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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Feb 6, 2006 2:56:39 GMT -6
Fly me to the Moon
Another Aldrin Moon landing - Former astronaut has a little serious fun in the epilogue of animated film
Buzz Aldrin hasn't lacked TV exposure; 600 million watched in 1969 as he and Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon. But now he's reaching a new frontier: a big-screen animated film in 3-D.
Called Fly Me to the Moon, it's being produced in Los Angeles, where Aldrin has lived since leaving NASA and Houston in 1971. He'll appear in an epilogue, explaining that the film is a fantasy.
"It's a very cute story about three houseflies who stow away on board Apollo 11, then get into the helmets of Neil and myself on the lunar surface," Aldrin said. "I'm really impressed with the animation I've seen so far.
"At the end I come in — in live-action — to say there were no flies on board. Of course, while I'm doing this, I'm swatting at flies buzzing around my head."
It's coming out later this month! You no doubt saw the commercials on TV by now.
I saw the preview with 3d glasses (It's a 3d movie) when I went to see "Journey to the center of the Earth" in 3d. The digital 3d effects are perfect, sharp and clear and merged. No red-blue lenses on the glasses, they appear to be using some mild polarization, much less than regular polarized sunglasses.
It's been awhile since I've been here. I see the site has new features inluding YouTube. Cool.
Not really forgotten (in fact the preview reminded me of this very thread), but I've had my attention absorbed by changes in my personal life, including a change of residence. And in addition had not taken my scopes out except maybe once in 6 months.
New major equipment acquisitions this year: an Orion 8" Intelliscope dob (now I currently have 2 8" dobs sitting in my room), and an Astro-Tech Voyager Alt az mount.