Rosetta To Attempt First Ever Comet Landing This Week, Get The Details Here

philae landerTen years ago, the European Space Agency (ESA) launched the Rosetta probe, and earlier this year it caught up with Comet 69P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. On Wednesday, Rosetta will release its Philae lander, which will then attempt the first-ever landing on a comet.

Humans haven’t landed probes or rovers on very many planetary bodies. We’ve set crafts down on the moon, Mars, Venus, Titan, and on two asteroids, but that’s in. This comet will be the seventh, and landing on a comet is no easy feat. Right now, Comet 69P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is moving pretty darn fast—forty times faster than a bullet. It’s also spinning and ejecting gas. That makes it a potentially tougher object to land on than Mars, and even then, Curiosity’s nail-biting landing two years ago was a close call.


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Finds Strength And Courage In This TV Spot

Another day, another piece of promotion for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1. Over the weekend we saw a clip introducing some of the new faces, but this new TV spot returns the focus to heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) with an emphasis on how hard it can be to be her friend.

It’s easy to be brave and strong and stand up for what’s right when it’s just you who has to pay the price, but when your friends and family, the people you care about, get caught in the crossfire, things get a little more dicey. That’s the main point of this video, and is one of the key strategies that President Snow (Donald Sutherlan), despotic leader of Panem, plans to use against Katniss. He’s going to tear down everything she holds dear in this world and try to push her to her breaking point.


Four Unfaithful Sci-Fi Book Adaptations That Resulted In Great Sci-Fi Films

StarshipWhen it comes to movie adaptations of books, 100% faithful isn’t always a good thing, nor is unfaithful necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes a slavishly faithful transfer from a book results in a cinematic mess, whereas a film that only uses the source material as a leaping-off point can generate something fun or fascinating it its own right. Consider Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers, which ended up satirizing many of the themes and concepts Robert Heinlein addressed with a straight face in his 1959 novel. As a result, Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers is by no means a faithful adaptation of Heinlein’s, but it is undeniably entertaining in its own right.

In honor of Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers having just celebrated an anniversary, we decided to look back at some of our favorite unfaithful science fiction book adaptations that nevertheless turned out just fine.

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Orphan Black’s Ominous Season 3 Teaser Will Make You Wish It Was Next Summer

BBC America’s excellent clone drama Orphan Black is embarking on its third season and continues to be one of the best, most inventive shows on our TVs. There’s not a solid date for when we will see new episodes of the critically acclaimed, publicly under-watched series—some estimates say it won’t drop until summer 2015—but now we’ve got a new teaser just to keep your interest, and though it doesn’t reveal much, it’s kind of perfect.

When I say it doesn’t reveal much, I should say that this trailer doesn’t actually reveal anything, though there may be some hints buried in there for eagle-eyed observers. The spot juxtaposes the image of a cell dividing again and again over the haunting tones of Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me.” It gives you a sense of tone, and given the subject matter, the idea of Sarah (Tatiana Maslany), and all of her other clones, being their own people and not belonging to anyone else, is especially important. More than anything else, this video sets a mood for the upcoming season.


The Walking Dead: Watch Carol Get Grim In This Clip For Next Week’s Episode

After the biggest stumble they’ve had in some time with “Slabtown,” The Walking Dead righted the ship with last night’s “Self Help,” which showcases some characters that have been woefully underutilized until now—Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), Rosita (Christian Serratos), and Eugene (Josh McDermitt). Now we’ve got our first look at the next installment, “Consumed,” as well as some behind the scenes looks at “Self Help.”

“Slabtown” caught us up with Beth (Emily Kinney), who had been missing in action since season 4, and it looks like “Consumed” is going to show Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride) and their efforts to track her down. Out for an evening stroll a couple episodes back, they saw a car with a white cross painted in the window, like the one that took Beth, and gave chase.


Watch This Trailer For The Doctor Who Christmas Special

Well, it’s November, which, according to just about every retail outlet in the known universe, means it’s Christmas season. Everyone has their own traditions that range from extensive family gatherings all the way down to somber solo evenings at the local dive bar. One of our favorite ways to celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus, however, is with the annual Doctor Who Christmas Special, and the BBC just released a new trailer for this year’s installment.

While most holiday specials tend to be bright and festive, this is taking the exact opposite route, going dark and somber. In fact, this resembles the set up for a few horror-themed sci-fi movies (or you could probably say sci-fi-themed horror movies if you prefer) that we’re rather fond of. There’s a serious Alien vibe going on here in the tone, color, and overall appearance. Not to mention that creepy close up of a monster’s mouth opening. Set in a blistering blizzard as it is, you can’t help but thing of John Carpenter’s The Thing. And both of those are just fine with us.