In February 2013, US multimillionaire Dennis Tito announced that his non-profit organization, Inspiration Mars Foundation, was planning to sponsor two 'qualified' people for a flyby to Mars in 2018. While one would think that an announcement this ambitious from a man whose closest encounter with Space has been as the first paying guest of the International Space Station would arouse some skepticism, such is not the case.
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On March 13th, 2013, hundreds of scientists, government officials and journalists, made the trek to Northern Chile to witness the official inauguration of the Atacama Large Millimeter Array or ALMA, the world's most powerful ground-based telescope.
While designating areas as nature reserves and marine reserves is quite common and had been done for many centuries, doing the same for the skies is still quite rare - But thanks to the ever increasing population, saving them from light pollution is becoming a pressing problem, one that needs to be curbed, before it's too late.
Why does the sky go dark at night? You are all probably thinking that this is a question even a kindergartner can answer - The simple answer and the one that is pretty obvious is that as the Earth rotate on its axis it moves away from the sun and therefore, causes the skies to go dark. Sounds logical to us but what about the zillions of sparkly stars? Why don't they pitch in and make the sky all shiny?
On Sunday October 14th, over eight million people tuned in to YouTube to watch Felix Baumgartner as he attempted his historic leap, from the edge of Space - And they were not disappointed. Not only did the 43-year old daredevil complete the jump as planned, at the end of the epic event, he simply got up and walked over to greet his cheering fans.
First Commercial Spacecraft Delivery To ISS Includes A Rare Treat . . . . . . Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Ice Cream!
On Wednesday October 10th, 2012, two and a half days after it was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida atop a Falcon 9 rocket, Dragon the first commercial cargo spacecraft was carefully snared in by a robotic arm and 'tamed' by the scientists aboard the International Space Station.
On Tuesday October 9th, people all over the world will watch with abated breath as 43-year-old Austrian Skydiver Felix Baumgartner attempts his history-making jump from the edge of Space. If successful, he will break four records including, the first man to break the speed of sound in a free fall.
International Space Station Saved By Some Enterprising Astronauts And . . . . . . . A Spare Toothbrush!
When one hears of astronauts conducting repairs on the International Space Station, it usually involves using sophisticated tools. However, such was not the case in the recent fix that scientists believe may have saved the $100 billion USD Station - All that was needed, was some astronaut ingenuity and, a $3 USD toothbrush.
On Saturday August 25th, 43 years after he made history by becoming the first person to step on the moon, NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong passed away from complications attributed to a heart surgery he underwent earlier this month. Given the fact that the Cincinnati resident had been reported to be doing well following the procedure, the news came as a big shock to his millions of worldwide fans.