Carolyn Porco is still hard at work as the leader of the Imaging Science team on NASA’S Cassini mission at Saturn, but readying for her role as a consultant on planetary science and imagery for JJ Abrams Star Trek. In a new interview with CinemaSpy, Porco says she is “imagining a lot of fun brainstorming sessions with J.J Abrams and [special effects supervisor] Roger Guyett.” She also talked about how she sees her role on the film.
Porco on her role
I’m imagining that I’m going to serve the role eventually as “planetary police woman”, where I ensure that whatever is depicted as far as astronomical imagery, and planetary scenes, look as realistic as possible.
Porco on what she would like to see ‘improved’ with her involvement with Star Trek:
Accuracy. Like I said, I’m going to be the Planetary Police Woman, so I’m hoping that we can achieve accuracy in the depiction of otherworldly phenomena, and accuracy in the visualization of the planetary scenes. I presume that’s why they would ask someone like me…to participate. They want to honor, to some degree anyway, reality.
Apparently Porco’s role is also expanding beyond just making sure the planets look right, saying
I’ve also been contacted by other producers on the film, responsible for other scenes, non-planetary scenes, asking me questions. So I may be an advisor on things that are non-planetary in nature.