Posts Tagged ‘NASA’

SciFi Mixed Links – Jesuits in Space, Time Travel’s ‘Therefore I Am’, NASA Mars Recruitment

New video short by Peter and Luke McCoubrey study the infinite permutations of time travel (with some humor). Available on Vimeo.

New video short by Peter and Luke McCoubrey studies the infinite permutations of time travel (with some humor). Available on Vimeo.

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestby feather

SciFi Mixed Links – Star Trek Costumes, DeLorean Ecto88, Free NASA Patents

John Colicos as Kor in Star Trek TOS, and Michael Dorn as Worf in Star Trek TNG showcase their Klingon costumes. Photograph: Insight Editions. Image via guardian.com

John Colicos as Kor in Star Trek TOS and Michael Dorn as Worf in Star Trek TNG showcase their Klingon costumes. Photograph: Insight Editions. Image via guardian.com

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestby feather

SciFi Mixed Links – Kepler’s Alien Data, Star Wars Trailer, Back to the Future

Has Kepler discovered signs of an alien superstructure from data on a dimming star? Image source: http://julian-faylona.deviantart.com

Has Kepler discovered signs of an alien superstructure from data on a dimming star? Image source: http://julian-faylona.deviantart.com

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestby feather

SciFi Mixed Links – Disney Star Wars, Jaws 19 Trailer, Facebook in Space

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestby feather

The Martian Movie – A Divine Comedy in ABBA

Ridley Scott's "The Martian" is a stunning visual reminder of what our space program can achieve. Top image: Matt Damon in "The Martian" Trailer. Bottom image: 1989 painting by Les Bossinas/ NASA

Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” is a stunning visual reminder of what our space program can achieve. Top image: Matt Damon in “The Martian” Trailer. Bottom image: 1989 painting by Les Bossinas/ NASA

The Martian movie was everything I had hoped for. Based on the book by the same name, this movie captured our fascination with space, our fears of space travel, and our ability to use reckless abandon (with some intelligence) to conquer these exact same fears.

Matt Damon does wonders as astronaut Mark Watney, a man thrown literally into the thrashing winds of a martian inferno, only to MacGyver his way to safety – i.e. science the shit out of everything – while singing disco tunes the entire way. Though ABBA beats and space survival might sound incongruous, they fit well together in this movie, just like humor and sorrow fit well together in everyday life. Unlike many other harrowing survival stories (think Gravity) that stretch the bounds of drama and belief, Mark Watney’s unrelenting motivation to fix things and just make it work, seems more true to reality. After all, Apollo 13 did happen, and despite what the conspiracy theorists say – man made it to the moon before the existence of graphing calculators, the internet, or next-day shipping. We’ve got it within us to do it again, singing all the way. (more…)

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestby feather

SciFi Mixed Links – Mars Mystery Solved, Blood Supermoon, Trekkie Wedding

NASA makes a huge announcement about Mars, just a day after the lunar eclipse of a supermoon. Left image: Mosaic of Mars via NASA. Right Image: The Blood Supermoon via BBC/Getty.

NASA makes a huge announcement about Mars, just a day after the lunar eclipse of a supermoon. Left image: Mosaic of Mars via NASA. Right Image: The Blood Supermoon via BBC/Getty.

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestby feather

SciFi Mixed Links – Space Poop, Comic Book Crossovers, Pluto and Planck Pics

Scott Kelly is halfway through his #YearinSpace. This great infographic from NASA shows the effects of a year in space. Fun fact - his space poop burns through the atmosphere like shooting stars! Image Source: NASA.

Scott Kelly is halfway through his #YearinSpace. This great infographic from NASA shows the effects of a year in space. Fun fact – his space poop burns through the atmosphere like shooting stars! Image Source: NASA.

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestby feather

1 2 3