Watch a new special look featuring interviews with the cast and filmmakers of Solo: A Star Wars Story, in theaters May 25th.
WASHINGTON — Development of a NASA mission to collect samples on Mars for later return to Earth has suffered a setback, although one that project officials said should not affect its 2020 launch date.
In a statement released late April 26, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said a structure that is part of the heat shield for the Mars 2020 spacecraft cracked during testing earlier in the month at a Lockheed Martin facility near Denver.
The fracture in the composite structure is located near the outer edge of the shield and spans its circumference, according to the JPL statement. It was detected April 12 after the heat shield underwent a week of testing at the Lockheed facility where it was subjected to forces 20 percent above those expected in a normal entry into the Martian atmosphere.
Read more at SpaceNews here:
See The Barclay Brass perform the iconic '2001: A Space Odyssey' theme song live at the National Air and Space Museum. The performance was shot inside the full-scale recreation of the neo-classical hotel room from Stanley Kubrick’s and Arthur C. Clarke’s landmark film. The exhibit is on view now through May 28.
Just a reminder that the new Master Replicas Group is making its first public appearance! See our "2001: A Space Odyssey" HAL 9000 Interactive Computer and more upcoming licensed products at Escape Velocity 2018, May 25-27, at the Marriott Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor, Maryland.
If you are planning on attending, you can get a 20% discount when purchasing your tickets by using the promo code MR20 here:
NASA is pulling the plug on its only planned robotic mission to the Moon’s surface. The space agency has reportedly canceled its Resource Prospector — a small rover that was designed to excavate materials such as hydrogen, oxygen, and water from the lunar poles. The move has angered many lunar scientists, and now they’re calling on NASA’s new administrator to keep the program alive, claiming it’s a crucial mission to help return humans back to the Moon.
The main goal of Resource Prospector was to help NASA better understand what kind of materials are lurking at the Moon’s poles. Multiple lunar spacecraft have proven that water exists there in the form of ice, but we don’t know much about what this ice is like. Most of the data we have comes from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which is in the Moon’s orbit, and a couple of spacecraft that purposefully crashed into the Moon to get quick measurements of the surface’s composition. The Resource Prospector would examine this water ice up-close for an extended period of time, learning more about its consistency and how much of it is out there.
Read more at theverge.com:
“Before the MGM brass flew in, Kubrick said, ‘Get this much money and buy all the classical music you can find downtown.’”
Even if you haven’t seen 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick’s mind-melting 1968 science fiction epic, which turns 50 this month, you probably know at least something about it. It’s one of those movies, like Star Wars or Citizen Kane, that has become so thoroughly dissolved into our pop culture that you’ll have heard of the villainous computer HAL or know the famed music cue (Richard Strauss’s “Also Sprach Zarathustra”) that plays over its most indelible images.
But how were those moments created? The story of 2001 is the story of an almost obsessive attention to detail, of a budget that almost completely destroyed the film’s studio, of an initial wave of terrible reviews that might have killed a lesser movie. At every step of the way along its production process (and even after its release), 2001 is a fascinating example of big-time moviemaking gone right.
Read more at Vox.com here:
April 26, 2018 — You can now decorate your desk or wall with the prominent features of the moon and Mars thanks to NASA spacecraft data and a Smithsonian partnership.
Master Replicas Group has introduced its first two "Space Terrains," scale models of the moon's Tycho crater and the Olympus Mons volcano on Mars. Each ten-inch (24.4-cm) cast-resin square is based on the information from NASA's Lunar or Mars reconnaissance orbiters (LRO or MRO).
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Just a quick reminder that our 2001: A Space Odyssey Computer Art is now available for those of you with a Mac!
Note: Compatible with Mac OSX 10.12 Sierra and earlier.
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2001 Computer Art **NOW INCLUDES MAC COMPATIBLE DOWNLOAD**