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Reply To: Scientists and the art of telling a story


Spoiled the story? Far from it, Mars – it’s a fine line to walk, but you seem to have the balancing act down.

Sometimes the Hollywood imagineers do get it right. Plenty of engineering and science  conveyed in the cinematic renderings of Apollo 13 and Hidden Figures, couched within the framework of the hero journey. Indeed, that’s what a large part of Jessica’s job with NASA entailed – not asking astronomers, physicists, engineers, and astronauts to dumb down the science, but advising them on how to place it within a compelling, satisfying narrative  . . .