Cities in the Sky: Science Fiction’s Forgotten Visionaries

Campaign launched to raise funding for an art and animation infused feature length documentary revealing the amazing works of long forgotten science fiction writers.  

 

 

Press release, Portland, Oregon – An innovative documentary, Cities in the Sky: Science Fiction’s Forgotten Visionaries, is currently conducting a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.com. This project is an innovative, art and animation infused look at forgotten and overlooked science fiction writers.  Many of the authors covered have been forgotten and marginalized for hundreds and in some incidences even thousands of years. Yet, these visionary authors foresaw modern developments with often shocking accuracy. More information about the film, can be found at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1611134277/cities-in-the-sky-science-fictions-forgotten-visio.
The hope is that the Kickstarter will raise much-needed funds to bring the stories to life through art and animation. The aim is to focus on a spotlight on these authors and the contribution that they made both to science fiction, as they greatly influenced countless more well-known authors, and culture in general.

Video Of The Day: NASA Johnson Style

NASA Johnson Style

We realize this isn’t the first parody of Korean artist Psy’s Gangnam Style, but this one was too good to pass up.  We’re all huge space geeks at Krypton Radio, and we love this.

And of course, as the only science fiction and comics radio station in the world, it’s our duty to put this song on our playlist.  And we have.

NASA Johnson Style is a volunteer outreach video project created by the students of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. It was created as an educational parody of Psy’s Gangnam Style. The lyrics and scenes in the video have been re-imagined in order to inform the public about the amazing work going on at NASA and the Johnson Space Center.

The video features singing and dancing NASA astronauts including Mike Massimino, (whom we think is the guy up front singing) who deftly repaired the Hubble Space Telescope among other things, Clayton Anderson and Tracy Caldwell Dyson who lived and worked for many months aboard the International Space Station, and Mike Coats, a Shuttle commander and the retiring Director of the Johnson Space Center.

The video also features actual footage from the International Space Station , Apollo moonwalks, the Curiosity rover on Mars, dawn at Vesta, Houston Mission control, the SLS and Orion crew vehicle as well as real research labs and scientists here on Earth.

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Star Trek London 2012 Kicks Off With All 5 Star Trek Captains

All five Star Trek series captains unite at Star Trek London for the UK’s biggest and first official Trek event!

SpaceX ‘Dragon’ First Cargo Flight Begins With Successful Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A privately built rocket lit up the night sky over Florida Sunday (Oct. 7) to kick off the first-ever cargo delivery trip to the International Space Station by a robotic, American-made spacecraft.

The unmanned Dragon space capsule, built by the commercial spaceflight firm SpaceX, roared into space atop the company’s Falcon 9 rocket from a launch pad here at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, beginning a three-day flight to the space station. Liftoff occurred at 8:35 p.m. EDT (0035 Monday GMT).  This is just the first mission, but you could say it’s the most important one, because it’s the first time the craft has been used to deliver cargo to the orbiting science platform. Each flight costs NASA a bit under $1.6 billion.  This flight, being the first mission, is dubbed SpaceX CRS-1 and is expected to arrive at the orbiting lab on Wednesday morning (Oct. 10). The CRS in the flight designation stands for “Commercial Resupply Services”, essentially identifying it as a cargo ship.

NASA space station program manager Mike Suffredini said Dragon’s ability to launch supplies to the station and return cargo back to Earth is a cornerstone of boosting scientific research on the orbiting laboratory, as well as its day-to-day maintenance.  “Not to be overdramatic, but it’s critical to the International Space Station,” Suffredini said during the countdown to launch.

Sunday night’s launch was nearly flawless. One of the Falcon 9 rocket nine engines apparently shut down unexpectedly during the ascent – in this video you might see bits of something in the rocket flare, an indication that something didn’t go quite right – but the booster’s eight other engines compensated for the glitch and delivered the Dragon spacecraft into its intended orbit.  It’s designed to do exactly that, so distributing the responsibility for safe delivery across several engines was all part of the plan.

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