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Old 27 May 2020, 15:23
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Effing Tom Cruise

First he gets to do more HALO jumps than a lot of BTDTs here. Now this.

But if it inspires kids to pursue STEM careers, Godspeed Maverick.

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Tom Cruise teaming with NASA to film a movie aboard the International Space Station

Actor Tom Cruise reportedly wants to film a movie aboard the International Space Station.

As “Maverick” in the film “Top Gun,” actor Tom Cruise famously said he had “the need — the need for speed.”

Now he’s going to get it.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine confirmed Tuesday that the space agency is working with Cruise to film a movie aboard the International Space Station, which whizzes around in Earth orbit at 17,500 mph.

In a tweet, Bridenstine wrote that “NASA is excited to work with @TomCruise on a film aboard the @Space_Station! We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make @NASA’s ambitious plans a reality.”

“If we can get Tom Cruise to inspire elementary kids to join the Navy and be a pilot, why can’t we get Tom Cruise to inspire the next Elon Musk?” Bridenstein said Wednesday. “That’s what we need, a new generation of many Elon Musks, and that’s what this launch is about today.”

Added Musk of a Cruise flick filmed in space: “I’d watch that movie.”

A NASA spokesman declined to comment further.

The announcement comes as NASA is working to open up the orbiting laboratory to more commercial interests, and as SpaceX is on the cusp of flying NASA astronauts there from United States soil for the first time since the space shuttle was retired in 2011.

Last year, Bridenstine said the space agency would change its policy prohibiting paying tourists to fly to the space station. Over the years, Russia flew several private citizens there, who reportedly paid millions of dollars for the experience.

Under NASA’s plan, paying customers could fly to the station and stay for up to 30 days at a cost of $35,000 a day.

SpaceX and Boeing, the companies working to develop spacecraft capable of flying crews to the station, have been encouraged to fly private citizens as well. Neither has said how much they would charge for the rides, but estimates have ranged as high as $50 million.

Earlier this year, SpaceX announced it would fly three space tourists to the International Space Station for Axiom Space, a company vying to build a commercial space station.

Bridenstine has pushed to commercialize low Earth orbit, creating more economic interests in space. He has floated the idea of shooting advertisements on the space station and even selling naming rights to rockets and spacecraft the way professional sports stadiums do.

He’s tirelessly pushed to raise NASA’s profile in popular culture, trying to relax rules of astronauts appearing in commercials, for example.

“I’d like to see kids growing up, instead of maybe wanting to be like a professional sports star, I’d like to see them grow up wanting to be a NASA astronaut, or a NASA scientist,” he said in 2018. “I’d like to see, maybe one day, NASA astronauts on the cover of a cereal box, embedded into the American culture.”
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Old 27 May 2020, 15:33
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Under NASA’s plan, paying customers could fly to the station and stay for up to 30 days at a cost of $35,000 a day.
If I had that kind of cheddar, I would pony up immediately.
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Old 27 May 2020, 23:15
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Maybe from up there he can get in touch with Xenu.
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Love him / hate him...he is a stand up dude. When the "Church" of scientology posted up all their peeps in the Ice Cream man uniforms outside local businesses here in Clearwater because the city wouldn't sell them any more downtown property - businesses went under and lost money to the tune of more than 36 million dollars.

Cruise heard about it after coming off set, came BACK to clearwater (where he "occupies" the top two floors of a certain hotel on Clearwater Beach) - and restored those businesses OUT OF POCKET the full 36 million, then had a presser stating that the Church of Scientology was inappropriate in intimidating the public over it's business ventures and that it would not happen again. Nice that it hasn't happened since.

Gained a lot of respect for him when that happened - and businesses re-opened.
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My respect for him went up significantly after reading your post. BZ, Mr. Cruise.

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Love him / hate him...he is a stand up dude. When the "Church" of scientology posted up all their peeps in the Ice Cream man uniforms outside local businesses here in Clearwater because the city wouldn't sell them any more downtown property - businesses went under and lost money to the tune of more than 36 million dollars.

Cruise heard about it after coming off set, came BACK to clearwater (where he "occupies" the top two floors of a certain hotel on Clearwater Beach) - and restored those businesses OUT OF POCKET the full 36 million, then had a presser stating that the Church of Scientology was inappropriate in intimidating the public over it's business ventures and that it would not happen again. Nice that it hasn't happened since.

Gained a lot of respect for him when that happened - and businesses re-opened.
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Most of the movies he is in are pretty darn good.
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I like his movies and the training and effort he puts into them, with doing his own stunts, but I see him dying sooner than later, from the risks he takes.
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I read an article on the new Top Gun that is coming out where he actually learned to fly an F-18 to do the scenes with no CGI.
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I read an article on the new Top Gun that is coming out where he actually learned to fly an F-18 to do the scenes with no CGI.
History teaches us that pilots are immediately in short supply when the flag goes up. If he has that much training, give him a reserve commission and send him up!
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I read an article on the new Top Gun that is coming out where he actually learned to fly an F-18 to do the scenes with no CGI.
I did not see anything where he actually flew one or got qualified in it. His flights were in the backseat of an F model. They did go to great length to make it look like he was flying.

Here's a good behind the scenes look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHt1IbuYgJo&vl=en
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My fault, I read the article again and while he was in F-18's, it was the backseat. He did fly the P51 though.
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My respect for him went up significantly after reading your post. BZ, Mr. Cruise.
Same. I've been around those circles, and while I had 0 interaction with him, I had enough with the church. Weirdos. He has lots of negative press, so it's nice to hear it's not all true.
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Same. I've been around those circles, and while I had 0 interaction with him, I had enough with the church. Weirdos. He has lots of negative press, so it's nice to hear it's not all true.
Yea, Remini did a good series - Clinton caved on granting them status (wonder if they were shut down recently?). Good to hear about TC doing that, as long as the motivations were pure.
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Love him / hate him...he is a stand up dude. When the "Church" of scientology posted up all their peeps in the Ice Cream man uniforms outside local businesses here in Clearwater because the city wouldn't sell them any more downtown property - businesses went under and lost money to the tune of more than 36 million dollars.

Cruise heard about it after coming off set, came BACK to clearwater (where he "occupies" the top two floors of a certain hotel on Clearwater Beach) - and restored those businesses OUT OF POCKET the full 36 million, then had a presser stating that the Church of Scientology was inappropriate in intimidating the public over it's business ventures and that it would not happen again. Nice that it hasn't happened since.

Gained a lot of respect for him when that happened - and businesses re-opened.
From what I understand and I may be wrong. He’s in the top tier there. I reckon he can just run amok with little spill back from the church.

Nice thing for the community though.
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From what I understand and I may be wrong. He’s in the top tier there.
He is (literally) #2, Travolta is #3
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He is (literally) #2, Travolta is #3
I remember when the other residents in the Spruce Creek Fly In used to complain when Travolta flew his jet back in at 3AM from Clearwater. So much so that he sold his house if I recall correctly.
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I remember when the other residents in the Spruce Creek Fly In used to complain when Travolta flew his jet back in at 3AM from Clearwater. So much so that he sold his house if I recall correctly.
What did he do differently than other air traffic? Push in the clutch and rev it up over the residential area? Living near an airport comes with the expectation of having a higher surrounding noise level.
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What did he do differently than other air traffic? Push in the clutch and rev it up over the residential area?
Hahahahahahahahahahaha.....gives a whole new meaning to air brakes.
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What did he do differently than other air traffic? Push in the clutch and rev it up over the residential area? Living near an airport comes with the expectation of having a higher surrounding noise level.
Except that the residents of that little community are a bunch of dicks.
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