Tourists could unbuckle themselves at high altitude to float around the cabin in zero-gravity situations!Virgin Galactic finally unveils its ultimate space plane's interior, displaying a large cabin having, brand new custom seats along with a "space mirror" in a video. Every passenger gets a tailored seat. The video depicts the experience of its passengers when they take a flight on the edge of space. For a sky-high ticket of $250,000, passengers who are willing to take the suborbital flight on the air-launched plane VSS Unity will enjoy the comfort of their six tailored seats. They can glance out from the 12 circular windows of the cabin which can tower up to 87km (60 miles) above Earth's surface. The plane offers five more windows too. Billionaire Richard Branson had high expectations to put on an extravagant show for displaying off the new cabin design, where people can actually enjoy the exhibition with the Virgin's flashy theme of revelations. But thanks to Covid-19 pandemic, Virgin Galactic opted to make the exhibition a virtual one. During a virtual tour, George Whitesides, the company's chief space officer confirmed that passengers will be able to unbuckle themselves in the tourist spaceplane and that too, at high altitude in order to experience floating around the entire cabin in nothing but zero-gravity situations. Check out the video here: In a way, the interior actually matters for us - says Whitesides. Also, the experience also matters. Thus, in several ways, the cabin is the product and how it actually relates to the space views and space environment, it all depends on that. Around 600 people have already signed up for the flight to the edge of the space and around 400 more have also uttered interest, Whitesides claimed. Though, the company hasn't announced any date for the first commercial space flight. Whenever it is, Sir Richard Branson, British Founder, would be among the passengers boarding the company's first-ever space flight! Virgin Galactic has been surrounded with many successive delays and never made any profit yet. Branson said he wanted to kick off the first trip "in months, not even years" after getting deposits of £60m. The cabin also has a huge, circular mirror at the back that lets customers see themselves floating into space in a really unusual way. Whitesides said. The plane, fixed to a larger carrier plane, is set to take off from New Mexico spaceport of the company and separate in mid-air to proceed further into the edge of the space in a trip continuing for 90 minutes. The company is aiming to dominate space tourism, competing with Elon Musk's SpaceX, Blue Virgin headed by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man. Branson proposed in October, the business on the stock market, achieving $450m of capital by merging with Social Capital Hedosophia, operated by the previous Facebook executive, i.e. Chamath Palihapitiya.
It seems like every country is upping its game and setting a benchmark in terms of space inventories. The latest news is that China has successfully launched its first-ever interplanetary mission to Mars. With this exceptional launch starts a seven-month-long journey through deep space. China would become the second country ever to land and operate on the Red Planet – The Martian Surface.China’s mission is comprised of a Martian orbiter called Lander, Tianwen-1, and rover. This trio launched on top of the Long March 5 – China’s most powerful rockets, from Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on July 23rd. For this vehicle, this launch was the fourth venture ever. The plan after reaching the Red Planet is simple: study the geology of Mars and investigate the composites lurking underneath the surface of the Planet. The tasks are divided between this trio perfectly – the lander and rover are supposed to take a plunge down to the surface of Mars while Orbiter is supposed to map out images from above. So far, the United States is the only country to successfully set robotic foot on Mars and explore the surface. In comparison, no other country has ever been able to land anything on the Red Planet. Europe has attempted and failed twice. The Soviet Union’s spacecraft did manage to land on Mars back in 1971 but the communication interrupted in a matter of 20 seconds. Hence, if China manages to pull this off, it will find itself turn into an elite member of the space community – because so far only NASA has been able to accomplish this feat successfully. As mentioned above, many countries are trying to set it’s foot successfully in space. United Arab Emirates, too, launched its first-ever interplanetary mission a couple of days ago. It sent an orbiter called Hope to Mars and the mission is to investigate further on the planet’s weather. The next flight to Mars is slated for 30th July of NASA. It has designed a rover called Perseverance which will head towards the Red Planet and find out whether or not there is any sign of life.
When you look up to the sky, what is the first thing that pops into your mind? Are we all alone? Are aliens really up there? Space is pretty vast! It would take centuries to explore space, and we'd still be far from unveiling half of it. There's a whole mysterious world up there which is yet to be explored. Well, some of the space mysteries we've so far uncovered are absolutely mind-boggling! We have collected some these space facts so that when you look up to the stars, you'll be a lot more amazed than ever. 1. A Supermassive Blackhole Is At The Heart Of Every GalaxyImage Source - Google | Image by phys Active galaxies often stimulate 100 times more light than a normal galaxy. Space discovery in 1963 found that the light doesn't come from stars but from a central region which is smaller than the Solar System. In the 1990s, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope found that every galaxy has a black hole, including our Milky. 2. Neutron Stars Spin 600 Rotations/Second Image Source - Google | Image by MashableThe popular neutron stars originate in a supernova star explosion. They rotate extremely fast thanks to their physics. They can spin around 600 times in just one second shortly after being originated. Sometimes their spin rate can upsurge over 600 times/second under rare situations. 3. Space Is Extremely QuietImage Source - Google | Image by Mashable It's a common physics phenomenon that sound waves travel through a medium from one place to another. Since space is a vacuum, most of the area between stars will remain quiet. Imagine, if space would have a medium and we could listen to the outer space. It would be a whole different experience! 4. Universe Is Utterly Invisible There's more to space than meets the eye! Image Source - Google | Image by EsaEverything that astronauts and science have been researching about space over these past centuries is just a minor part of the universe. Only 4.9% of the mass-energy of the universe is made up of atoms (a kind of material you, me and the whole universe is made up of and has been discovered with the telescope). Almost 26.8% of cosmic mass-energy is invisible dark matter, only discovered because it drags with its gravity on the visible things. With dark -matter, there's also dark energy in the space that accounts for 68.3% of the mass-energy of the Universe. So, in total, about 95% of the universe is utterly invisible! 5. It Rains Diamonds On Jupiter And Saturn Image Source - Google | Image by nypostSomebody, please take me there! It can rain diamond's Hailstones when severe lightning storms transform methane into carbon (soot) that hardens on fall into graphite chunks and eventually into diamonds according to BBC. The largest diamond hailstone can be of one centimeter diameter. 6. All Planets In Our Solar System Can Adjust Between Earth And The Moon Image Source - Google | Image by thoughtcoYes, there would be about 4, 9000 miles of space still left! 7. Robots Are The Only Inhabitants At Mars Image Source - Google | Image by smithsonianmagThere are currently six spacecraft present on the red planet, and few others are launching this year. What if they have built a colony there? It's time to build your own Lego City Space Mars Research Shuttle to send it to Mars to claim your space. Hurry up! 8. Milky Way Has More Stars Than The Trees On Earth Image Source - Google | Image by MashableTo be exact, there are approximately three TRILLION trees on our Mother Planet. And you know how many stars does our galaxy have? It's roughly about 100-400 BILLION stars!! 9. Apollo Astronauts Probably Have Their Boot Prints Maintained On The MoonImage Source - Google | Image by Mashable Apparently, there's no wind on the Moon when there's no wind; it means there cannot be any soil erosion. This means that Neil Armstrong still has his boot prints printed on the surface of the Moon. This fact is as amazing as this 3D moonlight lamp! Flat earthers or fake moon landing conspiracy may disagree here! 10. There's also a Planet That Is Entirely Built of Diamonds! Image Source - Google | Image by PinterestSpeaking of diamonds, there's a diamond planet almost twice the size of Earth called "Super-Earth." Also known as 55 Cancri e, is entirely covered in graphite and diamond, making our water and soil planet a real bust! So, which fact has really blown up your mind? Tell us in the comment box! If you're still eager to learn more about space mysteries, then check out a documentary called "A New Space: Europa" to satisfy that curiosity! It's exclusively available on Amazon Prime.
You're not supposed to see the Sun up close, that's why the European Space Agency and NASA brings you the closest pictures of our resident star. And it's incredible! Image Source - Google | Image by Davide CastelvecchiThe pictures are taken by the Solar Orbiter. With the collaboration of the European Space Agency and NASA, the Solar orbiter was launched on February 9. This aircraft aims to study the Sun; it carries four instruments and six telescopes to take measurements of the adjacent environment and to aid scientists better understand the star. The spacecraft orbited 77 million kilometres away, completing its first close elapse of the star in June. That's about halfway between humankind and the Sun. The released photos reflect well on the spacecraft's future missions. "We didn't really expect such great results right from the start," said ESA's Solar Orbiter project scientist, Daniel Muller. "We can also see how our ten scientific instruments complement each other, providing a holistic picture of the Sun and the surrounding environment." Image Source - Google | Image by AMANDA YEO"These amazing pictures will help scientists piece together the Sun's atmosphere layers, which is important for understanding how it drives space weather near the Earth and throughout the solar system," explained NASA's project scientist for the mission, Holly Gilbert. The newly captured Sun's Images somewhat resemble "campfires" or the giant bowl of fire. Technically, these are little solar flares, about a million times minor. Though, it's unclear whether these flares originate from similar mechanisms. "These campfires are totally insignificant each by themselves, but summing up their effect all over the Sun, they might be the dominant contribution to the heating of the solar corona," said Frederic Auchere of the Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS), France.Image Source - Google | Image by AMANDA YEOThe temperature of the Sun’s outermost layer, Corona, is around one million degrees Celsius - it's way warmer than the actual Sun's surface, which is about 5,000 degrees Celsius. Well, it's a mystery that the Solar Orbiter aims to solve. Image Source - Google | Image by AMANDA YEOImage Source - Google | Image by AMANDA YEOImage Source - Google | Image by AMANDA YEOStaring at the Sun directly may cause serious visionary problems; however, you can still watch the footage captured by NASA and ESA as long as you want to. Check out the video here: Curious to see more space pictures? Then take a tour of breathtaking photographs of the archives of NASA with a book called "Earth and Space: Photographs from the Archives of NASA." It's worth the read for all the space lovers out there! Also, have you checked out the latest Spaceman 3D Night Light Illusion Lamp? It looks amazing in the dark and is as much fun as these LEGO Ideas 21312 Women of NASA.
A tenacious heatwave is crawling its way to the US.Image Source - Google | Image by The Nation The heatwave was first struck in the Southwest and South, frying Phoenix in around 110F temperature for 11 consecutive days, and is now heading towards the East Coasts, Midwest and parts of the South. The National Weather Services has already triggered the forewarnings of “Excess Heat”. The Heat index is expected to reach above 105 F in several places. The thing responsible for baking half of the US is a heavy air mass, known as “heat dome” or a ridge, which is blowing over the lower 48. “Heat dome” is actually referring to a large air mass, falling down on Earth’s surface, describes meteorologist Greg Carbin, National Weather Service. Particularly, the region that has an extreme atmospheric pressure boils itself up, due to the immense pressure of air sinking down and compresses, producing heat. If the “heat dome” immerses in the already hot summer temperature, “then you put the ingredients together for a heatwave,” explained Carbin. To our horrors, the heat is going to stay for longer than expected. The summer is going to arrive in many areas of the Mid-Atlantic States possibly on Saturday and proceed through midweek at least. “That's a fairly long run of hot temperatures,” said a research meteorologist, Jeff Weber, at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. “When you get into the three-four-five day heatwave tier is when it becomes dangerous for humans.” This is because when the heat dome prolongs it stays, the heat magnifies itself to a greater degree, exposing individuals to extreme temperatures both night and day. Even the night breeze doesn't stand a chance to cool off when the heat dome is roaming around. So, from now onwards, prepare yourself for hotter temperatures. “As the heat continues it aggregates,” explained Weber. “It will be very unpleasant,” he said. This heat dome is likely to roam around due to the “stagnancy” in the environment, clarified by the National Weather Service’s Carbin. As a matter of fact, there’s just not much wind lingering throughout the U.S. The jet stream that is a band of high atmospheric, powerful, westerly winds, has migrated north to Canada. The heatwave is also expected to break some regular temperature records, as it had been seen in New Orleans in the past week. But the most concerning part about this is the heatwave duration. So, you better prepare some heat essentials like sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, or Argan oil heat protector, to protect yourself from scorching sunlight and heat. “The persistence is the remarkable thing here,” said a climate scientist, Flavio Lehner, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The heatwave of today is going to be much warmer than the previous one, because of the constant climate change caused by humans. Humans have baked Earth a little warmer over 1 degree Celsius (1.7 degrees Fahrenheit) since the late 1850s. Though, landmasses heated up more by over 1.5C. As Earth endures more heat, climate scientists are anticipating heatwaves to upsurge in intensity, frequency and size due to alarming levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Today, the country is already facing frequent heatwaves since the 1960s. In fact, climate change doesn't trigger extreme climate situations like drought, heatwaves and storms - it only makes them worse! It’s alarming for humanity, particularly when it’s about heatwaves. Considering all the climate events, the heatwave has killed more Americans than any other climatic disasters.
Have you witnessed a tiny and bright opulent tail that’s been gracing our skies in the early morning hours before sunrise? It’s been a favorite sight for aspiring photographers for the past week. Well, you’d be delighted to know that it has a name – Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE. Scientists discovered this fascinating rock on March 27th. A NASA mission that consisted of a spacecraft in orbit around the Earth discovered it. Its job is to catalogue as many asteroids nearby Earth, especially the ones that had the potential to be hazardous to our planet. Anyway, when the NASA team that was on the mission discovered it, it knew that this was something remarkable. “In the discovery images, it immediately was obvious that something was up. Instead of [appearing] as a point-like dot, it looked distinctly fuzzy. And that’s a good sign that this is a comet as opposed to an asteroid.” – said Amy Mainzer, the principal investigator for NEOWISE at the University of Arizona.The difference between an asteroid and comet can be broken down to one simple thing: ice. Asteroids, for example, have ice trapped inside them but their outward appearance is that of a chunky dry rock. Comets are composed of water, ammonia, carbon dioxide etc. They have all forms of ice and rocks. However, to identify a comet, you must try to find its fuzzy tail – that’s its trademark. On 3rd July, NEOWISE came exceptionally close to the Sun because of which the icy material it’s composed of got cooked that ended up erupting gas and dust. We can view it with a naked eye from Earth because it's 3 miles in measurement.“You take something that’s a really big chunk of ice and rock all mixed together, and you park it very close to the Sun, it’s gonna set off some fireworks. Not enough to destroy it, we don’t think, but enough to really make the surface sizzle and throw off a lot of material.”- said Mainzer.Also, if you think that this comet could pose a threat to our planet, then you’re wrong. Mainzer jokingly said that it’s a “once in our lifetimes and our great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandkids’ lifetimes.” Soon NEOWISE will disappear as it’s cruising away from the Sun – its primary heat source. “The comet’s outer layers will start to settle down again, and it will go back into the cold dark space that it came from.” – Said Mainzer.