With the COVID-19 pandemic still in full force, many likely want things to just go back to normal. Nevertheless, despite a widespread public exhaustion with record setting, NASA and Hollywood still have their sights set on loftier goals. Specifically, the two are determined to shoot for the stars by flying action movie star Tom Cruise into space. That’s right, within a few years the first movie to ever be filmed in space will be arriving in theaters, and unsurprisingly, it will be an action movie starring Tom Cruise.
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine officially announced the insanely ambitious, and possibly outright insane, project on May 5. Taking people into orbit is incredibly expensive and Tom Cruise, despite being famous for doing his own stunts, is not a trained astronaut. Nevertheless, Bridenstine justified the expense in his Tweet by saying that “We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make @NASA’s ambitious plans a reality.” However, it does seem that an awful lot of government time and money is being put toward the benefit of what is presumably a private movie when there’s science to do.
Details are light on this upcoming Tom Cruise space movie. We do not have a title, trailer, or even the hint of a plot. If it follows the theme of other Tom Cruise movies though, it will involve Tom Cruise fighting people while doing stunts, just in space this time. We do know that the movie, or at least parts of it, will take place aboard the International Space Station. A NASA spokesperson confirmed that Cruise will be staying aboard the installation in orbit for some unknown period of time. While we do not yet know how Cruise will be getting into orbit, the most likely possibility is that he will launch aboard a Dragon Capsule designed by private company SpaceX. While SpaceX did recently announce that they will be taking four paying tourists into orbit in early 2022, neither the company nor NASA has confirmed that Cruise will be one of them.
What do you think? Does humanity need a movie filmed in space? Was a Tom Cruise action movie the right choice to set that particular record? Whether it was or not, should the US government be helping out? Let us know in the comments.