A fascinating video from the ESA. [via Mike Brotherton.]
'Whether it's Star Trek's USS Enterprise, or the iconic space station from 2001: A Space Odyssey, science fiction has always provided inspiration and ideas for the scientists and engineers that design and build real spacecraft."
My only criticism is that they discuss Werner Von Braun yet make no mention of the fact that he was literally a Nazi, something that should never be forgotten or excused.
On a lighter note, NPR's weekly science show, Science Friday, just did a show about Science On The Big Screen. (MP3 21.9MB) "From sci-fi to documentaries, good science films tell the human story behind scientific ideas. Which films get the science right, and which don't? Physicist and movie critic Sidney Perkowitz runs down through some of this summer's top science flicks."