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 gripped 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.