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Space the Final Frontier

Space the Final Frontier

Can Ultra-Rich Virgin Galactic Ticketholders Stomach New Mexico Long Enough to Get to Space?

Excuse me but where is the nearest Ritz? (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

There’s a whole mess of celebrities who’ve already signed up for $250,000 trips to outer space on Virgin Galactic, who’ll be embarking from “Spaceport America” in southern New Mexico. But first, the area is going to need more luxury hotels and fine dining establishments, because my God, a roadside motel? Not even for the chance to go to ACTUAL SPACE.

This analysis comes courtesy of the Las Cruces News, which reports on the proceedings of the recent International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight. Apparently one of the speakers was former PayPal senior manager and current Virgin Galactic ticket holder Michael Blum. He’s pretty psyched about his upcoming trip: “I’m going to space,” he said. “Less than 600 people have been. It’s a big event.” Read More

Space the Final Frontier

Wanna Go to Space? Unless You’ve Got $250K, You Might Have to Try Winning This Reality Show

"Bitcoins in space you guys" - Richard Branson, probably (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

If you’ve long dreamed of a TV show that combines America’s Next Top Model with space camp, you might finally be in luck. TV Guide says that producer Mark Burnett (The Voice, Shark Tank) currently has multiple networks engaged in a bidding war for a reality show that would send the winner into space.

Stop imagining a version of Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery where the most scheming person on the show is ejected from the Earth’s atmosphere and permanently abandoned. Read More

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Pinterest-Obsessed Astronaut Makes American Flag Cookies in SPACE

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Is your Pinterest flooded with crafts projects you’ll never complete because you’re not Brit Morin, vintage furniture you can’t afford and comically caloric cheese dip recipes? Well, get ready to feel wildly inadequate.

Meet astronaut Karen Nyberg. As GeekSugar points out, she’s currently working on the International Space Station and yet still just pinning away. Her bio: “Astronaut by day. Aspiring quilter, crafter, artist, runner by night. Wife and Mommy 24/7. Currently living & working on the International Space Station.” Read More

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Check Out the Trailer for the New Cosmos, Starring Neil DeGrasse Tyson as Doctor Who

Spacedude. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

There’s one last piece of nerd news from the Comic Con pile-on: The makers of the new Cosmos released a trailer for the series, due on TV in spring 2014. The three-minute preview (via Entertainment Weekly) features animation, a wolf fight, cavemen, Neil deGrasse Tyson sliding on a pair of aviators, all dealwithit.gif, and heaping helping of space porn (duh).

Brace for the culmination of several years of pop-cultural space madness! Looks like they spared no expense, either: Read More

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House Committee Expressly Forbids NASA Proceeding With Plans for an Asteroid Visit

No asteroids for you! (By NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stöckl [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

So much for that little excursion: The Wall Street Journal reports that, as expected, the House Science Committee has torpedoed early funding for an admittedly far-fetched plan for a manned mission to an asteroid.

And when they say no, they’re not playing around: “the House panel approved language explicitly prohibiting the agency from proceeding with the proposed asteroid project,” according to the Journal.

Instead the moon remains the pretty girl everyone wants to take to the prom: Read More