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SpaceX has become more and more successful at landing their first stage rockets, and Elon Musk says it is for reusability, which will save money in the long run and allow for quicker turn-around on launches. Sure, but, maybe there’s another reason, too. Elon Musk has become increasing vocal about his desire to get to Mars, and there is apparently going to be big announcement about his plans in September of this year at the International Astronautical Congress in Australia.
This Space.com articles goes into some detail about SpaceX’s recent successes, and how they plan to return the rocket boosters to the launch pad, rather than a barge (which is mainly done for safety reasons).
However, I cannot help but wonder: what about landing rockets vertically on Mars, just like in “Duck Dodgers in the 24th and Half Century!” You might think that sounds as loony as a loony tune, but it makes sense. Mars has a third of Earth’s gravity, and less in the way of cross-winds to worry about, so it would actually be easier, and if SpaceX can perfect orbit (or sub-orbit) to ground landings on Earth, they can certainly do it on Mars.
I guess one day we’ll see. And I’m hoping we’ll see it sooner, rather than later!
The Blade Runner 2049 trailer has just come out! It looks like it captures the feel of the original Blade Runner, and even has Harrison Ford… Or at least it will until he gets run through by a lightsaber… no, wait… I have that mixed up with something else. Nevermind.
Anyway, I have no idea if it will be as good as the original Blade Runner, but at least it’s a sequel and not a remake. I’m so tired of remakes, so kudos for this not being one.
My latest steampunk fantasy story to be published has arrived! Down in the Clockwork City has been released under the Society of Misfit Stories anthology series, and is now available for Kindle download from Amazon.com. The description they gave it has a bit to be desired, but I didn’t come up with it. So far it doesn’t have any reviews, so if you read it and like it please, review away!
The latest trailer for “Valerian (and Laureline) and the City of a Thousand Planets” looks even more amazing than the first trailer!
Riding on my earlier post about the TRAPPIST-1 star system, I’ve decided to post a couple more informative videos. The first is a 9 minute PBS video describing some of the science behind the discovery and the possible implications for any life that might have evolved there. The second video is a bit more informal, and presents the information with some fun animation.
NASA has just announced the discovery of a star system (TRAPPIST-1) with not one, not two, not three… not six, but seven Earth-sized rocky planets, two of which are potentially habitable! The star system is just a Kessel Run away (12 parsecs, or 40 light years), so spin up the Millennium Falcon and let’s go!
For more information, check out the video below, or check out the great article at the Washington Post.
“Replicants are like any other machine. They’re either a benefit or a hazard. If they’re a benefit, it’s not my problem…”
That’s right, the gritty, noir cyberpunk film has a sequel, and I for one can’t wait to see it!
So many people criticize both the Star Wars prequels and “The Force Awakens” for being clones of the original series. But what is often forgotten is that Star Wars is the very embodiment of the Hero’s Journey, and its themes and archetypes live on from generation to generation. Although this video was made before “The Force Awakens” (which has gotten the most heat for copying “A New Hope”) it drives home the poetic synchronicity that is found within the Star Wars saga: the originals, the prequels, and the new (and although “The Force Awakens” is not featured here, you can use your imagination to fill it in).
Watch, and see the poetry of Star Wars and the Hero’s Journey.
So, the official first trailer for the new live-action Ghost in the Shell movie recently came out, and I have to say, it does look pretty good. Apart from the “whitewashing” controversy, which is no small matter, the trailer itself does show a film that seems to stay true to the source material. That’s a good thing! I’m still peeved that they chose Scarlett Johansson to play the Major, but I’ll reserve my final judgement until I see it in the theater. You can also check out a great analysis of the trailer over on ScreenRant.com.