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Sound Off: Should We Outsource Our Space Program?


Yesterday, an unmanned RussianProgress M-28M cargo ship successfully docked at the International Space Station and delivered 2.5 metric tons of fuel, oxygen, water, food and other supplies to the crew. This successful launch and delivery came less than a week after a U.S. cargo rocket exploded after launch. +Continue Reading

How NASA Helped Make ‘Tomorrowland’


Disney’s Tomorrowland is a movie based on the Disneyland Park area that aims to get back to the original ‘50s-style futurist vision that inspired Walt when he built the park. Starring George Clooney and directed by The Incredibles’ Brad Bird, the picture is far less dark and bombastic than what you’re getting from most of the sci-fi/superhero franchises out there lately.

At NASA, there’s been a kind of holding pattern over the last few years while they wait for Congress to wake up and make space exploration a priority again. Part of their strategy has been to give technical support to Hollywood movies that remind viewers why astronauts and outer space were such a part of our national identity. Tomorrowland joins movies like Gravity and Interstellar on the quality roster of movies with NASA technical advice. We spoke to NASA’s Bert Ulrich, the agency’s liaison for film and TV collaborations, about Tomorrowland. +Continue Reading

Jonah Nolan Talks the Mysteries of ‘Interstellar’

  • April 2, 2015
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Christopher Nolan’s epic space movie Interstellar is out this week on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. Written with his brother and longtime collaborator Jonah Nolan, the movie uses its big-budget sci-fi platform to ask questions about man’s place in the universe while at the same time exploring even more complex questions about how families connect with each other. Jonah talked with us about the science behind Interstellar and how the Nolans want their films to reward repeated viewings. +Continue Reading

Boot Camp for the ‘Rocket City Rednecks’

Back when I passed through Hunstville, AL in the late ‘70s, all the rocket scientists sounded like they’d been imported from Indiana or had suspicious German accents. That’s why the National Geographic Channel’s Rocket City Rednecks has always been a mystery. I knew folks who talked like Travis, Daddy and the rest of the cast but they were always the ones badmouthing the “carpetbagger Yankee scientists.“Things have obviously changed enough down there so TV can come up with a Mythbusters–meets–Moonshiners concept show.

Tonight’s Season 2 finale has Dr. Travis deciding to invent a lightweight, full-body flak suit that won’t limit mobility in the field and testing out his homemade field armor in last October’s Marine Corps Marathon in DC. He recruits William Bodette a retired USMC drill instructor, to put him through a civilian boot camp to train for the race. No word yet if Travis finished the race or if he plans to test out his invention in actual combat.