Lawmakers in the United States House of Representatives are encouraging NASA to focus its efforts on returning to the Moon as an alternative pathway to its Mars expedition.
NASA's current "direct-to-Mars" plan focuses on an asteroid landing—along with "other operations in the vicinity of the Moon," according to Ars Technica—before taking off for the Moon "some time in the 2030s."
While the committee recognized the merit in "some" of NASA's asteroid research—like advanced propulsion technology—it found that "neither a robotic nor a crewed mission to an asteroid appreciably contribute to the over-arching mission to Mars."
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The Flash closes out its roller coaster second season on Tuesday, May 24th, with "The Race of His Life." And you all know how high the stakes are now given the tragedy that happened at the very end of last week's episode.
Now, we know there's 44 minutes to fill, but from the look of these new season finale images released by The CW, and the title of the episode itself, it seems like everything will come down to a final speedster vs. speedster foot race between Barry and Zoom. A race where Zoom will have the speed advantage and Barry will have the oh-so-important heart advantage. Check out the images below...
The official description for "The Race of His Life" reads: "Season 2 ends with Zoom revealing his true plan and Barry vowing to do whatever it takes to stop him."
Warning: Full spoilers for Once Upon a Time: Season 5 follow.
A tricky part about assembling the Once Upon a Time puzzle has to be the sheer number of possibilities. As a fan of fairy tales, folklore, and Disney, I don't know what it would be like to try to choose what to include in the mythology of a series that has opened the door to all of those elements. Once often succeeds at weaving the strings together, then twisting and connecting characters and stories in creative, unexpected ways. They accomplished the feat in Season 5 by adding Camelot, the Underworld, and even Jekyll and Hyde, but they hit some roadblocks too.
The half-season long themes continued to be an issue, as they have been since Season 3. On the upshot, despite the settings of Camelot and Underworld, the main cast stayed in focus. Emma and her struggle as Dark Swan and her love for Hook and her family took the spotlight regardless of anything else going on. Regina continued to adapt to being on the light side and tried to find her happiness. Rumplestiltskin, well he was Rumplestiltskin, but he embraced who he was. Those three characters were given plenty of attention and not lost in the sea of new faces such as Merlin, Merida, or Hades.
McFarlane Toys unveiled its action figure based on upcoming Assassin's Creed: The Movie. The 7-inch figure is modeled from 3D scans of Aguilar actor Michael Fassbender.
The figure is part of McFarlane's new Color Tops series of collectibles. McFarlane Toys calls it "an exact likeness" of Aguilar.
The figure includes an "Assassin Sword and Extended Hidden Blade," and also comes with an Assassin's Creed-branded display base. McFarlane Toys owner and CEO Todd McFarlane said Ubisoft is taking Assassin’s Creed "into real life," and his company plans to capture the move "by making our most life-like figures ever."
The Entertainment Software Association has announced E3 Live 2016, a free, ticketed satellite event open to the public throughout the course of the core E3 show, from June 14-16.
Taking place at the LA Live complex - situated next door to E3's home, the LA Convention Centre - the event will feature playable games, live entertainment, industry personality meet-ups and exclusive merchandise for sale. No specific playable games have been detailed at time of writing.
Tickets are available now on a first-come-first-served basis from the E3 Live website.
E3 has traditionally only ever included a trade show component, open exclusively to members of the games industry, but recent years have seen the likes of Nintendo breaking away from the accepted structure and hosting public-facing events.
Ahead of its debut next month, 20th Century Fox has unveiled a new extended trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence.
The trailer is nearly five minutes in length and features a fair amount of never-before-seen footage with stars Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum and many more. Take a look:
Additionally, Empire Magazine unveiled several exclusive new images from the film, one of which you can check out below.
Photo credit: Empire Magazine
Conan O'Brien will take on Game of Thrones actors Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage in Overwatch on the next Clueless Gamer.
Clueless Gamer—a segment on O'Brien's late-night talk show—will air tonight at 11/10c on TBS. No word on whether Headey, who stars as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones, or Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister, had been practicing during Overwatch's successful open beta.
Things are not looking good for the crew of the USS Enterprise.
Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto), Dr. McCoy (Karl Urban), Scotty (Simon Pegg) and Chekov (Anton Yelchin) are standing on the dark, battered bridge of a ship that is not the Enterprise… and that seems to be barely functioning at all. Spock is wounded, and while Kirk is giving him a pep talk, it’s clear that some bad s#!t has gone down for Starfleet’s finest. “We have no ship, no crew!” yells Kirk. Space… the final frontier, indeed.
It’s August of 2015 and I’m on the Vancouver set of Star Trek Beyond, the third film in J.J. Abrams’ rebooted big-screen series. After directing Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), Abrams warped away -- or rather, made the jump to lightspeed -- in order to helm the rebirth of that other sci-fi juggernaut, Star Wars, with The Force Awakens. And while he has remained on Beyond as a producer, the center seat of the Trek world is currently being filled by Justin Lin, the man behind four Fast and Furious films (and the guy largely responsible for that series’ unlikely resurgence once he came onboard with the third movie).
Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski stopped by the IGN office to discuss his history at Epic Games and shared with us why his favorite entry in Microsoft's beloved cover-based shooter series is Gears of War 3.
In the latest episode of IGN Unfiltered, the Boss Key Productions co-founder said that while many still believe Gears 1 is the series' best installment, the third entry tops his list because "that's where we really honed things and had dedicated servers and everything. We had multiple game types, different characters, women in the battle.... It was cool."
For Bleszinski, Gears of War 3 was "kind of the culmination of everything," with the game's conclusion serving as a metaphor for his experience relaxing on the Carolina coast, and the character Anya Stroud (and her relationship with Marcus Fenix) drawing inspiration from his wife Lauren.
Ahead of tomorrow's release of Zoolander 2: The Magnum Edition on home video, e have this first look at its bonus featurette on "Mugatu's Muscle Suit and Prison Change." This bonus featurette will be exclusively available on the Target edition Blu-ray.
You may recall Will Ferrell's villain looking ridiculously pumped up when glimpsed in prison -- only to shed that skin to reveal his true form underneath. Box art and details on Zoolander 2: The Magnum Edition follow:
"Zoolander 2: The Magnum Edition looks really, really ridiculously good-looking on Blu-ray Combo Pack and includes a Digital HD version of the film and behind-the-scenes featurettes. Go on location to Rome with Ben Stiller and the all-star cast as they discuss the legacy of Zoolander and reveal the secrets behind the sequel. Plus, discover the origins of the iconic character Derek Zoolander, and laugh out loud as Kristen Wiig’s Alexanya Atoz introduces her revolutionary new beauty product “Youth Milk.” And for a limited time only, get a bonus digital copy of the original Zoolander with the Blu-ray Combo Pack.
Unsurprisingly, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End debuted to massive success when it launched earlier in May.
Naughty Dog's highly anticipated action-adventure title sold over 2.7 million units worldwide. In North America, the game's sales made Uncharted 4 the "fastest-selling PlayStation 4 first party title to-date."
The worldwide sell-through data for both physical and digital copies includes sales as of May 16.
"Millions of fans around the world have already joined Nathan Drake on his final treasure hunt," reads a post on the PlayStation blog. "A huge congratulations goes out to Naughty Dog for an incredible feat."
If you’re excited to command a cavalcade of spectral riders, or to fire a goblin from a giant catapult but are totally clueless about Total War, we have you covered, thanks to these six handy hints for Total War newbies.
The Troop Deployment phase of each skirmish can be considered the calm before the storm. Use this time to scope out the lay of the land and deploy your troops in a starting formation, placing your units in tactical locations in order to maximise their potential.
Dwarves are one of the many factions available to players.
An Oculus Rift security update seen by many to be a response to Revive - the mod that allows players to play Oculus-exclusive games on the HTC Vive VR headset - has backfired, allowing for full-scale game piracy.
Talking to Motherboard, Revive's secretive developer, Libre VR explained that the update - which now includes a pre-game launch check to see if an Oculus is being used to play - actually allows for the entire security check to be bypassed.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
Family Guy wrapped up its 14th season this week. An impressive feat, to be sure, but the show's quality has sunk to the point where there's rarely any cause for excitement. The hope was that Season 14 could end on a high note by revisiting the "Road to..." formula that has spawned several of the show's stronger episodes. This time around, Brian and Stewie's globetrotting antics took them to the exotic land of India. The show had all the ingredients for an epic journey full of romance and intricately choreographed dance sequences. Instead, what we got was a distressingly familiar Family Guy experience.
The catalyst for Brain and Stewie's latest trip was solid enough. Brian managed to turn a broken computer into a love connection as he flirted on the phone with his tech support agent, Padma (voiced by Futurestates' Sheetal Sheth). This opening sequence leaned a bit too much on Brian's smarmy, self-absorbed writer shtick, but it did yield a few bursts of humor. The revelation that Brian doesn't understand the concept of time zones (and then tried to cover that by pointing out that India uses the metric system) was pretty clever.
Fallout 4 expansion Far Harbor released last week, and became Bethesda's largest ever piece of DLC. However, an upcoming fan project will be even bigger.
According to VG24/7, Fallout Cascadia will be a mod which takes players to Seattle a few decades after the events of the main game. It has been in production for six months, and is being made by a team of 18.
More information about the project can be found on the mod's Tumblr page. "The scale of this project is a land area that is just a bit smaller than Fallout 3, but more quests and locations than Fallout 4’s Far Harbor DLC," reads the description.
A trial of Mirror's Edge Catalyst is coming to subscribers of EA Access and Origin Access.
Catalyst is due for release on June 7, however you can play a six hour trial early from June 2 if you're signed up to one of EA's subscription services.
EA trials have often been 10 hours long before, so it can be assumed this shorter trial is to prevent you from finishing the game before it's out.
Mirror's Edge Catalyst has been delayed a couple of times now, with the original release date being February 23.
Croteam has announced a sequel to The Talos Principle.
Rather than an official press release on a blog or website, Croteam’s Alen Ladavac confirmed the news to attendees at the recent Nordic Game Conference.
— Damir Đurović (@DamirDurovic) May 20, 2016
In one of the classier moves in recent gaming history, Blizzard artist Roman Kenney has taken a young Overwatch fan's character drawing and given it the full concept art treatment. As spotted by Kotaku, Shane Hickey wrote to the Overwatch Twitter account about his daughter's home-made character, Birst, asking for the Blizzard team's thoughts.