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Mission Highlights: Space X's Dragon Makes History (in 2:27 seconds)

A historic moment in space history went almost unnoticed very recently. The first commercial launch of a space shuttle was made by Space X, an independent contractor who are now looking to expand the influence of the ground to outer space. If you doubt the importance of this first successful mission of Space X’s Dragon shuttle launched to the International Space station, to return to earth 2 weeks later safely having orbited the plant hundreds of times, this short video will help to give you a sense of it’s importance.

If you are wondering why this moment is important it is that historically, the pursuit of exploration and expansion for the Human race does not accelerate fully, and never has, until the common man, unallied to any government or political power chooses to take control of the technology and advancements that will allow him (or her) to see new, uncharted frontiers. While you can call it commercialism, commercialism is funded through people’s aspirations and dreams. The founding fathers of the New Land (although already occupied) went because, they, as individuals could see the value in a new frontier.

The passionate and dedicated team at Space X have done this and the pride and joy they have in achieving this, the first of so many goals is obvious in this speedy recreation of what happened just a few short weeks ago. The importance of this movement forward in the history of human culture comes through loud and clear, as one solitary space shuttle broke the blue sphere that houses us and moved us forward quietly into the future.

Sorry if it’s a little over the top but it’s early in the morning, I can’t sleep and this moved me more than perhaps I expected. Just thought I’d let you know that while most of us were sleeping, the universe around us got a little closer without us knowing…

Dropping Science: We Stopped Dreaming

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Physicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson returns with another stirring piece of rhetoric about the importance of scientific research. In this video, Neil looks at the global initiatives that occurred in the wake of the 1969 Moon landings and argues that it is the unique vision of a planet without borders that drives us forwards.

Inspiring stuff.

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Dropping Science: NASA Explains Why The World Won’t End in 2012

David Morrison is the current Interim Director of NASA’s Lunar Science Institute and a global expert on Earth impact hazards (ie stuff falling from space). Dr. Morrison spends a lot of time answering questions from people about all manner of space based issues, however over the last two years the majority of those questions have been variations on one theme: Will the world end in 2012?

Having grown tired of answering each email individually, Dr Morrison recently decided to post this video, in which he takes on all the doomsday theories at once. I don’t want to spoil anything for you but if you’re thinking of borrowing a million pounds on the understanding that the world is going to be destroyed by an invisible super planet, you may wanna have a little rethink.

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Dropping Science: Like Ghost Ships? How About A Ghost Rocket!?

I was struggling to find something to post this weekend and then I chanced across this gem from Coffee and Celluloid Productions.

In 1963 a company called Aerojet-General built a factory/research lab in the Florida Everglades with the goal of producing rockets for the Apollo Moon landings. They built the largest solid fuel rocket in the world and then dug the biggest silo in Florida to store it in and the biggest canal to transport it along. But it was all for nought. NASA elected to go with liquid fuelled rockets and Aerojet never got the contract. Since then the plant, rocket and all has been quiet rusting away in a remote swamp.

Sounds like the opening of a Bond pitch but it’s true and fascinating. Enjoy.

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(It’s my stag night this evening. I can only apologise in advance to my twitter followers. I fear we may be entering a dark place.)