Comicpalooza Brings the Drama, Moon Plans to Sci-Fi Crowd
May 17, 2019
convention centered around science fiction, anime, gaming, comics and pop
culture was not only a natural fit for geeks (and we mean that in the best
way)—it was also the perfect venue for NASA.
May 10 to 11, representatives from NASA’s Johnson Space Center convened at the
George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston to celebrate sci-fi and share the
agency’s Moon to Mars vision with attendees, many of them suitably costumed for
such missions, at this year’s Comicpalooza. More than 50,000 people visited to
take in the sights and hear from their favorite celebrities.
offered up its own celebrities for the weekend: astronauts Stan Love and Serena
Auñón-Chancellor, both who signed autographs and engaged
with Comicpalooza guests. Auñón-Chancellor joined actress Gates McFadden for
one of NASA’s panel sessions. McFadden, who is best known for playing Dr.
Beverly Crusher in the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” television series and
in the four subsequent films, added some star power to the discussion.
In addition to the well-attended panels, NASA’s exhibit
space attracted visitors and media attention alike. Some of the visuals that
created a memorable backdrop for an abundance of photo opportunities included a
real Apollo moon rock, spacesuit display, Space Exploration Vehicle, Space
Launch System and Orion capsule models, and other high-impact graphics like a
lunar panorama. Boeing hosted a virtual reality activity that swept
participants up into the excitement of human space exploration, putting them in
the middle of the (virtual) action.
you happened to be one of the few not in attendance this year, you might have
seen Johnson’s influence in the media, like on KHOU’s morning show, or through
social media. NASA’s presence at the convention drew nearly 10,000 likes on
Facebook and Instagram, and tens of thousands of views on all the major
platforms: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
more images from the event, below.