Category:
Space Travel

Warp Drive at 10 times the Speed of Light

Star Trek fans rejoice!! Theoretical warp drive is on the fast track. I don't get all the details, but here's the link to the story:

http://news.yahoo.com/warp-drive-may-more-feasible-thought-scientists-161301109.html

And we also need a picture of what it would look like!!

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It's true!! Donuts and donut shapes rule the universe!!

Posted By: gdanea - Tue Sep 18, 2012 - Comments (8)
Category: Space Travel

Nazi Sun Gun


Read about the Nazi plan to build an orbital death ray.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 02, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Mad Scientists, Evil Geniuses, Insane Villains, War, Weapons, Space Travel, 1940s

Space Secretary

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Isn't it a shame that bright young ambitious girls today, who might wish to serve their nation's astronautics corps, can no longer dream of becoming--SPACE SECRETARIES!?!

[Click on any of these images to enlarge.]
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Posted By: Paul - Tue May 04, 2010 - Comments (12)
Category: Stereotypes and Cliches, Work and Vocational Training, Space Travel, 1960s, Women

More Soviet Space Stamps

Courtesy of my pal, Peter Danssaert, more heroic retro space imagery.

Click to embiggen.

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Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 03, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: Art, Space Travel, Russia, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

The Lunar Federation

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Want to "buy property" on the Moon or Mars? The folks at the Lunar Federation will happily separate you from your cash.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 22, 2008 - Comments (5)
Category: Frauds, Cons and Scams, Real Estate, Space Travel

Soviet Space Stamps

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These were sent to me by my Belgian pal Peter Dans-
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Click on the image twice, to get them really big!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 11, 2008 - Comments (6)
Category: Art, Communications, Postal Services, Stamps, Futurism, Patriotism, Technology, Space Travel, 1960s, Russia, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Maine Solar System Model

The residents of Aroostook County, Maine constructed a scale model of the solar system which you can see as you drive along Route 1 from Presque Isle to Houlton. The sun, located at Presque Isle, reaches up to the third floor of the Northern Maine Museum of Science. The earth, a mile away at Percy's Auto Sales, is a styrofoam ball 5.5 inches in diameter. Drive another 4.3 miles to see Jupiter. And Pluto, forty miles away at the end, is a one-inch-diameter wooden ball.

Everyone seems to use a different mnemonic to remember the planets in the Solar System. The one I learned is "My Very Elegant Mother Just Sat Upon Nine Porcupines."

To remember the points of the compass I always have to repeat the phrase "Naughty Elephants Squirt Water".

Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 11, 2008 - Comments (4)
Category: Travel, Landmarks, Sightseeing, Space Travel

Space Beer

In 2006 scientists grew barley on the International Space Station as part of an experiment to determine whether crops can survive in space (and one day feed astronauts living up there). They found that "the barley showed almost no ill effects from growing in microgravity or radiation. The scientists found only one enzyme increased from slight oxygen deprivation, but the plants did well." Back on Earth Sapporo recently brewed 100 bottles of "Space Beer" from the barley.

An increase of only one enzyme? This must be disappointing news to the Chinese, who for decades have been blasting seeds and sperm into space, in the theory that the combination of cosmic radiation and microgravity will produce mutations that will yield larger, stronger varieties. They even have a Center for Space Breeding. I think they've been watching too many 1950's science-fiction movies.

Back in 2007 a purple "space potato" grown from seeds taken onboard the Shenzhou IV space mission were all the rage in Shanghai restaurants. (Reportedly they tasted more "glutinous" than normal potatoes.)

And in 2005, as I've noted before, there were reports the Chinese had carried pig sperm into space, in the hope of breeding larger, tastier pigs.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Dec 06, 2008 - Comments (0)
Category: Food, Space Travel

The Overview Effect

According to The Overview Institute, the Overview Effect "refers to the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, hanging in the void, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere. From space, the astronauts tell us, national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide us become less important and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this 'pale blue dot' becomes both obvious and imperative."

The purpose of the Overview Institute is to "promote and support widespread experience of [the Overview Effect], through direct space travel, and newer, more powerful and more publicly available space art, multi-media and education."

Nice idea, but being the cynic that I am, I'm pretty sure it's going to take more than being blasted into space to cure people of their prejudices and tribal loyalties.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 04, 2008 - Comments (2)
Category: Travel, Space Travel

Cheerios and V-8

I love Cheerios, and can tolerate V-8. But there's no way I could imagine eating a spoonful of Cheerios and then swallowing a gulp of V-8 immediately after the sweet milky mouthful.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 30, 2008 - Comments (16)
Category: Business, Advertising, Food, Toys, Children, Space Travel, 1960s

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