[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."
The new episode of the always-fascinating Twenty Thousand Hertz podcast is a play-through of the Voyager Golden Record, the iconic message for extraterrestrials attached to the Voyager I and II space probes launched in 1977. Listen below. The Golden Record tells a story of our planet expressed in sounds, images, and science: Earth’s greatest music […]
Enjoy the sense of scale in this image, stitched together from 16 smaller images and 1060 hours of exposure. The image is a mosaic made of 16 smaller fields of view, which, once stitched together form a high-resolution image of 204 Million of pixels! As of matter of fact, this is not the work of […]
Pepsi has announced plans to contract with the Russian space startup Startrocket to project massive "artificial constellations" spelling out ads for a "nonalcoholic energy beverage" in the night sky; Startrocket is planning to launch a cluster of cubesats with reflective mylar sails in 2021.
Seasoned chefs have a bit of a love-hate relationship with their cutlery. A really good set of knives has to prove its worth by being put through the wringer – and if they’re really good, they’ll still look great afterward. So it is with the Damasukasu Japanese 3-Piece Master Chef Hanshu Knife Set. Sitting in […]
With the intuitive software out there today, anyone can become a music producer. You’ve probably heard that from any number of laptop impresarios, but you still have to know how to use the tools – and Logic Pro X is one of the best platforms out there right now. In order to get the most […]
Believe it or not, PDF files have been the go-to format for contracts and forms of any type since 1993. And sure, they’re easily shareable – but that’s about it. When you need to edit or sign a document – and you will – that’s when frustration can set in. Luckily, there are workarounds, and […]