Fast moving and plenty of stuff this week on Beam Me Up episode 279.
I start things off with one of the fast pieces of music for the animated series Naruto Shippuden Syoujo by Scandal.
In this week’s blog, it seems everyone is talking about the star system discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope. One planet but two sun which brings to mind almost immediately the Star Wars World Tatooine! Everything from a ghost planet to a frozen -100 degree world was bandied about.
The Russian resupply crash was caused by a clogged fuel line in the third stage engine of the Soyuz rocket. This particular fuel line was driving a turbo pump that pumps fuel into the main combustion chamber, so when the pump failed, the third stage shut down. However knowing the cause and getting back on track for a crew change in early November a tall order at best.
Hey, did you ever see James Cameron’s “The Abyss”? It still rates right up there as one of my all time favorite science fiction movies and not for the end, because the end was a cop out and a sell out and didn’t come within a row of assholes of making sense, but up to that point wow, it’s Alien only underwater where EVERYTHING kills you! The reason there was never a remake or part two? No one would go back for a remake. Well I found this series of “the making of” on the movie “The Abyss” and if you never saw the movie you don’t know what you missed and if you did, then check out the “making of” because it is fascinating!
NASA has a newheavy-lift launch vehicle that they say will provide an entirely new national capability for human exploration beyond Earth’s orbit. The Space Launch System will give the nation a safe, affordable and sustainable ….hummm I heard that somewhere before…
Up for discussion is five possible ways time travel may work…. the functional word here is MAY because I seriously doubt WILL.
And for our story this week. Part 2 and the conclusion to Adam-Troy Castro’s wonderful and controversial “ Arvies”
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This week on Beam Me Up, episode 278 I play part one of Adam Troy-Castro’s amazing short story “Arvies”. Adam’s tale flips our assumptions of what is true or false or what is alive or dead. What is a person and what is not.
From the Beam Me Up blog
I play the new Symphony of Science music, which features the voices of Morgan Freeman,, Richard Feynman, Stephen Hawking among others.
Next I review the Disney CGI animation Tangled which all in all the best thing that can be said about the movie is that it may not take any chances, but is endearing in its own right. Plus the added benefit of high quality animation only adds to the enjoyment.
Next, From the NYT via Boing Boing comes evidence of the earliest tool manufacture. From the science journal Nature, tools from Kenya that were dated to about 1.7 million years ago. This is the earliest found so far.
Astronomers are studying the nearest and brightest supernova of of a type that has not been observed for 40 years.
A recent study suggests that super-massive black holes can trigger the formation of stars, thus ‘building’ their own host galaxies. This could also explain why galaxies hosting larger black holes have more stars.
NASA’s 6.5-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite will be re-entering Earth’s atmosphere in what NASA has described as “an uncontrolled fall” sometime in late September or early October.
Was there ever an Apollo 18? Well technically…yes. In July 1975 there was indeed an Apollo mission. It was the last Apollo mission and the last manned US space mission until the first Space Shuttle flight in April 1981. This last mission was called the ASTP and it was the first joint U.S./Soviet space flight.
Antipodean’s September 2011 issue, #159 is now online.
and finally Photos taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter of Apollo 12, 14 and 17 have proved to be some of the sharpest ever taken of the landing sites. Even experiment packages can clearly be seen!
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