April 12th marked the 49th anniversary of human spaceflight, when Yuri Gagarin became the first person to orbit the Earth in 1961. At this moment, 13 humans are currently in low-Earth orbit, aboard the International Space Station. Several were already aboard the ISS when a Soyuz TMA-18 brought a fresh crew up from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on April 2nd - they were later joined by the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery on the 131st shuttle mission to date (only three remaining launches scheduled). NASA recently signed a new deal with Russia for six more round-trips to the ISS, at a cost of $55.8 million per seat. Collected here are recent photos of the Space Station, its current crew, their launch vehicles, and the views from above. (38 photos total)
The paradox of 21st century society: we can engineer rockets that bring people into space, but we still want priests to bless it.
Russia has deployed a new weapons defence system in a ceremony which included an Orthodox priest ‘blessing’ the new Russian S-400 Triumph missile with holy water in a broadcast on national television news. The event highlights the close identification of church and state in post-Soviet Russia – an alliance which has been a cause of concern to other Christians, to people of minority faith and those of no religious beliefs. The surface-to-air missile upgrades the previous S-300 system with stronger rocket engines and an improved guidance system, say military analysts.[...]
Obama măreşte bugetul NASA, dar aruncă la coş proiectul de întoarcere pe Lună până-n 2020.http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/02/nasa-budget
White House officials said on Tuesday that Obama wants NASA to begin work on building a new heavy lift rocket sooner than envisioned under the canceled Constellation program, with a commitment to decide in 2015 on the specific rocket that will take astronauts deeper into space.
Quote from: donjoe on Sunday, 20 July 2008, 03:58Cel mai recent update despre proiectul reactorului de tip Polywell al lui BussardQuote from: http://www.twitter.com/donjoeRobert Bussard's promising cheap & clean nuclear fusion project gets Navy funding for 2 new reactor generations! http://tinyurl.com/polyworx
Cel mai recent update despre proiectul reactorului de tip Polywell al lui Bussard
Robert Bussard's promising cheap & clean nuclear fusion project gets Navy funding for 2 new reactor generations! http://tinyurl.com/polyworx
[twitter]VASIMR, the most powerful plasma engine yet could take us to Mars in 39 days instead of 6 months. http://is.gd/4bPH5[/twitter]
În incultura-mi, nu ştiam de chestia asta:
Remember Sunshine (2007)?Well, acum vor să trimită pe bune, până-n 2018, un obiect zburător în corona Soarelui pentru măsurări şi ar fi bine să fie protejat cu ceva care nu se topeşte.http://news.discovery.com/space/solar-probe-plus-sun-corona.html