1962 … “It-is-good-to-be-a-Communist!”
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So, what would happen if an enormous flare actually did hit us?
Pop-Mech’s Kathryn Free reports: Recently, there’s been news of a humongous solar flare that narrowly missed the Earth in 2012. If it had been one week earlier, one of the largest solar storms in recorded history would have directly hit our world. Just a small reminder that we live near an enormous ball of nuclear fusion.
“No cell phones, no ATMs, no sewage systems, and no working respirators in hospitals for months.”
First things first — we would not be fried to a crisp. The Sun is too far away for the heat from a flare to make it here, according to a statement from NASA. But a new report published yesterday in Physics World says that while solar storms can’t kill us outright, they could have catastrophic effects… and we should be doing everything we can to prepare for them. Read the rest of this entry »
Scientists said British aerospace engineer Roger Shawyer’s EmDrive would never work. But it does. Now NASA has their own version – why it works is a mystery to them, too…
Originally posted on Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements:
A photo of the test flight of China’s third prototype of Y-20 no. 783 has recently been posted on the Internet. The successful test marked great progress in China’s development of its homegrown large transport aircraft.
Informed source revealed that compared with Russian Il-76s currently in service in PLA air force, there have been great improvement in engines and electronic equipment as well as increase in load.
Source: qianzhan.com “Major breakthrough in PLA’s huge transport aircraft; Y-20 appeared with mystic coating” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
- Recent Test Flight Again of China’s Large Y-20 Transport Aircraft dated April 26, 2014
- Secret of China’s Y-20 Transport: Minimum Takeoff Distance: 600 meters dated February 5, 2014
- Successful Maiden Flight of the Second Prototype of Y-20 Transport dated December 16, 2013
- Development of China-made Engine for Y-20 Close to Success dated February…
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For The Week, Steve Weintz, reports: Months after its scheduled re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere — and a surprise cameo appearance in hit space flick Gravity — China’s first space station boosted into a higher orbit. It still speeds around the planet, doing … what, exactly?
“As with the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B robot space plane, mystery opens the door to daydream.”
No one outside of China’s popular but opaque space program seems to know.
Tiangong, or “heavenly palace,” blasted off atop a Long March 2F booster in 2011. “Chinese Gen. Chang Wanquan, commander of China’s manned space program, declared the launch a success from a control center in Beijing, drawing applause from assembled Chinese politicians and dignitaries,” Spaceflight Now reported.
“What are they doing up there? Only they know for sure. But it’s obvious that Tiangong could be more than a scientific habitat.”
During spaceflights Shenzhou 9 and Shenzhou 10, three-person Chinese crews lived aboard Tiangong’s small habitat for as long as 15 days at a stretch.
- U.S. Can Still Beat China Back to Moon (punditfromanotherplanet.com)
- The Rise of Chinese Space Junk (punditfromanotherplanet.com)
The astronauts practiced rendezvousing and docking with the station, observed the Earth, conducted medical experiments, and tested equipment. Astronaut Wang Yaping wowed students back home with her live-cast zero-G science demos. The manned missions delivered NASA-style civil prestige and outreach. Read the rest of this entry »
Originally posted on TIME:
There’s been a lot of discussion and a tremendous amount of speculation lately about the nature of drones and their role in our society as useful tools and hobbyist toys.
Last year, while celebrating my birthday in Maine, I was given a drone fitted with a high-definition camera. After a quick introduction to the mechanics of operating the contraption and a few words about its idiosyncrasies, I loaded the appropriate app on my iPad and went down to the beach.
In just a few minutes I was hooked. In near silence, the drone rose, hovered, and dove, silently and surreptitiously photographing us and the landscape around us. The photos and video were stunning. By assuming unusual vantage points, the drone allowed me to “see” so much more of my surroundings than usual. The view I was “seeing” on my iPad with the help of the drone would have otherwise been…
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From a great tumblr site, spaceexp: This chart provides a comparison of the distances driven by various wheeled vehicles on the surface of Mars and Earth’s moon. Of the vehicles shown, NASA’s Mars rovers Opportunity and Curiosity are still active and the totals listed are distances driven as of July 28, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
“The agency is working closely with the Government of Israel to review the significant new information they have provided and determine whether potential risks to U.S. civil aviation are mitigated so the agency can resolve concerns as quickly as possible,” the FAA said in a statement.
This comes a day after they barred all American air carriers from flying to or from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv following a rocket attack within a mile of the airport. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] Bill Whittle: It’s Been 45 Years Since Man Walked on the Moon for the First Time. Have We Been Challenged Since?Posted: July 20, 2014
Its been 45 years since man walked on the moon for the first time. Have we been challenged since? Or are we a windless sail, full of potentital without a direct challenge? We tamed a continent, we conquered the skies, and we did fly to the moon–don’t let us, as a people, only have political discussion as our challenge.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 21, 2014
— MH17 Crash News (@Planesonearth) July 17, 2014
— Mashable (@mashable) July 17, 2014
“When Apollo 11 landed on the moon 45 years ago, this space station that we live on was science fiction”
International Space Station astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman salute the Apollo 11 mission on the 45th anniversary of its launch.
“But today it is reality thanks to the legacy of the Apollo astronauts…”
“When Apollo 11 landed on the moon 45 years ago,” says Swanson, “this space station that we live on was science fiction. But today it is reality thanks to the legacy of the Apollo astronauts and all the nations that have followed the path to space since then.”