Edge of Space
People are beginning to consider how much they’d pay to experience space travel after Virgin Galactic unveiled the first ever commercial passenger spaceship this week.
"How much would you pay for a trip into space? A lot of people are wondering that after the company Virgin Galactic unveiled the first-ever commercial passenger spaceship on Monday. The sleek, black-and-white spacecraft was created in the hope of developing a space tourism industry. Already, 300 people have agreed to pay $200,000 for a trip to the edge of space. The specially designed plane will be carried into the atmosphere by another plane and released. Rocket engines would then carry the craft to about 60 miles above Earth. Passengers would be able to see the curvature of the planet and experience weightlessness. The space plane was developed under great secrecy in the Mojave Desert in California. Testing is expected to begin next year; if all goes well, actual flights could begin in 2011."
How a cataclysm worse than what killed the dinosaurs destroyed 90 percent of all life on Earth.
While the demise of the dinosaurs gets more attention as far as mass extinctions go, an even more disastrous event called "the Great Dying” or the “End-Permian Extinction” happened on Earth prior to that. Now scientists discovered how this cataclysm, which took place about 250 million years ago, managed to kill off more than 90 percent of all life on the planet.
A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
Using advanced laser technology, scientists at NASA will track global changes in ice with greater accuracy.
Leaving from Vandenberg Air Force base in California this coming Saturday, at 8:46 a.m. ET, the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 — or, the "ICESat-2" — is perched atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, and when it assumes its orbit, it will study ice layers at Earth's poles, using its only payload, the Advance Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS).
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