Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Dec 4, 2014
December 4, 2014
Space, the Final Frontier:
The first test flight for the capsule NASA hopes will someday carry humans to Mars is scheduled to launch at 7:05 a.m. (Eastern) this morning from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The unmanned Orion capsule will orbit the Earth twice before re-entering the atmosphere and splashing down in the Pacific Ocean four-and-a-half-hours later. This is the first capsule NASA has launched into space in 40 years, since the Apollo missions. The Orionwill be shot into space aboard the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket. Space.com will stream the launch live on its website. The historic test flight is the first step toward manned missions to Mars. (Bartha)
FYI: As we mentioned yesterday, there's also a bunch of fun, pop culture mementos flying onboard the Orion, including a Captain Kirk action figure donated by WILLIAM SHATNER, "Sesame Street's" Slimey the Worm, Cookie Monster's cookie, Ernie's rubber duckie and Grover's "SuperGrover" cape. (Bartha)
The Philadelphia 76ers have avoided tying the NBA record for most losses to start the season.
Last night, the Sixers managed to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves by eight points, 85-77.
That means the 2009 New Jersey Nets still hold the record for most consecutive losses --18-- to begin the season.
Spotify has released its list of this year's most-streamed music on its service, and it's led by ED SHEERAN, who's accumulated more than 860 million streams on the service, beating EMINEM and COLDPLAY, who came second and third respectively.
Over on the female side, KATY PERRY was the most streamed artist, with ARIANA GRANDE taking the number two spot and LANA DEL REY third.
The most listened-to track on Spotify was PHARRELL WILLIAMS' "Happy," which rolled up more than 260 million plays.
Top-5 most-played Spotify songs:
5. "All of Me," John Legend
4. "Dark Horse," Katy Perry
3. "Summer," Calvin Harris
2. "Rather Be," Clean Bandit (feat. Jess Glynne)
1. "Happy," Pharrell Williams
Stars and their movies:
Good news-bad news dep't --there's another "Frozen" film out in March!
The bad news --it's just a short film which will debut before Disney's new live-action "Cinderella" film.
Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf will be back, played by IDINA MENZEL, KRISTEN BELL, JONATHAN GROFF and JOSH GAD and the Hollywood Reporter says there'll also be an all-new original song as well.
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