DiCaprio Plans TV Reboot of The Right Stuff

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Leonardo DiCaprio is teaming with National Geographic for a reboot of Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff.

The cabler is teaming with the actor’s Appian Way Productions banner and Warner Horizon Scripted Television to develop a scripted adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s best-seller The Right Stuff, with the goal of having a multiple-season drama series.

Will Staples will pen the script and executive produce the project that is set in 1958 and explores astronauts and their families as they move from the Mojave Desert to the edges of space, tracking their instant celebrity and, at some point in subsequent seasons, the moon landing.

DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson of Appian Way will exec produce alongside Staples and Michael Hampton, who shepherded the drama. The potential series will use Wolfe’s book as a starting point.

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Q&A with Canadian Astronaut Candidate Joshua Kutryk

Joshua Kutryk (Credit: CSA)

Q & A with Joshua Kutryk

During the astronaut recruitment campaign, we asked the candidates to answer some questions about their motivation to become an astronaut, the people who inspired them and much more. Here are Joshua Kutryk’s answers.

Space and exploration

Why did you want to become an astronaut?

As a child I was fascinated with space. I knew that my life would focus on helping explore it. As an adult, I realize human space exploration is important to us all as individuals and as Canadians. I have always wanted to leave the world a better place than I found it, and I believe that space is one area where I can do so. I want to serve Canadians in a way befitting my aptitudes and interests. I want to inspire them. Above all, I want to help humanity broaden its collective horizon.
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Q&A with Canadian Astronaut Candidate Jennifer Sidey

Jennifer Sidey (Credit: CSA)

Q & A with Jennifer Sidey

During the astronaut recruitment campaign, we asked the candidates to answer some questions about their motivation to become an astronaut, the people who inspired them and much more. Here are Jennifer Sidey’s answers.

Space and exploration

Why did you want to become an astronaut?

I wanted to become an astronaut because it provides an incredible challenge. It aligns with my interests in the advancement and application of science for the benefit of society. It will also provide me with a platform from which I may inspire a diverse group of young people to pursue their interests in science and engineering subjects.

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Canada Selects Two New Astronauts

Canadian astronaut recruits Joshua Kutryk Jennifer_Sidey. (Credit: CSA)

OTTAWA, July 1, 2017 (CSA PR) — Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named two new astronauts who will join Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques as part of Canada’s corps of space explorers. After a year-long evaluation, the Canadian Space Agency has selected Jenni Sidey and Joshua Kutryk from among 17 finalists and 3,772 applicants to be Canada’s newest astronauts.
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Meet Canada’s New Astronaut Candidates

Joshua Kutryk (Credit: CSA)

Joshua Kutryk

  • Date of birth:
  • From: Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada
  • Background: Test pilot, fighter pilot, engineer, lieutenant-colonel in the Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Education: Bachelor in mechanical engineering; master in space studies; master in flight test engineering; master in defence studies
  • Flight certification: Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL), fixed wing experimental test pilot, fighter pilot, civilian and military instructor pilot; 2,800 hours of flying experience on more than 25 aircraft types
  • Languages: English, French
  • Mission: Astronaut Candidate Training Program

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CSA to Announce New Astronauts on Canada Day (eh)

LONGUEUIL, Quebec, June 29, 2017  (CSA PR) — The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, will reveal the country’s two newest astronauts on July 1 as part of the Canada 150 celebrations on Parliament Hill.

The astronauts will deliver brief remarks and be joined onstage by the Prime Minister and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

Date:
July 1, 2017

Time:
11:40 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (EDT)

Where:
Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario

Canadian Astronauts Wanted Video – Part 3

Video Caption: For the fourth time in its history, Canada is looking for exceptional people ready to push the boundaries of science, innovation and space exploration.

3772 Canadians responded to the call. Following preliminary tests and evaluations, 17 candidates have been selected to go to the next stage.

In this video, part three of a three-part episode, five of the seventeen candidates share what kind of mission they would like to go on if they become an astronaut. Parts one and two feature the other twelve candidates.

Visit our website to find out who is still in the running! (Credits: Canadian Space Agency, NASA)

Useful Links
Canadian Astronauts: http://asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronauts/d…

Find out more about this video: http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/search/v…

Canadian Astronaut Selection Video

Video Caption: 2017-06-09 – For the fourth time in its history, Canada is looking for exceptional people ready to push the boundaries of science, innovation and space exploration.

3772 Canadians responded to the call. Following preliminary tests and evaluations, 17 candidates have been selected to go to the next stage.

In this video, part two of a three-part episode, six of the seventeen candidates share what they found most challenging about the selection process. Parts one and three feature the other eleven candidates.

Visit our website to find out who is still in the running! (Credits: Canadian Space Agency, NASA)

Useful Links

Canadian Astronauts: http://asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronauts/d…

Find out more about this video: http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/search/v…

Pence Promises Strong NASA, Provides Few Specifics

Mike Pence

Expectations were middling for Vice President Mike Pence’s appearance at an event in Houston during which NASA introduced its new class of astronaut candidates. He did not disappoint.

There were some hopes he might announce the nomination of a new NASA administrator. Or some new program. Or something newsworthy.

None of that happened. Pence did give a well-delivered speech long on platitudes, promises and soaring rhetoric about exploring the reaches of space but short on specifics.

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Meet NASA’s Newest Astronaut Candidates

NASA astronaut candidates of 201`7. (Credit: NASA)

HOUSTON (NASA PR) — We’re so excited to introduce America’s new astronauts! After evaluating a record number of applications, we’re proud to present our 2017 astronaut class!

These 12 new astronaut candidates were chosen from more than 18,300 people who submitted applications from December 2015 to February 2016. This was more than double the previous record of 8,000 set in 1978.

After completing two years of training, the new astronaut candidates could be assigned to missions performing research on the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft built by commercial companies, and launching on deep space missions on our new Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket.

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Pence to Welcome New Astronaut Candidates at NASA Johnson

HOUSTON (NASA PR) — Vice President Mike Pence will visit NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston on Wednesday, June 7, to welcome America’s newest astronaut candidates, chosen from more than 18,000 applicants to carry the torch for future human space exploration.

The event will air live at 2 p.m. EDT on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Additionally, the Vice President will tour the Christopher C. Kraft Jr. Mission Control Center and hear briefings on current human spaceflight operations.

The new astronaut candidates could one day be performing research on the International Space Station, launching from American soil aboard spacecraft built by American companies, and traveling to the moon or even Mars with the help of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket.

Get more information on astronaut selection and information on the candidates after their introduction at:

https://www.nasa.gov/2017astronauts

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NASA to Announce New Astronaut Candidates on Wednesday

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HOUSTON (NASA PR) — After evaluating a record number of applications, NASA will introduce its new astronaut candidates at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, June 7, from the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The astronaut candidates will join acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot, Johnson Center Director Ellen Ochoa, and Flight Operations Director Brian Kelly on stage at the event, which will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

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Another Orion Worry: Spacesuits

Spacewalker Kate Rubins works outside the International Space Station with the SpaceX Dragon space freighter just below her. (Credit: NASA TV)

The NASA Office of Inspector General has published another audit of the agency’s human spaceflight effort, and  the watchdog has found yet another area of concern: spacesuits being developed for Orion deep-space missions and the aging ones on the International Space Station.

“Despite spending nearly $200 million on NASA’s next-generation spacesuit technologies, the Agency remains years away from having a flight-ready spacesuit capable of replacing the EMU or suitable for use on future exploration missions,” the audit states. “As different missions require different designs, the lack of a formal plan and specific destinations for future missions has complicated spacesuit development. Moreover, the Agency has reduced the funding dedicated to spacesuit development in favor of other priorities such as an in-space habitat….

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Canadian Astronaut Search Down to 17 Finalists

Canadian astronaut finalists (Credit: CSA)

TORONTO, April 24, 2017 (CSA PR) — Seventeen candidates will go through the final rounds of assessments in the Canadian Space Agency’s (CSA) Astronaut Recruitment Campaign. By the summer, the CSA will select two qualified astronauts among this pool of finalists.

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