android animation wont start

Im trying to run an android animation in eclipse but always get debugger error
everything compiles until you add the line that actually runs the whole thing..
spaceshipImage.startAnimation(hyperspaceJumpAnimation);
 I have put the code in a try/catch and get the error msg java.lang.NullPointerException

here is the code for SpaceJump.java:


at this point im not so interested in what the animation does, just getting an animation running really.  
any help is grealty appreciated..

public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { try{

    ImageView spaceshipImage = (ImageView) findViewById(R.id.spaceshipImage);
    Animation hyperspaceJumpAnimation =AnimationUtils.loadAnimation(this,           R.anim.jump1);
    spaceshipImage.startAnimation(hyperspaceJumpAnimation);    
    }catch(Exception e){
    Log.v(TAG,"ERROR "+e.toString()+"\nPart2 "+e.getMessage());
    }

and myjump1.xml//this is all taken from andorid developers site though so shoud be all ok
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<set xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android" 
   	 android:shareInterpolator="false">
   <scale
          android:interpolator="@android:anim/accelerate_decelerate_interpolator"
          android:fromXScale="1.0"
          android:toXScale="1.4"
          android:fromYScale="1.0"
          android:toYScale="0.6"
          android:pivotX="50%"
          android:pivotY="50%"
          android:fillAfter="false"
          android:duration="700" />
   <set android:interpolator="@android:anim/decelerate_interpolator">
      <scale
             android:fromXScale="1.4" 
             android:toXScale="0.0"
             android:fromYScale="0.6"
             android:toYScale="0.0" 
             android:pivotX="50%" 
             android:pivotY="50%" 
             android:startOffset="700"
             android:duration="400" 
             android:fillBefore="false" />
      <rotate 
             android:fromDegrees="0" 
             android:toDegrees="-45"
             android:toYScale="0.0" 
             android:pivotX="50%" 
             android:pivotY="50%"
             android:startOffset="700"
             android:duration="400" />
   </set>
</set>

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GCF1Asked:
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Arabia_vnCommented:
I think the problem is that you haven't defined "spaceshipImage" yet, so this will find nothing.

ImageView spaceshipImage = (ImageView) findViewById(R.id.spaceshipImage);

And another thing, don't depend on debugging when you code Android, use lo
gging instead and you should see where exactly the problem comes from.
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UnConnCommented:
As said above, there is no ID in your XML that is spaceshipimage.  What is it going to change/display?  I am also not sure I would do animation this way.  I would look at canvas, surfaceview, or even tweening.

http://developerlife.com/tutorials/?p=343
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