MARS: Astronauts Mae Jemison & Leland Melvin – exclusive interview

Mars on National Geographic | © 2018 NatGeo

In Season 2 of MARS, Monday nights on National Geographic Channel, the series continues its unusual blend of scripted drama and documentary footage. In the future, scientists have established the first colony on Mars, but their research is threatened by the arrival of a private business team. Footage of real-life situations is used to illustrate how the issues examined in the story are playing out in the world today. Former NASA astronauts Mae Jemison and Leland Melvin are both consultants on MARS. Jemison, who is both a medical doctor and an engineer, is the first African-American woman to travel in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FIRST MAN

FIRST MAN movie poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Corey Stoll Writer: Josh Singer, based on the book by James R. Hansen Director: Damien Chazelle Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: October 12, 2018 FIRST MAN refers not to early homo sapiens as an individual or group, but rather to astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. It is hoped that this isn’t a big spoiler, but the title gives it away, and it happened (to enormous, long-lasting publicity) forty years ago. Neil Armstrong is an impressive man, and what he and the NASA Apollo mission achieved […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HIDDEN FIGURES

HIDDEN FIGURES movie poster | ©2016 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Mahershala Ali, Jim Parsons, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell Writers: Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly Director: Theodore Melfi Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: December 25, 2016 Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson are historical figures whose fame is long overdue. All three were key NASA personnel during the Mercury 7 project and went on to stellar careers. However, both because they are women and because they are black, their contributions have been largely overlooked until now HIDDEN […]Read On »

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ASCENSION co-creator Philip Levens talks about the Syfy series – Interview

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In Syfy’s six-hour, three-night event ASCENSION, which concludes Wednesday December 17, the eponymous spacecraft launched from Earth back in 1963 as a secret project meant to save the human race from nuclear war. The inhabitants of Ascension, now in their fiftieth year of space travel, are halfway to the nearest habitable planet; the older voyagers who are alive now will be very old if they survive to reach their destination. No one has had contact with Earth since shortly after launch and consequently doesn’t know if the world even exists any more. The people aboard Ascension are still very much […]Read On »

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Go Deep with David Rees on his how-to Series on NatGeo

David Rees stars in Going Deep with David Rees | © 2014 NatGeo

National Geographic Channel’s GOING DEEP WITH DAVID REES, Mondays nights at 10 and 10:30 PM, is, as host and co-creator Rees says, “an honest to God how-to show.” GOING DEEP explores in depth things people tend to take for granted, like how to open doors, tie shoelaces and make ice cubes. During National Geographic’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour, Rees sits down to delve into GOING DEEP. AX: How did you get into the idea of studying the origins of everything? DAVID REES: I had an artisanal pencil-sharpening business and I got a book deal to write […]Read On »

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News Item: LIVE FROM SPACE

LIVE FROM SPACE | © 2014 NatGeo/NASA

Want to see what NASA sees in real time from the comfort of your home? Then tune in to National Geographic Channel’s LIVE FROM SPACE, Friday March 14 at 8 PM EDT/5 PM PDT, for a two-hour flight 250 miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station with astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata. They will provide an in-depth look at the micro-gravity laboratory and living facilities, as well as images of the Earth from their perspective. Host Soledad O’Brien and astronaut Mike Massimino join the team at Mission Control in Houston,Texas to witness the 17,500 mph journey. A second-screen […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GRAVITY

GRAVITY movie poster | ©2013 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney Writers: Alfonso Cuaron & Jonas Cuaron Director: Alfonso Cuaron Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 4, 2013 Director/writer Alfonso Cuaron proves two things with GRAVITY. The first is he is one of a tiny band of directors – James Cameron being the patron saint of the group – who is actually use 3D in a manner that is integral rather than a fancy afterthought. In the midst of a terrifying sequence, a piece of metal comes flying off the screen and we’re so immersed in what’s happening that we actually flinch away from […]Read On »

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