Fifty years after John Lennon and Yoko Ono famously staged a honeymoon "bed-in" for peace in an Amsterdam hotel, a Dutchman has unearthed 30 minutes of color footage of the event from his cellar. The couple spent a week mostly under the sheets at the Hilton hotel to spread a pacifist message — smoking, eating, singing and playing guitar while receiving journalists for interviews. "We're going to stay in bed for seven days, sort of instead of having a private honeymoon, it's a private protest," Lennon told a reporter. Ono added, "For the violence that's going in the world, you see. We show that instead of making war, let's stay in bed."The European leg of their honeymoon, which included an unusual press conference in Vienna with the glamourous pair obscured inside a giant "bag," was a huge media event — each step captured by photographers and videographers. Among the press was a Dutch team shooting footage for a two-part, 84-minute documentary, a kind of video diary filmed … [Read more...] about A documentary crew filmed John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “bed-in” for peace in color 50 years ago. Now the footage has resurfaced.
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LAUREL, Md. – The NASA spacecraft that yielded the first close-up views of Pluto opened the new year at an even more distant world, a billion miles beyond. Flight controllers said everything looked good for New Horizons’ flyby of the tiny, icy object at 12:33 a.m. Tuesday. Confirmation was not expected for hours, though, given the vast distance. The mysterious, ancient target nicknamed Ultima Thule is 4 billion miles from Earth. Scientists wanted New Horizons observing Ultima Thule during the encounter, not phoning home. So they had to wait until late morning before learning whether the spacecraft survived. With New Horizons on autopilot, Mission Control was empty at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. Instead, hundreds of team members and their guests gathered nearby on campus for back-to-back countdowns. The crowd ushered in 2019 at midnight, then cheered, blew party horns and jubilantly waved small U.S. flags again 33 minutes … [Read more...] about NASA spacecraft opens new year at tiny, icy world past Pluto
opinion Kathleen Rogers Opinion contributor Published 7:00 AM EST Dec 24, 2018 Christmas Eve marks the 50th anniversary of “Earthrise,” one of the first photos ever taken of our entire planet. Shot by the crew of the Apollo 8, the first manned mission to orbit the moon, it was a stunning and unexpected holiday present. Even the crew of the space craft, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders, were unprepared for what they witnessed. They had spent the better part of the day taking photos of the moon’s surface when Borman turned the spaceship to look at the horizon. The astronauts’ reaction was awe. Anders shouted, “Oh my God, look at that picture over there. Here’s the Earth coming up,” and they grabbed their cameras to take those first remarkable shots, first in black and then quickly in color. The world’s reaction was also awe. Set against a vast and never-ending backdrop … [Read more...] about Earthrise 50th anniversary: Photograph sparked Earth Day, awareness
The Nissan GT-R sports car is already expensive, with a starting price of about $100,000. But, for those who want something truly special, Nissan has announced it will make production versions of the Nissan GT-R50, a radically different looking GT-R with a body created by Italy's Italdesign, for a starting price of €990,000, or about $1.1 million. The GT-R50 was first revealed as a concept car, but the reaction was so positive that the company has decided to make just 50 of them available to the public. While the original GT-R50 prototype was displayed in a gray and gold color scheme, buyers of these 710 horsepower production cars will be able to select any colors they like. The timing of the announcement is somewhat awkward for Nissan. Nissan's chairman, Carlos Ghosn, and the Nissan corporation itself were indicted Monday by Japanese prosecutors for greatly understating Ghosn's compensation. Production of the GTR-50, created in celebration of the GT-R's 50th anniversary in … [Read more...] about Nissan to sell limited edition sports car for $1.1 million
By ANDREW DALTON The Associated Press CORONA, Calif. – Jimmy Page once painted a dragon, and used it to slay. The guitar guru was so bursting with creative inspiration 50 years ago that he felt compelled to pick up a brush and use his skills from art school to take poster paints to his favorite instrument, a 1959 Fender Telecaster, and decorate it with a psychedelic beast. He calls the axe "the Excalibur" that he wielded through the wildly eventful year of 1968, when his old band, the Yardbirds, crashed, and his new band, Led Zeppelin, was born just two months later. "My whole life is moving so fast at that point," Page, now 74, said as he reflected on Led Zeppelin's 50th anniversary in an interview with The Associated Press at the Fender guitar factory in California. "Absolutely just a roller-coaster ride." Page said he had Led Zeppelin's sound, and first songs, fully formed in his mind before the Yardbirds were even done. "I just knew what way to go," Page said. "It was in my … [Read more...] about Guitarist Jimmy Page looks back at 50 years of Led Zeppelin