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Rod Roddenberry: New Worlds, New Families, New Homes

As Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry and I talked about Star Trek in the living room of his home, both a sense of excitement and a question were on my mind. I was excited as it was difficult to believe I was sitting in the house of the caretaker of the Star Trek legacy. Like space itself, a fictional universe, such as Star Trek, can seem unreachable. And yet, while speaking with Rod, I felt like I reached out to that universe and this time it reached back. With Star Trek having the impact on my life that it has, talking to Rod about the philosophies of Star Trek, and the legacy left by his father, Gene Roddenberry, was an opportunity to better understand myself and what Rod called the “family” of fans created by Trek and sci-fi kind. This brought me to my question: Why does space create a home for this family?

Rod Roddenberry (left)  During Interview with Matt  Cimone (right) on Chasing Atlantis

Rod Roddenberry (left) During Interview with Matt Cimone (right) on Chasing Atlantis

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Yuri’s Night Tomorrow!

Hey Chasers!

On April 12th, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to leave the confines of this planet’s gravity, and stepped into the cosmos.

April 12th now marks Yuri’s Night: The World Space Party. Under the banner of Yurisnight.net, events in celebration of this epic space anniversary are being hosted throughout the world in the month of April. At current count, there are over 194 events in 47 countries across 7 continents.

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How do you know if there is an event near near you?

You can check out http://yurisnight.net/find-a-party/ to see if somebody is hosting a Yuri’s Night event in your area. They could range from movie screenings to up close encounters with a space craft.

Last year, Chasing Atlantis was celebrating Yuri’s Night in both Seattle and Toronto. I noted then that there were no events in Vancouver area where I’m based. This year, in partnership with Simon Fraser University we are hosting a screening of the movie HUBBLE, an IMAX film that documents the last Space Shuttle servicing mission to the International Space Station as well as the capabilities of this amazing space telescope.

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If you’re in the Vancouver area, be sure to stop by Simon Fraser University Burnaby tomorrow at 5pm. The event is being held in Lecture Hall 3210

Alternatively, throughout the month you can organize YOUR OWN Yuri’s Night event. Just follow the link below, watch a cool video with LeVar Burton, and register your event to add it to the nearly 200 around the world!

http://yurisnight.net/register/

 

Of his experience, Gagarin said:

“Circling the Earth in my orbital spaceship, I marveled at the beauty of our planet. People of the world, let us safeguard and enhance this beauty – not destroy it.” 

Rock the Planet tomorrow!

-Matthew

 

Matt’s Talking about Space at TEDx UTSC

Hey Chasers!

A quick update to let you know that I’m giving a talk at TEDx University of Toronto Scarborough this weekend. What’s the topic? SPAAAAACE! (of course). More specifically, the theme of this TEDx is “Converging Realities.” They are looking for speakers who could bridge two fields/concepts/ideas that might seem otherwise unrelated. In my other life, I help run a small non-profit organization called Esther’s Echo. In fact, my background is in International Development where I studied the field at the University of Toronto. In this talk, I will be sharing how space actually encourages my work for social justice, both at home and abroad, which inspired my other site No Borders from Orbit.

Below is a teaser of the talk. The conference is streaming live from www.tedxutsc.com. I’m up at 10AM EST this Saturday February 1st, but the talk will also be available later on YouTube and we’ll post it then as well!

Keep Chasing!

-Matthew

 

 

Two Years of Chasing Atlantis

Hey Chasers!

July 8th marks the second anniversary of Atlantis’ final liftoff from Earth.  Just a few days ago, Atlantis’ new home was opened to the public as she rests at a precise 43.21 degree angle, proudly displaying both her scored heat shielding and open cargo bay in celebration the Shuttle’s legacy. Oh yeah, and that’s the Canadarm extending from the bay if you hadn’t noticed it. (Below)

Shuttle Atlantis in New Shuttle Exhibit cr. Ryan Horan

Shuttle Atlantis in New Shuttle Exhibit cr. Ryan Horan

Two years ago, we were tightly huddled within a forest of tripod legs anxiously waiting to see if Atlantis would fly. Literally one million people stood beneath rain clouds in hopes of a patch of clear skies that would be needed to avoid a scrubbed mission. We only had one shot to capture the launch on film. If the mission were scrubbed, we didn’t have the funding at the time to make a return journey. Despite the weather and the risk, the million gathered on the shores; some having traveled much farther than us to witness this (potentially) historic moment. As you might know by now, the clouds did part, and just in time. At T – 30 minutes, those gathered around radios heard “Atlantis…you are go for launch” crackle through the radio. The roar of the crowd in celebration was second only to the  exuberance of the launch itself.

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Chasing Atlantis Yuri’s Night Celebration Trailer

In celebration of Yuri’s Night, Chasing Atlantis released a new trailer that yesterday was exclusive to those who participated in one of the over 300 parties around the world to celebrate humanity’s entry into the final frontier.

Today we are releasing the trailer online! Be sure to check it out!

It’s Official! Mars Did Have A Habitable Environment!

In a press conference today, An announcement was made that the Mars Curiosity Rover has discovered that Mars once supported a habitable environment. Very cool news as that means that, at one time, life could have existed on the Red Planet.

Now there has been confusion over the announcement. Not to add to this confusion, the rover has NOT discovered life itself either in the past or present, but rather the rover has confirmed that the planet supported conditions that could’ve given rise to life.

The news is particularly exciting to us as during our recent North America Tour, we were able to sit down with Chris Voorhees of Planetary Resources who served as Chief Engineer for mechanical assembly, integration and testing of the Mars Science Laboratory that makes up the Curiosity Rover. It’s very cool to think that we will be able to share with you the insights of somebody who has helped to make this discovery possible!

Check the link above for the article on www.space.com about the Mars discovery!

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-Keep Chasing

-Matt &8-)

Chasing Atlantis in “The Peak” Simon Fraser University News Paper

Hey Chasers,

In my other life, I work at Simon Fraser University in Residence Life. It’s an awesome gig. I get to work in a community of nearly 2000 students and family members who are all working toward incredible goals and dreams AND I get to incorporate my other projects, such as Chasing Atlantis, into the community here at the University such as when we interviewed SFU professor Howard Trottier last month. Another one of those overlaps between my space life and my University life recently happened with the SFU student newspaper. This week’s edition was a “Space” edition and they sought me out to talk about Chasing Atlantis. You can check out the article by clicking here or the title above.

-Keep Chasing

-Matt &8-)

We’re Live at Toronto Comicon!

Hey Chasers!

You may have seen some people dressed up like this at Comicon!

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CA Team (Mike and Paul in Tees) with interviewees Elaine, Adam and Ray (left to right)

If you see people running around in Chasing Atlantis Tees during the day or later this evening. Be sure to stop by and say hello. We have been doing interviews talking to folks at the convention about SPAAAACE and Science Fiction and in general sharing the #geeklove

I’ve been stationed here back in Vancouver but surfing the Twitterverse keeping up with the #torontocomicon and #comicon traffic. If you’re on twitter, be sure to follow those tags as well as #chasingatlantis to connect with us!

The team is, as of this very moment, about to line up for the Star Trek the Next Generation Reunion Panel! I’m so Jealous! In the meantime I’m watching the show on Netflix #nextbestthing

-Keep Chasing!

-Matthew &8-) 

Toronto Comicon in T-7 Hours!!

Hey Chasers!

We are going to be setup at Toronto Comicon this weekend! You have the chance to interact with our team, and even get interviewed and/or end up in the film credits! Plus we are running a cool promo this weekend during ComicCon to win a trip to SPAAAAAACE through I Dream of Space 

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ComicCon Weekend Promo

If you’re at the Toronto Comicon, be sure to Tweetup with us to find Paul and the camera crew. We’d love to geekout with you!

Keep Chasing!

-Matthew &8-)

Returning Home: The West Coast Leg of the North America Tour

Hey Chasers!

We survived! We successfully made it back to Canada, but not first before making three stops along the West Coast.

We left Florida following our interviews with Ryan Kobrick and John Horan in Florida. During that post we talked about struggles with getting into the new Atlantis Facility. That unfortunately didn’t pan out. We did get amazing footage right under the wing of Atlantis during her roll out but we thought it would be cool to see Atlantis all shrink wrapped and getting prepped for public display this Summer. Alas, NASA was touchy to have Atlantis filmed in such a state and we had no choice but to respect their wishes on that one. Nonetheless, some incredible adventures still awaited us on our next stop: San Francisco

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Sun Rise over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

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