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Science in Movies: Space on the Silver Screen

When: Mon., March 14, 7 p.m. 2016

+ MONDAY, MARCH 14

SPACE ON THE SILVER SCREEN

Space adventures have yielded numerous moments of unforgettable cinema, from the slo-mo amble of the first Apollo astronauts in The Right Stuff to Tom Hanks alerting Houston that he and his crew had run into a major snag in Apollo 13. In a panel discussion organized by NCSU film professor Marsha Gordon, the rich subject of "Space on the Silver Screen" will be surveyed through an impressively catholic assemblage of film segments, including a 1902 French silent film (A Trip to the Moon), an ambitious sci-fi work from 1950 (Destination Moon), cinematic royalty (2001: A Space Odyssey and Star Wars: Episode IV), and recent entries like Interstellar. The panel itself, which includes N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences astronomer Patrick Treuthardt and Larry Silverberg, a professor of aerospace engineering, is impressive, too. Still, they'll be screening a clip from the Tim Allen vehicle Galaxy Quest, so the discussion shouldn't get too high in the sky. —David Klein

NCSU'S HUNT AUDITORIUM, RALEIGH 7 p.m., free, www.sciences.ncsu.edu/events

Correction: Patrick Treuthardt is an astronomer at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, not at NCSU.

Price: free

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