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Voyage to Pandora: First Interstellar Space Flight


Found this interesting video on YouTube. If you like science, space and our possible future, please enjoy!

Pandora is the idyllic blue world featured in the movie Avatar. Its location is a real place: Alpha Centauri, the nearest star to our Sun and the most likely destination for our first journey beyond the solar system.

The year is 2154. Our planet has been ruined by environmental catastrophe. In the movie Avatar, greedy prospectors from Earth descend on the world of an innocent hunter-gatherer people called the Na’vi.

Heaven and Earth may pass away but will we care?


No I am not trying to be overbearing on the environmental front, but more and more I see a trend towards the self in our world. Western society has enjoyed a life that it is unwilling to give up. We know that fossil fuels and our consumption based lifestyle are damaging the planet. We should do more to be better stewards of the planet; however the additive nature of consumption is something we cannot seem to break. Now the world wants what we have, so what will we do? It reminds me of the movie ‘Avatar’ or even ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’. In a sense we are like a virus that destroys and consumes. Maybe humanity will come up with a solution? I think we will, however the question is what will that solution be? In the movie Avatar humanity had consumed to a point beyond measure. Yes, we had all of the technical know-how, but to what extent? On the opposite end, in the latest incarnation of “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, it was determined that in order for the earth to survive we had to be removed. We were like a Cancer that needed invasive surgery. Now, I do not want to sound so negative. I think humanity is better than that; however it is up to us to determine what we will do. Some feel that we will innovate to solve our problems. Maybe that is part of our evolution? Who really knows? Have we passed the point of no return, or will be return to the point of our past?

 

John Carter of Mars – A Great Movie in Hard Times


John Carter, Warlord of Mars

John Carter, Warlord of Mars (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although John Carter is a great movie,  it seems that high production movie’s must be able to make Avatar like dollars at the box office. John Carter is actually doing well, if you take into account overseas totals. Currently running at $182,571,393, as of today, it is actually running ahead of The Lorax. What is the issue? Like movie’s, such as The Golden Compass, John Carter seems to have a larger global appeal. Unfortunately, in North America, media has declared John Carter one of the biggest flops. It will probably be far from the truth. The movie itself is action packed and has a great story line. For those who read John Carter, before seeing the movie, they will know that it is an excellent series. At issue is North American, in particular U.S, taste. For some reason they are just not flocking to the theatre to see John Carter. With the Hunger Games in release, it’s unfortunate that it may simply get lost in the shuffle. The first trailer, in my opinion, was the best one. I’d urge anyone to take a second look at John Carter. We have to realize that the world does not revolve around the U.S alone.

http://disney.go.com/johncarter/

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