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“Take us out!”

October 5, 2021

“I’ve heard about space for a long time now,” says Shatner. “I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle.”

Blue Origin is gearing up for the second human flight of its New Shepard launch vehicle, and has just revealed the crew members that will be taking part. Hopping aboard for the NS-18 mission will be the company’s own boss of flight operations Audrey Powers along with Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, who is set to become the oldest person ever to have flown into space.

The first human flight of New Shepard took place back in July following an extensive testing regime, lifting Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark to the edge of space, around 66 miles (106 km) above ground level. With 18-year-old Oliver Daemen and 82-year-old Wally Funk also onboard, the feat saw the company set new records for the youngest and oldest people taken into space.

It will again be pushing the envelope for its upcoming NS-18 mission, with 90-year-old Shatner to fill one of capsule’s four seats, it was announced today. The veteran actor, director and writer will join Blue Origin’s Vice President of Mission & Flight Operations Audrey Powers, who played a leading role in the certification process for New Shepard.

Taking the other two seats on New Shepard will be former NASA engineer Dr Chris Boshuizen, and author and co-founder of clinical research platform Medidata Solutions Glen de Vries.

“I’ve spent my entire career working to extend people’s lives,” says de Vries. “However, with limited materials and energy on Earth, extending our reach into space can help humanity continue to thrive.”

NS-18 is set to lift off on October 12 at 8:30am CDT, from Blue Origin’s Launch Site One in West Texas and will be streamed live via its website.

From New Atlas

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Public Service Announcement

October 1, 2021

You’re welcome

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What am I sappy puppy blogging?

September 24, 2021
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Interesting night dive in the Mediterranean

September 22, 2021

It is impossible to get an idea of the scale of the creatures unless the photographer (Alexander Semenov)is in the shot – however, I found this film fascinating.

Read more about Semenov and his work here.

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The metals in your pocket

September 21, 2021

Read more at Visual Capitalist

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What am I sappy puppy blogging?

September 17, 2021
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Bring back the mammoths!

September 15, 2021

Not so much like Jurassic Park and not quite like Przewalski’s horse, tech entrepreneur Ben Lamm and Harvard Medical School genetics professor George Church, have raised $15 million to resurrect the Woolly Mammoth.

Frozen mammoths are regularly found in the Siberian tundra. The conjecture is that some of them will still have viable, or readable DNA, and manipulating DNA is Dr. Church’s area of specialization.

Dr. Church, “feels that if he modified the genes of the woolly mammoth’s closest living relative, he could revive the species. That relative is the Asian elephant, though their link is distant. Their closest common ancestor lived six million years ago, but Dr. Church is confident that he can modify the genetics of the elephant to produce a woolly mammoth hybrid.” (My Modern Met)

How cool is that!?

Read more about it here and here.

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Hand Pan at Crater Lake

September 14, 2021
Adam Foote, Ethereal in E, at Crater Lake

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Bee Aware

September 13, 2021


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What am I sappy cat blogging?

September 10, 2021