Saturday, July 22, 2017

James Burke on the Moon

Today on Far Future Horizons we continue to commemorate the forty-eighth anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing with two retrospective documentaries presented by BBC veteran science journalist and science historian James Burke ten years after the event.

Friday, July 21, 2017

“Apollo 11: Remastered” - An Orbiter Film

The versatility of the Orbiter Space Simulator is truly amazing. I first wrote about this free space simulator program in my recent article "For All You Armchair Astronauts". Here is awe inspiring film made by TexFilms using Orbiter.

In “Apollo 11: Remastered” we can all vicariously embark on the epic voyage of Apollo 11 from launch to splashdown and relive this grand adventure. This film is a remake of TexFilms original Apollo 11 release featuring Orbiter Space Flight Simulator and AMSO Apollo addon.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Modern Marvels - Apollo 11

Today on Far Future Horizons we highlight the greatest scientific and technological achievement in living memory – Apollo 11 and the first manned Moon landing.

Modern Marvels - Apollo 11 chronicles the trials and tribulations of the Apollo program and its ascent to glory as the Apollo 11 crew touched down on the Moon's surface.

With insightful narration, interviews with Astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Flight Director Gene Kranz, NASA experts, scientists and engineers, the program winds through the evolution of the space program from President Kennedy’s famous congressional address to the stories of personal sacrifice necessary for Apollo’s success.

From Olduvai Gorge to the Sea of Tranquility


This is an essay I wrote eight years ago to mark the fortieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing and was originally posted on the National Space Society's blog site on  August 10, 2009.

By far the two most remarkable photographs of the twentieth century are the ones shown above. For they encapsulate the whole evolutionary and cultural history of humanity and its possible destiny.

In 1978, paleoanthropologist Mary Leaky and her team discovered the earliest hominid footprints (dated to be three and a half million years old) preserved in the volcanic ash at Laetoli, forty-five kilometres south of Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania. They belong to one of our proto-human ancestors - Australopithecus afarensis. The picture above shows one of these fossil footprints next to the boot print left by Neil Armstrong in the volcanic soil of Mare Tranquilitatis (the Sea of Tranquillity).

It is very symbolic of the giant evolutionary leap forward we have taken as a species. From Olduvai Gorge to the Sea of Tranquillity, we humans have travelled very far.

In the Shadow of the Moon

Today on Far Future Horizons we commemorate the forty-eighth anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing by presenting a retrospective of the entire Apollo program as seen through the memories of the Astronauts, scientists and engineers who made it happen.

Between 1968 and 1972, nine American spacecraft voyaged to the Moon, and 12 men walked upon its surface. They remain the only human beings to have stood on another world. IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON brings together for the first, and possibly the last time, surviving crew members from every single Apollo mission that flew to the Moon, and allows them to tell their story in their own words.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Alien Safari - The Search for Life within Our Solar System

Join us today on Far Future Horizons for an Alien Safari as we go in search of extraterrestrials in our own cosmic backyard.

Does alien life lurk somewhere in our solar system?

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Million Dollar Moon Rock Heist

Nearly 270 moon rocks scooped up by U.S. astronauts were given to foreign countries by the Nixon administration, but over the decades the whereabouts of many of them has become a mystery.

Today on Far Future Horizons  we present the inside story of the most audacious heist in NASA's history -- how an intern stole moon rocks from the Johnson Space Centre.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Future by Design

Today on Far Future Horizons we commemorate the memory of futurist and visionary Jacque Fresco who passed away on May 18th, 2017 at the age of 101.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Terraforming Mars

From Martyn J. Fogg's Terraforming Website

Mars is currently a world griped in a perpetual ice age. On the surface, Mars is a freeze-dried world of rocks, ice, and dust. At first glance it looks like the least likely place to plant a garden. But rocks and minerals found by the Mars rovers show it may have had a warmer and more clement environment conducive to life. 

Today on Far Future Horizons we take another exciting look at the possibility of transforming the planet Mars into a second planetary abode for humanity and the other life forms of our planet. What would it take to Terraform the red planet and bring life to Mars and Mars to life?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

Today on Far Future Horizons we present the documentary “The Pleasure of Finding Things Out" to commemorate the ninety ninth birthday of one of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century -  Richard P. Feynman

This delightful documentary will inspire anyone who would like to share something of the joys of scientific discovery. Feynman is a master storyteller, and his tales  about childhood, Los Alamos, or how he won a Nobel Prize are a vivid and entertaining insight into the mind of a great scientist at work and play.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

George Pals’ The Time Machine (1960)

Today on Far Future Horizons we mourn the passing of veteran actor Alan Young, who starred alongside Rod Taylor in George Pal's motion picture adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic science fiction novel “The Time Machine”.

Monday, May 8, 2017

City at Night - On the Set of Destination Moon

Today on Far Future Horizons we are going to be treated to a flashback of some classic 1950's Hollywood hoopla as City At Night, a talk/variety show that was produced live on location by pioneering, Los Angeles television station KTLA visits the set of producer George Pal's classic Sci-Fi movie-in-the-making, Destination Moon.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

George Pál’s Destination Moon

Today on Far Future Horizons we will be featuring one of the greatest science fiction film classics of all time - Destination Moon.

Destination Moon was released in 1950 and directed by the legendary film director George Pál, who later produced other great science fiction film classics as “When Worlds Collide”, “The War of the Worlds”, and “The Time Machine”.

Pál commissioned the script by James O'Hanlon and Rip Van Ronkel. The film was directed by Irving Pichel, was shot in Technicolor and was distributed in the USA by Eagle-Lion Classics.

Destination Moon was the first major science-fiction film produced in the United States dealing seriously with the prospect, problems and technology of space travel. This movie was not the first such to hit the screens, however; Rocketship X-M stole its thunder.

The eminent science-fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein contributed significantly to the script and served as a technical adviser. Heinlein also published a novella of the same name based on the screenplay about the same time as the release of the film.

The film also foreshadowed many of the space milestones Apollo era and other space projects.

Much of the technology depicted in Destination Moon (such as nuclear propulsion and single-stage rockets) and other aspects like industry-driven project development vs. government driven, contrast with the eventual Apollo and Soviet Luna programs. However, in many aspects, the movie predicted elements of the Apollo Lunar missions and other first space flights. But, under President Barack Obama's new space policy goals industry- driven space projects have indeed become a reality. 

Now, without further ado dear readers we present – Destination Moon.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

George Pal’s Conquest of Space

Today on Far Future Calling we are proud to present George Pal's Conquest of Space.

Conquest of Space is a 1955 science fiction movie produced by George Pal, which depicts a voyage to Mars. The science and technology were intended to be as realistic as possible. The poster tagline was "See how it will happen in your lifetime!" Which is rather ironic since many of the people association with the production of this motion picture have already gone to their eternal rest.  Yet, if Elon Musk succeeds many of us will be around to see the it. 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Secret Life of Chaos

Today on Far Future Horizons we take a voyage through the universe of complexity as revealed by Chaos theory. 

Chaos theory has a bad name, conjuring up images of unpredictable weather, economic crashes and science gone wrong. But there is a fascinating and hidden side to Chaos, one that scientists are only now beginning to understand. It turns out that chaos theory answers a question that mankind has asked for millennia – how did we get here? 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day April 22, 1970

Today marks the forty-seventh anniversary of the first Earth Day events of April 22, 1970. According to the entry of that ever indispensable, yet at times not always dependable, web resource Wikipedia:

Earth Day is a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. While this first Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 International Mother Earth Day.

My father took me to the first Earth Day celebrations that were held in New York City. I was nine years old at the time. I remember 14th Street near Union Square being closed off to traffic and that there was a street fair displaying the eco-friendly technology of the time. It was the first time  ever I actually saw an electric car. To commemorate that event and in a sense to share an early childhood memory I decided to post the original broadcast of the CBS News Special Report with Walter Cronkite covering the events of the first Earth Day of April 22, 1970.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Humanity from Space

Today on Far Future Horizons we present the documentary “Humanity from Space”.

From the global perspective of space, this 2-hour special reveals the breath taking extent of our influence, revealing how we’ve transformed our planet and produced an interconnected world of extraordinary complexity.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Plot Against Gravity

Today on Far Future Horizons we present the final episode of the documentary series “Space’s Deepest Secrets” which will take us in search of the holy grail of astronautical engineering – Antigravity.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Space’s Deepest Secrets ~ The Universe’s Greatest Hits

Today on Far Future Horizons we will be premiering a new series titled “Space’s Deepest Secrets”.

The first instalment of the series will examine the latest generation of planetary explorers.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mars: The Secret Science ~ Mars' Deepest Mysteries

Mars InSight Mission

Today on Far Future Horizons we present the fourth instalment of “Mars: The Secret Science”.

We examine what lies beneath Mars’s surface and uncover answers to some of the mysteries that have stumped scientists for decades.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Mars: The Secret Science ~ Race to the Red Planet

Today on Far Future Horizons we will are going to premiere a new series called “Mars: The Secret Science”.

Scientists and modern explorers are working to get us to Mars. NASA is building Spacecraft to carry astronauts, and tech visionaries are designing rockets and plans for colonies. This series explores the planet Mars and our plans to eventually colonize the Red Planet.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Stars That Kill

Today on Far Future Horizons we present another exciting episode of the acclaimed documentary series “How the Universe Works”.

In this instalment of “How the Universe Works” we will profile “Killer Stars”. Death Stars that could destroy planet Earth.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Thomas Edison and Electric Lighting

Today on Far Future Horizons we celebrate the birthday of the Wizard of Menlo Park  - Thomas Alva Edison. 

This episode of Modern Marvels looks at Edison’s work on the development of electric lightning.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Life & Death on the Red Planet

Today on Far Future Horizons we present another exciting episode of the acclaimed documentary series “How the Universe Works”.

This instalment of “How the Universe Works” looks at how life many have evolved and flourished on the planet Mars despite the cataclysmic events that transformed the planet from a watery world to a hostile one.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

James Clerk Maxwell: The Man Who Made the Modern World

Today on Far Future Horizons we present a BBC documentary hosted by professor Iain Stewart reveals the story behind the Scottish physicist who was Einstein's hero; James Clerk Maxwell.

The Search for the Super Battery

Today on Far Future Horizons we go Search of the Super Battery in another episode of the acclaimed PBS science series NOVA.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Black Holes: The Secret Origin

Today on Far Future Horizons we present another exciting episode of the acclaimed documentary series “How the Universe Works”.

In this instalment of “How the Universe Works” will focus on the origin of Supermassive Black Holes.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Secret History of Pluto

Today on Far Future Horizons we present another exciting episode of the acclaimed documentary series “How The Universe Works”.

In this instalment of “How The Universe Works” we will visit Pluto and reveal its secret history.