SpaceX: First Private Flights to Space Station Space Exploration Technologies (better known as SpaceX) is the first company to ship private cargo to the International Space Station using its own rocket and spaceship, the Dragon. The California-based company has a lucrative contract with NASA to bring cargo to the station. Additionally, the firm has customers from the private sector, military and non-governmental entities to launch cargo into space.
Recapturing a Future for Space Exploration: Life and Physical Sciences ... - Committee for the Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space, National Research Council More than four decades have passed since a human first set foot on the Moon. Great strides have been made in our understanding of what is required to support an enduring human presence in space, as evidenced by progressively more advanced orbiting human outposts, culminating in the current International Space Station (ISS). However, of the more than 500 humans who have so far ventured into space, most have gone only as far as near-Earth orbit, and none have traveled beyond the orbit of the Moon. Achieving humans' further progress into the solar system had proved far more difficult than imagined in the heady days of the Apollo missions, but the potential rewards remain substantial.
Why We Go - Virgin Galactic Exploring space makes life better on Earth People all around the world have experienced a sense of awe as they look up at the night sky. We discover a limitless universe of wonder as we learn to identify the Milky Way, or to spot planets, rings, moons, and even entire galaxies. As we peer into the heavens we look back billions of years in time, and connect simultaneously with the most primal thoughts of our ancestors and the most cutting-edge science of our day. Sending humans and satellites into space requires effort, money, dedication, and sacrifice. Is a Virgin Galactic seat worth $250,000? For decades, none but a few privileged -- and highly trained -- individuals could dare dream of traveling beyond Earth's orbit. All that's set to change as Richard Branson brings space exploration to the (mega-rich) masses. In April, Virgin Galactic -- a subsidiary of Branson's Virgin Group -- hit a milestone. The rocket motor the company had been testing on the ground was fitted into SpaceShip Two, the spacecraft that, from next year onwards, will bring space travel to the general public. "We lit the rocket motor for the first time in the air and the spaceship went through the sound barrier," recalls Stephen Attenborough, Virgin Galactic's commercial director. "It was a hugely significant milestone for us, and in many ways, the last big piece of the jigsaw."
Elon Musk Wants to Put Man on Mars in 'Roughly 12 to 15 Years' <br/><a href=" US News</a> | <a href=" Business News</a> Copy As the Mars rover Curiosity, a $2.5 billion robot the size of a Mini Cooper, touched down last night, one billionaire was already planning the next logical step -- sending humans there. "I'm confident at this point that it can be done," Elon Musk told "Nightline" in an interview at SpaceX headquarters in Los Angeles. "I think we'll be able to send, probably, the first people to Mars in roughly 12 to 15 years. url?sa=t&rct=j&q=sncf tgv france map&source=web&cd=4&ved=0CCgQFjADahUKEwiQ4eOejIrJAhXC7iYKHVN_AoU&url= TER is the perfect solution for your regional travel needs. The numbers speak for themselves: nearly one million passengers take TER every day, including 350,000 pass holders—you might already be one of them. SNCF operates 7,500 TER trains every day, plus 2,000 regular coach lines in a total of 20 regions—making you more mobile and simplifying your connections to urban transport hubs and SNCF’s main lines. TER by SNCF: we maintain relationships with 20 French regions and their Regional Councils to identify their specific needs. TER then meets these needs by setting up regional transport services with a commitment to quality, continuity of service, and accurate passenger information.5,000 TER stations and stops provide real-time traffic information, with passenger information screens installed at over 650 stops.
Space Shuttle and International Space Station Launch Viewing Passes Launches are always subject to unanticipated delays and changes. For updated information, please call1-877-893-NASA (6272) for the KSC launch status report. Life in Space" In addition to using the bathroom regularly, astronauts need to do all of the same things they do on Earth, including eating and sleeping. Of course in space, the lack of gravity makes everyday activities not so ordinary. With no refrigerator on-board the spacecraft to keep food fresh (although the International Space Station now has fridges), most food is dehydrated and sealed in bags to prevent bacteria and other organisms from growing. The astronauts add water to the food to soften it enough to eat.