Posts tagged ‘space’

October 26, 2010

Launch Party at World’s First Private SpacePort

by Matt Forcey

Sixteen months after breaking ground in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the world’s first commercial spaceport “Spaceport America” celebrated this weekend with a launch party for the facility’s two-mile-long runway (watch the ceremony here).  A partnership between the State of New Mexico and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, the spaceport has been providing commercial satellite launch services for the past few years, and will soon begin its much-anticipated space tourism flights, ferrying lucky (and wealthy) customers into suborbital space for a few minutes of weightlessness and a remarkable view of our planet.

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September 16, 2010

NASA’s 1970s Space Colony Designs

by Matt Forcey

In the 1970’s, NASA’s Ames Research Center collaborated with Princeton and Stanford universities to study the posibilities of the human colonization of our solar system.  Under the direction of Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill, the working group developed concepts for giant spaceships that would eventually orbit around Earth, The Moon, or other planetary bodies.

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