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Ghostbusters: 30 Things You Might Not Know About The Classic Comedy

It’s headed back into theaters, for one thing!

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First Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer Sends The Enterprise Underwater

The first ever trailer for Star Trek into Darkness, the follow-up to JJ Abrams’ 2009 sort of reboot of the Star Trek universe has arrived, and it does a pretty good job of keeping us in the dark about who Benedict Cumberbatch is playing. He is, however, clearly the movie’s villain and very much the focus of this first teaser trailer.

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Dan Aykroyd Has Plans For Ghostbusters 4, But What About Ghostbusters 3?

For years Dan Aykroyd has been feverishly working to make Ghostbusters 3 happen. For a short time earlier this year, it looked like it just might. A few months ago, Sony halted production of Ghostbusters 3 due to “enormous financial troubles.” But somehow Aykroyd now feels like Ghostbusters 3 is now closer than ever to getting made.

In an interview with Esquire, Aykroyd voiced his optimism for Ghostbusters 3. He also revealed his plans for a possible Ghostbusters 4 and more future Ghostbusters movies. Someone should tell Aykroyd that he has to actually complete Ghostbusters 3 before going on to the next movie. Aykroyd stated,

[B]ecause of the ever-shifting sands and nature of the motion-picture business, I will just say that hopefully, at some point, it will be morphing into what is known in the business as a ‘production number XP39789. Then I will begin to rent cars, get hotel rooms, and bill for writing. But that point hasn’t come. All my work has been gratis to this point, as Ivan [Reitman]‘s has, and I’m hoping that I can get that production number set up in L.A. and help everyone bring the movie to fruition, as the originator and creator of the concept.

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More Space Helmets Than You’ve Ever Seen In One Place At the Same Time

There are few tropes in all of science fiction as iconic as a good old-fashioned space helmet. And now, for the first time in one place, you can peep at fifty-two cinematic space helmets all cut together for your amusement. How many of them do you think you can name without cheating?

This video comes from a patient, patient man named Keith Melton. As you may have guessed from the title “Helmet Oddity,” the music prominently features David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” But that’s not all; Bowie’s hit is delightfully mashed-up with “Eleanor Rigby” by the Beatles.

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First Official Ender’s Game Image

Lionsgate has released the first official image from their adaptation of Ender’s Game. The following image involves Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) getting confronted by Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) about sending secret emails to his sister Valentine (Abigail Breslin). It’s not really much to go by but this image looks like The Hunger Games mixed with Full Metal Jacket in outer space. Check out the image below…

Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield in Ender’s Game

The photo is courtesy of EW. Ender’s Game is the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s science fiction space opera series. The story takes place in the future when man is at war with aliens called Formics or “Buggers.” The best and brightest children are recruited to a battle school in space where they train to be generals of the human offensive. The character of Ender Wiggin is the smartest of the new recruits, which makes him a prime target to be their leader.

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New Type of Galaxy Found Because Astronomy Wins

Just when you thought the universe was all out of things to amaze us with, it gets that much more stunning. And you never really thought that anyway, because come on, it’s outer space, and it doesn’t stop, even when the party does.

Mischa Schirmer, Gemini Observatory astronomer at large, was just minding his own business, looking for galaxy clusters as one is prone to do after lunch. Startling, he stumbled across an image of a galaxy, only it was an unusually bright shade of green and didn’t share all the similarities of other galaxy types. Almost as surprising, a complete lack of bureaucracy entered into his application to use the European Space Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, and a few days and some focus honing later, Schirmer had officially discovered himself a galaxy cluster. Read the anti-layman paper here.

They are being called “green bean galaxies,” due to the color and superficial similarity to green pea galaxies. Or for something more bumper sticker worthy, its’ official name is “J224024.1-092748.” J2240 lies in the Aquarius constellation, and its light took 3.7 billion years to reach us. The bright green color, one of the brightest ever, comes from ionized oxygen, and covers the entire region, unlike normal galaxies where only the center shines the brightest, relevant to the size of the black hole in its center. The astronomers believe the glow must be an echo from the black hole’s more active days. That’s more reverb than Pink Floyd’s entire catalog. Or maybe it’s less. Space-time within music references isn’t my strong suit.

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NASA Stalwart Rover Opportunity Has Completed Matijevic Hill Observations

I can’t tell you how many things I’ve owned that didn’t last nine years without malfunctioning in at least one way. Yet the Opportunity rover is still going as strong as it ever was, proving to be one of the most cost-effective tools ever built, lasting 36 times longer than the original three-month mission.

NASA reported Opportunity is finished with its latest duty, a complete circuit around the Matijevic Hill that sits on the Western rim of the spacious Endeavor crater, itself 14 miles in diameter. Opportunity took a counterclockwise route around Matijevic Hill, named for Jacob Matijevic, who for years was the engineering team leader behind the Spirit and Opportunity rovers. Opportunity drove about 1,169 feet around the hill, bringing its total amount of martian drive time a mere 22 miles. Sounds like daily traffic down I-10.

“If you are a geologist studying a site like this, one of the first things you do is walk the outcrop, and that’s what we’ve done with Opportunity,” explains Steve Squyres, the mission’s principal investigator out of Cornell University. This specific site was chosen years earlier due to orbiting spacecraft detecting traces of clay minerals nearby. Clay forms under the wet, non-acidic conditions that are favorable for producing life, though it will probably be a while before anything of that nature is determined.