Via Boing Boing: Disney is doing a new space based ride called Mission Space. The pictures look cool.
I was wandering around SourceForge, looking at what OSX code was available, and found Celetia a solar system simulation.
Still figuring out the controls, but you can “fly” around the solar system. Its amazing how fast you can be going and nothing is moving. I flew from Io to Earth at faster than light and could see very little change for a long time. Gives you a real feeling for how far away things are.
While looking through some of the lower rated posts I found a link to Encyclopedia Astronautica . Looks cool. I haven’t had a chance to really look at it yet.
I haven’t said anything about the Columbia tragedy because I haven’t thought of words worthy of the occasion. I got an email today from the Science Fiction Writers of America and at the top was a poem from one of my favorite authors.
These are words worthy.
“I pray for one last landing
On the globe that gave me birth;
Let me rest my eyes on the fleecy skies
And the cool, green hills of Earth.”
— Robert A. Heinlein;
“The Green Hills of Earth”
My sons and I went to the new Star Trek movie this weekend. It was pretty good, definitely not as bad as SlashDot made it sound.
There’s a scene where a crew man is sucked out of the ship and my son wanted to know why he didn’t explode. I tried to explain, but really I didn’t know exactly. So the internet is the answer and here’s a cool link I found.
I woke up Saturday morning thinking about what technology would be needed if you had a cheap means of getting into orbit. Right now the big problem is getting there, not living there. But if you had something like anti-gravity you could do it easily. The first thing I thought of was space suits. So I got on the net to do some research.
I never really understood the problem of getting into space till I read this paragraph, from a NASA site.
To me this means a very special airplane can get you about 10% of the way into space. After that the atmosphere is it too thin. That’s why we use rockets and why the X-prise is such a big deal. It isn’t easy to build a device that carries its own propulsion and fuel for 75 miles.
I’ll use another blog to talk about space suits. I had a bunch of links, but lost them to the blog software I was working on at the time. Here though are a couple of cool space links I do still have.
Earth observatory Cool images of Earth from space.
One danger you face in space is micrometorids and space debris