We promised you surprises, so today, we’re closing out World Space Week with a grab bag of goodies for all of you to celebrate with, and to thank those of you who took five minutes’ worth of time to write Elon Musk. Continue Reading
If you’ve been tuned in with us up to this point throughout World Space Week, you may wish that there were some way for you to be a part of it — after all, the true spirit of the Browncoats is standing up and taking action for causes that no one else will.
Aside from writing Elon Musk and asking him to name the first manned private spaceship Serenity, of course, there are indeed ways to get involved. There’s actually a number of “space advocacy” groups that have been around for a while. These people don’t just hold meetings and bug Congressmen, they actually get out and do stuff, stuff that tends to have a twelve-foot flame shooting out its rear end. We thought we’d introduce you to a few of them today. Continue Reading
It is indeed a rough road that leads to the stars, and the exploration of strange new worlds is intrinsically a risky endeavor. In the history of NASA’s space program, there are many astronauts who have made the ultimate sacrifice to further our understanding of the universe. Fourteen lost their lives during a mission. Three perished in a launch pad accident. Numerous others have died as the result of aircraft accidents during training, and one was even lost in a commercial airline crash while traveling on NASA business.
We’ve talked a lot this week about changes in the way that we go into space happening right now that, we hope, will make the heavens available to all. The day will come that spaceflight becomes so routine that memorializing those lost to it will seem unnecessary and excessive. We’re not at that point, yet, though, and feel that we still owe it to them to remember their names. Continue Reading
Those of you who have heard the occasional news bite about SpaceX’s efforts may have heard Elon Musk openly state that the Dragon’s true purpose for which it was designed all along has been to eventually travel to the planet Mars. You may be looking at the capsule spacecraft and find that the word that comes to your mind is “dinky.” Just how can a ship no larger than the Apollo capsule that took three men in very cramped quarters take that same crew all the way to the red planet without them coming down with the worst case of cabin fever in history? Continue Reading
The theme of today’s entry is a bit more “unscripted.” We thought we’d briefly showcase some of the coolest, most exciting projects and ventures going on in private spaceflight that don’t see much attention and you may not have heard of:
- You may not realize that the first piece of a private space station is already flying overhead right now. Continue Reading
We’ve been speaking a lot about how the way we live and work in space is being changed by the rise of the private space industry. Some of you may be scratching your heads and wondering just where this new sector suddenly came from when you weren’t looking. Today, we’re going to tell you one story of just how the way was paved for anyone with a dream to build their own ride into the black. Continue Reading
Today is the first day of World Space Week, an international celebration of spaceflight’s contribution to enriching and improving the quality of life for the human race. Officially recognized by the United Nations, it begins every October 4th (the day that Sputnik launched) and runs through (the day that the Outer Space Treaty was signed). Here at Take Back the Sky, we’ll be celebrating with a special post each day, with a few surprises at the end!
As we talk to people all over this little world, we continue to find that many people simply aren’t aware of what’s going on in the world of spaceflight — many aren’t even aware that the space shuttle is no longer flying, nor will ever again fly. On the one hand, if a majority of people cared enough about space to “educate themselves” about it the way that they do about other issues, like the economy or the environment, then things would be vastly different today and we might not even be having this conversation. To be fair, the topic of humans in space hasn’t seen the front page of any major media outlet in many years.
Whatever the case, we thought it may be appropriate to dedicate this, the first day of World Space Week 2012, to a “State of the ‘Verse” summary. As Captain Reynolds of Firefly would say, “here’s the way it is:” Continue Reading