NASA Movie Trailer: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' To Air 30-Second Space Spot

By Staff Reporter on April 4, 2013 11:25 AM EDT

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NASA has released a video detailing the future of the space exploration program. It will be shown during the upcoming feature film "Star Trek Into Darkness." (Photo: Creative Commons)

For those who believed that NASA was out of the space exploring business, you should think again.

NASA, whose final space shuttle mission was in 2011, released a movie trailer video online for the country's space program. While there are no current missions scheduled and many future plans are on hold indefinitely, NASA wanted to put together a video that showed the public and mainly young people that they are still working and are preparing for a possible resurgence of space exploration in the near future.

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"Right now, men and women from the space program are designing and building next generation space vehicles to go to new destinations in space, farther than we've ever gone before," said the video entitled "We Are The Explorers."

The video, voiced by Peter Cullen who is the voice Optimus Prime in "Transformers," will be transformed from its current two and a half minute form to a thirty second spot for showing during the coming attractions before motion pictures.

The original idea was for the video announcement to air in movie theaters around the county. The trailer was shown and posted to the site Indiegogo, a fundraising page. The initial goal was for $33,000. That goal was hit in only six days, which put the video in movie theaters in major markets around the country such as New York, Los Angeles among other cities.

It was announced on Monday that the NASA video would be showed prior to the latest Star Trek film "Star Trek Into Darkness" when it hits theatres on May 17. The video is scheduled to show for eight weeks in 59 theaters but the fundraising is still continuing with the hope that it's latest goal of $94,000 is made. If that target is reached, the video would be shown in 750 theaters in the U.S. and at least one theater in every state in America.

The announcement of the video trailer comes on the heels of NASA losing valuable funding due to the sequestration cuts in the government. After not coming to an agreement on budget cuts, a series of across the board cuts took place for the U.S. agencies, which included NASA. As a result, NASA suspended or cut many programs that attempted to get children and adults involved in the space program.

Backing NASA in this endeavor is the Aerospace Industries Association, a private organization that represents more than 350 manufactures involved in spaceflight. While NASA is not allowed to use their funds to purchase advertising time, AIA as a private organization has no obligation and are allowed to do the bidding of the space program.

"By funding this campaign, we can remind students and the general public that our nation's space agency is working hard on the next era of exploration," AIA officials wrote on campaign's fundraising page. "Keeping the public informed of NASA's activities is a key element of sustaining the health of our space program. "

The fundraising for nationwide release will continue through May 1.

To view the full video from NASA, watch below:

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