Video: Revised trailer for 2001: A Space Odyssey

The classic movie 2001: A Space Odyssey  began showing in the UK again in selected theaters in the UK last week as part of the British Film Institute‘s (BFI) program:  Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder. See also In cinemas: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) | BFI.

Here are some articles about the movie:

Here’s the updated trailer:

Update: And here is an essay in praise of great sci-fi movies : Stephen McGinty: Outer space forces a look inside – The Scotsman

For movies like Gravity, Interstellar and 2001: A Space Odyssey aren’t just a series of stunning images but are exercises in metaphysical philosophy. They can prompt an audience to ponder what it means to be human, to examine the fragility of both ourselves and our world. Bladerunner, which is also set to enjoy a cinematic re-release, is most memorable for making the audience consider what it means to be human and to question the meaning of life through the death of an android (“Too bad she won’t live … but then again, who does?”) It used to be said that: “In space no-one can hear you scream” but this is being re-written, for today’s cinema-goers: “In space no-one can hear you think”.

Mars One update

Mars One posts the December issue of their newsletter : Lights, camera…action! The Mars One round 2 candidate interviews are just around the corner –

Lights, camera…action! These are very exciting times for the candidates due to the fact that the Mars One round 2 candidate interviews are just around the corner. From the original 202,586 applicants, only 663 remaining candidates will be interviewed. This interview is the next step in narrowing down the list of possible candidates flying to Mars!

Update: A recent episode of The Space Show discussed a student simulation of the Mars One plan: MIT Students Analysis of the Mars One Mission Plan, Tuesday, 11-25-14 – Thespaceshow’s Blog –

Listen to the audio (mp3).

Video: “Wanderers”

A marvelous acclamation of the pull of wanderlust :

Each of the places depicted in Wanderers is an actual place in our solar system. When real photos or map data was available, Wernquist used them to guide his digital recreations. You can read about each of the places and their scientific basis in an accompanying gallery of stills:leaving our home planet, surfing the rings of Saturn, basking above Jupiter’s epic storms,mining asteroids, and so much more.