The chicken has landed, a little earlier than planned. A World View Enterprises stratospheric balloon carrying a KFC chicken sandwich touched down yesterday (June 30), about 17 hours after taking off. The flight — the first planned long-duration mission of World View’s uncrewed Stratollite vehicle — was scheduled to last four days, but controllers ended it […]Read more "Chicken Sandwich Returns to Earth"
Even in this age of free-flying conspiracy theories, this one’s a doozy. On Thursday (June 29), a guest on Alex Jones’ radio show named Robert David Steele claimed that Mars is inhabited — by people sent to the Red Planet against their will. “We actually believe that there is a colony on Mars that is […]Read more "New Conspiracy Theory: Children Kidnapped for Mars Slave Colony"
On July 1, 1962, NASA established the Launch Operations Center — which was later renamed the Kennedy Space Center — on the east coast of Florida. After President John F. Kennedy famously said that American astronauts would land on the moon by 1970, NASA had to build a launch facility for their gigantic new […]Read more "Today in Space! July 1, 1962: Kennedy Space Center Established"
The announcement of the draft Spaceflight Bill in the Queen’s Speech will allow the development of spaceports in the UK. This could see members of the paying public launched into space as tourists, or taking sub-orbital flights from London to New York in just 45 minutes Such adventures will be made possible through futuristic spaceplanes, […]Read more "Space Tourism"
After more than 50 years of human spaceflight, researchers know some of the risks posed to the human body by being in zero gravity. Space motion sickness happens in the first 48 hours, creating a loss of appetite, dizziness and vomiting. Over time, astronauts staying for six months on the station can experience the […]Read more "What happens if an astronaut is sick in space?"
“Exploring Mars will require missions of 900 days or longer and includes more than one year in deep space where exposures to all energies of galactic cosmic ray heavy ions are unavoidable. Current levels of radiation shielding would, at best, modestly decrease the exposure risks.” According to a new study from the University of […]Read more "Cancer Risk for a Human Mars Mission"
The KFC fried-chicken sandwich is scheduled to fly on a World View Stratollite balloon system later this month. The payload will sit inside a specially made bucket-shaped container outfitted with a high-definition TV camera and a “chicken sandwich flying system” to keep the food fresh during what is expected to be a four-day flight, said […]Read more "KFC will fly their Chicken Sandwich on a Balloon Test Flight"