Film Festival in San Jose Next Week

If you’re going to be in the San Jose, Calif., area next week, you might want to check out the annual film festival, Cinequest. Taking place March 1 through 12 at three cinemas, Cinequest screens a plethora of short and long films in a variety of styles. Several on the docket this year are genre […]

Books on Space Tourism

When I read in Popular Science that Eric Anderson, the CEO of Space Adventures, the first “cosmic travel agency,” I was intrigued. So I went over to Amazon.com and did a search. Would you believe that there are several books on space tourism? And they aren’t fiction! Amazon even sells articles on the topic. Well, […]

Another Spaceport Planned

Space Adventures, the “space experiences company” I mentioned in my Oct. 2, 2005, post, announced Thursday that it plans to build a spaceport in the United Arab Emirates. The spaceport will be based in Ras Al-Khaimah near the southern end of the Persian Gulf, less than an hour drive from Dubai. Other potential locations include […]

Movieland Wax Museum Auction Announced

Have you ever wanted to walk on the bridge of the USS Enterprise from Star Trek? Have you dreamed of walking down the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion? Have you fantasized about turning your garage into a Chamber of Horrors? Well, now’s your chance. On Saturday, March 11, starting […]

Astronomy Events This Month

Astronomy Month may be October, but you wouldn’t know that by the events that open this month. Roving Mars Now Playing www.imax.com/ImaxWeb/filmDetail.do?type=nowPlaying&movieID=code__.__45127 Roving Mars shows you Mars as you’ve never seen it before — up close and personal from the viewpoint of Spirit and Opportunity, the Mars Rovers, which, miraculously, are still working! According to […]

Better Sleep for Olympic Hopefuls

What do astronauts and athletes have in common? Well, for the U.S. Olympic Team this year, they both have Dr. Mark Rosekind, a former NASA scientist and president of Alertness Solutions, helping them get a better night’s rest. “Sleep is so important and so basic that it could make the difference between winning the gold […]

Almost the Shape of Things to Come

Like it came out of the 1936 movie, Things to Come, based on the H.G. Wells’ novel The Shape of Things to Come, the Grand Canyon Skywalk is almost complete. Originally scheduled to open on New Year’s Day, it is now estimated to be completed by this summer. This is big, cool idea: a glass […]

More Solar Eclipse Tours

In the January 2006 issue of The Genre Traveler, “Demons to Devour the Sun!” (pg. 22) listed several tours to see the solar eclipse on March 29. I just got word of three more from on the go tours out of London — two to Egypt and one to Turkey. Here’s some more information. Tour […]

Space Tourism — That Much Closer

Back in October, I wrote about space tourism. Recently, two companies have made steps to bring that dream a little closer. New Mexican Spaceport At a Sept. 27, 2004, press conference announcing the formation of Virgin Galactic, Sir Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin suite of companies including Virgin Records and Virgin Atlantic, boldly […]

Happy Friday the 13th

Are you a friggatriskaidekaphobe (in other words, a person with an overwhelming fear of Friday the 13th)? Well, then, what’re you reading this for? Go back to bed! 🙂 For those of us who thinks it’s all in fun, here are some interesting facts: The word “friggatriskaidekaphobe” has its origins in Nordic mythology and ancient […]