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The New Ad Astra Trailer Amps Up Brad Pitt's Space Angst

The New Ad Astra Trailer Amps Up Brad Pitt's Space Angst
Trailer FrenzyA special place to find the newest trailers for movies and TV shows you're craving.  

As Brad Pitt’s Major Roy McBride ventures into deep space in James Gray’s upcoming space thriller Ad Astra , the famed legacy astronaut’s mind is pushed to its limits both by the unknowable darkness he literally finds himself surrounded by and the metaphorical darkness about his father’s past...

Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Aug 17, 2019 at 07:30. 4 comments

In This Sci-fi Horror Short, Only Control Can Hear You Scream

In This Sci-fi Horror Short, Only Control Can Hear You Scream

As we’ve seen in films like The Martian or Gravity, being alone in space can be terrifying—especially when something unexpected comes knocking at the door. The sci-fi short Control centers around a woman on a deep-space mission who’s struggling to cope from the sudden loss of her crew partner, only to discover that she might not be alone after all.

Written and directed by Carroll Brown,...

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Cheryl Eddy Cheryl Eddy Aug 08, 2019. 1 comments

Intriguing Female Characters Highlight These 8 New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Shorts

Intriguing Female Characters Highlight These 8 New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Shorts

Not all of the women in these new sci-fi and fantasy shorts—be they astronauts, fighter pilots, ambitious office workers, criminals, or just regular folks dealing with complicated emotions and surreal situations—are heroes. But isn’t life more interesting that way ?

1) Rendezvous With Mars

Divya More and Mayukh Goswami created this animated film (shared online by Dust) about a woman whose mind...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Aug 01, 2019. 14 comments

How the Smithsonian Prevents Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit From Slowly Destroying Itself With Harmful Gases

How the Smithsonian Prevents Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit From Slowly Destroying Itself With Harmful Gases
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Short of entombing it in a giant resin block like a prehistoric mosquito trapped in amber, the Smithsonian’s conservators can’t stop Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit from slowly breaking down over time. But, as Adam Savage discovered, they have come up with a clever way to slow down the...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 29, 2019. 5 comments

France Announces Plan to Launch Satellites With Defensive Lasers, Possibly Submachine Guns

France Announces Plan to Launch Satellites With Defensive Lasers, Possibly Submachine Guns

An inventor buzzing around on a flyboard clutching a rifle and subsequently borking an attempt to cross the English Channel isn’t the only mildly science fiction-y development concerning the French military lately. In the past week, French Defense Minister Florence Parly said that the country would launch miniature surveillance satellites brimming with defensive weaponry in the next few...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 29, 2019. 6 comments

Hey, Check It Out: Butter Astronauts

Hey, Check It Out: Butter Astronauts

This year’s Ohio State Fair has, par for the course, giant butter sculptures—but this year it has butter astronauts carved to celebrate the recent 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

Per CNET, visitors to the fair (which began on July 24 and runs until Aug. 4 in Columbus, Ohio) can see huge butter carvings of Apollo 11 crewmembers Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins....

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 25, 2019. 10 comments

SpaceX Aborts First Attempted Flight Test of 'Starhopper' Prototype After Engines Fire

SpaceX Aborts First Attempted Flight Test of 'Starhopper' Prototype After Engines Fire

A week after a fireball erupted from the base of SpaceX’s prototype “StarHopper” rocket during a static-fire test at the company’s Boca Chica, Texas facility, the company’s first “untethered” test launch of the craft was aborted after encountering technical difficulties on Wednesday, CNBC reported.

During the test, the rocket was supposed to fire its engines just long enough to lift it...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 22, 2019. 16 comments

Former NASA Intern Scores $1.82 Million for Moon Landing Tapes He Bought at Auction

Former NASA Intern Scores $1.82 Million for Moon Landing Tapes He Bought at Auction

Former NASA intern Gary George sold off three of the agency’s videotapes of the Apollo 11 moon landing for $1.82 million at auction house Sotheby’s on Saturday, the 50th anniversary of the event, CNN reported.

Sotheby’s claims the videos have not been enhanced, restored, or otherwise altered and are the “earliest, sharpest, and most accurate surviving video images of man’s first steps on the...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 21, 2019. 16 comments

European Space Agency Chief Urges Humanity to Protect Apollo 11, Lunokhod 1 Landing Sites

European Space Agency Chief Urges Humanity to Protect Apollo 11, Lunokhod 1 Landing Sites

July 20, 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the date when Apollo 11 crewmembers Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the lunar surface, and the chief of the European Space Agency (ESA) wants to give their landing site, Tranquility Base, special heritage status.

Per the Guardian, ESA director general Jan Wörner wants the site—as well as the landing site of Lunokhod 1,...

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Julie Muncy Julie Muncy Jul 18, 2019. 13 comments

Ad Astra's Second Trailer Teases a Haunting, Operatic Space Thriller

Ad Astra's Second Trailer Teases a Haunting, Operatic Space Thriller
Trailer FrenzyA special place to find the newest trailers for movies and TV shows you're craving.  

Hot on the heels of the first trailer, Ad Astra’s second has dropped, promising lots of Brad Pitt in space , as he hunts his possibly villainous father and deals with the existential terror of the unknown ahead of him.

Lighter on plot details than the first look we saw, this trailer explores the...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 17, 2019. 20 comments

Here Are the Bad Things NASA Thought Might Happen to the First Astronauts on the Moon

Here Are the Bad Things NASA Thought Might Happen to the First Astronauts on the Moon
Moon WeekAs we approach the 50th anniversary of the U.S. landing on the Moon, we look back at the hopes, fears, and ingenuity inspired by our closest cosmic neighbor.  

Fifty years ago this week, humankind landed on the Moon for the first time. It was one of the most impressive technological feats ever pulled off, filled with peril and uncertainty. Given that, it’s fair to wonder just what...

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Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 15, 2019.

Sun and Moon Align to Create Stunning Two-Faced Ice Halo

Sun and Moon Align to Create Stunning Two-Faced Ice Halo


It looks like the sky of an alien world, or a portent for the coming apocalypse, but this photo is actually a day and night composite—two images taken in the same spot along the coast of Östersund, Sweden, roughly ten hours apart.

Astrophotographer Göran Strand captured both images on April 1st. What makes the composite so remarkable are the doppelgänger ice halos surrounding the sun and...

Sarah Zhang Sarah Zhang Jul 15, 2019.

New Horizons is carrying the ashes of Pluto's discoverer to Pluto 

New Horizons is carrying the ashes of Pluto's discoverer to Pluto 

Later this week, NASA's New Horizons probe will finally be close enough to Pluto to begin observing the dwarf planet and its moons. Along with a bevy of scientific instrument, the probe has also been carrying a sentimental payload: a tiny tin of the ashes belonging to Clyde Tombaugh, also known as the man who discovered Pluto.

In 1930, spaceflight was still but a dream and and Tombaugh was a...

Ria Misra Ria Misra Jul 12, 2019.

What's The Greatest Space Photograph You've Ever Seen?

What's The Greatest Space Photograph You've Ever Seen?

Space is not just an incredible scientific and travel destination, it’s also a site for some killer photoshoots. Today, we want to know about the most incredible space pics you’ve ever encountered.

Will it be a close-up view of some far away galaxy? An astronaut selfie? A GIF of a comet behaving rather unusually? A historic image of ground-based shuttle prep? Show us your favorite (with...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 11, 2019. 19 comments

NASA Abruptly Reassigns Top Human Exploration Program Officials as Trump Moon Mandate Looms

NASA Abruptly Reassigns Top Human Exploration Program Officials as Trump Moon Mandate Looms

NASA’s longtime associate administrator for its human exploration program, William Gerstenmaier, has been re-assigned to be a special adviser to NASA Deputy Administrator Jim Morhard in what seems like a fairly clear demotion, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

Gerstenmaier, who has worked for NASA since 1977, had overseen “some of NASA’s most high-profile programs and is known as a...

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Ria Misra Ria Misra Jul 11, 2019.

How the Soviet Union Almost Won the Race to Be First to Photograph Mars

How the Soviet Union Almost Won the Race to Be First to Photograph Mars

In 1969, the U.S. finally won the race with the Soviets to be first to put people on the moon. But the memory of that space race has overshadowed one that came before: the race to be the first to photograph Mars from space. It was the subject of an intense rivalry—and one that the Soviets narrowly missed winning.

Top image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

io9’s comment of the day comes from iCowboy, who...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 11, 2019. 6 comments

Virgin Orbit Carries Out Its First Successful Rocket Drop Test From Modified Boeing 747

Virgin Orbit Carries Out Its First Successful Rocket Drop Test From Modified Boeing 747

Virgin Orbit, the sister company of spaceflight company Virgin Galactic , nailed its first-ever drop test on Wednesday using a dummy LauncherOne rocket deployed from a Boeing 747 carrier named Cosmic Girl, Space.com reported.

The test didn’t involve an actual rocket launch—the Boeing 747 carrier just dropped its 70-foot (21-meter) rocket some 35,000 feet (about 10,670 meters) to a receiving...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 10, 2019. 15 comments

The Rocket That Took Humans to the Moon Will Be Projected on the Washington Monument Next Week

The Rocket That Took Humans to the Moon Will Be Projected on the Washington Monument Next Week

The 50th anniversary of the Moon landing is coming up on July 20 and there are events being held all around Washington D.C. to celebrate. One of the coolest events will be at the Washington Monument, where a full-scale, 363-foot Saturn V rocket will be digitally projected on the landmark as a 17-minute show about the Apollo 11 mission plays on screens nearby.

The event, which is free to the...

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Jamie Condliffe Jamie Condliffe Jul 10, 2019.

This Glorious Mess Is Actually Munich From Space

This Glorious Mess Is Actually Munich From Space

A splattered canvas of reds and greens, this is actually a combination of three radar scans from the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1A satellite as it passed over Bavaria in Southern Germany.

The white sprawl on the right is Munich. The ESA explains what you can see:

Along the northern part of this river, the white radar reflections from buildings give way to an elongated area of vegetation....

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