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Sep 25, 2020

Astronauts that will launch on SpaceX’s third crewed flight are actively training to ride Dragon

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ESA Astronaut Pesquet revealed Crew-2 has been actively training for “Mission Alpha” aboard Crew Dragon. He shared photographs via Twitter of him training on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon simulator which involves learning how to control the spacecraft’s functions via a trio of touchscreen displays. – “Here’s the posse together, training on @SpaceX crew dragon. @Aki_Hoshide looking like a boss, and all of us wishing we had as cool socks as our awesome pilot @Astro_Megan. #MissionAlpha,” he wrote. During training, all astronauts are wearing face masks to protect each other from the coronavirus respiratory illness, pictured below.

Here’s the posse together, training on @SpaceX crew dragon. @Aki_Hoshide looking like a boss, and all of us wishing we had as cool socks as our awesome pilot @Astro_Megan. #MissionAlpha pic.twitter.com/UCDJvTcRgp— Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) September 23, 2020

To familiarize with the spacecraft, the astronauts train with an interactive simulator and touchscreen interface that is a replica of Dragon’s cockpit. Earlier this year, SpaceX released an online game that allows players to try to dock the Crew Dragon spacecraft to the Space Station, using similar controls the astronauts will use during their voyage in space. You can play the online game on SpaceX’s website: Crew Dragon Simulator.

Sep 23, 2020

Details emerge about Tom Cruise’s future flight aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon

Posted by in categories: entertainment, space travel

Earlier this year, Axiom Space announced it signed a deal with SpaceX to launch a crew of four private passengers to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the Crew Dragon spacecraft. New details emerged about who those passengers will be, turns out, the voyage is booked for Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, who is notorious for putting his life on the line to perform his own stunts in the action-packed saga ‘Mission: Impossible.’

Cruise will ride alongside producer Doug Liman who will film the first movie in outer space. One of the passengers will be former NASA Astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria. He is heading back to orbit as Dragon-ship commander for Axiom’s space tour with Cruise. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will propel Dragon to orbit towards the Space Station where they will stay for eight days to film in microgravity and enjoy beautiful views of Earth. The fourth passenger has not been revealed yet, it will probably be a Hollywood actress that will join them. They are scheduled to embark on a 10-day voyage to the Space Station in October 2021. These details were released in a graph about planned launches to ISS, created by Space Shuttle Almanac, pictured below.

So its confirmed that @CommanderMLA is flying the @Axiom_Space @SpaceX #CrewDragon tourist mission with Director @DougLiman & Tom Cruise. One seat still to be filled. They are to launch in October, 2021. pic.twitter.com/dn6SLvCOGz — Space Shuttle Almanac (@ShuttleAlmanac) September 19, 2020

Sep 21, 2020

Dining in Space Bubbles at Cafe du Soleil

Posted by in categories: entertainment, food

Outdoor diners are enjoying their meals in enclosed space bubbles set up at Upper West Side French restaurant Cafe du Soleil.


Here’s one way to enjoy outdoor dining well into October, as well as on rainy nights.

Another video shows diners enjoying live jazz in their bubbles on a recent rainy night.

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Sep 20, 2020

MITCHIE BRUSCO: First-ever Big Air 1260 | World of X Games

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Circa 2019


Watch Mitchie Brusco land the first 1260 in skateboard history in the Skateboard Big Air final, Saturday at X Games Minneapolis 2019.

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Sep 16, 2020

SpaceX is testing Starlink Ground Stations in several U.S. States

Posted by in categories: entertainment, internet, satellites

Featured Image Source: Merrillan, Wisconsin resident r/ darkpenguin22 via Reddit.

SpaceX is building its Starlink internet network in low Earth orbit. The aerospace company plans to fund its space program by offering affordable, low-latency, broadband internet globally. SpaceX initially plans to deploy 4,409 internet-beaming Starlink satellites, according to a recent letter the company sent to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). These satellites will operate at altitudes between 550 to 570 kilometers above Earth. To date, there are approximately 708 Starlink satellites already in low Earth orbit.

Company employees are actively private beta testing the Starlink network via user terminals that look like a ‘UFO on a stick’ and Wi-Fi router. – “They show super-low latency and download speeds greater than 100 [megabits] per second [Mbps],” SpaceX Senior Engineer Kate Tice shared during the latest deployment broadcast, “That means our latency is low enough to play the fastest online video games and our download speeds are fast enough to stream multiple HD movies at once.”

Sep 15, 2020

Testing a REAL Invisibility Shield!! (How Good is it?)

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Sep 14, 2020

Omlet Arcade – Mobile Game Livestreaming

Posted by in categories: entertainment, space

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1.8 billion pixels! Amazing new Mars panorama from Curiosity.

For 10 years NASA has been capturing images of mars and they now reveal the planet’s amazing beauty.

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Sep 11, 2020

Welcome to the next generation of gaming

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Microsoft, Sony, and Nvidia are just days or weeks away from delivering next-generation hardware. The PS5, Xbox Series X / S, and RTX 2080 are all promising big performance leaps for gaming.

Sep 10, 2020

DeepMind’s AlphaZero breathes new life into the old art of chess

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

“Of chess, it has been said that life is not long enough for it,” chess master William Napier once said, “but that is the fault of life, not chess.”

The of itself has had a gloriously long life, with earliest recovered relics of the ancient game dating to the ancient Persian Sasanian Empire in 600 AD.

The game has gone through hundreds of modifications, tweaks and enhancements over the centuries. Of an estimated 2,000 variations of the game, most have been developed only in recent years. One single version itself, known as Chess960 (created by world chess champion Bobby Fischer), has 960 variations of the game, with each version rearranging the standard positioning of all game pieces.

Sep 9, 2020

Virgin Voyages to Set Sail with Contactless Food Delivery, Upgraded Air Filtration

Posted by in categories: entertainment, food

The cruise line was already eschewing cruise staples like buffets, setting Virgin Voyages ahead of the pack.

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