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Mysterious monolith found in US Desert draws wild theories about aliens, UFOs

The shiny, triangular pillar -- which protrudes approximately 12 feet from the red rocks of southern Utah -- was spotted last Wednesday by baffled local officials counting bighorn sheep from the air.
This photo provided by the Utah Department of Public Safety shows Utah state workers checking out a metal monolith that was found installed in the ground in a remote area of red rock in Utah. The smooth, tall structure was found during a helicopter survey of bighorn sheep in southeastern Utah, officials said Monday.(AP)
This photo provided by the Utah Department of Public Safety shows Utah state workers checking out a metal monolith that was found installed in the ground in a remote area of red rock in Utah. The smooth, tall structure was found during a helicopter survey of bighorn sheep in southeastern Utah, officials said Monday.(AP)
Updated on Nov 29, 2020 08:58 PM IST
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Agence France-Presse | ByAgence France-Presse | Posted by Mallika Soni

Iconic ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ suit to go under the hammer

The ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ spacesuit believed to have been worn by Dr. David Bowman when he “killed” HAL in the groundbreaking 1968 film goes on the auction block next month.
The spacesuit is especially sought after because it is believed to have been used in one of the film’s most iconic scenes.(Instagram)
The spacesuit is especially sought after because it is believed to have been used in one of the film’s most iconic scenes.(Instagram)
Updated on Jun 30, 2020 10:39 AM IST
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New York | ByAgence France-Presse | Posted by Saumya Sharma

‘Apollo 11 inspires me even now, every working day’

Apollo 11 and its space odyssey moulded a generation of scientists.
Jayanta Kar is a scientist at the NASA Langley Centre, Langley, Virginia.(HT Photo)
Jayanta Kar is a scientist at the NASA Langley Centre, Langley, Virginia.(HT Photo)
Published on Jul 19, 2019 07:10 AM IST
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What did trips to the moon look like before we actually got there?

From bird-pulled contraptions to hot-air balloons, a look at the pseudoscience and wild imagination that populated lunar sci-fi until the mid-19th century.
Published on Jul 12, 2019 05:50 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByNatasha Rego

BBC reveals list of 100 best foreign language films, only one Indian movie finds spot

Satyajit Ray’s 1955 film Pather Panchali is the only Indian film on the BBC’s list of the 100 best foreign-language films of the 21st century.
Pather Panchali is directed by Satyajit Ray and was released in 1955.
Pather Panchali is directed by Satyajit Ray and was released in 1955.
Updated on Oct 31, 2018 03:56 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Space Odyssey: This new luxury hotel in space is the ultimate travel destination

The 12-day stay starts at $9.5 million per person, or about $791,666 ( 5,13,94,956) a night. Aurora Station is planned as a 35-by-14-foot module, or roughly the interior volume of a Gulfstream G550 private jet, according to Bunger. The station would accommodate as many as four guests, plus the two crew. The company requires an $80,000 deposit, which is fully refundable, and began accepting payments on Thursday.
Houston-based Orion Span Inc hopes to launch the modular station in late 2021 and welcome its first guests the following year, with two crew members accompanying each excursion. (Pic for representation purpose only).(Shutterstock)
Houston-based Orion Span Inc hopes to launch the modular station in late 2021 and welcome its first guests the following year, with two crew members accompanying each excursion. (Pic for representation purpose only).(Shutterstock)
Updated on Apr 07, 2018 03:24 PM IST
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Bloomberg | ByJustin Bachman

Legacy of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is not just in the realm of science fiction

From that famous opening sequence of the Dawn of Man to the enchanting Stargate sequence; from the confident equanimity of HAL’s voice to the mystery of the monolith, perhaps the reason the film has withstood the test of time is that it explores as many themes of visual art, human endeavour, and philosophy as it does of science
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Keir Dullea in a scene from the 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. An unrestored 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece is coming to select US theatres in May in celebration of the film's 50th anniversary(AP)
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Keir Dullea in a scene from the 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. An unrestored 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece is coming to select US theatres in May in celebration of the film's 50th anniversary(AP)
Updated on Apr 06, 2018 08:06 PM IST
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Replica of bedroom in 2001: A Space Odyssey on display in Washington museum

The dream of science fiction fans is about to be realised in a reproduction of the famous bedroom of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, exhibited on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the release of Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece.
The eight-by-ten-meter (26-by-32-foot) exhibit is amde by British artist Simon Birch.(AFP)
The eight-by-ten-meter (26-by-32-foot) exhibit is amde by British artist Simon Birch.(AFP)
Updated on Apr 04, 2018 04:18 PM IST
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Aliens, androids and imaginary worlds: What made Arthur C Clarke so cool

The scientist, science fiction author, inventor and futurist would have turned 100 on December 16. Take a look at the many highlights of his incredible life.
What made Arthur C Clarke so cool?(Sudhir Shetty/HT)
What made Arthur C Clarke so cool?(Sudhir Shetty/HT)
Updated on Mar 01, 2019 11:58 AM IST
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