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[EEVIN sits on a stool. Next to her, a large blanket monster with big eyes & mouth is puppeted by JACQUELINE & DAN, and voiced by ADAM offstage on a mic.]
EEVIN: It’s raining.
BLANKET MONSTER: No.
EEVIN: Not in here.
BLANKET MONSTER: No.
BEST GIF SET IN THE HISTORY OF GIFFERS AND GIFSETS
Love you all
What is a Super Nova?
All things will end, and for stars they have the opportunity to go in a spectacular manner known as a Supernova. A giant explosion spewing heavy elements out into space in a bright fiery intense burst. Thankfully our sun is not massive enough to turn into a supernova as a star needs to be between 8-15 solar masses to undergo type II supernova. Let’s look at that!
As stars burn their hydrogen and form heavier and heavier elements in the core there comes a point when gravitational attraction is not strong enough to fuse the atoms. With no fusion there is no outward force causing a collapse within the star, this collapse compensates for the lack of the gravitational force but does so with so much force that there becomes a runaway fusion process. The heavy elements start to fuse together, creating extreme temperatures and the star produces so much energy it explodes sending the matter everywhere. All that is left is a lowly neutron star.
Type II simply occurs when stars are in a close binary star system in which one stars donates gas to another which increases mass causing a runaway fusion reaction which eventually leads to a super nova. Type II supernovas are used to determine distances in the universe interestingly enough. There is on average a super nova every second somewhere in the universe.
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This isn’t funny. 3D printing is a thing.(via sagansense)
Everyone, the 'I want to be an Astronaut' web page has officially launched!
I’m incredibly humbled and equally excited to be a part of this team. I was first introduced to the director, David Ruck, when I contacted his assistant through their Facebook page amidst the time they were running their Indiegogo campaign to crowd-fund the film.
For those who have been paying attention or remember the early summer of 2013, I published a barrage of posts to promote this film. Flash-forward to a few months ago when I contacted David, expressed my continued interest in the project, and we became good buds through a long conversation about space, STEM, NASA, film, social media, and ideas about how to effectively move forward with the film.
Rollout en route to the launch pad….
Let me tell you that this man has put in an astronomical amount of time and energy into this project (pun intended). His apartment is literally a temple of inspiration and a shrine to the initial era of space exploration that ignited the dreams of the world.
David was initially influenced - as most of us were - when Neil deGrasse Tyson appeared on the Bill Maher show, addressing the shockingly-lopsided NASA budget and the lack of political will to perpetually fuel the economy through a significant increase in NASA funding. He then met Blair Mason, a 17-year old kid from Chantilly High School in Virginia (home of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum) who happens to be a champion swimmer, captain of the robotics team, and currently enrolled in the Naval Academy. Building on Blair’s mission of becoming and astronaut, the film began to take shape toward a primary question: do children still dream of becoming astronauts?
That’s no desk…that’s a work station.
Expanding on this question, the project explores the personal relationships former and present NASA employees have with the space program, what it all means for our economy, what NASA is currently working on, where it’s headed, and ultimately, 'I want to be an Astronaut' aims to encourage the stimulation of dialogue our country needs to have regarding the importance of STEM education in our society in order to provide the necessary “fuel” to ignite the dreams of a nation, if not the world (again).
Blair Mason looking on (ahead?) inside the ‘Hanger of Dreams’ at the Udvar-Hazy of the Air & Space Museum
"If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea…if people see NASA as a charity agency for the satisfaction of some engineers and scientists, they are not understanding the actual growth NASA has played in the growth of this nation — and the economic growth of this nation. The pathway from the investment to the return on the dollar takes a little longer than an elevator ride to explain…innovations take place, patents are granted, products are developed, the culture of innovation spills over. Everyone feels like tomorrow is something they want to invent and bring into the present. That’s the culture that so many of us grew up with, and that’s the culture that so many of us who read about it want to resurrect going forward. Without this, we just move back to the caves.”
- Neil deGrasse Tyson, speaking before the Senate Science Committee
I’m privileged to be aboard this inspiring crew of people as we push onward in 2014 to debut this film to the masses. During a recent pre-screening event at American University, I was included in a collaborative panel: the directors of FIRST Robotics among them, along with Dan Hendrickson, Director of Space Systems at Aerospace Industries Association. Discussion on the panel extended the motives of the film: to address the skewed perception of NASA/space exploration and how this misunderstanding amongst citizens and politicians alike is effecting our economy; along with the seemingly far gone dreams of children who once dreamed of becoming astronauts.
Presently, we’re working with strategic partners in the space industry, astronauts themselves, museums, science centers, schools, and upcoming space exploration-related events around the world to effectively deliver this effort of stellar proportions through the proper and elegant treatment it deserves.
This is all extremely exciting and I’m stoked to share what we have in the works with all of you. So, please, for now, lend your support by sharing theastronautfilm.com with friends, family and space-junkies alike. Oh, and check out the crew. I’m on there, representing the social media side of things, and I wrote the “Our Strategy’ portion of the “About” page.
Stay tuned and stay curious*