Smashed Russian and European spacecraft litter the Martian landscape, meanwhile, along with NASA’s failed Mars Polar Lander from 1999. Getting into orbit around Mars is less complicated, but still no easy matter, with about a dozen spacecraft falling short. Mars fly bys were the rage in the 1960s and most failed; NASA’s Mariner 4 was the first to succeed in 1965.
(The slipshod and affectless Natural Born Killers was a couple that slays together stays together sort of movie.) Stone’s oeuvre makes up the Nightmare Alley of the tattered American movie carnival. His brain is locked into a pop romantic Sixties cosmology, with JFK as the righteous monarch and the country falling into darkness at his death, thanks to Natural Born Conspirators as different as LBJ and Nixon.Even a supposedly forward looking film like Robert Zemeckis’s Contact (current gross: $97 million) caps the close encounter quest of scientist Jodie Foster with the resolution of her bitter, long held grief for her dead father, and her acquisition of a secular sort of faith an interstellar Unitarianism. The White House objected to Contact director Zemeckis’s alteration of President Clinton’s press conferences and news clips in order to make him appear a part of the action.
As part of the statewide initiative to ensure Wisconsinites have access to clean, safe drinking water, Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order 40 in August 2019 to address the issue of PFAS across the state. Wisconsin is now one of fewer than a dozen states in the nation to have developed a plan to address the use of and contamination caused by PFAS.
Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty ImagesFor the former prime minister Theresa May, one of the most pressing matters she confronted during her encounter with Donald Trump a few days after his inauguration went beyond mere diplomacy.May had travelled to Washington in 2017 with the intention of persuading the new US president to make a supportive statement about Nato. Little did she expect that she would be calling her husband, Philip, to warn him that images of the US president of holding her hand as they walked through the White House would soon be flashing around the world.With Trump out of power, those who had ringside seats during four years of dangerous and often chaotic foreign policy are now describing their often bruising encounters in a major new documentary series.The three part BBC series, Trump Takes on the World, by the award winning documentary maker Norma Percy, reveals extraordinary access to key observers of the president.With testimony from a who’s who of world leaders and senior US officials, it offers an unmediated reflection of Trump shorn of political hypocrisies.It was not just May who found Trump unsettling: to European diplomatic observers, he seemed a “strange creature”. And he also triggered alarm among some American officials in the room with him, with one defence official noting that the president’s notoriously short attention span suggested a “squirrel careening through the traffic”.May’s encounter with Trump, which is described to Percy by British aides as well as Trump insiders, was a taste of what was to come.