Jul 16, 2011

Maybe the "best" Way to Go to Space Cheaply

Currently, there are no private companies that offers commercial spaceflight with a ship of their own. Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip 2 might be ready next year, but the prices are sky-high.(space-high, I mean.)
virgin galactic spacecraft
So hopes are pretty low that this will be the latest family trip.

There's another way, which is to board a Soyuz spacecraft as a passenger. In this case prices are... well I don't even wanna think about it. Only Bill Gates-class people can afford it.

But there's always another way. It's a lot cheaper, though only 2 passengers can board.
plane that goes to space

It looks nothing remotely related to a spacecraft, but it can take you to the edge of space., 
This is MiG-31of the Russian air force. It's very fast, and has an amazing acceleration rate.
After about 30 minutes of normal flight, the pilot steers the plane into an almost vertical ascent. It actually goes over 1 mach when climbing.

here are a few videos;

Jul 10, 2011

The Space Shuttle; before and after (part 1)

During the 1950s~beginning of the 70s, the "space race" between the US and Russia caused some very ambitious missions, such as the Apollo program. This was a "race"- seeing which got farther. America won in the end, but then NASA decided that studying our own planet was more important than going to other wonders of space, at that age. Thus, the space shuttle was born. It was a revolution. It could be reused many times, and there was even a cargo hold to bring heavy equipment to orbit. There was an airlock so everyone didn't have to change to spacesuits every time there was an EVA.
space shuttle