space tourism – Newton County MO Tourism http://newtoncountymotourism.org/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 21:14:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-57.png space tourism – Newton County MO Tourism http://newtoncountymotourism.org/ 32 32 Why space tourism is about to explode https://newtoncountymotourism.org/why-space-tourism-is-about-to-explode/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 21:14:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/why-space-tourism-is-about-to-explode/ Commercial space companies like Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s SpaceX are doubling their flights this year. And shows no signs of slowing down. Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin spaceflight company plans to double its commercial flights this year, with market rivals expected to follow, in anticipation of a space tourism boom for the elite. […]]]>

Commercial space companies like Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s SpaceX are doubling their flights this year. And shows no signs of slowing down.

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin spaceflight company plans to double its commercial flights this year, with market rivals expected to follow, in anticipation of a space tourism boom for the elite. Private space exploration companies have been launching spacecraft for years and have even beaten government projects during this time. These private companies have been so successful that the International Space Station, which has been operational for more than two decades, is expected to be shut down before the end of this decade. Instead, NASA expects these private companies to offer more efficient options. This could be due to the revenue these companies can generate through space tourism missions.

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Originally a concept reserved for cinema screens, space tourism for civilians is accessible to the wealthy. Blue Origin’s first spaceflight was a success and the winning bid sold for a whopping $28 million. The price rose from $4.8 million to $28 million in just over six minutes, demonstrating the demand for space tourism experiences and the willingness of the wealthy and wealthy to shell out the high prices they need. Virgin Galactic is mass space tourism or at least more affordable than its competitors. The company was selling space tickets for “just” $450,000 per seat and had a long waiting list of people willing to accept the offer.


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A report of Space News confirmed that Blue Origin plans to expand its commercial space missions, citing significant demand. “The market is robust, it is very robust“said Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith at the FAA’s 24th Annual Commercial Space Transportation Conference.”The challenge for Blue at this point is that we are actually limited by supplyWhile many people are willing to pay for flights to space, tourism companies are limited in the number of spacecraft that can be built. are needed to get these flights off the ground.


Blue Origin develops new vehicles for space tourism


To successfully increase the number of space missions per year, the company is looking to develop reusable launch systems. However, Blue Origin is aware that while reusable launch systems would mark the heart of the space tourism boom – it would increase the number of missions and reduce operating costs – it must be done safely. “This is the one we need to think about because this is where spaceflight got into trouble“Smith said.”We spent a lot of time thinking about how to methodically test a reusable launch system.“With a new spacecraft in the works and reusable launch technologies looming, the number of space tourism missions could double.


Other companies are expected to follow suit as these missions are incredibly profitable for space exploration companies. While scientific exploration missions can cost hundreds of millions, like space stations, space tourism missions require fewer resources. Additionally, wealthy tourists have expressed the desire and the means to pay multi-million dollar sums to experience space travel. For these reasons, the big three in space travel – Blue Origin, SpaceX and Virgin Galactic – will inaugurate the space tourism boom in the years to come.

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Space tourism is all yours, for a hefty price https://newtoncountymotourism.org/space-tourism-is-all-yours-for-a-hefty-price/ Mon, 21 Feb 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/space-tourism-is-all-yours-for-a-hefty-price/ Alright, so it’s a new era, but what does it mean? Do these forays represent a future in which even the average person could book a celestial flight and bask in the splendor of Earth from above? Or is this just another way for the ultra-rich to show off their money while simultaneously ignoring and […]]]>

Alright, so it’s a new era, but what does it mean? Do these forays represent a future in which even the average person could book a celestial flight and bask in the splendor of Earth from above? Or is this just another way for the ultra-rich to show off their money while simultaneously ignoring and exacerbating our existential problems on the ground? Almost all of these 2021 escapades were the result of the efforts of three billionaires: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson. Branson is only a single-digit billionaire, while Bezos and Musk have wealth measured in the hundreds of billions.

“The greatly undue influence of wealth in this country – for me, that’s at the heart of my issues with space tourism as it’s unfolding,” says Linda Billings, a communications researcher who consults for NASA and has writing on the societal impacts of spaceflight for over 30 years. “We’re so far from making this available to your so-called average person.”

Each seat on Virgin’s suborbital spaceplane, the cheapest way to go to space at the moment, will cost someone $450,000. A single seat on Blue Origin’s initial suborbital launch auctioned for $28 million, and the undisclosed price of SpaceX’s all-civilian Inspiration4 mission, which spent three days in orbit before crashing offshore of Florida, was estimated at $50 million. per passenger.

Not only are these thefts ridiculously out of financial reach for the average person, Billings says, they serve no real purpose — far from ideal given our earthly problems of inequality, environmental collapse and global pandemic. “We really don’t learn anything,” she says. “There doesn’t seem to be a lot of thought or awareness among the people engaged in these space tourism missions.”

Laura Forczyk, owner of space consultancy Astralytical, thinks it’s wrong to focus strictly on the financial aspect. “The narrator [last year] I was a billionaire in space, but it’s so much more than that,” says Forczyk, who wrote the book. Become out of the worldpublished in January, in which she interviewed government and private astronauts about why they go to space.

Forczyk sees the flights as great opportunities to conduct scientific experiments. The three commercial tourism companies have conducted research projects in the past, studying things like fluid dynamics, plant genetics and the human body’s response to microgravity. And yes, the wealthy are the target audience, but SpaceX’s Inspiration4 passengers included artist and scientist Sian Proctor and data engineer Chris Sembroski, who won their tickets through contests, as well as the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Ambassador Hayley Arceneaux (the trip helped her raise $200 million in donations for the hospital). Blue Origin offered free trips to aviation pioneer Wally Funk, who as a woman was barred from becoming an Apollo astronaut, and Laura, the daughter of NASA astronaut Alan Shepard.

Forczyk also quotes Iranian space tourist Anousheh Ansari, who flew to the ISS in 2006. “She told how she grew up in a war zone in Iran, and how [the flight] helped her see the world as interconnected,” says Forczyk.

Billings thinks the value of such testimonials is quite low. “All of these people are telling the press about the wonderful experience they had,” she says. “But listening to someone else tell you how exciting it was to climb Mount Everest doesn’t convey the actual experience.”

As with an Everest trek, there is the risk of death to consider. Historically, spaceflight has had a fatality rate of just under 4%, or about 266,000 times higher than commercial aircraft. Virgin suffered two major disasters during testing, killing a total of four employees and injuring four others. “A high-profile accident will come; it’s unavoidable,” says Forczyk. But even that, she predicts, won’t end space tourism. People continue to climb Everest, she notes, despite the danger.

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NASA space tourism launch delayed; Axiom Space will build an in-orbit studio for the Tom Cruise movie https://newtoncountymotourism.org/nasa-space-tourism-launch-delayed-axiom-space-will-build-an-in-orbit-studio-for-the-tom-cruise-movie/ Mon, 24 Jan 2022 12:39:12 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/nasa-space-tourism-launch-delayed-axiom-space-will-build-an-in-orbit-studio-for-the-tom-cruise-movie/ NASA has changed the planned launch date of a space tourism mission from late February to late March, with the three amateur astronauts keen to visit the International Space Station (ISS) having to wait a bit longer than expected. The private mission team is now targeting March 31 due to additional spacecraft preparations and space […]]]>

NASA has changed the planned launch date of a space tourism mission from late February to late March, with the three amateur astronauts keen to visit the International Space Station (ISS) having to wait a bit longer than expected.

The private mission team is now targeting March 31 due to additional spacecraft preparations and space station traffic, suggesting other spacecraft will maneuver around the ISS in late February and early March. , according to Texas-based Axiom Space, the organizer of this will be NASA’s first space tourism trip to the ISS.


Space Tourism Mission

American entrepreneur Larry Connor, former Israeli Air Force pilot Eytan Stibbe and Canadian investor and philanthropist Mark Pathy will be aboard the private astronaut mission called the Ax-1 space tourism mission.

As reported by Digital trendsthis private space mission is expected to last about a week on the International Space Station.

Additionally, flying as mission commander would be former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría, completing the crew of the Ax-1 space tourism mission.

The crew will be launched into space by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with all four crew members being transported to and from the ISS by the Crew Dragon spacecraft.

The mission is part of NASA and Roscosmos’ collaborative effort and initiative to commercialize the ISS to raise funds while improving access to space.

The target market for these space tourism expeditions is directed towards extremely wealthy people.

In fact, Russia’s Roscosmos has been operating space tourism missions on and off for years now.

This private mission marks a first for NASA’s first experience overseeing a space tourism mission.

Her most recent space tourism mission was in December when she used a Soyuz spacecraft to ferry two Japanese space tourists to the ISS, where they spent 12 days in space before returning to Earth.

Cost per trip

The astronauts of the Ax-1 space mission would work on the study of philanthropic projects which will most likely include different types of health-related activities.

Stibbe, Connor and Pathy paid the full price of $55 million each on their flight to space.

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Tom Cruise in space aboard the SEE-1 module

Meanwhile, a module has been commissioned by Space Entertainment Enterprise, a UK-based studio co-founded by creators Elena and Dmitry Lesnevsky.

SEE-1 would be the world’s first multimedia and entertainment studio and multipurpose arena in space, according to NASA.

According to reports from CNBCthe producers of Tom Cruise’s next space movie have revealed plans to attach a studio to the International Space Station, which is currently being built by Houston-based company Axiom.

The launch of SEE-1 is scheduled for December 2024.

It will connect to Axiom’s first module, which will connect to the company’s space station in September 2024.

Another fundraiser is planned soon.

The company is currently in discussions with investors and business partners on the concept, Space Entertainment Enterprise said in a press release.

inflatable ISS

According to Axiom, the SEE-1 module will be an inflatable module with a diameter of more than 20 feet.

Because of the advantage of starting out in a smaller form factor and then expanding to a larger volume once in space, commercial companies designing space stations are increasingly turning to inflatable modules to build large living spaces.

As an example, in 2016, now-defunct space company Bigelow Aerospace attached its BEAM inflatable module to the International Space Station, which NASA continues to use for cargo storage in the research lab.

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NASA delays the launch of its first space tourism mission to the ISS https://newtoncountymotourism.org/nasa-delays-the-launch-of-its-first-space-tourism-mission-to-the-iss/ Sun, 23 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/nasa-delays-the-launch-of-its-first-space-tourism-mission-to-the-iss/ Three amateur astronauts eager to get to the International Space Station (ISS) will have to wait a bit longer than expected after NASA moved the mission’s planned launch date from late February to late March. Texas-based Axiom Space – the organizer of what will be NASA’s first space tourism trip to the ISS – said […]]]>

Three amateur astronauts eager to get to the International Space Station (ISS) will have to wait a bit longer than expected after NASA moved the mission’s planned launch date from late February to late March.

Texas-based Axiom Space – the organizer of what will be NASA’s first space tourism trip to the ISS – said the mission team is now aiming for March 31 due to “additional gear preparations and space station traffic,” suggesting that more spacecraft will be maneuvering around the ISS in late February and early March.

Ax-1, the very first private astronaut mission in @Space station, is now targeting a March 31 launch due to additional spacecraft preparations & space station traffic. The multinational crew will conduct science, outreach, &; commercial activities during their 8 days on ISS. pic.twitter.com/s9qsnS7gE8

— Axiom Space (@Axiom_Space) January 20, 2022

The Ax-1 space tourism mission – or “private astronaut” mission as NASA prefers to call it – will last about a week and will be led by Canadian investor and philanthropist Mark Pathy, American entrepreneur Larry Connor and l ex-Israeli Air Force pilot Eytan Stibbe. Former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría will round out the crew, flying as mission commander.

Ax-1 will use a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to launch the crew into space, with its trusty Crew Dragon spacecraft ferrying all four crew members to and from the ISS.

Pathy, Connor and Stibbe would pay around $55 million each for the space tourism trip, during which they will work on research and philanthropic projects that will likely include various health-related activities.

The mission is part of plans by NASA and its Russian counterpart, Roscosmos, to commercialize the ISS in a bid to raise funds while increasing access to space for private, albeit very wealthy, citizens.

While Ax-1 will be NASA’s first experience overseeing a space tourism mission, Roscosmos has been operating such missions on and off for years.

Her most recent sightseeing mission was in December when she used a Soyuz spacecraft to whisk two Japanese space tourists to the ISS, with the pair returning to Earth after 12 days in space.

American Dennis Tito became the first private citizen to reach space in 2001 after paying $20 million for a ride to the ISS aboard a Soyuz spacecraft.

SpaceX could also expand its orbital tourist trips that send amateur astronauts into space for several days but do not dock with the space station. The first such mission took place last September when it sent four private citizens into orbit for three days in a Crew Dragon spacecraft.

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Can technology revolutionize aviation or will it remain a hobby of rich boys? https://newtoncountymotourism.org/can-technology-revolutionize-aviation-or-will-it-remain-a-hobby-of-rich-boys/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 06:30:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/can-technology-revolutionize-aviation-or-will-it-remain-a-hobby-of-rich-boys/ Anand Giridharadas, in his 2018 book “Winners Take It All – The Charade of the Elite to Change the World” argues that the world would not need the charities (or foundations) of the rich, if they simply paid their dues. taxes like the rest of us. He named the Clinton Foundation, the Bill & Melinda […]]]>

Anand Giridharadas, in his 2018 book “Winners Take It All – The Charade of the Elite to Change the World” argues that the world would not need the charities (or foundations) of the rich, if they simply paid their dues. taxes like the rest of us. He named the Clinton Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative among those whose services might not be needed if the government of the day tightened the tax loophole on homeowners.

Working with the respective governments, the three organizations – Space X, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin – will likely charge the wealthy a lot of money to (literally) provide them with an ‘out of the world’ experience, giving them a view of Earth that only NASA astronauts and the very wealthy had it. Will the view and experience be worth it, probably in millions of US dollars?

It sounds like the fetish of a billionaire, who probably doesn’t know what to do with the money he’s already made. But can their intervention help the ongoing research carried out by the governments in place?

In any case, such explorations add millions to the brand values ​​of their respective companies. A subsidiary of its core business, Bezos’ Prime Video broadcast a live broadcast of his flight, Outskirts of the Universe and back, adding another dimension to his business and personal brand.

Considering the number of millionaires in the world today, this space tourism will likely only be open to a few. There are 56 million “millionaires” in the world today, or 1.1% of the world’s population. It then looks like a game for the rich.

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Space tourism took off in 2021, here’s how it went https://newtoncountymotourism.org/space-tourism-took-off-in-2021-heres-how-it-went/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/space-tourism-took-off-in-2021-heres-how-it-went/ Launch of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket carrying passengers Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and … [+] space tourism company Blue Origin, brother Mark Bezos, Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk from its spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) ASSOCIATED PRESS After years – even decades – of waiting, 2021 […]]]>

After years – even decades – of waiting, 2021 was the year space tourism finally kicked off. In the space of 10 short days in July, the commercial spaceflight industry took two leaps and bounds as Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin successfully completed their first flights with paying customers on board.

Although we still don’t have commercial space stations and prices are extremely unaffordable for all but the 1% of the 1%, space tourism is officially here – and here to stay.

Here are some of the highlights of the year’s successful launches and missions, and the people who joined the ranks of “commercial astronauts” as a result of their flights.

July 11 – Virgin Galactic’s first flight

Always one to put on a show, Sir Richard Branson was the first commercial customer to fly into space with his company, Virgin Galactic, in early July. The announcement came quickly, as Branson wanted to reach the edge of space before its competitor, Blue Origin – which it did just 9 days earlier. Branson was joined on board by three VG employees: chief astronaut instructor Beth Moses, vice president of government affairs and researcher Sirisha Bandla (who conducted in-flight experiments), and chief operations engineer by VG Colin Bennett.

On the ground before, during and after the flight from Spaceport America in New Mexico, non-flying guests were treated to a variety of entertainment, including a performance by Khalid.

July 20 – First flight of Blue Origin

On July 20, 52 years after the first moon landing, Blue Origin conducted its first successful consumer flight with founder Jeff Bezos on board. The company launched from its West Texas facility with four passengers on board: Bezos, his brother, aerospace legend Wally Funk, and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen, whose father was one of the bidders. from Blue Origin’s auction for the final seat.

(Anonymous auction winner pulled out days before launch, we later learned was tech/crypto founder Justin Sun, who is now considering buying an entire Blue Origin flight in the future.)

September 15 – Mission Inspiration4

One of the biggest and most enjoyable space tourism stories of the year focused on the Inspiration4 mission, organized and led by US billionaire Jared Isaacman. Isaacman bought a four-person flight on one of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsules and organized his crew which included medical assistant Hayley Arceneaux, geoscientist and science communication specialist Sian Proctor and data engineer Chris Sembroski , the latter two of which won their place through fundraising. campaign for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, where Arceneaux works.

The Inspiration4 crew launched from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A in Florida and spent three days in orbit before crashing off the coast of Florida.

October 13 – Beam Me Up, Scotty

For their second consumer flight, Blue Origin made headlines by inviting none other than Captain Kirk himself to join the flight as a guest. The inimitable William Shatner became the oldest person to visit space at 90 and said it was one of the highlights of his life: “I was so fascinated by what happened passed on this flight. It moved me to tears, so much so that…I couldn’t control my emotions for 15-20 minutes,” Shatner told TIME. in an interview after his flight.

December 8 – First ISS tourist (in a while)

For more than a decade, the only visitors to the International Space Station have been astronauts focused on research and other science projects – and a Russian actress/director who visited earlier in 2021 to film scenes for an upcoming movie. In some ways, it seemed like the days of welcoming tourists to the ISS were over; Canadian businessman Guy Laliberté was the last to go there in 2009.

That changed in December, when Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa arrived with a videographer to spend 12 days aboard the station. Up there, he answered common questions about life in microgravity (including classic toilet problems) and also did some fun experiments to spark interest in space.

Maezawa is expected to perform a flight around the moon with SpaceX at some point in the future; the trip was proposed for 2023 but not confirmed.

December 11 – Hello Earth

To close the year, Blue Origin completed a third successful flight in early December. In addition to several paying customers, including passengers hello america host Michael Strahan and Laura Shepard Churchley, daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American to reach space and who Blue Origin’s New Shepard the rocket bears his name.

As well as being a TV host, Strahan has a background in professional football and tweeted “TOUCHDOWN has new meaning now!!!” upon his successful return to earth.

Here are more successful flights in 2022, long-time reservations filled for Virgin Galactic patient customers and falling prices.

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2021: a year of space tourism, the rise of China https://newtoncountymotourism.org/2021-a-year-of-space-tourism-the-rise-of-china/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/2021-a-year-of-space-tourism-the-rise-of-china/ From the first powered flight of the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter on another world to the launch of the James Webb Telescope that will peer into the early epoch of the Universe, 2021 has been a huge year for humanity’s space endeavors. Beyond scientific milestones, billionaires battled to reach the final frontier first, an all-civilian crew […]]]>

From the first powered flight of the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter on another world to the launch of the James Webb Telescope that will peer into the early epoch of the Universe, 2021 has been a huge year for humanity’s space endeavors.

Beyond scientific milestones, billionaires battled to reach the final frontier first, an all-civilian crew entered orbit, and Star Trek’s William Shatner gave an in-depth explanation of what it was like to see Earth from the cosmos, as space tourism was finally taking off. .
Here are the selected highlights.

Red Planet Robot Duo

NASA’s Perseverance Rover has survived its “seven minutes of terror”, a period when the craft relies on its automated systems for descent and landing, to land safely on Mars’ Jezero crater in February.

Since then, the car-sized robot has been taking pictures and drilling samples for its mission: to determine if the Red Planet may have harbored ancient microbial lifeforms.

A rock sample return mission is planned for some time in the 2030s.

With its advanced instruments, “Percy”, as the helicopter is affectionately nicknamed, can also zap Martian rock and chemically analyze steam.

Percy has a partner for the ride: Ingenuity, a four-pound (two-kilogram) rotorcraft that achieved the first powered flight on another celestial body in April, just over a century after the Wright brothers achieved the same feat here on Earth. , and has played many more since.

“Perseverance is kind of the flagship mission, it’s doing a detailed, long-term investigation of this fascinating region of Mars,” Jonathan McDowall, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told AFP.

In contrast, “Ingenuity is one of those cute, small, cheap little tech demos that NASA can do so well,” he added.

Knowledge gained from Ingenuity could help scientists develop Dragonfly, a planned thousand-pound drone helicopter, to search for signs of life on Saturn’s moon Titan in the mid-2030s.

Private space flight takes off

An American millionaire became the world’s first space tourist in 2001, but it took another 20 years for the promise of private spaceflight to finally materialize.

In July, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson competed against Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos to be the first non-professional astronaut to perform suborbital spaceflight.

While the British tycoon won that battle within days, it was Blue Origin that took the lead, launching three more flights with paying customers and celebrities.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX entered the fray in September with a three-day orbital mission around Earth with an all-civilian crew on Inspiration 4.

“It’s really exciting that finally, after so long, this stuff is finally happening,” said space industry analyst Laura Seward Forczyk, author of the forthcoming book “Becoming Off-Worldly,” intended to prepare future space travelers.

But it was William Shatner, who played the swordsman Captain Kirk in the 1960s TV series “Star Trek,” who stole the show with a moving account of his experience.

“What you despise is Mother Earth, and she needs to be protected,” he told reporters.

A Russian crew shot the first feature film in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in 2021, and Japanese tourists took their own tour there aboard a Russian rocket.

For a few minutes on December 11, there were a record 19 humans in space when Blue Origin flew its third crewed mission, the Japanese team was on the ISS with their normal crew, and the Chinese taikonauts were in position on their station.

However, the sight of wealthy elites galloping through the cosmos did not please everyone, and the nascent space tourism industry sparked a backlash from some who said there were more problems. pressing issues to face, such as climate change, here on Earth.

Globalization of space

During the Cold War, space was dominated by the United States and the former Soviet Union.

Now, in addition to the explosion of the commercial sector, which is sending out satellites at a dizzying rate, China, India and others are increasingly flexing their spaceflight muscles.

China’s Tiangong (Palace in the Sky) space station – its first long-term outpost – launched in April, while its first Mars rover, Zhurong, landed in May, making it the only second country to achieve such a feat.

“For the past 20 years, since China finally decided to go into space, it’s been in catch-up mode,” McDowall said. “And now they’re kind of over there, and they’re starting to do things that the United States hasn’t done.”

The United Arab Emirates placed a probe in Mars orbit in February, becoming the first Arab nation and the fifth overall to reach the planet.

Meanwhile, Russia launched a missile at one of its own satellites, becoming the fourth country to strike a spacecraft from the ground, reigniting concerns about the growing space arms race.

Washington criticized Moscow for its “reckless” test, which generated more than 1,500 large pieces of orbital debris, dangerous for low Earth orbit missions such as the ISS.

Future…

The year ended with the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, a US$10 billion marvel that will use infrared technology to travel back 13 billion years in time.

“It’s arguably the most expensive single science platform ever created,” said Casey Drier, lead attorney for the Planetary Society.

“To push the limits of our knowledge of the cosmos, we had to build something capable of accessing this ancient past,” he added.

It will reach Lagrange Point 2, a space landmark a million miles from Earth, in a few weeks, then start up and gradually calibrate its systems, coming online around June.

Also next year will see the launch of Artemis 1 – when NASA’s Giant Space Launch System (SLS) will carry the Orion capsule to the Moon and back, in preparation for America’s return with humans later this decade.

NASA plans to build lunar habitats and use lessons learned for advanced missions to Mars in the 2030s.

Observers are heartened that the agenda launched by former President Donald Trump has continued under Joe Biden — even if he hasn’t made his support as clear.

Finally, next fall, NASA’s DART probe will hit an asteroid to deflect it from its trajectory.

The proof-of-concept test is a dry run should humanity ever stop a giant space rock from wiping out life on Earth, as seen in Netflix’s new hit movie “Don’t Look Up.”

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A year of space tourism, flights to Mars, the rise of China » Capital News https://newtoncountymotourism.org/a-year-of-space-tourism-flights-to-mars-the-rise-of-china-capital-news/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/a-year-of-space-tourism-flights-to-mars-the-rise-of-china-capital-news/ Washington (AFP), December 30 – From the first powered flight of the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter on another world to the launch of the James Webb Telescope that will peer into the early epoch of the Universe, 2021 has been a huge year for humanity’s space endeavors. Beyond scientific milestones, billionaires battled to reach the final […]]]>

Washington (AFP), December 30 – From the first powered flight of the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter on another world to the launch of the James Webb Telescope that will peer into the early epoch of the Universe, 2021 has been a huge year for humanity’s space endeavors.

Beyond scientific milestones, billionaires battled to reach the final frontier first, an all-civilian crew entered orbit, and Star Trek’s William Shatner gave an in-depth explanation of what it was like to see Earth from the cosmos, as space tourism was finally taking off. .

Here are the selected highlights.

– Red Planet robot duo –

Star Trek’s William Shatner gave an in-depth look at what it meant to see Earth from the cosmos, as space tourism finally came into its own © AFP/File/Patrick T. FALLON

NASA’s Perseverance Rover has survived its “seven minutes of terror”, a period when the craft relies on its automated systems for descent and landing, to land safely on Mars’ Jezero crater in February.

Since then, the car-sized robot has been taking pictures and drilling samples for its mission: to determine if the Red Planet may have harbored ancient microbial lifeforms.

A rock sample return mission is planned for the 2030s.

With its advanced instruments, “Percy”, as the helicopter is affectionately nicknamed, can also zap Martian rock and chemically analyze steam.

Percy has a partner for the ride: Ingenuity, a four-pound (two-kilogram) rotorcraft that achieved the first powered flight on another celestial body in April, just over a century after the Wright brothers achieved the same feat here on Earth. , and has played many more since.

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“Perseverance is kind of the flagship mission, it does a long-term detailed investigation of this fascinating region of Mars,” Jonathan McDowall, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told AFP.

In contrast, “Ingenuity is one of those cute, small, cheap little tech demos that NASA can do so well,” he added.

Knowledge gained from Ingenuity could help scientists develop Dragonfly, a planned thousand-pound drone helicopter, to search for signs of life on Saturn’s moon Titan in the mid-2030s.

– Private space flight takes off –

An American millionaire became the world’s first space tourist in 2001, but it took another 20 years for the promise of private spaceflight to finally materialize.

In July, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson competed against Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos to be the first non-professional astronaut to perform suborbital spaceflight.

While the British tycoon won that battle within days, it was Blue Origin that took the lead, launching three more flights with paying customers and celebrities.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX entered the fray in September with a three-day orbital mission around Earth with an all-civilian crew on Inspiration 4.

This NASA photo released on April 27, 2021 shows a black and white image taken by the navigation camera aboard NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter during its third flight to Mars on April 25, 2021 © NASA/AFP/File/Document

“It’s really exciting that finally, after so long, this stuff is finally happening,” said space industry analyst Laura Seward Forczyk, author of the forthcoming book “Becoming Off-Worldly,” intended to prepare future space travelers.

But it was William Shatner, who played the slick Captain Kirk in the 1960s “Star Trek” TV series, who stole the show with a moving account of his experience.

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“What you despise is Mother Earth, and she needs to be protected,” he told reporters.

A Russian crew shot the first feature film in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in 2021, and Japanese tourists took their own tour there aboard a Russian rocket.

For a few minutes on December 11, there were a record 19 humans in space when Blue Origin flew its third crewed mission, the Japanese team was on the ISS with their normal crew, and the Chinese taikonauts were in position on their station.

However, the sight of wealthy elites galloping through the cosmos did not please everyone, and the nascent space tourism industry sparked a backlash from some who said there were more problems. pressing issues to face, such as climate change, here on Earth.

– Globalization of space –

Students watch a live image of a lesson given by Chinese astronauts from China’s Tiangong space station at a school in Yantai, eastern China’s Shandong province © AFP/STR

During the Cold War, space was dominated by the United States and the former Soviet Union.

Now, in addition to the explosion of the commercial sector, which is sending out satellites at a dizzying rate, China, India and others are increasingly flexing their spaceflight muscles.

China’s Tiangong (palace in the sky) space station – its first long-term outpost – launched in April, while its first Mars rover, Zhurong, landed in May, making it the only second country to achieve such a feat.

“For the past 20 years, since China finally decided to go big in space, it’s been in catch-up mode,” McDowall said. “And now they’re kind of over there, and they’re starting to do things that the United States hasn’t done.”

The United Arab Emirates placed a probe in Mars orbit in February, becoming the first Arab nation and the fifth overall to reach the planet.

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Meanwhile, Russia launched a missile at one of its own satellites, becoming the fourth country to strike a spacecraft from the ground, reigniting concerns about the growing space arms race.

Washington criticized Moscow for its “reckless” test, which generated more than 1,500 large pieces of orbital debris, dangerous for low Earth orbit missions such as the ISS.

– Coming soon… –

Arianespace’s Ariane 5 rocket with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope on board rises from the launch pad, at the European Spaceport, Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, December 25, 2021 © AFP / jody amiet

The year ended with the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, a $10 billion marvel that will use infrared technology to travel back 13 billion years in time.

“It’s arguably the most expensive single science platform ever created,” said Planetary Society lead advocate Casey Drier.

“To push the limits of our knowledge of the cosmos, we had to build something capable of accessing this ancient past,” he added.

It will reach Lagrange Point 2, a space landmark a million miles from Earth, in a few weeks, then start up and gradually calibrate its systems, coming online around June.

Also next year will see the launch of Artemis 1 – when NASA’s Giant Space Launch System (SLS) will carry the Orion capsule to the Moon and back, in preparation for America’s return with humans later this decade.

NASA plans to build lunar habitats and use lessons learned for advanced missions to Mars in the 2030s.

Observers are heartened that the agenda launched by former President Donald Trump has continued under Joe Biden – even if he hasn’t been as vocal in his support.

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Finally, next fall, NASA’s DART probe will hit an asteroid to deflect it from its trajectory.

The proof-of-concept test is a dry run should humanity ever stop a giant space rock from wiping out life on Earth, as seen in Netflix’s new hit movie “Don’t Look Up.”

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Weekend special: Will the phenomenal rise in space tourism benefit the world?, World News https://newtoncountymotourism.org/weekend-special-will-the-phenomenal-rise-in-space-tourism-benefit-the-world-world-news/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/weekend-special-will-the-phenomenal-rise-in-space-tourism-benefit-the-world-world-news/ The world is changing at a rapid pace. What was special before is common now. Space travel has also seen it lately. In the past, only scientific explorers ventured into space to find multiple answers, but now it has become a way to spend free time. Due to advancement and commercialization, space tourism has become […]]]>

The world is changing at a rapid pace. What was special before is common now.

Space travel has also seen it lately. In the past, only scientific explorers ventured into space to find multiple answers, but now it has become a way to spend free time.

Due to advancement and commercialization, space tourism has become a reality.

Several large conglomerates have entered this very lucrative arena.

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Not only that, competition in the industry has already intensified. These days, Elon Musk’s SpaceX runs missions to send tourists into space. He also worked on several other missions in coordination with NASA.

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin also made their maiden flights. Many billionaires, such as Japanese tycoon Yusaku Maezawa, Branson and others, have visited space before.

Besides the billionaires, several others have also reached space or the International Space Station.

The American company Space Adventures, headed by Tom Shelley, sent about eight tourists to the ISS.

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The industry also faces significant criticism due to its carbon footprint. This comes at a time when the world is looking to tackle climate change in a do or die situation.

Some companies use cleaner fuel for space travel, but others don’t.

Virgin Galactic said it plans to run 400 flights a year in the future. This shows that the popularity of space tourism will surely increase.

This can lead to a huge amount of greenhouse gas emissions. It is therefore important to find the right balance between advancing in the form of space tourism and solving the problems of climate change.

Thus, this type of tourism can help transport people to other planets, but it can lead to the destruction of the Earth.

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NASA reveals the date of its first space tourism mission to the ISS https://newtoncountymotourism.org/nasa-reveals-the-date-of-its-first-space-tourism-mission-to-the-iss/ Mon, 20 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/nasa-reveals-the-date-of-its-first-space-tourism-mission-to-the-iss/ NASA aims to launch its first space tourism mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on February 28, 2022. The mission is being organized by Texas-based Axiom Space and will use SpaceX’s proven Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft. The Ax-1 space tourism mission – or “private astronaut” mission, as NASA calls it – […]]]>

NASA aims to launch its first space tourism mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on February 28, 2022.

The mission is being organized by Texas-based Axiom Space and will use SpaceX’s proven Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft.

The Ax-1 space tourism mission – or “private astronaut” mission, as NASA calls it – will last a week and will be led by Canadian investor and philanthropist Mark Pathy, American entrepreneur Larry Connor and the former Israeli Air Force pilot Eytan Stibbe, together with mission commander and former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría.

The three amateur astronauts would each pay around $55 million for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of staying aboard the space station 250 miles above Earth. While in space, the trio will work on their own research and philanthropic projects, with health-related activities likely to be the main focus of their work.

Announcing the planned launch date via Twitter, Kathy Lueders, Chief of NASA’s Space Operations Mission Directorate, said, “These are milestones! Thank you to our international partners as we continue to work on this mission with @Axiom_Space. The launch is now scheduled for February 28 depending on station traffic planning.

Lueders added, “Exciting to see us maxing out @Space_Station and expanding access to Low Earth Orbit!”

These are important steps! Thank you to our international partners as we continue to work on this mission with @Axiom_Space. The launch is now scheduled for February 28 depending on station traffic planning. It’s exciting to see us maximizing @Space station and expanding access to low Earth orbit!

— Kathy Lueders (@KathyLuders) December 20, 2021

NASA’s announcement comes a week after the agency revealed it had selected Axiom for its second private astronaut mission – also destined for the ISS – which is expected to take place between fall 2022 and the end of of spring 2023.

NASA and its Russian counterpart, Roscosmos, are stepping up efforts to commercialize the ISS as part of efforts to raise funds and increase access to space. Critics, however, see rocket flights as a waste of money and a cause of pollution as the super-rich seek increasingly extreme ways to spend their money.

Earlier this month, Roscosmos used a Soyuz spacecraft to ferry two Japanese space tourists to the ISS, with the pair returning to Earth this week after 12 days aboard the orbiting facility, while in November, he organized a short stay for two Russian filmmakers.

These are not the first private missions to the space station. In 2001, shortly after the ISS was commissioned, American Dennis Tito became the world’s first space tourist after handing over $20 million for a ride to the facility aboard a spacecraft Soyuz.

Until this year, the last tourist missions to the ISS had taken place in 2009, always with Roscosmos equipment. One of the travellers, Hungarian-American software architect Charles Simonyi, made not one but two flights to the ISS, in 2007 and 2009, becoming the only person to pay for his own trip to space more than ‘Once.

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