Long-standing plans by British billionaire Richard Branson about the organization of space flights is nearing realization. Recently, the head of the Virgin group of companies presented the public with aircraft with a rocket engine called SpaceShipTwo, which will be used for commercial flights into space.
“I know that there are literally thousands wanting to be in space to be able to look out the window, admiring the beautiful Land,” — said the billionaire. At the presentation of SpaceShipTwo in California, he said, dreamed of going into space since then, as seen on TV landing on the moon. Presents the aircraft will undergo tests over the next 18 months, before the first tourists will be able to take a short excursion outside the Earth’s atmosphere. About three hundred people have already applied for the flight is $200 thousand during the six minutes of weightlessness.
SpaceShipTwo, built from lightweight composite materials based on carbon and is equipped with a rocket engine on a hybrid fuel. The basis for its development was the project SpaceShipOne — aircraft, lifting into the air booster. He became the world’s first private space ship and made a series of flights in 2004, reports the BBC . Continue reading
Scientists shared their impressions
21 January 2016, two scientists from the California Institute of technology, Professor Mike brown and Professor Konstantin Batygin has officially announced that they have found a ninth planet in our Solar system. According to their mathematical models, it is a gas giant like Uranus or Neptune, the mass of the discovered planet 10 times the mass of Earth, it rotates in an orbit 20 times larger than the earth and it requires from 10,000 to 20,000 years to make one complete revolution around the Sun. However, very reliable model of scientists has demonstrated and existing telescopes have not yet managed to see her.
Scientists have been very mixed on the nature of their activities and perhaps that is why they have achieved such amazing results. So brown has increasingly resorted to methods of observation and explores distant objects in our Solar system, whereas Batygin relies more on the laws of physics and mathematical calculations. Apparently, that tandem allowed the researchers to calculate the so-called ninth planet. Continue reading
About the discovery of the ninth planet of the Solar system two astronomers from the California Institute of technology in Pasadena became known on January 20. One of them — the native of Russia Konstantin Batygin — spoke about the search for Planet X, the difficulties with the title the new heavenly bodies and unsolved mysteries of the Solar system.
What is an open planet?
Konstantin Batygin . She falls into the category of dwarf planets. This celestial body is quite massive. Our model gives a mass of about ten earth, this planet is just a giant. Now it is defined as a celestial object whose gravitational field is dominant in that part of the Solar system.
In General, there is not even a question: it’s a planet or not. We know about it, because its gravity affects the orbit of the farthest objects in the Kuiper belt. The very mathematical modeling relies on the fact that this planet has enough mass for gravity to dominate in the Solar system. Continue reading