On Saturday, April 13, 2019, Stratolaunch Systems Corporation, founded by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, successfully launched Allen’s dream of the world’s largest all-composite aircraft for a 2.5 hour trip from the Mojave Air and Space Port over the desert. Stratolaunch Systems Corporation, founded by Paul G. Allen, today successfully completed the first flight…
About last night: we didn't complete a soft landing but got to the Moon. This is an incredible achievement—only 7 nations have ever entered its orbit. #Beresheet was the 1st private spacecraft to make this journey, which will forever change space travel.#IsraelToTheMoon#spaceilpic.twitter.com/3GiFFr55mq
It’s nice to witness a moment in human history occur.
I (un-realistically) hoped it would be a Hubble-type image. But, then I think of all the other discoveries we have made which were just pixel-sized images when I was a child, and now we have imaged in high resolution, flow by or even landed on them! This is just the start of further discovery.
Orbital Reflector is a sculpture constructed of a lightweight material similar to Mylar. It is housed in a small box-like infrastructure known as a CubeSat and launched into space aboard a rocket. Once in low Earth orbit at a distance of about 350 miles (575 kilometers) from Earth, the CubeSat opens and releases the sculpture, which self-inflates like a balloon. Sunlight reflects onto the sculpture making it visible from Earth with the naked eye — like a slowly moving artificial star as bright as a star in the Big Dipper.
World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76.
He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday, his family said.
The British scientist was famed for his work with black holes and relativity, and wrote several popular science books including A Brief History of Time.
On Tuesday, Feb. 6th at 3:45 PM ET, Falcon Heavy successfully lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two, with the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)–a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel.
Just finished watching MARS series produced by National Geographic channel.
Great series that had me forget that I was watching what is (so far) fiction. It was also a lot more story based than I was expecting, but the human stories helped create the Mars world. The mix of realistic action and the the interviews really made me forget I was watching something non-factual in places – despite the miles of wasteful corridors of the Mars base, it was more corridor than habitat in places!
Using images of Earth taken from space across the last 45 years and stunning time-lapse sequences, astronauts reveal how humanity is transforming the world – for better and worse
Very interesting programme on Channel 4 about our planet and the changes going on to the environment. Amazing timelapse photography sequences, unfortunately very clearly showing the changes for the worst, as captured from space.