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NASA Ignores The Monolith’s Warnings, Plans To Land On Europa

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2001 gets all the praise and retrospectives and spots on the “Best Movies of All Time” lists, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the 1984 sequel 2010, directed by Peter Hyams. I love Roy Scheider’s performance as Dr. Heywood Floyd. I love the pervasive sense of wonder, from the something mysterious lurking in a crater on the surface of Europa to the ghostly Dave Bowman’s cryptic promises that “something wonderful” was going to happen. And, almost more than all the rest of it, I love that ending. The monolith – scratch that, monoliths — collapse Jupiter into a new star and we get that closing shot of a single monolith standing vigil over a newly tropical Europa, starting the whole process of life all over again. It seems, however, that the folks at NASA are not fans of 2010, because they are going against the stern warnings of the monolith aliens and planning a landing on Jupiter’s moon of Europa.

According to Space, NASA plans to send two robotic landers to explore the surface of Europa, which is considered to be one of the most likely locations for discovering extraterrestrial life within our solar system. The mission is being developed by scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, and would be targeted to launch in 2020. The mission will investigate whether life exists, or could ever have existed, on the moon. One of the primary exploration targets will be Europa’s liquid-water ocean beneath the moon’s sheets of ice.

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Sci-Fi Assassin: How Lost Snuck Into The Mainstream And Why We Should Stop Looking For A Replacement

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It’s time to put away the notion that there will ever be another Lost. The series ended in 2010, and even before the castaways walked into the light, networks were trying to recapture the magic. There’s never a new anything when it comes to television shows; something we sci-fi geeks should accept.

Seinfeld left, and was replaced by nothing. But we can find solace that eventually there was The Office, Modern Family, Community, among other great network comedies. Someday there will be a huge network hit that delves deep into sci-fi mysteries.

It could be said that Lost was the next X-Files.This is because we’re not talking about a show full of mysteries as the harbinger of TV greatness. There are scores of those shows each year; all vying for your attention with sound bites that vaguely remind you of a program about some interesting people who survived a plane crash. What people really mean by “the next Lost” is a science fiction based network program that garners attention from everyone, including the CSI and Law & Order watchers. The networks aren’t looking to find the next engaging sci-fi program; they’re looking for the mega ratings.

We already have the next Lost in spirit with Fringe. But where Lost was a stealthy assassin, coming upon you slowly from behind with its crazy science and hoodoo; Fringe let its freak flag fly from the start. What Lost proved about the general public is that you have to sneak sci-fi into the mainstream audience’s blood.