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As usual, Comic-Con has seen the release of a slew of new sci-fi, fantasy, and superhero movie trailers! Here’s some of what I think are the best of the best.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
From the Harry Potter prequel series…
Alita: Battle Angel
The American cinematic treatment of the 90s anime/manga series Battle Angel: Alita, the title of which they seemed to have swapped around…
The DC cinematic universe brings to life the superhero everyone always laughs at. But since Jason Momoa plays Aquaman, I guess no one can really laugh about that anymore…
Another one from the DC cinematic universe, this time, with DC trying to be more like Marvel. Let’s see if they can actually pull if off this time…
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
This might actual be a really good Godzilla movie for a change! Looks like he’s fighting King Ghidorah, Mothra, Rodan, and possible others, so I’m hoping for the best…
Take a look at the full trailer for “Mortal Engines.” The movie is based on the book by Philip Reeve and is directed by Peter Jackson, who directed “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit.” I really hope the movie is as great as the trailer seems to suggest, and this might even the first of a series!
NASA and JPL are already kicking their Mars 2020 project into high gear. One of the really exciting things about the mission, which is expected to launch in (you guessed it) 2020, is the fact that the Opportunity-like rover is going to launch a helicopter drone. That’s right. A helicopter. On Mars. Oh, and it’s solar powered too.
And now for something completely hysterical, I give you this “Bad Lip Reading” Star Wars video. Grand Moff Tarkin has never been funnier! (Really, though, it’s not a moon…)
Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Cline, is pure cinematic nostalgia! Do you like Back to the Future? Iron Giant? Batman? Jurassic Park? Well, judging from the high praise from critics and fans alike, “Ready Player One” delivers on the promise.
The latest trailer for Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” is out, and it looks absolutely spectacular!
The movie comes out April 27th. I can’t wait!
Hey, Nerf Herders! The first full trailer for “Star Wars: Solo” is out! Sadly, though, Han looks nothing like Han. But at least they found an actor who looks like Chewie (I say, with tongue in cheek).
On the other hand, Donald Glover really does look like a young Lando.
Anyway, if you haven’t see the trailer, check it out now!
SpaceX has successfully launched their new Falcon Heavy rocket! This was the massive rocket’s first test launch, and Elon Musk had given it a 50/50 chance of blowing up. But the launch was literally picture perfect, and rocket succeeded not only in delivering its cargo into orbit, but also managed to land two its two booster rockets back down to the launch pad.
The Falcon Heavy is now the largest operating rocket in the world. It’s bigger than the Delta IV Heavy, the Ariane V, the Atlas V, and even the former space shuttle (as far as cargo capacity). The Saturn V was larger, as will be the upcoming SLS rocket, but for now, the Falcon Heavy is the heavy weight champion, with a payload capacity of 60 tons — nearly 3x more than all current operating rockets. Not only that, but it can deliver its payload out of Earth orbit to deep space.
If that wasn’t awesome enough, the test rocket deployed Elon’s own cherry red Tesla roadster in its third stage, complete with a dummy in a SpaceX space suit, and playing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” from its radio. The car is headed out past Mars orbit to the asteroid belt, where (if it doesn’t get smashed by an asteroid) will enter an elliptic orbit around the sun, to forever orbit our solar system — a veritable space oddity if there ever was one.
Here’s the video of the launch. Keep watching through to the end to see the two boosters land.
And here’s the Tesla roadster in space. It’s unreal.
And here’s a nice CBS news coverage too.
The latest movie addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is almost here, and if your not excited about it after seeing this trailer then… Well, I’m sorry, but I don’t actually have a pithy come back for that. So, just try to be excited.
On Friday, December 22nd, 2017, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenburg Air Force base, near Los Angeles, at around about 5:30 PST (around sunset). This was nothing unusual, but what was usual was the atmospheric conditions, and the fact that the rocket’s contrail caught the sunlight at a high altitude in the ionosphere, resulting in this spectacular display!
Seen by tens of thousands of people, it is not surprising that many imagined everything from a UFO flyby, to an alien invasion, to the beginning of World War III. LA’s 911 system was flooded with calls, media announcements went out to allay concerns, and LA’s mayor even had to make a statement. There was also at least one traffic accident involving 3 cars caused by distracted drivers witnessing the event on the LA freeway.