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Space Tourism Adventure of a Lifetime
SpaceX and Space Adventures Join Forces to Launch Tourists into Space
Source: SpaceX Crew Dragon
Orbiting High Above the International Space Station
Elon Musk's SpaceX and Virginia based Space Adventures are joining forces to send four tourists on a dedicated Crew Dragon mission to space. Crew Dragon is a completely autonomous spacecraft developed by SpaceX with three windows. The design and windows are aimed at providing tourists, scientists and astronauts with a great view of the earth, moon and solar system as they whisk through space. The tourist space trip will last for five days and will fly in orbit twice as high as the International Space Station
World Altitude Record Targeted
The flight will occur in late 2021. It's aimed at setting a new world record. Targeting an orbit twice higher than the International Space Station will result in the world altitude record for private citizen space flight. ISS orbits at an altitude of 410 kilometers. Crew Dragon wants to orbit at an altitude of 1000 kilometers plus.
Is This a $52 Million Ticket to Fly?
There are several fascinating unknowns about this adventure. First, the cost for a ticket. Some reports suggest is might be as high as $52 million per seat. And, the Crew Dragon is fully autonomous. It's not known if the tourists will be joined by an astronaut.
All US Space Technology
Space Adventures is best known for arranging flights for private citizens to the International Space Station. The US company has ferried 7 private citizens to the ISS using Russian made Soyuz spacecraft. This new venture with SpaceX and Crew Dragon will be the first orbital space tourism experience on entirely US space technology. This year, SpaceX is scheduled to launch NASA astronauts to the ISS on Crew Dragon for the first time. It's the dawn of opening up space travel to ordinary citizens.
Robot, Cut My Lawn Source: Husqvarna Mowers Robo Mowers Powered by Batteries - No Gas It's at the top of my robotic wish list. A robot lawn mower. No astronomical bills and upselling from lawn service companies. Just a nicely cut lawn and no hassles. Innovation seems to be knocking at the front door with news on robotic mowers. Green Robots at the Cutting Edge There's a slew of new robot mowers. Models include Worx Landroid for smaller lawns, Honda that cuts and feeds lawns, Robomow for all-purpose mowing and Husqvarna that's loaded with cell & GPS tech. These mowers aren't cheap. Prices range from $1000 to $3500. They're powered by rechargeable batteries so they're quiet. You pay more for online enhancements. And, if your lawn is loaded with trees and hills, your robot mower is going to be a lot more expensive. Grass Vacuums Robot mowers look a lot like big robot vacuums such as iRobot's Roomba. They roam and groom your lawn. Their
Amazon Book Promotion Source: Amazon Special Deep Discount for a Limited Time I'm pleased to announce that Kindle and Amazon are beginning a promotion on journalist Edward Kane's book "SPACE 2020's: WHAT'S UP THERE?". Starting May 27 through May 30, the book goes on sale for $3.99. That is a deep discount off the regular price of $6.99. And, on May 31 through June 2 8AM PDT, it will be selling for $4.99. It then returns to its regular price of $6.99 Great Deals on a Great Resource If you enjoy learning about WHAT'S UP THERE? in space, you'll love the book and find it a great resource on the top space missions and very recent space discoveries of the 2020's. Here's a link for access to the book ASIN: B087DV4DZ6 And for access to Ed's Amazon Author's Page, click here amazon.com/author/ekane I co-authored the books with Ed. ... ...
New Invention: Tablet Toothpaste "Change Toothpaste" Source: Change Toothpaste Potentially Cuts 900 Million Plastic Toothpaste Tube Throwaways Per Year Tubes of toothpaste aren't something you think about but their impact on the global environment is hugely negative. 900 million toothpaste tubes are discarded into oceans and landfills globally every year. Importantly, it takes 500 years for them to breakdown, which means virtually every toothpaste tube created is still discarded someplace in the world. And, the tubes, which contain multiple layers of plastic, polymers and resins, can't be recycled. A company headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta Canada just came up with a solution in the form of tablet toothpaste. "Paste with No Waste" Entrepreneurs Mike Medicoff and Damien Vince are the inventors and founders of CHANGE Toothpaste. Their tablet toothpaste is an all natural vegan substance that works just like toothpaste but has no harsh chemic