Mind Meld! Astronauts Meet 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Stars in Webcast Today

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Mind Meld! Astronauts Meet 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Stars in Webcast Today
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A still publicity image shows an ominous crash in the film “Star Trek: Into Darkness."

The cast and crew of the newest "Star Trek" film will open hailing frequencies with real-life astronauts in space and on the ground, and you can follow the action into the final frontier live online today (May 16).

"Star Trek Into Darkness" director J.J. Abrams and current space station NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy will participate in a Google+ Hangout starting at 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT). Astronauts Michael Finche and Kjell Lindgren will also take part in the event along with Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Alice Eve (Dr. Carol Marcus), John Cho (Sulu) and screenwriter and producer Damon Lindelof from the new movie.

You can watch their conversation live on SPACE.com and ask questions during the hangout by submitting questions on Google, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook by using the #askNASA hashtag.

"Cassidy will provide insights about life aboard the station," NASA officials wrote in a release. "Crews conduct a variety of science experiments and perform station maintenance during their six-month stay on the outpost. Their life in weightlessness requires different approaches to everyday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising."

The science taking place on the International Space Station is "turning science fiction into reality," according to NASA officials.

NASA astronauts and scientists have been inspired by "Star Trek" for years. Astronauts on the final flight of the space shuttle Endeavour even used the 2009 poster for J.J. Abrams's first re-boot of the franchise to create their own mission poster.

NASA isn't the only group with a "Star Trek" themed event today. The National Air and Space Museum will host a webcast explaining "Star Trek's" relevance in the world today. Four expert panelists will discuss the ways in which the writers of the venerable TV show and movie series have used real history to craft the future world.

"Star Trek Into Darkness" is set for nationwide release today.

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