When NASA goes to Hollywood

Me with the InSight Emmy Award, 2019

After moving to the Los Angeles area in 2011, I noticed a common question from people I met outside of work: “Do you work in the industry?”  I genuinely didn’t know what this meant at first and asked, “What industry? Aerospace?” After all, there are over 20 aerospace companies in the greater Los Angeles area alone and I just started my new job at JPL. I quickly learned that “The Industry” referred to the entertainment industry (film, television, etc.) since we are very close to Hollywood and it’s quite common to come across someone who works in this field. Hence the frequent question when meeting new people around Los Angeles.