First test flight of the balloon

Company World View Enterprises located in the U.S. state of Arizona, announced the successful completion of the first small-scale test flight of a balloon, equipped with a special capsule that is being developed for space tourists could “float” on a 32-km altitude above the Earth’s surface.

Last Tuesday, 24 June 2014, the company World View Enterprises in Tucson, said reduced-scale copy of the balloon was launched last week from Roswell (new Mexico). According to the President of the company Jane Poynter, developed the balloon broke the world record, as in the stratosphere was raised payload, the mass of which is 1/10 by weight of the intended load full-scale model of the balloon.

Jane Poynter could not hide his joy at the results of the test flight, preparation and conduct of which until yesterday was kept a closely guarded secret.

For the test flight balloon was used, similar to that which the Austrian Felix Baumgartner was used to set a world record, which consisted of lifting to a height of 32 km above the Earth’s surface. Continue reading

Comets of the centuries

In the fall of 2020, after Amateur astronomers Vitaly Nevsky and Artem Novichonok first observed the comet ISON, astronomers had expected that she would become a “Great comet” − a rare visitor, perhaps the brightest comet of the twenty-first century.

Alas, severely battered during the close approach to the Sun in November of this year, ISON no longer promises such a bright future. To the naked eye from the Ground to see it would be impossible − but hopes not worth it to lose. Somewhere in the dark depths of space, probably unnoticed by anyone else is racing the comet, which will deserve the attention and present us with an unforgettable sight. This has always been the Large comets appear about once a decade, and every century one of them was especially bright.

Comet ISON

We will tell you about these “comets of the century”, since the sixteenth century. It is interesting that they flew as a rule, in the second half of your century, and has had an average of once every 97 years. Given this, we can calculate that if the comet of Ikeya-Seki (C/1965 S1) visited the Earth in 1965, following a visitor, you can wait until 2029.

However, to predict what particular impossible: a Big comet can appear quite unexpectedly, at almost any time. The message we may hear tomorrow.
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NASA has selected six volunteers for an experiment to simulate a flight to Mars

A scene from the upcoming film “the Martian”.

In the United States selected an international team of scientists from six volunteers to participate in a new experiment simulating conditions on Mars. Within 365 days they will be completely isolated from the outside world on the slopes of a sleeping volcano Mauna Loa in Hawaii, which resembles the landscape of the red planet.

This is the fourth such experiment in 2020. The first two groups was in seclusion in self-contained complex in Hawaii for four months, the third managed to survive in isolation for up to twice as long – eight months. New group aims to raise the bar, “duration of survival” in the conditions simulating the Martian, to a new level. By the way, the experiment begins next week – August 28.

“The longer becomes each mission, the better we understand what are the risks from space travel,” said scientific project Manager Kim Binsted.

The organizers of the experiment hope that it will help to prepare the first manned Martian mission, which, according to estimates of NASA, will take place in 2030-ies. Continue reading

Started the experiment to simulate a flight to Mars
At the Institute of biomedical problems started the experiment on simulation of a manned flight to Mars in the framework of the international project "Mars-500". The participants, six people will…

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The history of cosmonautics
In the West a book about the mysteries of space successes of the USSR: the screams of the dying astronaut and Khrushchev dancing on the table In the book it…

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