Category Archives: Space

Dune

The latest attempt on Apple TV to make a movie of the famous science fiction novels is an helluva effort. Part One of several, apparently. The CGI, alone, is worth watching, especially the ornithopters. But the actors are good, too. Try it. You won’t be disappointed.

Interstellar love

A killer flicker, despite being almost eight years old, which probably helped make Uvalde boy Matthew David McConaughey the star he became. It seems to be a science fiction tale (with really good graphics) but actually is fully about the oldest and best of human emotions: love.

Webb telescope readied

Radio-computer commands to the telescope, about 600,000 miles from earth, are readying it for exploration of the universe.

Webb is on its way

Launched on Christmas Day morning, the Webb telescope has got about six weeks of travel to get to L2, the second Lagrange point, which is 1.5 million kilometers away. (LaGrange points are where Earth’s gravity doesn’t affect objects in orbit.) With a bigger mirror than Hubble and in a much higher orbit, Webb will be able to peer much farther back in time (history) perhaps even to see the first galaxies. Will primarily look at the universe in the infrared wavelength versus Hubble’s optical and ultraviolet wavelengths. Should be interesting.

MORE: Webb deployment sequences, some auto, some by ground command.

For All Mankind

Good flicker on Apple TV. An alternate NASA history. The Soviets get to the moon first and the race is on to Mars and beyond. Best part is the American women astronauts.

Via AppleTV

Virgin Galactic’s test flight

The rocket failed to ignite. I do like the fact that the makers are going to be the first passengers.

Via Instapundit

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New Shepard does it again

Blue Origin’s vertical landing in West Texas this morning after a NASA test flight to orbit of equipment for future precision moon landings.