So, Coheed And Cambria have released a video for “The Afterman”, which comes off their latest album The Afterman: Ascension (iTunes). In it, a beautiful woman in a lovely summer dress watches a space shuttle launch only to see the shuttle explode, a lá Challenger. Afterwords, she rows out in a little dinghy to pick up one of the astronauts who, miraculously, was wearing a parachute and managed to escape the fireball unscathed.
Once in the boat, does the astronaut frantically row towards the wreckage, hoping to find more survivors? Does this nameless woman row him to shore for medical attention? Nope. They make out, cuddle and stare off into the sunset while enjoying the rollicking motion of the waves. Oh, and then he tucks her in and sinks into the ocean (spoiler alert: he’s actually Aquaman). Kudos to you two for being wholly inappropriate.
On every Mars morning, the folks at NASA wake up the Mars Curiosity Rover with some good ole’ fashioned music. There were people wondering what that music might be, so in a recent Reddit Q&A session, the crew put out the playlist. Included were songs from Beatles, Wagner, Anthrax, 30 Seconds To Mars, and more. I think this is a really cool idea. Instead of just hitting an ‘On’ button, they ‘wake up’ the rover with good ole’ fashioned music. I just wish that there were a place where people could make their own submissions and NASA would follow through. How cool would it be to have your name and song picked for the Curiosity wake up call?
That guy you see in the picture above is Richard Garriott, and he shot Apogee Of fear, an 8 minute sci-fi horror short. And he shot it in space. For real!
Apparently Garriott visited the international space station in 2008 as on a paid civilian trip. The screenplay was written by Tracy Hickman and two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut served as the crew.
There was some doubt that that short would get released due to the intergalactic equivalent of not having a film permit (NASA says Garriott’s film was outside the scope of his agreement with them), but that seems to have been cleared up now. Perhaps we can se Apogee Of Fear in the near future.
Per Wired, “NASA is working with Richard Garriott to facilitate the video’s release. While the project was not part of his original Space Act agreement with NASA, everyone involved had the best of intentions. We hope to resolve the remaining issues expeditiously, and we appreciate Richard’s cooperation and his ongoing efforts to get people excited about the future of space exploration.”
Thanks to Jonathan Barkan for passing this info along. What do you guys think? Want to see a short horror film actually shot in space? READ MORE
A little while ago, I was able to chat with The Walking Dead and Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary about his approach to composing, what we can expect from season 2 of The Walking Dead, his work with the Angry Video Game Nerd, and his love of Oingo Boingo. Check after the jump for the exclusive interview!
Earlier today, the shuttle Atlantis took off for its last voyage into space, ending a 30-year mission. To commemorate this historic flight, NASA commissioned Bear McCreary, composer of The Walking Dead and Battlestar Galactica, to compose a fitting fanfare to mark the occasion. To read Bear’s words about this experience, head over to his blog.
What has two thumbs, does really awful graphic design work (shut up, that picture is AWESOME!) and happens to think that Nine Inch Nails and NASA kick ass? Why, your lovely music editor, of course! After the jump, you can watch an awesome mash-up of Nine Inch Nails‘ music laid over pictures taken by NASA’s Cassini project.
My mom says I make the best pictures. This one is DEFINITELY going on the fridge!
UPDATE: New bacteria found. I wanted to wait until the official announcement before conjuring up excitement here on the site, but reports loaded with assumptions have hit the web like an ugly rash. NASA announced today that they will “hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 2, 2010, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe.” Note the release says “search for” and not “discovery of”. Anyone expecting NASA to announce little green/grey men with big black eyes are in for a shock when it turns out to be the discovery of “space bacteria” or something similar. If anything “shocking” is revealed (and it won’t be), we’ll report back humbled and asking for your forgiveness. READ MORE