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Comment by Michel on August 22, 2011 at 8:43am

Antares would engulf Mercury, Venus, the Earth and Mars.

Comment by Sydni Moser on August 22, 2011 at 8:07am
Energia holding initial negotiations on tourist trip around moon
The Energia Corporation is holding initial negotiations on a tourist trip around the moon onboard a Soyuz spaceship.

Energia holding initial negotiations on tourist trip around moon

Aug 15 at 13:24 | Interfax-Ukraine

Moscow, August 15 (Interfax-AVN) - The Energia Corporation is holding initial negotiations on a tourist trip around the moon onboard a Soyuz spaceship.

"We are holding initial negotiations on the commercial flight around the moon. The crew makeup, partners and project budget are on the agenda," Energia President Vitaly Lopota told Interfax-AVN on Monday.

Space Adventures announced in late January 2011 that it had sold to an individual one of the two tickets for the commercial flight to the moon aboard a Soyuz spaceship for $150 million. The company did not say who bought the ticket; it just hinted that the person was well known.

There had been reports claiming that movie director James Cameron, the maker of Titanic and Avatar, might be the first 'lunar' tourist. The reports were refuted.

Space Adventures spoke about the lunar tourism option for the first time in August 2005. Back then the company offered tickets at $100 million each.

Energia, the designer and manufacturer of Soyuz manned spaceships, suggested two ways of a commercial flight to the moon.

It is possible to make separate launches of the Soyuz and the booster unit, to dock them on a low orbit, to fly to the moon with the help of the booster unit's engine, to separate the Soyuz from the booster unit, to fly around the moon, to head back to Earth and to land. The trip will take from eight to nine days.

It is also possible to pay a visit to the International Space Station (ISS) before docking with the booster unit and flying around the moon. That flight may last from nine to 21 days.

An aerospace industry representative told Interfax-AVN earlier that the lunar modification of the Soyuz needed one unmanned test flight.

Space Adventures was established in 1998 as a company offering space flights to individuals. It has organized eight tourist trips to the ISS so far.

Comment by A Former Member on August 18, 2011 at 1:23pm

Amazing. Incomprehensible size.

Comment by Neal on August 18, 2011 at 1:16pm

Comment by Sydni Moser on August 16, 2011 at 2:34pm

Make an Alien Abduction Lamp


This is an entry in the Living With Lindsay Five Dollar Challenge! The challenge was to make a home decor item for $5 or less. My project is inspired by Lasse Klein's conceptual Alien Abduction Lamp. The lamps are still being developed and are not available for sale yet.* (update 2010: oh yes, the lamp is now available). I thought it would be fun to make one for my own personal use out of materials I found at the dollar store.




Comment by Michel on August 15, 2011 at 1:56pm

Astronaut Snaps Spectacular Meteor Photo From Space


The annual Perseid meteor shower peaked this weekend, and one astronaut living aboard the International Space Station captured a stunning view of the light show from space.

NASA astronaut Ron Garan photographed a "shooting star" streaking through Earth's atmosphere on Saturday (Aug. 13), as the space station orbited roughly 220 miles (354 kilometers) above the planet.

"What a 'Shooting Star' looks like #FromSpace," Garan wrote in a message on Twitter, where he posts photos and updates on his space mission.

Comment by Michel on August 13, 2011 at 2:10pm

Hubble sees a gaseous necklace 13 trillion km across


This Hubble image shows the so-called planetary nebula, which is the product of a dying star. Deep in the center of the ring are actually two stars circling each other. As one started to die, it puffed up, literally engulfing the other star. This spun up the larger star, and the centripetal force flung off material in a huge disk well over a light years across. As the star lost its outer layers, the much hotter inner core was exposed, flooding the gas with ultraviolet light, causing it to glow like a neon sign.

Read more: Discovery/Bad Astronomy


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Comment by Adriana on August 13, 2011 at 11:11am

For Astronomy, there are 13. The 100 are in different feels, see link in the comment below.


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