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Private SpaceShipTwo Flies Third Powered Flight

The skies above the Mojave Air and Space Port in California were busy today. Virgin Galactic successfully completed the third rocket-powered supersonic flight of its passenger carrying reusable space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo (SS2). On release from the WhiteKnightTwo carrier plane, SS2’s rocket motor was ignited, powering the spaceship to a planned altitude of 71,000 ft. That’s [...]

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Luxury Looks at Planet Earth

Imagine yourself tucked inside a luxuriously appointed space-qualified capsule, then lifted by a high altitude balloon to over 18 miles (30 kilometers). On location, you and fellow passengers will remain aloft for approximately two hours before gliding back to Earth via parachute. It’s a trek into “nearspace” being offered by World View Enterprises, Inc. of [...]

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Space Jump Video Documents Longest Human Freefall

Space diver, Felix Baumgartner, made a historic leap into the record books in October of last year. Ballooning to the edge of space, Baumgartner jumped from his free-flying perch and became the first human to break the speed of sound in freefall with a top speed of 843.6 mph or Mach 1.25. That record was [...]

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SpaceShipTwo Test Flight Success

The sky above the Mojave Air and Space Port in California was the scene for another test flight of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo – the reusable space plane destined to carry tourists to the edge of space. The September 5 flight – the vehicle’s second powered flight, saw the craft achieve the highest altitude and greatest [...]

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Book Review: Round About the Earth – Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit

Round About the Earth – Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit by Joyce E. Chaplin; Simon & Schuster; New York, New York; $35.00; 2012. This is a fascinating and pleasurable look at explorers that have accomplished around-the-world travel. For almost five hundred years, we human beings have been finding ways to circle the Earth – by [...]

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