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Syfy Options A Slew Of New Sci-Fi Series

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McCallEven though Syfy’s original movies are more creature features than actual science fiction, and their reality shows are almost all about the paranormal, and their actual name is just a made-up word, the original series Syfy puts out, regardless of quality, usually do fall within the realm of actual sci-fi. They’ve just kicked it up a notch, adding seven more original series to their upcoming roster, which already includes the highly anticipated Defiance, the Blake’s 7 reboot, and Ron Moore’s Helix. From space operas to space mysteries to meteorite crashes, this will be a year in which Syfy leaves our planet behind and takes viewers all over the universe. At least, through a TV screen. Let’s go over some of them, shall we?

Sojourn: From screenwriter Phil Levens (Smallville) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity) comes this mystery set aboard a starship heading to colonize another planet. For the first time ever, a space detective is needed to investigate a murder that ends up leading to a conspiracy involving a crime that happened back when the ship launched. Drama!

Shelter: As a massive meteorite heads toward Earth, 30,000 people are chosen to begin a new society in an underground government facility. But perhaps not all is as it seems. This will be written by Bruce Joel Rubin (Deep Impact) and Ari Rubin.

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NASA Plans To Wrangle Asteroids Beginning In 2019

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If you think NASA’s latest scheme sounds like it was lifted directly from Michael Bay’s Armageddon, then you’re not alone. The plan is to capture a small asteroid using a robotic probe and then relocate it to somewhere around the moon. This would all go down in 2019. Astronauts would then begin playing around and exploring the asteroid a few years later, in 2021.

If this happens, it will be the first time that humans have gone beyond the low levels of Earth’s atmosphere in decades. The last time we broke that barrier was in 1972 with Apollo 17. Some theorize that this could lay the groundwork for a future mission to Mars. Though there hasn’t been an official announcement from NASA, both Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat from Florida, and an unnamed White House official have let it slip about this plan.

Nelson is himself a former astronaut—he flew on Columbia in 1986—and serves as the chairman of the Senate Science and Space Subcommittee. According to a press conference Friday, the plan involves a diminutive robotic probe, which will attempt to grab an asteroid in a device that is described as “a baggie with a drawstring.” Don’t you love it when they get all technical?

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Lego Version Of Knight Rider’s KITT Is Silent But Deadly

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I like the growing consensus of artists who are saying, “Anything you can do, I can do better. And with Legos.” In the next 10 years, I see an influx of Lego builders who will recreate everything the world has ever seen, using solely the multi-colored building blocks. And only then will we find out where Jimmy Hoffa is buried.

“You can play with me, Michael, but I am not a toy.” That’s a made-up line of dialogue I just gave to this snazzy Lego rendition of that most badass of talking vehicles, KITT from the TV show Knight Rider. (Sorry, Speed Buggy.) We just recently oohed and ahhed over Lego architecture artist Orion Pax — real name: Alex Jones — who recreated the Ghostbusters firehouse and the Ninja Turtles Party Wagon, and even though KITT isn’t boasting the same amount of insane detail, it’s still a project worthy of more than a few impressed stares.

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Ghostbusters Firehouse Recreated In Amazing Detail With Legos

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Webster’s Dictionary’s website defines research as an “investigation or experimentation aimed at the discovery and interpretation of facts, revision of accepted theories or laws in the light of new facts, or practical application of such new or revised theories or laws.” But nowhere does it say anything about Ghostbusters, so fuck that definition.

German Lego builder/artist Alexander Jones — who goes by the Internet name Orion Pax — kicked life in the face and spent months relentlessly watching the two Ghostbusters films, as well as The Real Ghostbusters cartoon, researching and planning a near-perfect Lego representation of the famed firehouse headquarters at 14 North Moore Street in New York. To say his efforts were a success is like saying Ghostbusters is slightly better than it would have been with original cast members Eddie Murphy and John Candy. This model, which is almost too good to call a model, is amazingly intricate and filled with details everybody but set designers take for granted.

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European Space Agency Says NASA Is Planning To Return To The Moon Within A Decade

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For the first time since 1972, NASA is planning to go back to the Moon. According to the European Space Agency, two trips are being planned, with the first one an unmanned mission in 2017. Assuming that one is successful, the first manned mission to the Moon since Apollo 17 will take place in 2019.

The European Space Agency is currently developing an Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle for deep space exploration for NASA. The module is based on the European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle, a drone built to haul cargo to the International Space Station. It’s believed that NASA would use the Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle for these two lunar missions.

Why is NASA looking to the ESA for a space module? Apparently it’s to save money and cut costs. For the first time in NASA history, the space agency is looking outside of the US to “develop a critical technology for a manned space flight program.” NASA had been working with contractor Lockheed Martin to design an Orion service module, but they halted those plans when the ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle proved it could be repurposed for NASA’s needs.

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NASA May Soon Announce More Manned Missions To The Moon

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NASA had a big win with the Mars Curiosity rover, putting space exploration back in the minds of the general public in a way it hadn’t been in a long time. And while Curiosity continues to send back amazing images and data from the Red Planet, the American space agency may have something even bigger up their sleeve. Experts on NASA are claiming that the organization will soon be announcing further manned missions to the moon.

As reported by Space.com, these missions would be part of a multi-stage plan to further advance the exploration of our solar system. Space policy expert John Logsdon, professor emeritus at George Washington University, told Space.com that these plans have been in the works for a while, and may have already been approved by the Obama administration, but NASA was holding off until after the election to make the official announcement, since they weren’t sure which presidential candidate they’d be working with for the next four years. Logsdon explains: “NASA has been evolving its thinking, and its latest charts have inserted a new element of cislunar/lunar gateway/Earth-moon L2 sort of stuff into the plan.”