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New spaceships.

It is now solved a question of principle: who will be the host space for the next two decades. Half a century, when humanity is poked in the Earth’s vicinity, still not fully understanding why (except that to get ahead of a competitor), has ended. And money in space dumped a lot. The project “Apollo” with six successful expeditions to the moon cost the us Treasury $ 25 billion (in prices of the 70-ies of XX century). And each launch of the Shuttle – under $ 500 million.

The Soviet Union was worth 2.5 billion rubles was never carried out lunar program (and it is in those years when a good wage was considered to be 90 rubles per month). More than 16 billion rubles were thrown into the system “Energy – Buran” Soviet Shuttle flew only once.

Yeah, from the projects was giving. All of these filters, Velcro and scanners, developed for the space and will be useful on Earth… But now we are talking about strategy.

ISS – the day before yesterday

The same strategy that the space powers (Russia and the USA joined China. India. Japan and the EU ) now consider the money very well and meticulously thought through perspectives. Continue reading

Gravity puzzle, or how space ships can cover vast distances in the Universe

It turns out that people have learned to make interstellar travel over huge distances. Previously it was thought that use gravity for space jump can only sverhrazdutoe of civilization, as fuel is always limited — it is impossible to bring as much as you want. However, science has leaped forward. Not everyone knows about what happened is a real space revolution.

This principle, the flights with the help of gravity, demonstrated in the sensational film “interstellar”. Read more about this amazing phenomenon tells Kip Thorne, a theoretical physicist, consultant to the film (he invented everything that has to do with science) and the author of the book “interstellar. The science behind the scenes” .

The view from the ship, performing a gravitational slingshot

Though Director Christopher Nolan decided not to show the gravitational slingshot (maneuvers, which we describe below) in “interstellar” Kip Thorne was curious, as if they saw Cooper, the main character, piloting the “Ranger” to the planet Miller. So he is using his equations, modeled images for a camera that would Record with the Ranger, making the maneuver around the black hole before landing on planet Miller. Continue reading

On the Day of cosmonautics

April 12 (cosmonautics Day) is one of the outstanding dates in the history of the world. It is in this auspicious day super booster successfully launched into orbit the first ever space ship “Vostok-1” with the first cosmonaut, a citizen of the Soviet Union, Yuri Gagarin.

“Man is ever weary of the country in which he lived, and tried his best to push. The desire for the Unknown, to the knowledge of what was outside of his native place — the home, the field, the planet has always been one of his most powerful feelings”.

Cosmonautics day — a memorable date, celebrated on April 12, installed to commemorate the first manned flight into space, it is a celebration of the human mind, of intelligence.

Unknown to the mankind was Space. But in 1957 changed everything. “The beginning of the Space age marked by the launch on 4 October 1957 the first Soviet artificial satellite of the Earth. News of the launch of the satellite inscribed in Golden letters in history”.

“The space age… With these words, the majority of the inhabitants of the Earth are related some concrete representation”. Meanwhile, the history of Space exploration is to our eyes. Continue reading

In the United States launched an experiment to simulate a flight to Mars with a length of 365 days.
The international team of young scientists, selected by competition to participate in this project, included three men and three women. The crew commander was the American Carmel Johnson, dealing with…

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Astronomers have discovered a ninth planet on the outskirts of the Solar system
While it "calculated" on the computer In 2006, the Solar system lost one of the nine planets — Pluto stripped of planet status due to negligible size. But the discovery…

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