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Science Fact Meets Science Fiction

23 July 2009 11:26 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

At a Comic-Con panel today, Dr. Harry Kloor — who holds doctorate degrees in physics and chemistry — updated the audience on his animated project Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey.

The 3D, CGI animated film releases in large format theaters in February 2010. It includes footage of planets and moons such as Venus, Mercury, Mars and Titan that is based on real radar data provided by the Cassini-Huygens satellite.

The project started at Nasa around 1997, Kloor explained, but it had to wait until 2008 for the satellite to provide the required information.

At that time, Kloor said, scientists were asking why protons and electrons are able to accelerate away from the Sun. Kloor had an idea about how that could happen, and included his explanation — that the particles actually surf on the solar winds — in his script for the film.

Two years later Nasa published a study confirming that protons are able to accelerate by surfing solar winds. »

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Hanging out with the Ewoks at Skywalker Ranch's scoring stage

19 July 2009 7:28 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

  While the rest of the fine Hitfix staff is at Comic-Con in San Diego this week, I will be at the Canary Islands off the coast of Spain covering a film music conference.  But as my small contribution to Comic-Con, I wanted to write about my recent day up at George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch in Marin County outside of San Franciso, where I watched composer Shawn Clement record his score for "Quantum Quest." Clement will speak at Comic-Con on July 23 at noon on a panel dedicated to "Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey" with the movie's co-director and writer/producer »

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