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Hubble 3D Blasts Off Again

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Hubble 3D will open in additional IMAX theaters on Aug. 20, and will play for a special limited time engagement. The film, which debuted on March 19, initially launched in 55 domestic and 15 international IMAX locations to rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.

Narrated by award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio, the film documents the STS-125 shuttle mission to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope. The film is a joint venture between NASA, the IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures.

“Thanks to our wonderful partners at Warner Bros. and NASA, Hubble 3D offered us the opportunity to take audiences on an astounding, immersive journey — from the thundering launch into space to witness first-hand the astronauts’ mastery at performing ‘brain surgery’ on Hubble, all the way to the outer edges of our universe in groundbreaking flythroughs,” said producer/director Toni Myers. “We are gratified that the film was so well received during its initial launch, and we are very excited that more people will have the opportunity to learn about Hubble’s amazing discoveries.”

The IMAX 3-D cameras launched aboard space shuttle Atlantis on May 11, 2009, during the STS-125 mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Astronauts documented the [...]

New DVD Features Buzz Lightyear’s Mission Logs from the International Space Station

New DVD Features Buzz Lightyear's Mission Logs from the International Space Station

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After living his dream of space travel, Buzz Lightyear returned to Earth aboard space shuttle Discovery’s STS-128 mission on Sept. 11, 2009, following more than 15 months of dedicated service onboard the space station. The 12-inch-tall action star flew to space as part of an education initiative between Disney Parks, Pixar and NASA.

NASA, Pixar and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment teamed up to celebrate Buzz Lightyear’s cosmic achievement as the longest tenured space ranger with the March 23, 2010 release of the Toy Story and Toy Story 2 on Blue-ray + DVD Combo Pack. Both Blue-ray DVDs contain special bonus educational material – Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs – as Buzz reports back about his adventures aboard the International Space Station. The mission logs were produced as part of an agreement between NASA and Disney-Pixar to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in younger audiences through the familiar venues of Buzz Lightyear, NASA and space station.

“Buzz’s historic spaceflight is a great example of spreading the excitement of space exploration to students around the world,” said Joyce Winterton, assistant administrator for education at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “We hope that our space station crews and [...]

ESA highlights online games as key future technology

ESA highlights online games as key future technology

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Video gaming has become one of the globe’s most popular pastimes. Fans say games are often educational, their detractors answer they are anything but. Might ESA have something to learn from gaming? A new Agency study says the answer is yes.

It comes from ESA’s Technology Observatory, which is tasked with scanning non-space sectors to look for developments with potential for spin-in or joint research. The study, Online Game Technology for Space Education and System Analysis, looks at potential applications of different online game-playing technologies from the simplest content-oriented games through to Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) virtual worlds.

The study highlights a number of ways in which these technologies could benefit ESA aims: immersive environments based on these technologies could enhance collaborative working of project scientists and engineers. It was also recognised that exciting online games could prove an excellent tool for promoting space and supporting the teaching of science, technology, engineering and maths.

As part of the study, a video of a potential future game environment was produced, showing future human exploration of Jupiter’s ice moon Europa. Secondary school and university students are considered as the natural target audience of such ‘exploratory learning environments’, being [...]

Solaris – 1972

On the space station from the nearby Solaris Planet, strange things happen.

Psychologist Kris Kelvin is assigned to the space station in order to check the mental health of the on-board scientists.


Solaris – 2002

George Clooney plays Chris Kelvin in this Remake of the original Solaris.


Space Cowboys – 2000

Clint Eastwood plays a retired space engineer. When he is called upon to rescue a failing satellite, he insists that his old teammates accompany him into space.

More details at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0186566/

Red Planet – 2000

An interesting movie with Val Kilmer starring Robby Gallagher and Carrie-Anne Moss as Cmdr. Kate Bowman.

More details at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0199753/

Mission to Mars – 2000

Mission to Mars

Although it’s not one of Brian De Palma’s best, it’s a good movie for science fiction enthusiasts.

More details at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0183523/

ESA Bulletin 139 (August 2009)

ESA Bulletin 139

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The August issue of the Bulletin introduces Europe’s new astronauts, who are starting their training at the European Astronaut Centre this September. Read the Bulletin and other publications online, with our new visualisation tool.

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In this issue of ESA’s flagship magazine, we focus on one of ESA’s newest establishments, the European Space Astronomy Centre, at Villanueva de la Cañada in Spain – home to the scientific operations centres for ESA’s astronomy and planetary missions, along with their scientific archives.Also in the spotlight, the Scientific Ground Segments of ESA’s Herschel infrared space telescope and the Planck cosmic background mapper, launched in May to unveil the secrets of the darkest, coldest and oldest parts of the Universe.

Completing this issue, we look at how a study of impact craters on Earth and Mars is helping us to understand the evolution of our Solar System, and finally, a look at some small cameras with a big job: the Visual Monitoring Cameras carried on ESA spacecraft. One of these cameras is giving the world a view of Mars every week and encouraging the public to get involved with Europe’s exploration of the Red Planet.

The Bulletin is published four [...]

ESA Bulletin 138


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The May issue of the Bulletin features Herschel and Planck, and ESA’s next astronaut missions. There’s also a new way to read the Bulletin and other publications online, with our new visualisation tool. Read online

Launched this month, ESA’s Herschel infrared space telescope and the Planck cosmic background mapper are two of the most ambitious missions ever attempted – to unveil the secrets of the darkest, coldest and oldest parts of the Universe.

Also in this issue of ESA’s flagship magazine, we look at the Product Assurance and Safety (PA&S) department at ESTEC, Noordwijk. This is the ‘powerhouse’ for quality in ESA, with the responsibility to identify and mitigate all aspects of space projects that could have adverse effects on mission success. Together with the project review cycle, this department provides ESA’s essential backbone for transparency and independent reporting to top-level corporate management.

We have an interview with Jean-Yves Le Gall, chairman and CEO of Arianespace. Mr Le Gall talks about the success of Ariane from the operator’s point of view, and provides an outlook for the future of ESA’s growing launch vehicle family.

Completing this issue, we look at the upcoming missions for European astronauts, highlighting [...]