Father and son recreate shuttle launch photo taken 30 years earlier

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These two photos were taken thirty years apart at the first and last space shuttle launches.

The first space shuttle launched into space thirty years ago. Chris Bray and his father Kenneth were theye to watch the first launch — and took a picture. Then the shuttle Atlantis took its final trip last Friday. Again, the father and son were there. And again, the two snapped a photo to capture the moment. (Pics)

 

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Space Shuttle Atlantis Fueled, Awaiting Her Last Mission

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Savoring the last mission.

Isn’t she beautiful? The 25-year old Space Shuttle Atlantis is ready for her last mission. She has made the journey into space 31 times and this will hopefully be her last. After returning from delivering a mini research station to the Internation Space Station, she will be kept in a state of readyness in case there is an accident aboard the ISS. It’s a big day for NASA geeks…

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Russian Billionaire Launches His $350 Million Mega Yacht

Russian Billionaire Launches His $350 Million Mega Yacht

Mega yacht “Eclipse” 

Roman Abramovich’s most-awaited mega yacht “Eclipse,” touted as the world’s biggest yacht, has finally made a preliminary launch at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany where it was built secretly for more than two years. The 170-meter yacht (557.6 feet) will feature 2 heli-pads, 20 water jets, a pool with large Havana bars surrounding it, a cinema, library, restaurant, private garden, 5,000-square-feet master suite, a private submarine boarding from the bottom of the yacht for a secret escape, and a missile-detection system to deflect pirate attacks safely. The 9-deck megayacht has at least five possible exits, which literally makes it the safest yacht ever built.

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Amazing Lego Space Shuttle

Amazing Lego Space Shuttle

Lego Space Shuttle  

I’m almost a little embarrassed to admit that I first thought this was a photo of a real space shuttle. Two Japanese LEGOsmiths used a whopping 65,000 bricks and 1,590 man hours to complete the stunning diorama, which even simulates a launch with flashing lights under the boosters and a vocal countdown. The only thing it doesn’t do is lift off. (Pics)

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Mini Spacecraft To Blast Brave Rider Into Space

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Taking travel to new heights

How desperate are you to fly into space? Copenhagen Suborbitals has a crazy plan to cram you into the nosecone of this minuscule missile, blasting you into space and returning you safely to Earth, all by your lonesome self. That standing-up position doesn’t look too comfortable, but claustrophobic daredevils can rest easy because the entire tip of the nosecone is transparent, showing the rider a magnificent view of the rapidly approaching cosmos.

 

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Space X Falcon 1 Rocket Finally Makes It To Orbit

Space X Falcon 1 Rocket Finally Makes It To Orbit

 Space X Falcon 1

After three failed attempts, one scattering of Scotty’s ashes over the Pacific Ocean, and a few mid-air explosions, the SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket has finally reached orbit. The achievement marks a major milestone for Elon Musk, whose visions of a privately-funded rocket program appeared just out of reach until today’s success.

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WaterScout Helicopter Launches from a Sub

 WaterScout Helicopter Launches from a Sub

Helicopter designed to be launched from a Sub

Students from the faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, in cooperation with four students from Pennsylvania State University have developed a submarine deployable helicopter. Their autonomous “Waterspout” is capable of exiting a submarine, floating safely to the water surface, and taking off vertically to its destination.

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Japan Space Elevator Association To Draw Up Timetable For Space Elevator

Japan Space Elevator Association To Draw Up Timetable For Space Elevator 

The idea of a space elevator made of ultra-strong carbon nanotubes has been talked about a lot over the past several years, but recently some research groups have begun to investigate the idea as a real possibility. Most recently, scientists from Japan have started an organization called the Japan Space Elevator Association, and they plan to host an international conference in November to draw up a timetable for the machine.

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3M Launches First Pocket-Size Projector

 3M Launches First Pocket-Size Projector

The Pocket Projector: It’s tiny! 

That’s projector, not protector. But geeks will rejoice nonetheless. The pocketsize projector has been the Holy Grail of gadgets for many years, and now we’ve got it. 3M sent us one of their first samples of their MPro110 mini projector a few weeks ago (but asked us to keep it on the down-low for a while). I immediately plugged it into a DVD player and watched Blackhawk Down on my desk-literally, on it, as I aimed it at my white Ikea desktop. (Ah, to be owned by a Swedish company.) It also worked on the wall, on a piece of 8.5-by-11-inch printer paper and on the back of my colleague, Doug.

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