Big news from 40 light-years away (235 trillion miles). Our Spitzer Space Telescope revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, all of them have the potential for water on their surfaces.
Take a look inside the cockpit of our high altitude ER-2 aircraft as it descends for landing at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. This month, scientists used used the aircraft to collect data on coral reef health and volcanic emissions and eruptions. Flying at 65,000 feet, above 95 percent of Earth’s atmosphere, the ER-2 has a unique ability to replicate the data a future satellite could collect. Data from this mission will help in developing a planned NASA satellite mission to study natural hazards and ecosystems called Hyperspectral Infrared Imager, or HyspIRI.
Photos by: CPL Matt Bickerton, and CPL David Said, Hawaii, USA.
Australian Army soldier Lance Corporal Joel Baron, Section 2IC, 1 Platoon, Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR), participates in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016, working closely with US Marines and other nations on a range of training activities at the United States Marine Corps Base on Kaneohe Bay from 29 June to 10 July 2016, before proceeding to the Big Island for live fire range activities.
Exercise RIMPAC is the world’s largest maritime exercise enhancing Australia’s relationship with the United States and contributing nations. It is aimed at strengthening international maritime partnerships, enhance interoperability and improve the readiness of participating forces for a wide range of potential operations.
The theme for RIMPAC 16 is “Capable, Adaptive, Partners” and provides a key opportunity for Australia’s Amphibious Force Landing Force to test their interoperability within the multinational amphibious readiness group.
an ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.
dir.: chad stahelski, david leitch (uncredited) action / thriller 2014
keanu reeves as john wick michael nyqvist as viggo tarasov alfie allen as iosef tarasov willem dafoe as marcus
according to keanu reeves, he did 90% of his own stunts in the film.
keanu reeves learned & memorized the nightclub fight sequence the day that the scene was filmed.
director chad stahelski was keanu reeves’ stunt double in the matrix movies.
john wick is intended to be a trilogy franchise.
the red circle bar is a clear allusion to 1 of the main influences for this film: le cercle rouge (1970).
according to the directors’ commentary, when they shot the top-level nightclub fight sequence keanu reeves had the flu & was running a 104°F fever.
john wick is referred to as “baba yaga”. in slavic lore, baba yaga is usually portrayed as a witch that lives in a house standing on chicken legs. she is often portrayed in a scary way but tends to act more like a trickster. even so, she has been known to be helpful to those who are pure of heart.
the filmmakers took into account keanu reeves’ native hawaiian ancestry for john wick’s tattoo. “fortis fortuna adiuvat” (fortune favors the bold) is the motto used by 3rd battalion 3rd marines based in marine corps base hawaii, kaneohe bay. suggesting that john wick was once a u.s. marine in hawaii.
john wick smoothly transitions between several shooting styles depending on the situation. during close-quarters battles & while moving through tight hallways, he employs a center axis relock stance. when moving & shooting at longer ranges, he changes into more traditional weaver & isosceles stances.
during hand to hand combat scenes, john wick shows himself to be a judoka & use japanese traditional jujutsu. judo is a japanese martial art emphasizing throws. specifically, wick repeatedly uses head throws and arm throws. on the other hand, his rival assassin, ms. perkins, uses brazilian jiu-jitsu (employing a kimura shoulder lock, the crucifix position & using her leather jacket as a gi to perform a wing choke in her fight against wick in the hotel room).
the film reunites actors keanu reeves, daniel bernhardt, randall duk kim along with producers-directors chad stahelski & david leitch, all of whom were involved in the matrix trilogy.
the character of john wick is also a playable character in the video-game payday 2 (2013). he was added to the game 2 days before the movie’s wide release.
while chad stahelski is the credited director & david leitch is the credited producer (due to dga & pga regulations), the 2 produced & directed together as a team.
keanu reeves’ 6th time playing a role named john.
the logo with the 2 arrows seen on the van from the cleaning team is the symbol for the german recycling system called green dot (grüner punkt).
american muscle cars in movie are 1969 mach 1 mustang, (mistaken for a 429 boss mustang), 1970 ss396 chevelle a 2011 dodge charger ld & the 1968 dodge charger in aureilo’s garage.
the pistol john wick primarily used in the beginning of the film is a heckler & koch p30 with a silencer or compensator.
gregori is playing dust 514 (2013) at the safe house, a first person shooter only available on the playstation 3 system. yet he can be seen playing it on xbox 360.
during the dust 514 (2013) scene, the mobster can be seen shooting an enemy with the name point break (1991), another keanu reeves title.
the shotgun john wick uses towards the end of the film is a keltek ksg.
bridget moynahan, who plays john wick’s wife, has only 8 seconds of screen time.
derek kolstad had no actors in mind when “john wick” was a spec script. the writer only had non-living action stars in mind before it was produced.
the book on the coffee table is a monography of alvaro siza, a portuguese architect, considered to be one of the best in the world.
derek kolstad’s grandfather, 88-year-old john wick served as an inspiration for the movie’s title & character name.
daniel bernhardt played an agent in the keanu reeves vehicle matrix reloaded (2003).
marilyn manson (matrix’s soundtrack) is also in john wick’s soundtrack.
2nd movie where keanu reeves drives a black dodge charger, the first being los reyes de la calle (2008).
this movie reunites 2 actors from the hbo tv series the wire (2002). although they don’t share screen time, both lance reddick & clarke peters appear in the continental. reunites 3 actors from the hbo tv series oz (1997). although they don’t share screen time, lance reddick, clarke peters, & dean winters appear in the movie.
bacon grease was placed on keanu’s face to attract his dog to jump on him when he wakes up in bed.
kevin nash plays a large russian henchman. he also played 1 in the punisher (2004), though in that film his lines were cut in post-production.
1st time that keanu reeves & willem dafoe have acted together on film, both were in the speed franchise: reeves was in speed (1994), & dafoe was in speed 2: cruise control (1997).
bridget regan, who played addy the bartender at the continental, played the confessor in the legend of the seeker (2008) tv series.
spoilers (the trivia items below may give away important plot points)
the body count is 119 in this film.
the security guard who waves wick onto the airport runway is reading the 1970s thriller novel “shibumi” by rod whitaker, under the pen name trevanian, also about a retired master assassin dragged back into the game. the story viggo tells about how wick killed three men “with a pencil” alludes to a crucial scene from the same novel.
both producer basil iwanyk & keanu reeves reference the number 84 as being the total number of kills by john wick.
according to the directors’ commentary, their first cut of the movie was 2 hours & 20 minutes long. they didn’t reveal much about approximately 39 minutes of footage that was cut out of the movie but they did mentioned that ending fight between john & viggo was longer but was cut down after they both acknowledged that viggo shouldn’t really pose a big physical threat to wick. also, david leitch said how “there’s a ton of great shots on the cutting room floor that’s just keanu reeves walking in cool environments.”
the red shirt henchmen are an homage to star trek (1966).
iosef (alfie allen) is shot in the genitals before being killed. in game of thrones (2011), allen’s character was castrated.
A soldier from The 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Recce Platoon, 3 Section, jumps from a U.S. Marines Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during Helocasting training at Kaneohe Bay, Marine Corps Base Hawaii during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) on June 30, 2014.
Behind the Lens: Photographing the President in 50 States
by Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer
This week, the President will visit South Dakota, marking the 50th state he has visited during his administration (as such, it’s also my 50th state with him). To mark the occasion, I chose one photograph from each state that we’ve visited. This was not as easy as I thought it would be. With help from photo editor Phaedra Singelis, I tried to depict a variety of situations. Some are more lighthearted; some are sad, and some are poignant. Some are with the Vice President; some are with the First Lady, and a couple are with the entire family. A selection of photos are centered on policy, and others on politics. Some focus on the President as Commander-in-Chief – others on his role as consoler for the nation.
I hope you enjoy this gallery. And stay tuned – we’ll be adding a photograph from South Dakota following his visit there on Friday.
Alabama, March 7, 2015. Marching at the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Alaska. Nov 12, 2009. Air Force One refueling at Elmendorf Air Force Base. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
Arizona, Aug. 16, 2009. Viewing the Grand Canyon. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
Arkansas. May 7, 2014. Touring tornado damage in Vilonia. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
California, July 23, 2014. Viewing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Colorado, July 8, 2014. Playing pool with Gov. John Hickenlooper in Denver. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Connecticut, Dec. 16, 2012. Making last-minute edits to his speech in Newtown, before a vigil for those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Delaware, Oct. 29, 2009. Honoring fallen soldiers from Afghanistan at Dover Air Force Base. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Florida, April 22, 2015. Keeping his distance from a baby alligator on Earth Day at Everglades National Park. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Georgia, May 19, 2013. Graduates cheering the President during a heavy downpour at Morehouse College in Atlanta. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
“Pearl Harbor Attack. Sailors attempt to save a burning PBY at Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, during the Japanese air raid. This plane was set afire by strafing in the the initial phase of the attack and was sunk in a later strike. Note dog observing the work.”
Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Eddie Myers parachutes from a UH-1Y Venom helicopter during insertion training on Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, June 10, 2015. Myers is a parachute safety officer assigned to Detachment 4th Force Reconnaissance Company. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Richard M Pat Patterson
A soldier from The 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (3PPCLI) laces up his combat boots prior to a training exercise in a make shift village at the Marine Corps Training Area Bellows as part of non-live fire military training activities near Kaneohe Bay, Marine Corps Base Hawaii during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) on June 27, 2014.
Troops from Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, United States Marine Corps, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, and The Japanese Western Area Infantry Regiment, use combat rubber reconnaissance crafts to complete Nautical Navigation and Over the Horizon Training at Kaneohe Bay, Marine Corps Base Hawaii during Exercise Rim of the Pacific on June 29, 2014.
The U.S. Navy flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels, perform during the Kaneohe Bay Air Show 2010 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
(Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Hight, 24 SEP 2010.)
[The clarity of this photo is testament to a quality photographer; demonstration teams are a challenge to photograph, combining distance from target, high speed, timing/position for composition, and often less than optimal lighting conditions. Shots like this one are gems. -R]
Marines with reserve 4th Force Reconnaissance Company conduct live-fire training during their full-mission profile as part of their annual training on and around Kaneohe Bay Range Training Facility, Aug. 23, 2014.