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Oh Hollywood

The Asteroids Movie Will Be “More of a Space Opera,” Not the Disaster Movie Expected

The  Asteroids Movie that has been in the works for several years now, jumping from writer to writer, but firmly under the production of Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, appears to have a basic description now. Hollywood was able to inject something beyond exploding asteroids into the Atari game that revolves around the simple objective of shooting asteroids, even when di Bonaventura himself admitted that plot-wise, “there’s nothing to the game.”  What’s more, the film may not be the massive piece of destruction that was expected.


It Came From Outer Space

Congress Might Have Doomed Us All to an Asteroid Apocalypse. Thanks, Guys.

The last few months have seen several asteroids unexpectedly buzz our planet, a fact that has caused a bit of concern for Congress. After all, while the chances of a catastrophic asteroid impact are tiny, if one does manage to hit us the effect could be pretty bad. Like, end of humanity bad. So it makes sense that Congress would want someone monitoring near-Earth asteroids just in case one should come barreling towards us.

Hmmm. Who does Congress have to turn to when they need someone to watch the skies?


Whose budget has Congress drastically cut in recent years?


You see where this is going.


Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

Asteroid Will Pass Between Us and the Moon Next Friday, but We’ll be Totally Fine

Meet Asteroid DA14. Well, I should say, you will be meeting Asteroid DA14 in about a week, when it becomes the closest non-man-made object of its size to be near the Earth in a very long time.

Sigh. And it probably won’t even give Earth a call afterward.


To Boldly Go

Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy Narrates NASA Asteroid Video

I’m convinced having Leonard Nimoy doing voiceovers for space videos is the only way to go. Here he is now narrating a video about NASA’s Dawn mission. It’s goal is to study two of our universe’s largest aesteroids – Ceres and Vesta (though the Doctor Who fan in me keeps seeing Vastra instead of Vesta). Enjoy the dulcet tones of Nimoy as you travel into the beyond…

(via io9)

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what is this I don't even

Award-Winning Protégé of Harold Pinter Hired to Write an Asteroids Movie. No, Really.

Today in movies we can’t believe are actually being made: Asteroids. As in, an adaptation of the classic Atari game that had no real story or anything, just a white triangle shooting white dots at white blobs against a black background. The movie’s been around for a while, but I must have blocked it out. Can you blame me? Anyway, Universal has just hired someone new to work on the script: The improbably named Jez Butterworth.


It Came From Outer Space

NASA Wants YOU To Name An Asteroid (For a Disappointingly Fine Definition of “You”)

There are a lot of reasons why someone might want to change their name. They might no longer feel that their given name describes them very well. They might have gotten married, or divorced, or adopted. They might have lost a bet, needed a publicity stunt, or landed in the witness protection program. Or, they might have a name that everybody around them finds difficult to pronounce or spell, and they got fed up with it.

Case in point: Asteroid (101955) 1999 RQ36.