This week, the Intrepid Museum will host a celebration of space, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and science fiction at its 7th annual Space & Science Festival from September 20-23. Guests can meet astronauts, explore exhibits by NASA, chat with our expert partners, stargaze on the flight deck, and more during four days of out-of-this-world events at the Museum.
We checked in with our Senior Space Advisor and former NASA astronaut, Mike Massimino, to see what his favorite space movies are and why:
- The Martian (2015) – “This movie has great science demonstrations and shows the real camaraderie between astronauts.”
- The Right Stuff (1983) – “This movie changed my life. I saw this as a senior in college and it rekindled my interest in becoming an astronaut. My favorite line: in response to being asked what “astronaut” means by Gus Grissom (Fred Ward), Gordon Cooper (Dennis Quaid) responds, “star voyager.”
- Star Wars (1977) – “It’s a classic! It was fun for me as a kid and again as a parent with my kids.”
- Apollo 13 (1995) – “This is the most accurate of all the space movies and it shows how the Mission Control Center has your back.”
- Gravity (2013) – “George Clooney makes for a very cool astronaut!”