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Kate Winslet to Go to Space After Saving Woman From Fire; Is Captain Marvel, I Guess?

For anyone who isn’t up on their superheroes at the moment, Captain Marvel is the current alias of Carol Danvers (yes, a Marvel superhero, not like that guy who shouts Shazam, and now also goes by the name Shazam), an Air Force pilot turned superhero with a love for high altitudes, space, and saving the day.

We didn’t immediately make the connection between Ms. Danvers and Kate Winslet when we heard that the latter was getting a free trip to space courtesy of uncle-in-law Sir Richard Branson, but then we dug into the details of the story and the details took a surprisingly heroic tint. The gift of the £124,000 ($200,000) ticket is partly a wedding present (Winslet married Branson’s nephew earlier this month), and partly a gift of thanks for… saving his ninety-year-old mother from a fire. Really.

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It Came From Outer Space

NASA Prepares For Annoying Space Tourists

Although it’s been a few years since Lance Bass tried to travel to outer space, and it will probably be a few years until space tourism is viable, NASA is already looking into ways to preserve and protect U.S. lunar artifacts from unruly tourists. You know, the ones that wear fanny packs and touch things they’re not supposed to?

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Alfred, The Only Sensible Member Of The Batfamily

This is a fan-made take on the recent Dark Knight Rises posters which featured Batman, Catwoman, and Bane. Only Guilherme Zanettini decided to spotlight some of the secondary characters like Alfred, Commissioner Gordon, and Deputy Commissioner Foley. And well, it is raining in these posters afterall… (via MTV Splash Page

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Not a Misprint

NASA To The World: Don’t Tread On Our Parts Of The Moon

Science-fiction has long held onto the notion that colonization of Earth’s Moon was inevitable. Turns out they were probably right but before you strap on your personalized rocket to set up your new vacation getaway, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration would like a word with you. 

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To Boldly Go

Beam Me Up, Scotty! Star Trek’s James Doohan Is Finally Having His Ashes Sent To Space

A new generation of space travel is happening as we speak. You could, perhaps, call it the next generation of space travel. Private space flights are going to start happening more and more often and we’ll get closer to the future science fiction stories have told us to much about. But before all that, one Star Trek alum will experience space a very different way. Actor James Doohan’s ashes will make their way into outer space when a privately owned rocket is sent up this week. 

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It Came From Outer Space

Someone Made a Horror Movie in Space, and NASA Won’t Let Anyone See It

Meet Richard Garriott — space tourist, video game designer, millionaire, filmmaker. While on board the International Space Station for some light sightseeing, he used his own money and spare time to produce an eight-minute short film, a sci-fi horror movie called Apogee of Fear. But NASA is refusing to let it see the light of day. Why? Because it’s chock full of NASA’s stuff, used without their permission. What about an executive producer credit, NASA? … No? Come on, your astronauts can totally make a cameo! … Oh, they did. And that’s the problem. (They’re not in the Screen Actors Guild.) (Not really.)

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The Final Frontier

After Seven Years of Waiting, a Would-Be Space Tourist on the Virgin Galactic Would Like a Refund

Venture capitalist Alan Walton paid $200,000 to become one of the first-ever space tourists, hoping to fly into space on the Virgin Galactic spaceship. This was seven years ago. And as of this writing, he has not gone into space. So, he’d like his money back, please. Honestly? We would have to agree. If one buys a ticket on a spaceship, one should be able to fly into space. This has not happened, and it’s not going to be for a while, and at 75, Mr. Walton isn’t getting any younger.

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