Sunday, October 04, 2009

Some Space Stuff

A couple of space notes to catch up on.

- The Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, bringing two new crew members and paying passenger Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil, who will host a global show next Friday focusing on the world's water resources.

- Today is the fifth anniversary of SpaceShipOne winning the Ansari X-Prize for privately funded and executed human spaceflight. Developments since then have bee on the ground and relatively behind the scenes, but that will soon change.

- Look for an exciting Hubble IMAX movie to come out next spring, coinciding with the telescope twentieth anniversary on-orbit. Some of us who supported the latest servicing mission got to see a preview of some footage being prepared for the movie. It's quite impressive.

Meanwhile, the European Space Agency has provided a video tribute to the Hubble Space Telescope. (Hat tip to Jack Kennedy's Spaceports blog.)

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