomers are discovering exoplanets and finding ways that what we imagine could someday become a reality.”

Jennifer Lawrence (Aurora) and Chris Pratt (Jim) star in Passengers, an exciting action-thriller about two strangers who are on a 120-year journey to another planet when their hibernation pods wake them 90 years too early.  Jim and Aurora are forced to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction as the ship teeters on the brink of collapse, jeopardizing the lives of the passengers on the greatest mass migration in human history.  Directed by Morten Tyldum.  Produced by Neal H. Moritz, Stephen Hamel, Michael Maher, and Ori Marmur.  Written by Jon Spaihts.

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