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Cara Gee in Blue Origin crew capsule
Cara Gee, who plays a tough-as-nails spaceship captain on “The Expanse,” takes a seat in a mockup of Blue Origin’s New Shepard crew capsule. “No one asked me to wear this helmet on our tour of the facility,” she tweeted. “But here I am in a real life space chair.” (Cara Gee via Twitter)

Science fiction met space fact this week in the Seattle area when the cast of “The Expanse,” the science-fiction jewel in Amazon’s streaming-video crown, got a look at Blue Origin’s spaceship.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is the common denominator in the meetup: He personally engineered the sci-fi series’ shift from SyFy to Prime Video, and announced it onstage at a space conference last May while I was sitting beside him. Bezos is also the founder of Blue Origin, the space venture that is testing its New Shepard suborbital spaceship and gearing up to build its orbital-class New Glenn rocket.

During last May’s sit-down with Bezos, I joked that cast of “The Expanse” might want to take a ride on New Shepard, just to get some real-life experience behind their portrayal of space travel. And Bezos played along.

“We talked about whether we should just film on location,” he said at the time. “That might drive the budget up a bit.”

As it turned out, the show’s cast members, writers and executives did get a chance to sit inside a mockup of the New Shepard crew capsule during their Seattle visit, presumably at Blue Origin’s headquarters in Kent, Wash. They also showed up at a Fishbowl event at Amazon headquarters. The authors of the “Expanse” book series were even able to wedge in an appearance at Seattle’s University Book Store last night for the release of their latest installment, “Tiamat’s Wrath.”

Here’s a roundup of tweets from the “Expanse” expedition to Seattle:

The first three seasons of “The Expanse” are available for streaming on Prime Video, and Season 4 is expected to premiere later this year.

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