Tagged: Space

Alton Towers Galactica roller-coaster takes you on virtual reality space ride

Alton Towers Galactica rollercoaster

Space travel has always fascinated us and knowing what’s beyond our solar system is even more of a curiosity. Astronauts get the exclusive chance of space travel and experience a whole different dimension of life. Now, Alton Towers gives you the opportunity to buckle up your seats and go on a galactic ride to the vastness of this universe. They have revealed the world’s first virtual reality roller-coaster which gives you an unparalleled ride into the cosmos. The rollercoaster called Galactica is going to be opened in April and it is going to be the world’s first of its kind.
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Finally SpaceX tastes success, Falcon 9 takes-off and lands flawlessly

Space X Falcon 9 successful launch and landing_1

SpaceX at last tasted success in Florida as Falcon 9 rocket managed to take-off, separate from the second stage booster and then landed back on base without any flaws. This is the third time SpaceX tried to do so and coming on the back of two unsuccessful attempts this one surely tastes sweet. First time the rocket exploded on impact and in the second attempt too it damaged the landing gear. Elon Musk was elated by this event and expressed how 13 years of SpaceX seem more meaningful now.
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Blue Origin launch rocket into outer space, Jeffery P. Bezos keeps space tourism dream alive

Blue Origin space capsule

Blue Origin space capsule touches 100.5 km distance

Jeffery P. Bezos, the founder of Amazon has invested quite a lot of wealth in rocket technology for space mission and his efforts have finally paid-off. His space company Blue Origin has successfully launched a rocket in outer space and returned back home without a hitch. This reusable rocket named New Shepard rocket (named after Alan Shepard) travelled 329,839 feet (100.5 kms) to the extremity of Earth’s atmosphere.
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Chinese Iron Man robot destined for space missions is a true superhero

Iron Man Robot Xiaotian

While Iron Man is all the rage in western world, Chinese are building one of their own behind secret doors. At the 17th China International Industry Fair in Shanghai, China’s aerospace agency showed-off their space robot which very closely resembles the Iron Man. They call it ‘Xiaotian’ which means Little sky. Unlike its superhero looks, the robot is destined to do some very responsible tasks like undertaking space station missions, mostly the unmanned space probes.
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NCS Aries-K Lego spaceship will serve minifigs on their trip to space

ncs Aries K lego spaceship

SHIPtember is when Lego community challenges each other to build largest of spaceships during the month of September. The challenge is largely to build spaceSHIP (Seriously Huge Investment in Parts) that should at least be 100 Lego studs long. To be a part of the challenge this year, four Lego enthusiasts Jason Allemann, Michael Gale, Kristal Dubois, Lucie Filteau joined hands and built this custom Lego spaceship called NCS Aries-K that’s large and unique in all proportions.   Read More…

Whiz-kid sisters launch homemade craft to get a glimpse of space

Loki Lego Launcher

They haven’t even touched their teen years and these two sisters already know more about space and astronomy than you would know. Meet Kimberly and Rebecca Yeung aged 8 and 10 who have a passion for space science, and they proved it alright by launching their homemade craft to the edge of Earth’s atmosphere, almost reaching 78,000 feet with a top speed of 110 km/h. That height apparently is achieved by a commercial aircraft carrier and it in itself is a great achievement when you consider their age!
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SpaceX Crew Dragon takes maiden test flight, looks on-course for 2017 ISS mission

SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft

Elon Musk’s SpaceX gave a glimpse of their manned spacecraft that is destined to take astronauts to the ISS (International Space Station) in 2017. Yes, the Crew Dragon capsule that hopefully NASA will use to ferry 7 astronauts safely to the ISS. The capsule is made from highest-grade carbon fiber material and alcantara cloth which gives it structural strength as well as resistance while exiting/entering Earth’s atmosphere. In its maiden test flight, the spacecraft did exactly what the SpaceX team intended and therefore helps it inch close to the goal of first-ever commercial spacecraft flight with astronauts on-board.
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India’s Mars Orbiter ‘Mangalyaan’ captures largest Canyon in the Solar System

India’s Mars Orbiter ‘Mangalyaan’ captures largest Canyon in the Solar System

The basic idea of Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) ultra-cost effective Mars Orbiter Mission, which costed INR 450 Crore (US$73 million) was to test navigation, orbit maneuverability, and other significant parameters for future space missions. But the exciting Mars Orbiter dubbed Mangalyaan (Mars-craft in Sanskrit), launched in November 2013, has been sending back home numerous thermal images of Mars – including the most recent 3D images of the Ophir Chasma, one of the most prominent canyons on the Red Planet. Read More…

“Eyes on Pluto” gives you heads-up of historic event in the making

Eyes on Pluto app NASA

NASA has confirmed that its New Horizons spacecraft is going to be the closest to Pluto in its 9 years of epic journey which traversed 3 billion miles. The spacecraft is going to go past the dwarf planet with just 12,500 km away from the surface in a historic event. To be precise, it will cruise past the planet with speed of over 30,000 miles per hour at 11:49 AM on July 14, 2015.
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This is what you’d see, if you were flying through our galaxy (video)

None of us, we’re sure have seen the Milky Way in the way NASA telescopes have seen it. YouTube uses daveachuk realized this, and he has compiled 400,000 photos of our galaxy taken by NASA Spitzer Space Telescope to create a breathtaking video that shows the galaxy in a way we haven’t seen before. Naked eye cannot see the galaxy through cloud of gases and dust, but the Spitzer operates in infrared light spectrum which can clearly see through that dust. Read More…