Would You Like to be a Space Tourist?

There is getting away from it all and soon there will be opportunities for getting 240 miles above it all. That’s right. Soon you can be a space tourist. The First Orbital Vacation SpaceX says tourists will ride its rockets late this year or early next. SpaceX is the corporation behind the first successful commercial launch to the International Space Station. They are working with the space tourism company, Space Adventures. For an undisclosed price, up to four tourists will ride the Falcon 9 rocket and the Crew Dragon spacecraft to orbit the earth three times at about 250 miles up. On the Space Adventures website they also offer a flight to within a few hundred kilometers of the moon, a visit to the ISS, and a spacewalk. Cool, huh? Private Citizens in Space Seven private citizens have had adventures in space with the help of Space Adventures. Each of them spent more than 20 million each and a lot of time training before their flights. American Dennis Tito blasted off from Kazakhstan on April 28, 2001, and spent nearly 8 days on the Russian space station.  English/South African businessman Mark Shuttleworth flew Soyuz Flight TM-34 on April 25, 2002. Gregory […]

A Peek at Amazing Discoveries of the Past Decade

I’ve posed many questions regarding the ethics of research being done. Today, I want to talk about the good science has done. Let’s take a tiny peak at the amazing discoveries of the past decade.  The Human Genome The year 2000 saw a rough draft of the human genome released. The final draft published in 2003 received updates in 2007.  They believed this research would help alleviate diseases and advance medical break throughs. Sadly, that is slow in coming. The National Human Genome Research Institute estimates that it takes about seventeen years to advance from new research information to something useful for patients. But much is being done. Check out their website for detailed information about research on cystic fibrosis, infectious disease outbreaks, pharmacogenomics, and much more. Archeology The 2010s brought extraordinary discoveries in the field of Archeology. British researchers found the body of King Richard III Airborne lasers led scientists to discover more than 60,000 ancient Maya buildings in Guatemala. The discovery of Homo Naledi, a new species with a mix of human and primate features, suggests they may have been a hybrid. Radar detection and lasers and photographs from space have aided archeologists in their search. The number of discoveries […]