Rock Into Space

Rock Into Space

Very excited by news in the Wall Street Journal on advances for Space Tourism.

Paragon Space Development Corp is developing a space helium-filled balloon to take us into the wild-blue (and black) yonder.

The balloon will be as wide as a football field.

It will transport 8 people to an altitude of 18 miles, high enough to move around for about 6 hours and get a “panoramic view of the globe without having to wear space suits of don oxygen masks.”

The cost will be about $75,000 per person–which seems almost doable for middle class folks who want the ultimate travel experience.

In contrast, Virgin Galactic will rocket passengers 60 miles high where customers can experience weightlessness for about $250,000.

Other ventures are developing offerings of trips to the International Space Station, an orbiting hotel, and even the moon.

I think it would be so awesome to experience space travel and see G-d’s creations in a whole new perspective-filled way.

It’s amazing, we are so small in the realm of things, yet we fallaciously think we are so big. πŸ˜‰

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Going For Gravity

Going For Gravity

A good friend told me to go see the movie Gravity.

He said, “You’ll definitely like it, and make sure you see it in IMAX!”

G-d, I don’t recall the last time that I went to an IMAX showing.

So keeping in the mind the saying, “try it and you’ll like it,” we went for the $19.00 IMAX 3D experience.

(OMG, I still remember when movies in NYC were $1!)

I was hesitant about this movie having heard that there were only 2 characters, and that 1 was Sandra Bullock!

Also, that she was the only one left for the second half of the movie–and I thought how interesting is this going to be?

Okay, I told myself, I’ll get excited by the action and destruction in the first half with Clooney and sleep through the second half with Bullock.

But it was so much better than I anticipated–one of the best movie experiences for me ever!

The IMAX 3D was absolutely amazing…only thing better would’ve been a massive in-your-face hologram of the whole movie–and I bet this comes one day soon.

The space walks, hurling space debris, exploding space stations and daring escapes was right there and up close in this movie.

I found myself at times reaching my hands out to practically touch the characters–since they seemed that close.

And Bullocks tears floating in space–were very moving and cool at the same time.

Bullock is going to win a ton of awards for her performance in Gravity.

Oh, and one more funny experience was when a lady told this guy in the theatre to hush, and when he didn’t listen, she kicked his chair.

But that wasn’t the end of it…

After she kicked it a few times, he turned around grabbed her shoe right off of her foot and then threw it at her.

She ran out of the theatre to get security.

Security told them both to cut it out, and then I heard the guards outside laughing about these two quarreling theatre-goers.

Anyway, I didn’t sleep a wink in this movie, and enjoyed the whole experience. πŸ˜‰

(Source Photo: Rebecca Blumenthal)