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Is The International Space Station Wearing An Enterprise Costume?

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In the beginning, art imitated life, with cave paintings and such. At some point, life began imitating art. (Such as that cave paintings improv group that’s all the rage.) Star Trek has for years intrigued both fans and non-fans alike with the technologies created for the franchise, and how these futuristic advancements could help human beings in the present. Not that we’re bitter, scientists!

So I have to ask, “Did somebody turn the International Space Station into the U.S.S. Enterprise and not tell anybody?” The folks over at Scientific AMerican brought to light a picture from Romanian photographer Maximilian Teodorescu earlier this month, taken as the ISS crossed the face of the Moon. Here’s the full picture, to give you a sense of the scale.

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NASA Inks Partnership With SpaceX To Supply The International Space Station

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Space exploration will be soon privatized. This week, NASA announced the first private business to do a supply run to the International Space Station would launch on October 7th. The company, SpaceX, will co-fund the mission with NASA to re-supply the orbiting space station.

The CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, signed a deal with NASA for the next 12 missions to the space station and is excited for this venture to haul cargo for NASA. Musk spoke to CBS This Morning about the partnership with NASA, his hopes for the future of space exploration, and SpaceX’s long-term goals for the Red Planet Mars:

The technology necessary to transport large numbers of people and cargo to Mars, ultimately with the goal of establishing a self-sustaining civilization on Mars. I know it’s within the realm of possible… You need to live in a dome initially but over time you could terraform Mars to look like Earth and eventually walk around outside without anything on. …So it’s a fixer-upper of a planet. In order for us to have a future that’s exciting and inspiring, it has to be one where we’re a space-bearing civilization.

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Russia Planning An Entire Space Industry, Not Just A Moon Return

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Yesterday we told you about Russia’s plan to put a man on the moon by 2030, but now more details of their intentions towards space have been revealed. It’s not just a return to the moon they’re targeting, but an entire industry in outer space.

Here’s a point by point breakdown of everything Russia wants to accomplish by the year 2030, as reported by Wired:

    – Construction on a new Vostochny cosmodrome is already underway in the east of Russia. Will be completed by 2018.
    – By 2020 Russia plans to have a new, six-seat rocket called the Angara in use, replacing the outdated Soyuz as the backbone of their space fleet.
    – Russian robot probes will be sent to Mars to collect samples.
    – A network of unmanned stations will land and be positioned permanently on Mars.
    – Russian astronauts will land on the moon.
    – Planetary probes will be sent to Venus and Jupiter.
    – They’re considering plans for an orbiting station to replace the International Space Station, which is only funded until 2020.
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Liv Tyler To Star In Space Thriller The Side Effect

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Liv Tyler has been sort of flying under the radar these past few years, at least compared to the high profile her role in the Lord of the Rings films gave her. One of her newly announced projects ought to get people’s attention, however, because she’s going into outer space. Tyler will be starring in the upcoming space thriller The Side Effect, directed by horror wunderkind Ti West (House of the Devil).

The Side Effect will cast Tyler as Catherine Rigby, a woman who volunteers to be a test subject for an international pharmaceutical company. She agrees to spend several months alone in space as part of an experiment. Sounds exciting, if a bit lonely, right? Well, the “lonely” part is resolved when she suddenly finds herself pregnant. Rather than assuming this spontaneous pregnancy is the foreordained coming of Space Jesus, Catherine is instead quite alarmed and contacts the company to try to figure out just what in the hell is going on. Needless to say, the corporate types aren’t terribly forthcoming or helpful, so Catherine finds herself stranded alone in space, growing increasingly paranoid as she tries to figure out what exactly is growing in her belly. That’s what she gets for not making that facehugger wear a condom.

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Farscape Celebrates 15 Years: Today In Science Fiction

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FarscapeMan, there’s nothing worse than your favorite shows making you feel oooooolllllllllld. At least the anniversary of Farscape, which premiered 15 years ago today on what was still then called the Sci-Fi Channel, isn’t quite as painful as the realization that it’s been over 20 years since Babylon 5’s pilot TV movie The Gathering first aired. Thankfully, while B5 continues to dwindle into obscurity because Warner Bros. refuses to put the damn thing on Netflix already, Farscape is available for streaming on both Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime Instant Video. If you’ve been meaning to give the show a look, what better time to start?

But even if you’re not feeling it after the first couple of episodes, just stick with it — trust me. I gave it only a couple of episodes initially before losing interest. Why was this show’s tone all over the map? What was with all the Muppets? Why was it all so…weird? Thankfully a few episodes down the line a friend talked me into giving it another shot, and that’s when I got well and truly hooked on a series that became one of my all-time favorites. And that weirdness? That’s one of the best things about the show.

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Cosmos Wrangles Up The Biggest Global Audience In National Geographic History

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CosmosIf you spend much time perusing the wares here at GFR, you probably already know, or at least guessed, that we were pretty big fans of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Seth McFarlane’s (yes, that Seth McFarlane) updated version of Carl Sagan’s classic science show Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Surprising that we might be way into a program like this that explores the bigger questions of science and the universe, isn’t it? We also suspect that many of you out there in Internet land enjoyed Cosmos as well, but we aren’t the only ones, as the series drew the biggest worldwide audience the National Geographic Channel has ever wrangled.

Last spring, Fox debuted the revamped series in over 180 countries. In an unusual cross-platform release, Cosmos aired on 90 National Geographic channels, as well as more than 120-Fox-branded stations across the world. If that sounds like a lot, it is. We’re talking about the largest single global TV launch in history. Just in the U.S., on ten outlets, including Fox, National Geographic, FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo, and Fox Life.