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Soon everyone will fly into space

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

The largest planet

Astronomical parameters

The largest planet of the Solar System, the third brightest object night sky (after the moon and Venus). Is gazaille body, hard surface does not. Consists mostly of hydrogen and helium. Due to their size can be observed with the naked eye as a star of the first magnitude, but only for a short time in the morning or in the evening. The average distance from the Sun 778 million km conversion – 314.8 years 11 days.

Jupiter has 16 satellites: IO, Leda, Teba(Phoebe), Carme, ELARA, Ananke, Europe, Metis, Pasiphae, Sinope, hamalia, Ganymede, Lysithea, Amalthea, Callisto, and Andrastea. System his companions like a scaled-down model of the Solar system. The four major satellites (Ganymede, Callisto, IO and Europa) discovered by Galileo and are called the Galilean. Continue reading

Cosmonaut held in Tula space debate

On cosmonautics Day, the students gathered in the TSU to discuss the most interesting “star” questions.

On the agenda of these debates were three interesting topics: “Space tourism” “Space debris” and “give a star from the sky”. All the “pros” and “cons” emotionally discussed two teams from the main universities: the University and the Tomsk state pedagogical University.

Leading the debate was inhabitant of Tula Sergey Zaletin, pilot-cosmonaut and hero of Russia. At the beginning of the meeting, he noted that the conquest of space means a lot to the Tula region:

Of the 85 regions of our country was only 120 astronauts and four of them – from the Tula region: Yevgeny Khrunov, Valery Polyakov, Nikolai Tikhonov and me. Tikhonov is the youngest of us, and in flight he is only going two years later.

I noticed an interesting pattern: Polyakov 71 years old, I’m 51, 31 Tikhonov, probably, somewhere on the Tula earth future astronaut growing up, by my calculations, he should now be 11 years old. Continue reading

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