Virgin Galactic Spaceship Cabin Reveal

Want to catch a ride to space?

Virgin Galactic revealed today a first look at the cabin passengers will ride into weightlessness.

For a mere $250,000 per person you can a trip with five friends in a space plane to an altitude of 50,000 feet that lasts 90 minutes from takeoff to landing.

The cabin features 12 windows for passengers to gaze at all the lowly Earthlings below. The windows include LED mood lighting that change colors at different stages of the flight.

There are 16 cameras to capture memories of your exciting joy ride.

There are already 600 people who have reserved seats so if you want to catch a ride, you’d better sign up quick!

No details released yet on when these tourist flights to the upper atmosphere begin.

Source: https://www.space.com/virgin-galactic-spaceship-two-cabin-reveal-webcast.html

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/28/virgin-galactics-spaceship-cabin-interior-and-seats-revealed.html

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T.A.C. FORCE – Sons of Khan

COMING early 2021

An exciting new novel from

Mike McCoy

This time we go to the Moon!

T.A.C. Force – Sons of Khan is a the story told by Frank Callahan. He tells his stories to those who demand to hear. You don’t know them, but they keep the records of everything.

Be patient reader, old stories take time to tell.

He did it all for a woman. Frank was the first man ever to get kicked off Luna. In a crazy move, he risked everything to get back to Moon Base Alpha, back to the woman he loved.

Frank is a simple man. He claims to be the first stowaway on a flight to the moon and the first homeless man on Luna. He’s a short guy with a short guy complex.

After decades of technological advancement and hundreds of missions, moon Base Alpha has moved beyond self-sufficiency. The base produces and sells resources; oxygen for rocket fuel, metals, manufactured goods and food. The first hotel on the moon is about to open which will create a burgeoning tourist economy. Frank day dreams about providing tours for the visitors. He imagines his future business success, if he can can avoid getting sent back to Earth.

Unfortunately the woman he loves doesn’t feel the same. She’s found another. Frank’s heart is broken and he nearly ends it all.

The night of the hotel’s pre-opening gala, the base is invaded by The Sons of Khan who want to take control of the base and reap the rewards of economic growth. The Khan capture everyone on base. Everyone but Frank.

Frank must use his skills, he has some skills he’s not a total idiot, his wits, and military intuition he didn’t know he had to save his friends and Moon Base Alpha. Frank begins as a klutzy guy who nearly kills himself before becoming an accidental hero who evolves to become a confident warrior and leader.  

Through the conflict in this first story of the T.A.C. FORCE saga, the beginnings of two powerful forces emerge. T.A.C. FORCE and the Khan. T.A.C. FORCE must defeat the Khan no matter where in the solar system the fight takes them.

Author’s note

The novel is written in first person so we only see and know what Frank sees. It’s a challenge for me to write this way. It’s a very different writing style compared to my first novel.

ASTEROIDS – Bridge to Nowhere was written in third person Omnipresent. This style allowed the reader/writer, to jump from character to character, place to place and be in the head of any character. We knew everything.

T.A.C. Force is more restrictive. We follow Frank. We see and know what Frank knows and feels. Hey man, the guy has thoughts and feelings. Frank is complex and philosophical. He considers the human condition and complications of life while he endures great conflict and tragedy.

My overall goal is to entertain by telling a story in my own way. Don’t ask me what other book this is like, I couldn’t tell you.…

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MASSIVE Crater Discovered under Greenland Ice

An international team of researchers, including a NASA glaciologist, discovered a large meteorite impact crater hiding beneath more than a half-mile of ice in northwest Greenland. The crater — the first of any size found under the Greenland ice sheet — is one of the 25 largest impact craters on Earth, measuring roughly 1,000 feet deep and more than 19 miles in diameter, an area slightly larger than that inside Washington’s Capital Beltway.

They estimate the meteor was a kilometer in diameter and may have impacted as recently as 12,000 years ago. Curiously that is around the time the Younger Dryas theory estimates a comet hit Earth (possibly several impacts) causing massive flooding and later hurtled Earth into the last Ice age.

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What’s Wrong with NEOWISE?

What if the scientific data collected by NASA and JPL on 164,000 asteroids was wrong?

This article reviews what happened when a renowned scientist challenged NASA and JPL.

If the data is wrong, is Earth at a greater risk of an asteroid impact?

Why would NASA cover up the truth?

First let’s start with some background

Wise

NASA’s WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) spacecraft was an infrared-wavelength astronomical space telescope active from December 2009 to February 2011. WISE scanned the entire sky twice with infrared light snapping pictures of a billion objects including remote galaxies, stars, and asteroids. Its primary mission ended in October 2011.

NASA extended the mission in Oct. 2011 and renamed NEOWISE and scanned the sky’s for four months searching for Near Earth Objects – During its primary and extended mission it had discovered over 35,000 new asteroids and comets and over 154,000 solar system objects.

When the mission was complete in 2011 WISE was put to sleep.

Then the Chelyabinsk meteor exploded over Russia in February 2013 and the world woke to the threat of asteroid impacts – Earth needed to step up efforts of asteroid detection.

NEOWISE

WISE was brought out of hibernation in September 2013. Since its cryogen coolant was depleted the operating temperature of the telescope was reduced by having it stare into deep space. It’s instruments were re-calibrated and began taking pictures in December 2013.

From December 2013 and May 2019, the telescope made 640,000 observations of over 26,000 known asteroids and comets.

  • NEOWISE hunts near-Earth objects from low-Earth orbit.
  • The spacecraft orbits Earth once every 95 minutes,15 times per day.
  • NEOWISE is still scanning the sky’s today

As of mid-August 2019, NEOWISE is 36% of the way through its 12th coverage of the sky since the start of the Reactivation mission,” according to the spacecraft’s project page. “Over 840,000 infrared measurements have been made of 34,889 different solar system objects, including 1,030 NEOs and 176 comets.”

But NEOWISE’s success at its second career was due to luck, not design, and the luck is running out. “It turned out to be pretty good at picking up asteroids,” Amy Mainzer, who was principal investigator for NEOWISE at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California at the time, said during a media briefing in March. “Because it was never designed for that purpose, it is near the end of its life.”

NEOWISE mission is expected to end around mid-2020, although he emphasized that timeline is an estimate, and the instrument’s tenure could last longer.

So, what’s wrong with NEOWISE?

NASA began releasing NEOWISE data in March of 2015. A renowned scientist named Nathan Myhrvold studied the data and found scientific, methodological, and ethical problems with the NEOWISE Asteroid project, its results, and published papers. He went to great lengths to examine and analyze the published data.

For those who may not recognize the name here is a short introduction:

Nathan Myhrvold is described as a polymath or person of wide-ranging knowledge. He is a fascinating man.…

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