Space.com has a story on Burt Rutan and his vision of Opening Space up to everyone. While Burt Rutan has been a familiar name to most engineers and aerospace enthusiasts for a long time, his name achieved household status after his team, Mojave Aerospace Ventures won the coveted X-Prize.
The Washington Post is reporting that China has announced official plans to place a man on the moon within the next 15 years. If this holds to be true, the moon could once again fire up perhaps the greatest spending spree every seen: A second space race.
While the previous space race helped to bankrupt the Soveit Union, the Soviet Union did not have the incredible Wealth of China. Then again, the United States didn’t borrow much of its wartime funding from the Soviet Union either.
I could use one of those in my training regime. You know, build up my biceps.
But for some reason I invision what happened in The Fly, when he had his arm snapped in two.
On its second Attempt to Land the Japanese Space Probe Hayabusa has finally met with success. On a mission plagued with problems the probe touched down on the uncertain surface of the asterord Itokawa and presumably collected an unknown amount of material. Unlike other bodies in the Solar system, asteroids are believed to have remained largely unchanged since their formation during the creation of Solar System. Whether this mission will be remembered as a Hallmark Success for the Japanese or another expensive mishap won’t be determined until the probe returns to earth sometime in 2007.
It’s great to see the Japanese finally got something right on this one. But in my opinion if there was something to take away from this it’s that the Japanese not only build very resilient probes, but they’re the world’s best space Troubleshooters.
But now that the problem plagued probe is on its way home, I’m sure it’s all fixed. Nothing else could possibly go wrong.
Does anyone remember the movie The Andromeda Strain?