There's a serious financial crunch in Washington DC and all around the United States. The federal government is reducing the money it is spending on a number of programs around the country including budget cuts at NASA. The problem with budget cuts at NASA is that any funding lost at the space agency means less exploration and research can be conducted.
A campaign has turned up on Indiegogo seeking the funds required to place a short commercial highlighting NASA and space exploration in front of the blockbuster movie Star Trek Into Darkness. The campaign is backed by the Aerospace Industries Association and the commercial is called We Are The Explorers. The 30 second commercial will be cut down from a video NASA produced that is narrated by Peter Cullen.
Cullen voiced Optimus Prime in the Transformers movie franchise. The problem for NASA is that as a federal agency its barred from purchasing ad space for commercials leaving it up to other people to drum up interest in the space program. The goal of the campaign is to raise the money to edit NASA's movie down to 30 seconds and purchase ad space needed to run the commercial in 50 movie theaters around the country.
The people behind the campaign want to start running commercial during the premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness. The campaign is seeking $33,000 and has 37 days left to go. So far it has only raised $725. A pledge of $10 will get you a digital copy of the trailer estimated delivery in June of 2013. A pledge $100 will get the backer an authentic space shuttle mission patch. A pledge $1000 will get each of four backers one replica space program model.