Pulp Musicals Units Sights On The Moon With New Radio-Model Musical THE GREAT MOON HOAX

“Don’t be afraid of the dark … that’s where dreaming begins!” From the piano by Matt Dahan (Starry, The Babies, Music Director of Team Starkid) comes with PULP MUSICALS, a new radio-style music series that interweaves stories from science fiction, fantasy and myths into an incomparable audio adventure.

The first episode of Pulp Musicals is titled “The Great Moon Hoax” and is inspired by actual events when, in the summer of 1835, a troubled New York newspaper published a series of articles detailing the discovery of a thriving lunar civilization. 19th century readers believed the fantasies were wild and the moon never felt closer to earth.

The Great Moon Hoax features an all-star ensemble with: James Tolbert (National Tour: Mary Poppins, Black Friday) as Samuel Stratford, Mariah Rose Faith (National Tour: Mean Girls, Starry) as Rose Stratford, Curt Mega (Glee, Spies are Forever) as Benjamin Park and John Herschel, Natalie Llerena (Starry, Salvage) as Margaret Cavendish, Tony Gonzalez (Annabella, Diary of Atticus) as Chester Thomas, Amanda Walter (Starry) as preacher and choir, and Matt Dahan as a narrator.

The idea of ​​combining science fiction with musical theater came about in mid-2020 when Dahan witnessed his theater community adapt to a world without live venues. Artists and guests went digital, connecting in ways that were both brand new and strangely familiar. He could not shake the image of the early 20th century listeners, who gathered around radios and played radio plays while the imagination filled the scene. As a predilection for the science fiction genre and a longing to find a suitable arena for one’s passions, everything in the form of pulp musicals clicked.

“The Great Moon Hoax” is 94 minutes long and will have an operatic character (less than 5% of the episode spoken) and cinematic in your mind’s eye (songs mix together like scenes on stage, and sound effects play to make sense increase time and place). Future episodes will feature both original and adapted stories, with the protagonists traveling between other classic pulp genres.

The full original cast recording of “Great Moon Hoax” is scheduled to be released on iTunes on Friday, November 19 for $ 14.99 and will come with a full libretto. The album is currently available for pre-order, with the song “More Than This” (sung by Mariah Rose Faith and James Tolbert) is downloaded immediately upon purchase.

To honor the past, “The Great Moon Hoax” will “air” its three half-hour parts for free on YouTube – Part 1 on Monday November 15th, Part 2 on Wednesday November 17th and Part 3 on Friday November 19th . Each part premieres at 8 p.m. East / 5 p.m. Pacific and held live for four hours before being removed. Matt Dahan will be present on live chat when each part airs. For more, follow @pulpmusicals on Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and TikTok.

Join the cast of Pulp Musicals, here at the beginning – the sky is the limit and the stars are waiting.

NICK STROBEL: Moon will not dim July 4th fireworks | Leisure

Happy Independence Day! Tomorrow is Aphelion Day, when the Earth is furthest from the Sun at just over 94.5 million miles.

The extreme heat wave in the Pacific Northwest a few days ago clearly shows that the distance between the earth and the sun is not the reason for the seasons. Unfortunately, it is very likely that heat waves like the one we had last week will be more frequent.

We can handle very hot days here in the Central Valley because most of our homes and businesses have air conditioning (while electricity is still running), but most places in the Pacific Northwest don’t have air conditioning.

When my wife came home from a trip to the east late at night, she pointed to a bright star in the southeast and asked if it was Venus. Reasonable guess because the star is very bright, but Venus is now our “evening star”, visible deep in the west shortly after sunset.

The bright star we saw at almost 1 a.m. is Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, but because of its great distance from us, it appears weaker than Venus. A large brownish-yellow waning domed moon also appeared just above the horizon, one day from the third quarter.

The moon tonight will be a waning crescent so the moon won’t wash away any of the fireworks. The moon will be in the new moon phase on Friday and the first quarter will take place on July 17th. That said, there are some nice shots of a waxing crescent moon next to bright Venus in the evening next week.

July 11th will be especially great because Venus is right next to Mars (about a thumb’s breadth at arm’s length to the right of Mars). A little further to the right is a thin waxing crescent moon. All three may just barely fit in the same field of view of your binoculars.

The following night, July 12, Venus is only a little finger away from Mars, but the moon does not fit into the field of view of the binoculars.

Remain skeptical

My last trip included a night in Washington, DC, and one place we visited was the International Spy Museum. The various tour websites say it takes people an hour or two to get through, but it took my wife and I more than four hours just to do the first floor and we had to rush through the second floor to give us time Had to grab a quick bite to eat before heading to the airport. We read all the signs in museums.

One of the messages from the ISM was to draw reasonable conclusions from incomplete data and not know the full context of your data, a context that can radically change the meaning of the data.

It made me think of all the media hype surrounding the recent report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on UFOs (also referred to in the report as “unidentified aerial phenomena”). There have been over 140 sightings referenced in the report since 2004, all but one that the experts called in by the US government cannot explain.

This media noise is of course due to the fact that many people are very willing to make a big logical leap from the “unidentified flying object” to immediately identify it as an alien alien spaceship without considering more prosaic explanations.

The saying “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” means that the burden of proof rests on those who make claims about alien alien spaceships. You have to prove that the UFO cannot be anything but an alien alien spaceship. (For more information on this burden of proof, do a Google search for “Sagan Invisible Dragon”.)

People from all demographic categories have seen UFOs, but it is people from the United States who report the vast majority of sightings. The reasons most of the sightings reported are from those in the US is because of our very strong individualistic culture, which focuses on individual experience and expertise; our distrust of the federal government (often for very good reasons); and people here believe we live in a country with a technology that is superior to any other country. People in other countries who see a UFO are more likely to attribute it to new US war technology than to an alien spaceship. Context makes a big difference in how data is interpreted.

While as a skeptic of UFOs as extraterrestrial extraterrestrial spaceships I don’t have to disprove the hypothesis, I’ll point you to a nice one-sided guide to extraterrestrial UFOs published by Andrew Fraknoi bit.ly/ufoskeptic and Mick West’s investigation into the Navy videos of the strange phenomena that have featured in the media several times (see Fraknoi’s list for the links). Spoilers: The videos that are making the rounds in the media can be explained by definitely mundane and boring things, including camera optics artifacts.

Contributing columnist Nick Strobel is the director of the William M. Thomas Planetarium at Bakersfield College and the author of the award-winning website AstronomyNotes.com.

NASA purpose of 2024 Moon touchdown is ‘truly doable’

SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk poses when he arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer Awards in Berlin on December 1, 2020.

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Elon Musk believes SpaceX can help NASA achieve its ambitious goal of landing astronauts on the moon by 2024.

“I think that can be done,” said Musk on Friday, speaking afterwards SpaceX launched the Crew 2 mission for a trip to the International Space Station in orbit.

“We’re more likely to strive for it, but I think it can actually be done,” he added. “We’re probably building a lot of missiles [will] Crash a few of them, but I think it will happen. “

SpaceX received a $ 2.9 billion contract from NASA last week under the agency’s Human Landing Systems program.

Starship’s SN11 prototype rocket is on the launchpad at the company’s Boca Chica, Texas facility.

SpaceX

Under the contract, Musk’s company will build a variation of this Spaceship rocket the prototype of which SpaceX has tested in Boca Chica, Texas. The company has conducted several successful test flights of Starship, although attempts to land after the last four soaring flights have resulted in fiery explosions.

NASA’s Artemis program, announced by the administration of President Donald Trump and expected to continue under President Joe Biden, consists of several missions to the orbit and surface of the moon over the coming years.

Musk said, “It is a great honor to be selected by NASA to bring people back to the moon,” emphasizing his company’s vision of flying regular flights there and beyond.

“It’s been almost half a century since humans were last on the moon. It’s too long, we have to go back there and have a permanent base on the moon – again like a large permanently manned base on the moon. And then build a city on Mars to become a space civilization, a multiplanet species, “Musk said. “We don’t want to be one of those single planet species, we want to be a multiplanet species.”

Musk did before It is estimated that Starship will cost around $ 5 billion to fully develop, although SpaceX has not disclosed how much it has spent on the program. On Friday, Musk noted that winning the contract is “really helpful” for Human Landing Systems because Starship’s development “has been largely internally funded and is quite expensive”.

“It’s hard to build a vehicle because we’re trying to crack this nut of a fast and fully reusable missile,” said Musk. “But what is really important to revolutionize space is a quickly reusable missile that is also reliable.”