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