Avatar’s James Cameron Unites with NASA for Earth and Environment

By Yi Yang
Yi Yang
Yi Yang
August 25, 2010 Updated: February 17, 2012

Avatar Director Cameron: NASA Watches Planet’s HealthJames Cameron, director of world-acclaimed movie Avatar, is promoting NASA's powerful contributions to our understanding of the Earth and its environment in a new public service campaign.

NASA Television began broadcasting the announcements yesterday. They feature Cameron talking about the American space agency’s exploration of our planet and how it is raising awareness of the huge impact of humans on the planet.

One clip starts with scenes of the fictional planet Pandora, threatened by human exploitation for its natural resources in Avatar. Cameron appears later to describe the data from NASA’s earth-observing satellites.

"When NASA ventures into space, it remembers to keep a steady eye on home," Cameron says. "Its fleet of Earth-orbiting satellites constantly reveals our whole planet: its remotest places, its mysteries and the powerful influence of humans."

NASA has 14 science satellites in orbit that make observations of the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, land surface, snow and ice.

'Avatar' Sequel News

According to NASA Avatar, the most watched and pirated film in history, is returning to cinemas this week.

{etRelate 39937, 38849}Although reported to be developing a 3D underwater camera for the Avatar sequel, the director has suggested the next film may not be the sequel to the successful science fiction film.

"There's 'X' amount of time available, and I do want to do another Avatar film — probably two — and I'm talking to Fox about that now," he told MTV News.

"There's a strong possibility that I might insert one of these other movies in between before I do that," he said. "It's all up in the air right now."

In a recent MTV interview, Cameron mentioned a planned anime movie Alita based on Yukito Kishiro's Japanese manga comics Battle Angel Alita. The story is about a rescued robotic warrior and her quest for redemption.

The Oscar-winning director also referred to another "effects-heavy" movie called The Dive which is on the drawing board. "I'm sort of weighing this constellation of really cool things I want to do," he said.

Yi Yang