[Tito] says the hardest part about the training was the uncertainty because "throughout my training up until three hours before the flight, and that was only because I went up in the elevator to the spacecraft and had to sit up there for three hours, but up to that point, it was uncertain as to whether I was going to fly."
NASA's reluctance aside, in the end the deal was brokered. On April 28th 2001, he flew into the space history books.
"The only way I can describe the whole experience is euphoria, or let's say seven days just being in the state of euphoria and sleeping like a baby," he told me.
From the moment he landed - he has been an outspoken advocate for creating a vibrant space tourism industry. He famously proclaimed on the steppe in Kazakhstan
"NASA doesn't know it yet but this is the best thing that ever happened to NASA."
From Nasa’s Juno probe: This image shows Jupiter’s south pole, as seen by NASA’s Juno spacecraft from an altitude of 32,000 miles (52,000 kilometers). The oval features are cyclones, up to 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) in diameter. Multiple images taken with the JunoCam instrument on three separate orbits were combined to show all areas in […]
You know what would go great with your Voyager Golden Record? A replica of the “galactic greeting card” plaque that rode along with the Pioneer 10 and 11 probes, designed by Frank Drake and Carl Sagan with artwork prepared by Linda Salzman Sagan.
If you don’t want to get stuck footing the bill for a hit and run, this dashboard-mounted camera offers up to 2K resolution to make sure you always have a reliable witness, and it’s available in the Boing Boing Store for 30% off it’s usual price.The PapaGo mounts unobtrusively to your windshield to see everything […]
While some people still maintain that everything in Apple’s walled garden “just works” and is immune to the rampant malware of the Windows world, the reality is different. The Mac’s growing market share has made it a much more viable target for malicious actors, and its built-in tools aren’t always enough to fix things. Drive […]
Boasting an IPX6 waterproof rating, the Trakk Bullet Ultra Compact Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker resists dust and heavy rainfall. It’s currently available in the Boing Boing Store.The Trakk Bullet offers the same wireless convenience as other portable speakers, but few are built as tough as this one. Its utilitarian construction is designed to be a totally low-maintenance […]