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Plasma research on the ISS

The plasma crystal experiments are among the most successful research projects on the +International Space Station. The PKE-Nefedov plasma crystal laboratory was one of the first scientific research laboratories on the #ISS. The PK-4 has been in operation in the Columbus module since 2014. More than 70 scientific publications confirm the knowledge gained from the experiments conducted over the last 15 years. The #DLR Complex Plasmas research group is gaining fundamental insights into, in particular, solid state and fluid physics, as well as applications in space physics, plasma physics, plasma technology and fusion research.

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+European Space Agency, ESA  #Pockocmoc +NASA #MPS

Image: Revolutionary plasma laboratory: #EkoPlasma. Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).

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Roav looks super cool, now curious how effective a mount for mobile works. Bounce mirrored display onto translucent screen with Torque?
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Orbital ATK Cygnus OA5 Flies Away | International Space Station
ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet: "Movie spacecraft look like real ones, or is it the other way around? This shape reminded me of something as I watched Orbital ATK's Cygnus fly away."

"Le Cygnus qui s’éloigne de l’ISS semble tout droit sorti d’un bon film de science-fiction. La réalité ici dépasse parfois l’imagination!"

Learn about ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet of France:

Find out more about the Proxima mission:

Credit: ESA/NASA
Image Date: November 21, 2016

+Orbital ATK 
+Thomas Pesquet 
+European Space Agency, ESA 
+NASA Johnson Space Center 

#NASA #Space #ISS #Earth #OrbitalATK #Cargo #Commercial #Astronaut #ThomasPesquet #ESA #Europe #France #CNES
#Proxima #Spacecraft #Technology #Engineering #Expedition50 #OverviewEffect #OrbitalPerspective #STEM #Education
#JourneyToMars #Animation #GIF
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At 22nd November of 1989, "Back to the Future Part II" premiered in US theaters. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Bob Gale, it is the sequel to the 1985 film "Back to the Future" and the second installment in the "Back to the Future" trilogy. The film stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Thomas F. Wilson and Lea Thompson and continues immediately following the original film. The film was produced on a $40 million budget and was filmed back-to-back with its sequel, "Part III". The film grossed over $331 million worldwide, making it the third-highest-grossing film of 1989.

"Back to the Future Part II" is the story of how the heroes of the first movie, Marty McFly and Doc Brown, try to manipulate time without creating paradoxes, and how they accidentally create an entirely different future one in which Marty's beloved mother is actually married to his reprehensible enemy, Biff Tannen. McFly and Brown are played again this time by Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, the stars of the 1985 box-office hit, and they not only made "Part II" but went ahead and filmed "Part III" at the same time.

When "Back to The Future" was initially conceived, director and writer Robert Zemeckis and writer Bob Gale had no idea how much notoriety it would eventually achieve, nor of the big box office records it would break. They were happy just to see their project come to fruition. When they wrote the original film, the ending they had written was supposed to be the end of it.

Because of it's success, however, and Hollywood being Hollywood, there had to be the inevitable sequels. The problem was that with the original ending, they had painted themselves into a corner as to where they could go with the sequel. What they finally came up with in Part II, is a film that is every bit as whimsical as the original, yet moves along at a pace that will leave you breathless.

The movie opens in 1985. McFly has just returned from his previous adventure when Doc Brown appears once again in that souped-up De Lorean. He's breathless with urgency and wants McFly to join him on a trip to the year 2015, where absolutely everything has gone wrong and McFly is needed to save his own son from going to jail.

The city of Hill Valley in the year 2015 looks like the cover of an old pulp magazine. The town square we remember from the previous film has been transformed with ramps heading for the skies and jet-powered vehicles cruising through the skies. The kids even have skateboards that operate on the same principle as hovercraft, which leads to one of the movie's best special-effects numbers when McFly tries to evade a gang of rowdies.

He more or less accomplishes his mission in 2015, but makes the mistake of buying a sports almanac that has all of the scores from the years 1950 to 2000 in it. The almanac and the De Lorean are stolen by Biff, who travels back in time to give them to himself, so that he can place lots of winning bets and become a billionaire. In the process, Hill Valley in the future turns into a hell hole lorded over by the evil billionaire who is produced by this scheme, and so McFly and Doc travel back to 1955 to try to steal the almanac away from Biff.

What makes the 'Back To The Future' series so terrific, is that Zemeckis and Gale took the time travel concept, applied a little originality to it, then let their imaginations run wild. In BTTFII, we get a story that moves along like a runaway freight train. Not content to give us what the year 2015 may be truly like, since making such predictions are usually wrong anyway, they decide to let it all hang loose and just have fun with it.

There are holographic theaters, Cafe 80's shops, antique stores that sell dustbusters and other things, skateboards that hover, paying for cab rides with thumbprints, etc. etc. Yet, for all the glossy, multi-colored stores and goofy concepts, we still recognize it as the same old Hill Valley. Something else Zemeckis and Gale do is to take some events from the first film, and replay them in 2015 Hill Valley. Usually, things like this would be seen as the lack of an idea, but in this case its simply Zemeckis having a little fun and letting us in on it. It works perfectly.

As for the cast, Fox and Lloyd keep their characters of Marty and Doc on the same entertaining level as before. Fox is also given the chore of playing his nerdy son of the future, Marty as a middle aged man and even his daughter of the future. Lea Thompson, again has the difficult chore of bringing Lorraine Mcfly to us in three different characterizations, and as before handles it admirably.

Her 1955 Lorraine will always be her most memorable characterization in these films, but the others are equally well done. As for Thomas F. Wilson as Biff, well Biff is...Biff, no matter how old, how young, or how powerful he may be, and his consistence of performance is also noteworthy. From 2015 to a nightmarish 1985 and all the way back to 1955, "Back to the Future Part II" is a fun, fast-paced sequel full of wit and imagination.

#BackToTheFuturePartII #BackToTheFuture
#BTTF2 #ChristopherLloyd #MichaelJFox
#80sMovies #Movies #SciFi #SciFiFilm
#AdventureFilm #ComedyFilm
#Comedy #Onthisday #MovieReview

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With coffee, you can be a star! :-)

So, as I mentioned yesterday, I want to occasionally incorporate video into the Coffee Lovers Circle here on Google Plus. With that in mind, if you don't mind having yourself filmed on publicly visible video, and want to be a part of this, let me know in the comments below.

Have a great day! :-)

#WomenWednesday #Coffee #coffeelovers #coffeeloverscircle #WomanWednesday

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Water ice makes up half or more of an underground layer in a large region of Mars halfway from the equator to the north pole.

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