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|Leonard Nimoy, R.I.P.||Friday 27th, 2015 19:06 pm|
|Its with sadness that Leonard Nimoy, the actor who bought Spock from Star Trek to life has died. It was announced by his family that he died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Friday morning. For those who don't what it is, in short, it is a type of obstructive lung disease characterized by chronically poor airflow of which smoking is a common cause of the disease.1 |
Although Spock bought him fame, he was also known for being a singer and one of his most famous songs is about Bilbo Baggins from Middle Earth stories, the Hobbit and to a lesser extent, Lord of the Rings.
He also starred as the Great Paris, a member of the Impossible Mission Force in the Mission: Impossible television series for two years. He would later return to his role of Spock in the first Star Trek movie, Motion Picture and later become director in two more (The Search for Spock and Voyage Home). He would appear in the Star Trek films Undiscovered Country and Final Frontier. He didn't make an appearance in the film series again until Star Trek XI where his character Spock came back from the future to prevent the destruction of his home world of Vulcan. He would then reappear in the sequel which was released four years later as a special guest star.
He was born on March 26th, 1931 to a Dora and Max Nimoy in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Leonard would later serve in the United States Army as a Sargent between 1953 and 1955 before leaving to embark on an acting career. Leonard would appear as a minor character until his big break came with Star Trek. He was the only surviving member of the original episode The Cage as a half-human (Mum) and a half-Vulcan (Dad) to make it through into the full series. He married twice and was a father to two children, Julie and Adam. When I met him, he was willing to go that extra mile with autographs unlike some other Star Trek actors I've met. 2.
The film below is a You Tube video of a collection of Spock quotes that I found so enjoy. Comments
|Lost Beagle 2 has been found on Mars||January 16th, 2014 18:48 pm|
|On Christmas Day 2003, Scientists waited with baited breathe to hear the sound of Blur, the Britpop band broadcast from the surface of Mars. The song had been composed especially for the European Space Agency (E.S.A.) to herald the fact that the British made Beagle 2 lander had indeed landed on the Red planet. However as the hours went on, the hope turned to disappointment as nothing was heard from the red planet. |
Beagle 2 had been the brainchild of Professor Colin Pillinger, Open University Scientist who when hearing that E.S.A. planned to put a Satellite round Mars persuaded the British Government and ESA to allow him and his team to build a probe to land to the planet. The pictures below are of Beagle 2 landing site and an artists impression of Beagle 2 on Mars.
Preliminary results from the pictures have suggested that the probe successfully landed and didn't smash into pieces but the atennae that is used to communicate back to Earth failed to extend. The subsequent enquiry that was carried out concluded that the team behind the project was ill-prepared and the task was too big for the group.2.
Sadly, Professor Colin Pillinger did not live long enough to see the pictures that had been released today by ESA. Colin died on the 7th May, 2014, two days before his 71st Birthday. After the disappointment of Beagle 2, he remained upbeat and hoped to try with Beagle 3 but never got round to building it. Beagle 2 was named after the ship that Charles Darwin, the person who came up with the theory of evolution. Comments
|Whats in store for 2015||January 1st, 2015 09:54 am|
|With Christmas and the New Years Celebrations out of the way, it is now time to look at the forthcoming year. For Universe Guide, the most exciting thing for us in real space is the arrival of New Horizons mission to Pluto, the first time a probe has been sent to the distant dwarf planet. Up until now the only pictures have been long distance fuzzy pictures and artists impressions, now we'll be able to see what the planet hopefully looks like. Last month, N.A.S.A. woke the probe up successfully and the final countdown to the encounter began.
As for the realm of fiction, the single most anticipated event is going to be the release of Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens which will arrive in less than 350 days from now. Coinciding hopefully with the release of the film is the new Battlefront game so you can watch and then pretend to be part of the experience. Other highlights will include the second Avengers film. Other highlights includes the re-imagined Terminator film but neither Avengers nor Terminator will hit the same level of enthusiasm amongst fans as Star Wars. Also in late October, we will see the 24th James Bond film Spectre. Given the way the franchise has been going, James Bond will not be going into space like he did in Moonraker, he'll have his feet firmly on the ground.
End of the World movies make a return as mentioned earlier, the new Terminator film gets a release. In Terminator, we never had a chance to get into space big time as we were too busy fighting robots that wanted to kill their creators, humanity. Also returning to the cinema is Mad Max in the fourth film of the franchise. Fury Road will see Tom Hardy replacing Mel Gibson as Max Rocktansky in a lawless Australia.
There's no major fantasy film out this year, the Middle-Earth trilogy The Hobbit came to an end with Hobbit - Battle of the Five Armies. The next major fantasy film will be out in 2016 with the release of the Warcraft movie. Comments
|The Force Awakens New Character Names||December 12th, 2014 21:11 pm|
|Name of some of the new principle characters of Star Wars - The Force Awakens has been revealed. The Stormtrooper who appeared sweating on the Tatooine like planet is named as Finn. The new lead female character is called Rey and played by Daisy Ridley. The dark Sith like character is called Kylo Ren who is expected to be the main antagonist. The role of main X-Wing pilot is called Poe Dameron. As for non-human characters, the droid seen in the trailer is called BB-8. Comments|
|Results back from Rosetta||December 11th, 2014 19:32 pm|
|The European Space Agency or ESA for short has published some of the results from its Rosetta's mission to land a probe on P67/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The news isn't as good as we had hoped. For years there had been a theory that the makeup of a Comet was that it was made of amongst other things water (H2O) and that they seeded life on the Earth. The lander probe has identified the comet has Deuterium also known as Heavy Water. Deuterium is different to Hydrogen in that it has a neutron whereas Hydrogen has none. 1. Researchers are now turning their attention to asteroids. 2 . Not a waste of money before some might cry foul, if we hadn't gone, we wouldn't have known and stuff that we developed as part of the mission could later be used by everyone. Artificial Limb development is one area being aided by N.A.S.A. space exploration. 3. Comments|
|Terminator Genesys Trailer Released||December 4th, 2014 19:30 pm|
|The first trailer for the new re-imagined Terminator film finally been released. Unlike the previous films where they followed one after another. This film begins at the end, the end of the battle between the humans and the computer Skynet. The film will feature Matt Smith who played a recent incarnation of Doctor Who. Matt is rumoured to play a major role but he is not John Connor, that privilege goes to Jason Clarke who appeared in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The trailer shows Sarah Connor as being more self assured and firey like she was in Terminator 2, Judgment Day than in the original. Sarah Connor is to be played by Emilia Clarke who is most famouse for playing Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones Arnold Schwarzenneger returns to play a character but what the character is is unknown, whether he is a Terminator or a human.|
There are quite a few nods to previous Terminator films with the chasing terminator being dressed as a cop, Kyle Reese getting his clothes from a shop. The film Terminator Genisys is due out at the end of June 2015. Comments
|James Bond Retuns in SPECTRE||December 4th, 2014 18:50 pm|
|Details regarding the 24th James Bond film have been released and the title of the film is SPECTRE. In previous films such as You Only Live Twice, the terrorist organisation that James Bond was battling was called SPECTRE but with dots in the name as it was an acronym. In the introduction, SPECTRE was spelt without dots. The organisation was headed by Ernst Stavro Blofeld but in the film, the lead antagonist is Oberhauser who with his hench man Mr Hinx is up to something. It is rumoured that Oberhauser will turn out to be Blofeld but its just a rumour.|
Also returning to help Bond is Q, the gadgetman along with other colleagues such as M and Miss Moneypenny. The Bond women as they prefer to be called instead of Bond Girls are Madeleine Swann and Lucia Sciarra but as for their roles, its not been revealed yet which side they are on. Lucia Sciarra is played by Monica Bellucci who had a brief part at the start of The World is Not Enough.
It will see James Bond returning to the snow which the character hadn't done since Die Another Day if you exclude the small visit he did in Quantum of Solace. Other locations he will visit will include Mexico City (Mexico), Rome (Italy), Tangiers and Erfound (Morocco). James will also be in London (United Kingdom), his home country. How long he will be in those countries for the film is anyones guess. Comments
|The first Star Wars - The Force Awakens trailer is released.||November 28th, 2014, 18:39 pm|
|The new Star Wars film The Force Awakens has had its premier showing at U.S. cinemas. The clip doesn't give much away, all it shows are a couple of face and vehicle shots. It does back up the rumours about John Boyega's character being a stormtrooper. It shows Daisy Ridleys character racing on a new Landspeeder. Although both the old Stormtroopers and the Millenium Falcon are in the shot, the old characters such as Princess Leia and Han Solo do not appear.
|Look at the new Blood Elves||November 26th, 2014, 19:42 pm|
|When Warlords of Draenor was announced, Blizzard also announced that the races from the Vanilla/Classic and Burning Crusade would be updated except the Blood Elves who would be updated post-release. Although some of the changes do look awesome such as the Night Elf, the male Humans do look hilarious. Blizzard have now released what the Blood Elves will look like post update.
|Rosetta Philae lands on comet||November 12th, 20014 6:59 pm|
|Rosetta's Philae lander has finally landed on its target, P67/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after a ten year journey. After a tense wait, the signal that they had been hopping for finally came through much to everyone joy. Now it is hoped some of the questions the mission set out with can be answered. *Edit* Philae landed in a shaded area of the comet, this meant its onboard battery could receive the sunlight it needed to replenish its batteries. Scientists carried out as many experiments they could do before the batteries finally went dead. Now comes the analysing part. Comments|
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