Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is almost ready to launch into outer space

October 11, 2017 by  
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After over a decade in development, Virgin Galactic, a private space travel service founded by billionaire Richard Branson , is almost ready to enter orbit. “We are hopefully about three months before we are in space , maybe six months before I’m in space,” said Branson at the Nordic Business Forum in Helsinki, Finland. If accurate, this moment for Virgin Galactic represents a culmination of years of hard work and setbacks, which included a fatal crash, delays, and technical problems. Branson’s Virgin Galactic is one of several companies, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX, in a high-stakes race to establish a private space travel service in the near future. Although Branson is reaching for the stars, he’s declined to reach as far as Mars. That’s Tesla territory. “I’m not as passionate about Mars as Elon [Musk] is,” said Branson. “My love for space is about how much it can do for people back here on earth, and that’s what Virgin Galactic is pushing towards.” As part of his SpaceX program, Musk plans to land rockets on Mars by 2022, in preparation for manned missions to the red planet . “[Getting to Mars] is an incredible challenge, and I suspect Elon [Musk] will get there first,” said Branson. “He’s more interested in big rockets going big distances. We’ve been more interested in taking people to space, and satellites, slightly closer to Earth.” Related: Richard Branson’s new supersonic jet will fly 2X faster than the speed of sound Earlier in 2017, Branson promised that Virgin Galactic would be bringing passengers into outer space by the end of 2018. Tickets to boldly go where few have gone before will not be cheap; each ride is expected to cost $250,000 per traveler. In addition to providing access to the wonder of space travel, the Virgin Galactic service will provide city to city travel across the world. “To get to space we’re going to be flying a craft that’s going 3000 miles per hour,” said Branson. “We are going to be the only people in the world, in a few months, to be flying a craft that’s going 3000 [mph]. Taking that craft and looking at point to point travel is something we are going to be in the best position in the world to do.” Via Business Insider Images via  Roderick Eime (1) and Land Rover

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Can NASA’s far-out travel plans bring sustainability to Spaceship Earth?

October 5, 2015 by  
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The space agency’s next generation of explorations will send travelers on journeys beyond the moon, to Mars and maybe beyond. What on Earth does this have to do with sustainability? In a word: Everything.

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How BioLite Is Making The World A Better Place With Thermoelectricity

September 22, 2015 by  
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Humans are intelligent beings that have flown to the moon, connected the world’s population via the Internet and created several means of conveyance that allow us to travel quickly and efficiently, all in the last 100 years. According to numbers…

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NASA video sheds light on the dark side of the moon

February 10, 2015 by  
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Ever wonder what lurks on the dark side of the moon? Now you can see it like never before. The hemisphere of the moon that always faces away from Earth was largely uncharted until 1959, when a Soviet space probe photographed it. Now NASA has provided a whole new view of the moon’s far side, via a computer-generated video that shows the phases of the moon as seen from the side facing away from Earth. Read the rest of NASA video sheds light on the dark side of the moon Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: computer , dark side of the moon , far side of the moon , graphics , Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter , nasa , phases , science , space , Technology , Video

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service launches campaign to save monarch butterflies

February 10, 2015 by  
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Spurred into action by monarch butterflies ‘ declining numbers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  launched a campaign yesterday to save these iconic, endangered insects . Monarch numbers have decreased by 90 percent over the past two decades, due to pesticide and herbicide use in agricultural practices, as well as loss of wintering habitats in California and Mexico. This initiative is a desperate attempt to restore pollinator habitat and health: without pollinators , crops don’t get fertilized, and that means no food. For anyone. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service launches campaign to save monarch butterflies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Butterflies , milkweed , MONARCH , Monarch Butterflies , Monarch Joint Venture , Monarch Watch , monarchs , pollinator , pollinators , save the butterflies , U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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How the Moon Could Meet the World’s Energy Needs for the Next 10,000 Years

August 7, 2014 by  
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Mining the moon to meet our energy needs may sound like the plot from a sci-fi movie , but China is considering doing exactly that. Helium 3 is an extremely valuable isotope that could be used in clean fusion plants to generate energy – and it’s available in vast quantities on the moon. Some scientists say that the moon is so rich in Helium 3 that it could solve the world’s energy problems for at least 10,000 years. Read the rest of How the Moon Could Meet the World’s Energy Needs for the Next 10,000 Years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: china , helium 3 on the moon , helium-3 , mining the moon , nuclear fusion , solar winds , space , the moon , world energy needs

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Why Wi-Fi is Faster on the Moon than at Your Local Coffee Shop

May 29, 2014 by  
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Scientists from MIT and NASA recently demonstrated the new Wi-Fi connectivity on the moon, and it’s faster than the service that most of us get here on Earth ! Given that there hasn’t been a human on the lunar surface since 1972, the question remains: why? Read the rest of Why Wi-Fi is Faster on the Moon than at Your Local Coffee Shop Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: hi-speed internet , internet , internet connectivity , lasers , MIT , nasa , satellites , the moon , wi-fi , Wi-Fi on the moon

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