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Mars as Art

Gullies on Mars - NASA/JPL
Gullies on Mars

Millipedes of Mars - NASA/JPL
Millipedes of Mars

Bunge Crater Dunes - NASA/JPL
Bunge Crater Dunes

Martian Dust Devil Tracks - NASA/JPL
Martian Dust Devil Tracks
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Space Music Video of the Month


Dragonland: A SpaceX Tribute
"Dragonland" is a music montage honoring SpaceX, specifically the robotic Dragon cargo ship and the recently announced Dragon V2 that will fly crew to the International Space Station and, later in the decade, the Bigelow Aerospace expandable habitats.

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Virgin Galactic Flies SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity to Edge of Space

On December 13, 2018, two pilots flew the Virgin Galactic VSS Unity spaceplane to an altitude of 82.7 km (51.4 miles). The WhiteKnightTwo aircraft carried Unity to about 15 kilometers (50,000 ft) and then released it. Unity fired its hybrid rocket motor, powered with liquid nitrous oxide and solid fuel. This video shows highlights of the flight:


After coming back down into the atmosphere, the wings of the SS2 folded upward, putting the vehicle into a V configuration that allows for high stability during reentry into the atmosphere (designer Burt Rutan named this action"feathering" after the feathers in a badmitton birdie). :

In this video, Richard Branson tells his children about his own father and relates his father’s advice on living a good life to the SpaceShipTwo flight to the edge of space. The video also includes additional footage of the flight: To my grandchildren | Virgin


Note that Virgin Galactic uses 80 km as the borderline to space rather than the more common 100 km. There is some support for this. USAF and NASA pilots who flew the X-15 spaceplane to above 50 miles in the 1960s were awarded space wings.

Commercial rides on Unity should begin this year. Virgin has over 700 customers who have put down deposits on the $250,000 price for tickets to ride on Unity. Two other SpaceShipTwo vehicles are under construction to provide for weekly flights from Spaceport America in New Mexico.

Unity is the second SpaceShipTwo vehicle. It built after the first one was destroyed in an accident in 2014.


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Run the Satellite Tracking Tool from BINARY SPACE right here at HobbySpace in your browser. (Windows 10 users must instead get the SpaceTracker app here.) The program allows you to track a large set of satellites in both low earth and geostationary orbits. (Note: the program requires Microsoft Silverlight, Version 5 or higher, as well as the latest version of your browser. Currently the program works on the Microsoft® Windows® platform only.) The Satellite Observing section provides additional information and web resources about the hobby of satellite tracking and watching.
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