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captncrzy
07-29-2008, 11:43 AM
http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2008-07/41283354.jpg

Richard Branson, left, and Burt Rutan unveil a plane that they say will serve as the mothership for the world's first commercial spaceflight.

http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2008-07/41283422.jpg

Richard Branson's space plane will carry a rocket ship up to 48,000 feet in the atmosphere, where it will detach and launch into space.

http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2008-07/41283709.jpg

Artwork on the fuselage of Richard Branson's space plane shows various aspects of humankind's designs on flying.


http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2008-07/41283445.jpg

More than 250 wanna-be astronauts have paid Richard Branson $200,000 for a chance to float weightless in space. The first leg of their journey would be aboard the pace plane unveiled in Mojave.

menikmati
07-29-2008, 11:45 AM
this is overrated

amyzzz
07-29-2008, 11:47 AM
I wanna go, but I don't have the money yet.

captncrzy
07-29-2008, 11:50 AM
What's wrong, Amy? You don't have $200,000 laying around?

amyzzz
07-29-2008, 12:01 PM
What's wrong, Amy? You don't have $200,000 laying around?
maybe if someone dies...

Derekx
07-29-2008, 12:08 PM
Daft Punk in space for Coachella 2009.

frozen pilgrim
07-29-2008, 12:21 PM
I'm working on giving my little brother non-hodgkins lymphoma so he can use his make-a-wish to take me and him on one of these flights.


I'm kidding, obviously.


I'd love to do this
I've always dreamed of going to space
unfortunately, I'm not nearly mathematically oriented enough to be a useful astronaut, so this private isht is certainly my only chance

fiyahhh!
07-29-2008, 12:24 PM
the first thing I thought of was that guy from the gardening on salvia thread. "excuse me... I have to go into space now."

frozen pilgrim
07-29-2008, 12:33 PM
ahhahaha I love that guy

bluemamba
07-29-2008, 01:28 PM
Im going.

fiyahhh!
07-29-2008, 01:39 PM
take pictures. bring back souveniers. but none of that "bluemamba went to space and all I got was this lousy t-shirt" shit. we want magnets and shot glasses.

PotVsKtl
07-29-2008, 01:39 PM
http://www.roflcat.com/images/cats/astronaut.jpg

algunz
07-29-2008, 05:24 PM
I can think of such better ways to spend 200,000 on Earth.

amyzzz
07-29-2008, 05:25 PM
I can't.

BlackSwan
07-29-2008, 05:30 PM
I'd only do this if it promised... Richard Branson DJ SET

frozen pilgrim
07-29-2008, 05:35 PM
Im going.

as in you have already reserved a spot, or you fully intend to one day

algunz
07-29-2008, 09:16 PM
What are you on tonight, Wasted? : )

bluemamba
07-30-2008, 03:10 AM
You are so full of shit wastedlife. you and your stupid long posts.:nono

bluemamba
07-30-2008, 03:11 AM
take pictures. bring back souveniers. but none of that "bluemamba went to space and all I got was this lousy t-shirt" shit. we want magnets and shot glasses.

how about i bring you a moon rock. hows that?

RotationSlimWang
07-30-2008, 03:39 AM
I don't mean to brag, but I have been in a extremely low gravity environment with enough surrounding constant relativity to put me in free fall, space hurts in a fun way.
I worked for JPL right after I finished my undergrad. No jokes. Your mass remains the same, acceleration is punched because of your relative surroundings(in a free fall state) so if you land wrong, the force can be concentrated. You feel like since you are not going that fast, it wont hurt to land, on say your big toe(assuming you are barefoot, this is the proof that came around in the late 90's about why Jack Johnson hates space, he cannot be barefoot.) But if you do this, concentrating a large amount of force on such a small area, you can easily break a bone, its intimidating.
But before you go up, they tell you all about what you should and shouldn't do, its easily avoid, the palm of one of your hands is safe to land on plain, but it feels really strange. A quick burst of pain that makes you just laugh. When I first just started cracking up when this happened, I asked the guy in charge if he had any Nitrous, he laughed and told me that it would consider it for the next trip up. Crazy fucking People at JPL, oh god, even the army brats are okay.

I've always been curious about this--how the fuck is no gravity emulation executed?

HunterGather
07-30-2008, 04:07 AM
I'd go if there was a doep festival on the moon.

thinnerair
07-31-2008, 10:42 AM
remember when they did this in Superman and it failed? Same thing is going to happen and people are going to fucking die.

menikmati
07-31-2008, 12:19 PM
It's never going to work, and it's never going to catch on. People who think in 20 years we'll be vacationing on the moon are morons.

amyzzz
07-31-2008, 12:39 PM
Why are you so defensive about space travel, menik?

picks up chair
07-31-2008, 12:47 PM
Why did we settle on the name "Space"? That's like checking "Other" but not filling in the "Please Explain".

Virgin Galactic website (http://www.virgingalactic.com/htmlsite/faq.php?subtitle=Space%20Ticket&src=386) says the price is 20,000$ for "Voyagers", or the people who go after the first ~1100.

Young blood
07-31-2008, 12:55 PM
Angel dust.

rage patton
07-31-2008, 01:06 PM
I want to go to Space.

Young blood
07-31-2008, 01:09 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v57/liz_art/Cute%20Animals/Unicorn_in_Space_by_Dracornasus.jpg

JustSteve
07-31-2008, 01:15 PM
I've always been curious about this--how the fuck is no gravity emulation executed?

you are in a plane that goes up and down at a steep angle...

the vomit comet:
http://www.plasmaben.com/zerog2_files/zero4.jpg

"After accelerating upward at 2 G's, the plane goes weightless near the pinnacle of its parabolic arc for about 30 seconds, when experiments must take place, and then accelerates downward at 2 G's before rising again."

it's like when riding a roller coaster and you hit the top and feel like you are going to fly out of the seat, just lasts a lot longer.
http://www.sandia.gov/media/NewsRel/NR2001/images/kc135tra.gif

http://www.stevethecat.com/images/mars/steve_training02.jpg

menikmati
07-31-2008, 01:24 PM
Better hope Branson and his little ship can avoid the Kessler Syndrome.

menikmati
07-31-2008, 01:35 PM
Why are you so defensive about space travel, menik?

Because it's never going to work, not on a major scale, never. Nasa has a hard enough time getting their shit to work, what makes you think that some private companies or Richard Branson will create something efficient and safe? And what's the point when the price tag to go on a trip is $200,000? Even if prices drop to $100,000 or $75,000....it still caters to no one but the rich and famous, and who really gives a fuck if they can go enjoy 15 seconds of weightlessness in space or not? I don't.

Young blood
07-31-2008, 01:50 PM
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b306/bloodeamon/cat.jpg

Young blood
07-31-2008, 01:52 PM
http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb28/katlover101/warriors/cat-5.gif

Young blood
07-31-2008, 01:53 PM
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p303/Jenibuni/cat-inside-space-shuttle.jpg

amyzzz
07-31-2008, 02:17 PM
I'm hoping it will work, and it will snowball into a huge industry until we get to the point where human Martians and human Lunar people are fighting for independence from Earth. It's a beautiful thing.

Young blood
07-31-2008, 02:42 PM
http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn225/guantlet_bucket/total_recall.jpg

Young blood
07-31-2008, 02:51 PM
Im all for some space. If I could afford it I do it.

amyzzz
07-31-2008, 02:59 PM
http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn225/guantlet_bucket/total_recall.jpg
YES.

Down Rodeo
07-31-2008, 04:37 PM
Kuato rocks

SFChrissy
08-01-2008, 09:10 AM
Because it's never going to work, not on a major scale, never. Nasa has a hard enough time getting their shit to work, what makes you think that some private companies or Richard Branson will create something efficient and safe? And what's the point when the price tag to go on a trip is $200,000? Even if prices drop to $100,000 or $75,000....it still caters to no one but the rich and famous, and who really gives a fuck if they can go enjoy 15 seconds of weightlessness in space or not? I don't.what he said...and a waste of resources!!!

menikmati
08-01-2008, 02:43 PM
I'm not calling it a waste of resources. If private companies wanna waste their money doing this, then fine....but don't think they're doing it in the interest of you, because they're not.

I have no problem with Nasa, though I think there are problems with them too.

dorkfish
08-01-2008, 03:02 PM
I'm fully against space travel, NASA, caring about space, looking up at the stars, calling astronauts heroes...

amyzzz
08-01-2008, 03:12 PM
I'm not calling it a waste of resources. If private companies wanna waste their money doing this, then fine....but don't think they're doing it in the interest of you, because they're not.

I'm not sure I understand what you're saying. So why are they doing this, menik?

rage patton
08-01-2008, 03:16 PM
http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb28/katlover101/warriors/cat-5.gif

Oh my god. Oh my god, I am crying right now. Seriously. That is possibly the funniest thing I have ever seen. Ahahahahhahahahaha. Oh man. I am going to happy for the rest of the day. Thank you.

menikmati
08-01-2008, 03:21 PM
I'm not sure I understand what you're saying. So why are they doing this, menik?

$$$

bluemamba
08-01-2008, 03:23 PM
Im fucking going into space and ill bring moon rocks to Coachella 09. hows that kiddies??

chairmenmeow47
08-01-2008, 03:24 PM
http://ivy.aholic.us/gallery/d/582504-2/two_weeks.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=763a44315afe23c6bb7994 f3b41b06d5

i'm all for one way space travel. there's a few cornheads i'd pay top dollar to have sent to the moon...

amyzzz
08-01-2008, 03:25 PM
Well, duh. Any industry needs to make money. But why choose THIS industry? It doesn't seem like a great money-making venture to me. There are a ton of risks involved.

menikmati
08-01-2008, 03:33 PM
I don't know. I do know its never gonna work. It's very risky, and I won't be surprised if something bad happens.

bluemamba
08-01-2008, 03:43 PM
Its not gonna happen. You swear. This is real life.

amyzzz
08-01-2008, 03:46 PM
Something bad will happen, but then they will pick up and go on. We have to colonize the ENTIRE UNIVERSE. GO FORTH AND MULTIPLY, God said. He said it, not me. heh.

menikmati
08-02-2008, 09:22 AM
Star Wars is never going to happen. I'm sorry.

Mr.Nipples
08-02-2008, 09:27 AM
i hope theres a faulty o-ring on bransons little toy

bluemamba
08-02-2008, 09:55 AM
Too much $$$$ to go to the Moon. It takes too long just to get to Mars. Other planets are either too hot or too cold or just too far to get there.

Blinken
08-02-2008, 10:04 AM
It is the begining of something, if it is successful than they will keep expanding. True it is risky but if you choose to go into space you should understand that risk already. When airtravel was first done by private companies it was the same thing just rich people flying for a few minutes. It then expanded to cover real air travel, again only for the rich. Now it is cheap enough for the common man to do it.

Will it ever be that successful who knows, but this is the first step in that direction. Space travel for the middle class will probably not be possible in our lifetimes though but I wouldn't say never.

bluemamba
08-02-2008, 10:05 AM
It is the begining of something, if it is successful than they will keep expanding. True it is risky but if you choose to go into space you should understand that risk already. When airtravel was first done by private companies it was the same thing just rich people flying for a few minutes. It then expanded to cover real air travel, again only for the rich. Now it is cheap enough for tthe common man to do it.

Will it ever be that successful who knows, but this is the first step in that direction. Space travel for the common man will not be possible in our lifetimes though but I wouldn't say never.

Yeah thats a good point. if it does happen i wont happen in our lifetime. maybe 200 years from now or something.

Blinken
08-02-2008, 10:10 AM
I would say our kids have a good chance at seeing it happen, hell we finally got the Jet Packs that we were promissed in the 50's


Martin Jetpack. Revealed in front of a crowd in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this human transporter is technically defined by the FAA as an "experimental ultralight airplane, equipped with a gas-powered, V-4 piston engine and two ducted fans that provide the lift." Currently, the $100,000 machine can only hover for around 30 minutes and rise to 8,000 feet, and those who sign up to purchase one will first have to complete 15 hours of flight training as well as a "safety screening."

Mr.Nipples
08-02-2008, 10:14 AM
Too much $$$$ to go to the Moon. It takes too long just to get to Mars. Other planets are either too hot or too cold or just too far to get there.

good god...

captncrzy
08-02-2008, 10:39 AM
Ignore feature, nips.

frozen pilgrim
08-02-2008, 10:44 AM
just for clarification, the virgin galactic space flights weightless period is a hell of a lot longer than fifteen seconds.
whoever said that was just making things up.

Blinken
08-02-2008, 10:48 AM
The 15 seconds was in reference to the vomit comet, I think.

bluemamba
08-03-2008, 08:40 PM
where are the flying cars they promised us in the 80's movies??

iv3rdawG
08-03-2008, 08:43 PM
More like hoverboards...

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-3/681264/KKCNL-BTTF2-hoverboardUSE.JPG

bluemamba
08-03-2008, 08:44 PM
More like hoverboards...

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-3/681264/KKCNL-BTTF2-hoverboardUSE.JPG

fuck the hoverboards... im down for those Nike's.

iv3rdawG
08-03-2008, 08:44 PM
"Power laces... alright."

bluemamba
08-03-2008, 08:45 PM
lol those shoes are will make any kid run faster and shoot a basketball better.

frozen pilgrim
08-03-2008, 09:58 PM
I really really want an old school pair of nike PUMP airs, circa 1994

bluemamba
08-03-2008, 09:59 PM
Picture??

chairmenmeow47
01-10-2013, 06:27 AM
let's raise a fund to send our least-favourite board member:

http://www.space.com/19174-mars-one-colony-astronauts-wanted.html


Wanted: Mars Colonists to Explore Red Planet
by SPACE.com Staff

If you think you have the right stuff to help colonize Mars, you'll soon get your chance to prove it.

The Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One, which hopes to put the first boots on the Red Planet in 2023, released its basic astronaut requirements today (Jan. 8), setting the stage for a televised global selection process that will begin later this year.

Mars One isn't zeroing in on scientists or former fighter pilots; anyone who is at least 18 years old can apply to become a Mars colony pioneer. The most important criteria, officials say, are intelligence, good mental and physical health and dedication to the project, as astronauts will undergo eight years of training before launch.

"Gone are the days when bravery and the number of hours flying a supersonic jet were the top criteria," Norbert Kraft, Mars One's chief medical director and a former NASA researcher, said in a statement. "Now, we are more concerned with how well each astronaut works and lives with the others, in the long journey from Earth to Mars and for a lifetime of challenges ahead."

Mars One plans to launch a series of robotic cargo missions between 2016 and 2021, which will build a habitable Red Planet outpost ahead of the arrival of the first four colonists in 2023. More settlers will arrive every two years after that. There are no plans to return the pioneers to Earth. [Mars One: 'Big Brother' on Mars? (Video)]

The organization will fund most of its ambitious activities by staging a global reality-TV event that follows the colonization effort from astronaut selection through the settlers' first years on Mars.

Mars One, which transitioned from a private company to a nonprofit late last year, has already received a number of inquiries from prospective colonists, officials said.

"Well before the official Astronaut Selection Program, we received more than 1,000 emails from individuals who desire to go to Mars," Suzanne Flinkenflögel, Mars One's communications director, said in a statement. "We are working hard to launch our selection campaign as soon as possible, to open the doors to everyone who aspires to do something tremendous in their lifetime."

Final astronaut candidates will be selected after review by Mars One experts and a global TV event. Those chosen will be employed by Mars One during their Earth-based training and for the length of their time on the Red Planet, officials said.

To learn more about the selection process, go to www.thenextgiantleap.com.

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TomAz
01-10-2013, 06:41 AM
Life on Mars?

DAVID BOWIE CONFIRMED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

captncrzy
01-10-2013, 10:43 AM
let's raise a fund to send our least-favourite board member:



This would be nearly impossible to determine

Miroir Noir
01-10-2013, 10:45 AM
March Madness-style bracket.

captncrzy
01-10-2013, 10:46 AM
Too many moving pieces. So much awfulness on any given day.

chairmenmeow47
01-10-2013, 10:53 AM
we can actually send a whole team of shitty board members, though we should sterilize them first. they'll need help and support after all to build us a massive coachella-on-mars venue.