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Chinese Rover on the Moon.

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China has a Sputnik Moment.
Americans hit the snooze button.

At 4:35 am, China's Jade Rabbit rover (Yutu) drove onto the moon's surface on Sunday after the first lunar soft landing in nearly four decades, a huge advance in the China's ambitious space program. The mission is to look for natural resources.

The moon has vast veins of titanium, aluminum, magnesium silicon, basically everything you need to build spacecraft. With no atmosphere and lower, but usable gravity, it represents a natural harbor for launching into deep space.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” by Robert Heinlein (1966)

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It would be very hard to overstate the impact this book had on my life when I was a kid. Heinlein was, bar none, my favorite SF writer, and this was, bar non, my favorite story by him. It didn’t hurt at all that I discovered it during those lonely days of my adolescence when a kid hits that “Oh, I get it now” stage in your neurological development and his ability to amass new knowledge far outstrips his social skills. I very much identified with the character “Mike,“ consequently.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Source Code

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Theorizing that one could time travel within the last eight minutes of someone else’s lifetime, Captain Colter Stevens stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished.  He awoke to find himself trapped on a train, facing a mirror image that was not his own and driven by an unknown bomb to blow up in a violent explosion.  Now, Captain Stevens must continue re-living those eight minutes until he can figure out who planted the bomb and prevent him from detonating a meaner, dirtier nuclear bomb in the present. 

 

All Quantum Leap jokes aside...

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THINGS WE'RE DEFINITELY INTERESTED IN: "Apollo 18"

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Duncan Jones (I guess he doesn't want to be called "Zooey Bowie" anymore, and how can blame him?) made "Moon" a couple years back: A modestly-budgeted, cleverly filmed, very smart SF film. Granted, full enjoyment depended on people not noticing a couple pragmatic errors in the premise, but I can put that aside: It was a very good film, and just the sort of thing that geeks like me have been screaming for seemingly for a lifetime.

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THINGS WERE DEFINITELY INTERESTED IN: "Source Code" by Duncan Jones

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A couple years ago, Zoe Bowie (Better known these days as "Duncan Jones") gave us the excellent "Moon," a clever, tight, psychological film. Costing about a third as much as most other studio SF pictures, it was heralded as the long-overdue return to thinking man's Science Fiction.

We've long been anticipating his next picture, and here's the first trailer

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REALITY CHECK: What if lunar HE3 *isn't* a magic bullet that will turn life into a magical fairy princess wonderland?

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A few weeks ago, I linked to an article by my new hero, SF Author Charles Stross. Today I do so again.

We've all heard about Helium Three being an economic justification for returning to the moon. If we go there and mine the stuff, we'll have limitless and cheap energy, *and* we'll be on the moon, too, both of which are better than we have now.

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REALSPACE: Is there is or is there ain't?

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Thanks to president Obama, we're unlikely to get an answer to this question in our lifetimes, but scientists are once again saying there's water on the moon. This debate goes back and forth quite a bit - there is, there isn't, there is, there isn't, you're a jerk, your mom says you're a jerk, you mom says I'm good in bed, and then the punches begin flying - but short of actually going there, we'll never know.

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