The original "Jurassic Park" movie hit the big screen more than 25 years ago. But even now, a mention of the Tyrannosaurus rex brings to mind (for many of us, at least) the brown-green, scaly monster that roars like a lion in that film.
When my STS-98 crew launched into orbit on February 7, 2001—the first human space launch of the millennium—I marked the milestone by carrying with me two personal mementos of the landmark Stanly Kubrick science fiction film,2001: A Space Odyssey.
Sixty-six million years ago, the ground of western North America trembled with the footfalls of a tyrant:Tyrannosaurus rex.But despite a wealth ofT. rexremains pulled from the region’s Cretaceous-period rocks, scientists have had few clues about how the celebrity dinosaur grew from a hatchling to a gargantuan predator—until now.
2020 is an exciting year for sci-fi movies. There are no major Avengers blockbusters (thanks to Thanos' shenanigans last year), and Star Wars is a taking a cinematic hiatus. Maybe, just maybe, some other films can get a moment in the sun.