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Just watched the 19:00 Sky news report of it and their use of language made me cringe and recalled discussions here about definition creep.

"William Shatner was overcome by the enormity of the experience"

Whilst he may have been shitting himself a bit at how scary the launch was going to be (as I alluded to in an earlier post) it looked to me more like he was overcome by the wonder, beauty and just how big the whole experience was, rather than how bad it was.
 

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Anyone fancy a tourist trip to space if you won the lottery? I would, but I would wait until the sensationalism is over and some privacy can be expected.
 

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Anyone fancy a tourist trip to space if you won the lottery? I would, but I would wait until the sensationalism is over and some privacy can be expected.
I wouldn't. It's not even space, it's just a bit higher than most aeroplanes. Unless it involves phasers, photo torpedoes and Marina Sirtis I'd prefer to stay in bed, thanks.
 
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Anyone fancy a tourist trip to space if you won the lottery? I would, but I would wait until the sensationalism is over and some privacy can be expected.
Yes, but I'd go with SpaceX.

I could be a 'mission specialist' if that would qualify me as an astronaut.
 

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I feel much the same could be achieved with a flight on one of those aeroplanes flying at 40 km above Earth. A bit more affordable too.
 

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I feel much the same could be achieved with a flight on one of those aeroplanes flying at 40 km above Earth. A bit more affordable too.

Not sure you can see the blackness of space or the curvature of the Earth from the Vomit Comet.
 

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First feature film to have scenes filmed in space!

Russia's space agency Roscosmos has just delivered a Russian actress and a film director to the International Space Station (ISS) ahead of shooting the first feature film in space.

Actress Yulia Peresild, director Klim Shipenko and Roscosmos astronaut Anton Shkaplerov arrived at the orbiting science laboratory at 8:22 a.m. EDT on Tuesday morning after Shkaplerov safely guided their Soyuz MS-19 capsule into a docking bay, according to an ISS tweet.

They had launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan a few hours earlier.

Peresild and Shipenko are due to join seven other astronauts who are already on board the ISS. They include astronauts from NASA, the European Space Agency, Japan's JAXA space agency, and fellow Russians Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov.

The two film professionals are due to shoot scenes for a movie called "Challenge"—also referred to as "The Challenge" in some reports—in which a surgeon, played by Peresild, has to travel to the space station in order to save a sick crew member.

While professional astronauts often stay on the ISS for several months at a time, Peresild and Shipenko are only due to stay up there for around 12 days before they return to Earth with another Russian cosmonaut, according to the Associated Press.

https://www.newsweek.com/russia-film-screw-space-soyuz-space-tourism-race-challenge-1635731

Returned safely but with a little melodrama in the ISS.

A Russian film crew are back on Earth after wrapping up scenes for the first movie shot in space.

Klim Shipenko and actor Yulia Peresild left the International Space Station and landed in Kazakhstan - to be met by a crew filming touchdown scenes.

The ISS shooting was not without drama - suitable for a film called Challenge. On Friday the ISS unexpectedly tilted after a glitch in its thrusters, pausing filming. It was not thought to be part of the script.

In a farewell tweet from the ISS, Peresild showed off a weightless hairdo likely to thwart any conspiracy theorists who think it was all shot on Earth:

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Presentational white space

The movie has been in its own kind of space race - with Tom Cruise. He is apparently part of a Hollywood filming-in-space project involving Nasa and Elon Musk's SpaceX. ...

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58944660
 

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If they film Tom Cruise strapped to the outside of the rocket as it goes up, fair enough.
 

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I suspect this could be the "back to the drawing board" moment for Virgin Galactic.
Richard Branson's grandiloquently named company and Spaceship II, which doesn't even quite reach the generally accepted boundary of space, do seem to have been left in the (cosmic) dust by the Musk and Bezos forays into space tourism.
 

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I suspect this could be the "back to the drawing board" moment for Virgin Galactic.
Richard Branson's grandiloquently named company and Spaceship II, which doesn't even quite reach the generally accepted boundary of space, do seem to have been left in the (cosmic) dust by the Musk and Bezos forays into space tourism.
I was thinking the same thing today. Virgin Galactic were the first to make waves and start selling places but their idea seems based on their aviation history. They're banking on a plane that goes into the higher atmosphere.

Bezos and Musk are making rockets but I would argue that Musk's SpaceX are the only ones to genuinely send people into space.
 

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So Jeff Bezos is now a flight attendant :hahazebs:

He's also got plans to play at being a sea captain too, as his new $500,000,000 417ft superyacht nears completion:

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https://www.geekwire.com/2021/see-w...eported-500m-superyacht-netherlands-shipyard/

Hmmm... very nice, but a bit underwhelming when compared with Russian oligarch Andrey Melnichenko's 468ft "Sailingyacht A":

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What next? Elon Musk to commission a space-age submarine called either the Nautilus or the Seaview?
 

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I love all of this. If I was a multi-billionaire I too would be building weird shit. Rockets, ships, submarines, underground trains - all of the above. From a hollowed out volcano whilst dancing to Kokomo.

I like that Elon does it with a twinkle in his eye, like the Tesla cars having a Ludicrous Speed setting and the volume going up to 11.
 

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A space age submarine is well overdue. We have plenty of subs carrying nuclear doom in the oceans, but no Enterprise of the seas.
If nobody else is doing it, I'm glad those "stupid billionaires" at least are.
 

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A second generation space traveler.

The daughter of the first US astronaut, Alan Shepard, has blasted into space - 60 years after her father's flight.

Laura Shepard Churchley, 74, was one of six people to make the trip onboard a commercial spacecraft launched by Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space company. The passengers were briefly able to experience zero gravity on the sub-orbital flight. The flight was the third launched by Blue Origin in 2021 as it seeks to capture the space tourism market.

Ms Shepard Churchley's father, who died in 1998, became the first American in space after his Mercury flight took off from Florida's Cape Canaveral on 5 May 1961.

Former NFL star and Good Morning America anchor Michael Strahan was also on Saturday's flight as well as four other paying customers.

It marked the first time that Blue Origin had filled all six seats on its New Shepard rocket, which is named after the eponymous astronaut.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-59623264
 

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I still think they should have made him wear a spacesuit like this.
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as weird as it looks... it honestly feels like something someone might wear.
 

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I should think it was meant to look like something you might wear. It's similar to what John Glenn wore in to space.
 
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