HD projector used to screen movies in space to astronauts

Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) have used the first ever movie projector in space to watch Gravity.

Commander Scott Kelly is in the first month of a special 'Year in Space' programme being run by Nasa and had time to sit down for a film treat.

Nasa is also keeping track of Mr Kelly's twin brother, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, during the study, which is examining the impact of spending such a long time in space.

A special screen and commercial HD laser light projector was used for screen Gravity, while the set-up will also be used for conferences. Alfonso Cuaron won the Best Director Oscar for the film, which follows Sandra Bullock and George Clooney on a space adventure.

Commander Kelly is also using Twitter to take questions from members of the public, one of whom asked if he is able to get online in space. He replied: "We have a slow internet connection. Worse than what dial-up was like. Using it to answer your question right now."

Screen Innovations (SI) was involved in the installation of the new HD projector on the ISS and the company's chief designer, president and chief executive Ryan Gustafson explained it was a "dream come true" to work with Nasa.

He said: "It's safe to say that SI has once again gone where no other screen company has gone before."

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