Explore After Earth with us
The European Space Agency has partnered with Sony Pictures International to support the release of their latest blockbuster, After Earth. Both ESA and the film share common themes of concern for Earth’s future and educating the next generation.
Science fiction can entertain and inspire us. It can also make us think about what the future holds. In a similar way, space exploration can do the same.
ESA’s science programme tries to answer questions such as how did our Earth and our Solar System evolve, where did life come from or are we alone in the Universe? ESA’s Earth observation programme, however, focuses on understanding the most precious planet of all: Earth.
In After Earth, the main character finds himself stranded on a future Earth that is heavily polluted and environmentally damaged. It is a vision of our world that no one wants to see become a reality.
To monitor our planet, Earth observation missions provide us with independent scientific data that help us to understand the evolution of our planet and the impact of human activities. This is essential to develop an informed public opinion and provides a basis for decision-makers to take action.
A second element that ESA shares with After Earth is a concern for the next generation. In the film, this is explored in the relationship between the main character and his son.
At ESA, the education programme opens the door towards a more educated future for everyone.
Space exploration has changed our lives in many ways. We have now developed technology that can show us both the furthest reaches of space and the closest details of our neighbourhood.
The use of satellites now dominates communication and navigation. As technology progresses, fewer and fewer areas of our lives remain untouched by space, placing space at the heart of modern living.
To maintain that central location, Europe needs a constant stream of highly educated young professionals. ESA runs a number of programmes that support education at all levels, providing access to data and experiments for use in the classroom.
After Earth hits cinema screens this summer, and ESA will be supporting the film, sharing the goal of making the world a better place for everyone.
ESA and Sony are also giving you the chance to have a ‘space experience’ in weightlessness. Take part in the After Earth competition and you could win a trip to Bordeaux, France for a ‘parabolic’ flight on Novespace’s ZERO-G aircraft!