Using Star Trek-like technology, the earthbound cast of Into Darkness recently chatted with a trio of NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Actors Chris Pine, Alice Eve, and John Cho were accompanied by the film’s screenwriter Damon Lindelof on a Google Hangout with the team of real life space explorers.
In case you’re unfamiliar with it, Google’s Hangout app allows for users to make video calls from their computers to the International Space Station—as long as you have their contact info (I think it’s unlisted). You can also just chat with your regular, non-astronaut friends. Anyway, the Star Trek team were pretty excited to be talking to NASA’s Chris Cassidy, Michael Fincke, and Kjell Lindgren and they asked the astronauts about some of the parallels between their movie, and NASA’s space program.
After Cho, who plays Hikaru Sulu in the movie, asked Cassidy to prove that he was really in space by demonstrating zero gravity, and Lindelof admitted that he was “literally tickled pink” to be talking with the crew, a pre-recorded question from J.J. Abrams (who couldn’t be there for the chat—important Star Wars meeting maybe?) was put to Fincke and Lindgren. “I talked to an astronaut once who told me that on one of his missions he actually did see something that was very strange that he couldn’t explain that actually made him believe in extraterrestrial life,” said the Star Trek director. “My question to you is, have either of you ever seen anything that made you believe that?”
Fincke replied: “I spent a whole year up in space—381 days—but it was only 240 miles up so that’s not very far in cosmic terms. So we think as we go farther out into the universe we might find something out there that we don’t know about.”
The actors seemed eager to join in on the extraterrestrial adventure—they told Cassidy and co. that they’d all jump at the chance to trade Hollywood for Hoth. (Okay, wrong franchise. But you know what I mean.)
You can watch the cast’s entire hour-long chat here, or check out the highlight reel below.