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Friday, July 8, 2011

Up,Up & Away.....

Shuttle launch of  Atlantis . Today. 8:30  a.m. July 8th , 2011
Today's final shuttle launch gave me a launching point (forgive the pun) for my blog post. During my 45 years ( as of tomorrow ) on this earth I have seen so many advances in the Space Program. Often launches has marked times in my life of special mile markers, so the timing for the last shuttle launch was perfect what with me hitting the official mid 40's mark. 

I have always been fascinated with space. Not in a geeky sort of way, just sort of in a dreamy, wondering curious way. When I was a child, there was a tv station that aired old movies from the 20's through the early 40's on a regular basis. There was one from the early 1900's  that was also included,  A Trip To The Moon, that I watched a few times. It was actually thought of as a horror flick, of course these days we might just giggle at that idea. No matter, it just lead even more to my wonderment of what lay out amongst the stars and on that big white orb that sat in the middle of them.

Buster Keaton as face.

Now I realize that the shuttle was headed to the space station, and not to the moon, but it made me start thinking about how we once thought life in space would be, what it would be, who would be up there. Oh how those ideas have evolved and changed and how amazing , astonishing really where we are at currently! I saw just yesterday that they are working on a way to explore other planets including Mars! So anyway as I truly am not as I said a science geek, I decided that I would use the theme to look up the silent films I knew of related to space. So this is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy!

"Rocket Girls"

Magical Moon life.

"A Trip to the Moon (French: Le Voyage dans la lune) is a 1902 French black and white silent science fiction film. It is loosely based on two popular novels of the time: From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne and The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells
The film was written and directed by Georges Méliès, assisted by his brother Gaston. The film runs 14 minutes if projected at 16 frames per second, which was the standard frame rate at the time the film was produced. It was extremely popular at the time of its release and is the best-known of the hundreds of fantasy films made by Méliès. A Trip to the Moon is the first science fiction film, and utilizes innovative animation and special effects, including the iconic shot of the rocket ship landing in the moon's eye ... it was named one of the 100 greatest films of the 20th century by The Village Voice ." * info found on 

****Slightly better visual version , but not with original music.  CLICK HERE
Our one time idea of life on other plants.


  1. OMG! I think I used to date him! What a fun post. I remember those days, well, and am a diehard scifi enthusiast. Cut my teeth on Asimov and never looked back. Thanks for sharing these delightful finds! Have a great day!

  2. There is an Italian film too- very much in the style of Trip To The Moon- and clearly meant to be a homage, I wrote about the film here:

    I am looking out to see if I can find you a copy to watch online :)

    its pretty good, though not quite as good as trip to the moon,

  3. Lovely post and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! You are still a young chick ;-)


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