Bloon will operate in a way that should be familiar to those who remember Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s ascent to 128,100ft on the Red Bull Stratos mission in 2012. A maximum of four passengers will join two pilots in the bloon cabin, which will be chained to a balloon filled with inert helium. (via Travel to space by Bloon)
When Mars One invited people to apply for a one way ticket to Mars, we didn’t think anyone would be interested. But, 202,000 applications later, we stand corrected. Mars One have now whittled this number down to a mere 1,058 hopefuls ranging from age 18 to 81 and hailing from no fewer than 107 countries. Dying on Mars truly holds a global appeal.
U.S. Cargo Ship Launches to ISS on First Resupply Mission
Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares rocket launched from Pad 0A at the Wallops Flight Facility, Va. to send the company’s Cygnus cargo ship on a its first supply mission to the International Space Station. Cygnus is delivering 1.5 tons of provisions and experiments to the Expedition 38 crew members living on the ISS. Upon its arrival at the station, Cygnus will be captured with the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm and berthed to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module, where it will remain for more than a month.