Presents the video “Rise of the Rockets” on Friday, April 26, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole. New technologies are making rockets cheaper and more powerful than ever before. As companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic make space more accessible, and NASA returns to crewed spaceflight, a new era of space exploration may be on the horizon. Sponsored by the WHOI Visitor Center. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.
This was the future envisioned by PepsiCo, specifically the corporation’s division in Russia. According to a recent story by Futurism’s Jon Christian, the branch planned to launch an “orbital billboard,” a cluster of small satellites flying in formation, like migratory birds that want to sell you something. The ad would orbit more than 250 miles above Earth, at about the same altitude as the International Space Station.
CARIBOU, Maine — NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, a Caribou High School graduate, is looking forward to and excited about fulfilling her lifelong dream of traveling in space. NASA announced on Wednesday that Meir is scheduled to embark on her first space mission Sept. 25, co-piloting the Russian Soyuz capsule 220 miles to the International Space Station. She is expected to return to Earth in the spring of 2020. “It's pretty hard to believe,” Meir said in a phone interview on April 18. “This is something I've dreamed about for my entire life. Now I'm one step closer, making it even more surreal.” The 40-year-old, who was selected among the three women and four men to become astronauts in 2013 out