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NASA-approved sci-fi films, maybe?

If you’ve been reading my posts you know that there is a UN Outer Space Treaty and that the UN has a first contact ambassador in its Office for Outer Space Affairs.

But did you know that NASA is working with the Science and Entertainment Exchange (SEE), a group of scientists campaigning for more authentic science fiction? At least according to the Sunday Times (2/1/11) which reported a full-day meeting between NASA and SEE at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.

The article picks apart various unbelievable scenarios from recent sci-fi movies and identifies Roland Emmerich, the director of Independence Day, The Day after Tomorrow, and 2012, as the worst offender. Maybe scientists should remember they are just films and don’t have to be true (but just think that early Star Trek communicators are said to have influenced the design of flip-top mobile phones).

And they (allegedly) generated a list of the worst and the best sci-fi films from a scientific perspective. SEE has since issued a disclaimer on its web-site saying it wasn’t responsible for the list in the newspapers around the world  even though Professor of physics at Emory University Sidney Perkowiz is reported to have designed a SEE mark of approval to indicate that: “no scientific ideas were seriously hurt during the making of this movie”. And NASA is saying nothing. So maybe it was just a day out for sci-fi buffs?

Anyway here are the lists:

Worst sci-fi movies

  1. 2012 (2009)
  2. The Core (2003)
  3. Armageddon (1998)
  4. Volcano (1997)
  5. Chain Reaction (1996)
  6. The 6th Day (2000)
  7. What the ***! Do We Know? (2004)

Best sci-fi movies

  1. Gattica (1997)
  2. Contact (1997)
  3. Metropolis (1927)
  4. The Day theEarth Stood Still (1951)
  5. Woman in the Moon (1929)
  6. The Thing from Another World (1951)
  7. Jurassic Park (1993)


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