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Cameo Cinema St Helena, CA


Pascal Lee

Planetary Scientist, Mars Institute and the SETI Institute; Director, NASA Haughton-Mars Project

Linoleum— How to spend a month on Mars

Take a look at the Haughton-Mars Project, a part of a research facility located on the world's largest uninhabited island, Devon Island. Devon Island is the site of the Exploration program, which aims to develop new technologies, strategies, and operational protocols to support the future exploration of the moon, Mars, and other planets.

Cameo Cinema St Helena, CA

Film Synopsis

When the host of a failing children's science show tries to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming an astronaut, a series of bizarre events occur that cause him to question his own reality.

    When a satellite falls from the sky, Cameron (Jim Gaffigan) finds his life upended. A strange newcomer threatens his job as the host of a quaint children’s science show at the local television station, while his family life begins to crumble. His steely wife Erin (Rhea Seehorn) attempts to guide their wayward daughter, grow her own career, and deal with her husband’s increasingly bizarre behavior. Meanwhile, Cameron steadfastly ignores the series of odd events and mysterious individuals in his small hometown as he obsessively builds a rocket ship from the satellite debris, chasing a childhood dream. This quirky, sweet film leads to unexpected places, unfolding into a profound meditation on love as Cameron searches for meaning and adventure amongst the stars.

    About the Speaker

    Dr. Pascal Lee is a planetary scientist at the Mars Institute and the SETI Institute, and the director of the NASA Haughton-Mars Project, the leading Moon and Mars analog field research project on Devon Island, High Arctic. He is based at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Dr. Lee is internationally known for his research on the Moon, Mars, the moons of Mars, and the future human exploration of these worlds.

    Presented as part of the 2023 National Evening of Science on Screen.