Space

: the final frontier ...
Jan/2015 - Some recent space related news that caught my attention ...

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Google and Fidelity Put $1 Billion Into SpaceX (NY Times) where Elon Musk has a vision to build the Internet in space (CNN Money). Elon Musk is also CEO of Tesla Motors driving the electric car industry.

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On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon with Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon. "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Here is a video of the Nvidia Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Demo running on the Asus Strix GTX 970 graphics card.

Google Lunar XPRIZE will get humanity back to the moon. Organized by the X Prize Foundation and sponsored by Google, the $30M competition calls for privately-funded spaceflight teams to compete in the successful launch of a robotic spacecraft that can land and travel across the surface of the Moon while sending back to Earth specified images and other data.

SpaceX Parts Reusability for Cost Reduction

On Dec 21, 2015, SpaceX made history with the launch of its two-stage Falcon 9 rocket delivering 11 satellites into orbit and returning its first-stage booster rocket back to Earth with a successful landing. This is clearly not easy - it's rocket science.

On Apr 8, 2016, SpaceX launched the Falcon 9 rocket to deploy the Dragon spacecraft to low Earth orbit to deliver critical cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA. Dragon deployed about 10 minutes after liftoff and will attach to the ISS about two days after launch. The first stage of the Falcon 9 experimental landing on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship in the Atlantic Ocean was a success.

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The flea can jump 350 times its body length, Human equivalent would be jumping the length of a football field.

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