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Felix Baumgartner's Red Bull Stratos Space Jump Lives Again

February 18, 2014 at 6:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to aviation, Dayton, Ohio seems to have all the best stuff. There's the history of the Wright Brothers, the Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum in nearby Wapakoneta, and the National Museum of the US Air Force. You'd think those would be enough attractions for the middle of Ohio, but not so.

Dayton is now temporarily home to Felix Baumgartner's Red Bull Stratos capsule and spacesuit.

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Last Call: Tours of NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building End February 11

January 16, 2014 at 7:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Heading to Florida anytime soon? If not, you may want to consider a trip since tours through NASA's massive Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in Titusville are ending on February 11, 2014.

The reason for discontinuing the tours is simple: "As a working spaceflight facility, NASA is preparing the VAB for the new SLS launch systems for 2017."

Now that Space Shuttles have begun their retirement as static displays in several US cities, NASA is moving on to the next stage of space exploration with the Space Launch System (SLS). In order to develop and construct what will be space vehicles designed to lift 70-130 metric tons (and astronauts!) into orbit and, perhaps, even to Mars.

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Volunteers Needed for a Long-Term Space Travel Study in Hawaii

October 23, 2013 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Have you wanted to travel to space but lack the degrees and/or money to get there? Here's your chance to volunteer for the next best thing.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is looking for volunteers age 18-65 to take part in a series of space exploration studies that will provide essential information needed for long-duration space exploration missions, like those astronauts hope to one day make to Mars.

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'Space Race' is One Reality Show You'll Want to Watch

October 8, 2013 at 9:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know we like to follow the goings on of Sir Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic project, and now we’ll be able to do from the comfort of our couch. Virgin Galactic is teaming up with the mastermind behind shows like Survivor and The Voice—Mark Burnett—to launch a reality show to give away a ride into space.

Details are limited at this point, but we’d imagine that things would follow the basic premise of pretty much all reality shows. Unique personalities, wacky competitions, and plenty of drama should lead to a show worthy of a spot on our DVR. We do know that the show will be called "Space Race," and the big winner will get a ride aboard SpaceShipTwo.

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NASA's Space Shuttle-Carrying Boeing 747 to Open for Tours in 2015

September 12, 2013 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Houston has a problem.

Or, rather, Houston had a problem, as their bitterness from being passed over when NASA handed out Space Shuttles may be staunched by the delivery of the special 747 carrier plane instead.

Okay, so the home of Mission Control will likely never heal from the pain of the Shuttle decision, but a consolation prize does mean the city's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center will have something other than laboratories, training rooms and the mission control center to show off to visitors. According to Space.com, the modified 747 "Shuttle Carrier Aircraft" will be disassembled with Boeing's help, shipped to Houston, and reassembled within a brand new, $12 million, six-story building at Space Center Houston, adjacent to Johnson Space Center.

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The Best Places for Viewing Tonight's Perseid Meteor Shower

August 12, 2013 at 1:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tonight, between 10:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. local time, those in areas away from light pollution and heavy cloud cover will be able to observe some 60-100 meteors streaking across the sky as the annual Perseid Meteor Shower hits its peak. According to NASA, you'll want to look straight up and budget for the extra time it'll take for your eyes to adjust.

Wondering where is the best place to view the celestial event? Here's a few ideas from our recent travels:

· On an airplane!: Just as the Northern Lights are visible from airplanes in flight, so too are meteor showers. After all, in a major jet aircraft you fly above the clouds and, at night, the crew typically turns off the cabin lights. Even @BritishAirways is encouraging travelers tonight to keep their windowshades up—talk about in-flight entertainment!

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Head to the Middle of Nowhere, New Mexico for a Tour of Spaceport America

August 6, 2013 at 3:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's crazy to think that Spaceport America, the middle-of-nowhere New Mexico base for Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, has already been open for just over two years. We may not yet have regular flights to space, but while that day grows nearer the public is very welcome to come have a look around.

The Spaceport, located in the Chihuahuan Desert 150 miles south of Albuquerque, actually offers public tours aimed at "giving guests an up close look at the spaceflight facilities before operations begin." The tours have grown so popular that the tour operators, Follow The Sun Inc., have changed the pick-up point to a more central location (The Holiday Inn, with free breakfast!) in the hot springs town of Truth or Consequences.

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Virgin Galactic Zooms through 'Cold Flow' Test to Inch Closer to Space

April 23, 2013 at 9:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

We haven’t heard that much from Virgin Galactic recently, but that doesn’t mean the space ship team hasn’t been hard at work behind the scenes. They’re still doing their very best to ensure that space tourism becomes a reality sooner than later. That’s definitely good, since from what it sounds like, the space flight carrier already has more than a few customers on the books and ready to go.

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two just finished its latest round of testing, and thankfully things all went according to plan. The latest aerial endeavor was known as a "cold flow” test. They haven't lit the rocket engines on this sucker just yet, but it means they've completed pretty much everything else—so that means they’re ready for the next step. The ship’s contrail was even visible for the first time, so now we know how awesome the thing will look like when it blasts away from earth.

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Awesome Contest Alert: Win a $95,000 Space Flight from KLM

April 11, 2013 at 4:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

On April 22, KLM will launch a high-altitude balloon from the Nevada desert. It's all Felix Baumgartner-style, but instead of a capsule containing a person, the balloon will instead lift a capsule containing a ticket to space...to be won by you.

Enter to win on their official site, but give yourself a couple minutes to complete the process. Just as with space flight, it's not as simple as it seems.

First, there's a snazzy intro animation to the entire project, after which you must predict the max height the balloon will reach and how far it will travel from its launch point. We just did it, and there's no point in keeping your choice a secret since each altitude & drift combination is unique. As in, no one else can choose your same altitude & drift guess. If the balloon comes closest to that bit of space you've virtually claimed, then you win the Grand Prize of a flight to space on the SXC Lynx, a trip worth $95,000.

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Europe Joins the 'Vomit Comet' Game as Zero-G Flights Begin

Where: France
March 18, 2013 at 10:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re all about in-flight comfort—from fine wining and dining to the latest in sleeper suites, it's all of interest to us, and of course we want to try it. However, that doesn’t mean that we aren’t interested in something a little more adventurous when climbing aboard an aircraft. That’s why we’re pretty intrigued about the Zero-G flights now available to the paying public over in Europe.

You’ve probably heard of the “Vomit Comet” before, as aircraft flying wild courses to experience reduced gravity is hardly a new concept. Space agencies have been using airplanes for years to simulate varying degrees of weightlessness, but you no longer need to be an astronaut to climb aboard. Trips like this have been available in the United States and Russia, but this is the first time these kinds of flights have been open to one and all in Europe.

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A Visit to Arizona's Barringer Crater, AKA the Best Preserved Meteor Site in the World

March 12, 2013 at 12:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Know what's cool? Space. Know what's even cooler? When things floating around in the vastness of space come pay a visit to earth. Ok, that's only cool when it happens thousands of years ago and doesn't hurt anyone. Luckily for us, that's exactly what happened near Winslow, Arizona 50,000+ years ago.

Formerly known as "Canyon Diablo Crater," this meteor crater, now known as the "Barringer Crater," is said to be the world's (that's right, world's) first proven and best preserved meteor crater. It's so well preserved that NASA used it in the '60s to train astronauts preparing for Apollo missions to Earth's moon. They did this because the crater very closely matches those found on the moon.

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Russia Meteor Tourism Now Becoming a Thing

March 1, 2013 at 2:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

A Russian region once shunned as the site of the world's third-worst-ever nuclear disaster, in which hundreds of people were killed, has now become a potential tourist destination because it was hit by a giant space rock that injured thousands of additional people. The local tourism board is actually talking about making parts of the territory into a "Meteor Disneyland," a reference to last month's Russian meteor.

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