Can Richard Branson Make Space Travel Available to the General Public?

Many people grow up dreaming of going to space. If you asked a class of kindergarteners what they would like to be when they grow up, I guarantee you that most them would say that they wanted to be an astronaut. As we grow up, reality sets in and our dreams of going up into space begin to dwindle. For the average person, becoming an astronaut is a statistically improbable plight. Each year, NASA
receives around 2,000 submissions of highly qualified applicants who want to become astronauts. Only around 10 percent of them are picked. If you are thinking, “Hey, that’s not so bad!”, keep in mind that you need at least a bachelor’s degree in math, engineering or a hard physical science and
they also require you to have either three years of job experience of 1,000 hours of experience being a pilot-in-command of a jet aircraft. There are only around 50 astronauts actively working for NASA at the moment. While becoming an astronaut remains to be a pipe dream to many, not everyone who wants to go to space has aspirations of working for NASA. Many would like to explore space out of sheer curiosity. It is a place unknown to most of us and many wish to see it up-close and in person. Many are also eager for new space technology due to global warming. At a time where our planet’s environment is suffering, with a recent slew of natural disasters; many are discussing the possibility of us needing to leave planet Earth in the future. Many are hoping to go to space for a variety of reasons. Luckily for us, Richard Branson and the Virgin Group aim to make our dreams of space exploration come true!

Virgin Galactic is a proposed company within the Virgin Group, which intends to offer a flight to space to everyday citizens, for an extremely hefty fee of around $250,000. Founded in 2004, this company aims to bring something to consumers which has never been seen before. Virgin is attempting to pioneer space tourism. The notorious entrepreneur Richard Branson has once again brought forth an innovative idea, bringing forth a space travel industry. Richard Branson has always fostered innovation with his Virgin empire and he aims to bring something to the economy; a kind of travel which has never been made available to the general public before. The highly imaginative and ambitious businessman has created this company in hopes of providing space exploration as an explorative commodity. The company has seen many delays within regards to their first launch, but it hopes to be the first in the industry of commercial space travel.

Virgin Galactic’s website states that only a couple of hundred people have made it to space. The company stated that it aims to make space travel and exploration available to the rest of us. Virgin Atlantic has created and designed multiple space vehicles which aim to bring us up, up and away! These two spaceships are the SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo.

Virgin Galactic also highly prioritizes the safety of it’s potential customers and it proposes that each potential flyer must undergo a 3-day space training course prior to boarding the spaceship.

The company has been looking into collaborating with NASA, but this has yet to happen. The launch of Virgin Galactic has been postponed and delayed for years now. Virgin Galactic has long surpassed its’ original, proposed launch dates. While this news has disappointed many wannabe astronauts, it is to be expected for such a complicated and potentially dangerous idea. Consumer safety comes first and this kind of business venture is not one which should be taken lightly. Can Virgin Galactic make it? Only time will tell.

A Trip to Chicago

Chicago has something for just about everyone. There are world class baseball, football and basketball teams. Beautiful museums and parks. An iconic skyline with some of the tallest buildings in the world and a history steeped in some of the great names of architecture. These and other attractions draw millions of visitors to the Windy City each year to experience this one of a kind metropolis.

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan , Chicago sees its fair share of winter weather, but the spring and summer months are ideal vacation time. Visitors can shop some of the most exclusive retailers in the country or sample cuisine from world class chefs who have made Chicago their home. On the other hand, they can sample the city’s many hot dog vendors or eat some Chicago-style pizza.

Museum lovers will want to check out the Art Institute, the Field Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The city is also home to a Nature Museum, a Childrens Museum, a Planetarium, and a Museum of Science and Industry. For stunning views from Chicago’s tallest buildings, check out the John Hancock Observatory or Skydeck Chicago (formerly known as the Sears Tower). Those who want to save money should consider buying a Go Chicago Card to gain access to a variety of attractions for one low price.

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Family Vacation Hazards

Moms have been preparing for the worst as long as they have been giving birth. Protecting their children from potential harm is a natural instinct with newborns that follows some kids well into adulthood. When it comes to planning a family vacation, moms see not only the fun to be had, but also the hazards to be avoided.

Most of the disaster preparation that mothers do before a vacation has to do with first aid. They make sure they have prescriptions, bandages, sunblock and insect repellent. They may also have antibiotic ointment, pain killers, and tweezers for removing splinters. This way they are prepared for minor accidents and illnesses.

They may also take time to teach their kids some basic safety habits. These include not straying from the family, protecting valuables, and obeying park rules. A good number of injuries, even Theme park accidents happen because kids wander too close to machinery or ignore park safety guidelines. Good habits will also reduce the number of scrapes and bruises from running and falling that can happen when kids get too rambunctious in a public place.

All in all, most parents do a good job of making sure that their family stays accident-free or that their vacation isn’t ruined if an accident does happen.

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The Grand Canyon’s Lost Cities

The date March 12, 1909 is an important one in the history of the folklore about the Grand Canyon. This was the date that an article came out in the Arizona Republic about a very interesting discovery by an explorer named G.E. Kinkaid . This man was born in Idaho, and came to Arizona to explore, like so many have since his time.

At the turn of the century, there were no Grand Canyon tours that made some of the journeys here more accessible, and those who came were on a more stolid mission. There was the lure of the unknown, of adventure, and a little danger. Today, the unknown and the adventure are still part of the reasons for so much attraction to the area, but for most visitors, the most threatening dangers can be surmounted with a little sunscreen. In those days, however, it was more unknown, and even unknowable to some degree.

According to the story in the Republic , Kinkaid found a secret cave, along with evidence that there was an ancient Egyptian civilization that lived here before the Native peoples settled in the area. Although there are many researchers who have tried to follow up on the story, there really isn’t enough evidence to support the claims. It does point out, however, that even in contemporary times, there is still a lot of mystery about the place, too vast to ever be fully uncovered.

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Sky Dive Simulation in Orlando

The next time you visit Orland, Florida you might want to check out some of the top entertainment and cultural attractions. That seems like an obvious suggestion, however the amazing theme parks, such s Disney Word and Universal, can account for all of your vacation time. And while there is nothing wrong with this and of course these parks are the main reason families visit, it is fun to know there is a lot more to do while you’re there. Of course, a large number of the attractions in this city are built toward excitement and fun, so no matter what you do and see you are guaranteed to have a great time.

SkyVenture is one of the thrilling encounters offered by the city and is most likely the closest experience you will ever have to actually jumping out of a plan. This professionally ran and maintained facility is a unique gravity zone manipulation center that simulates the event of jumping from a plane and freefalling through the sky. It is used for sky diving training, but is also extremely fun and popular as a recreational activity. This incredible experience is fun for the entire family and is safe for people of all ages. It is a great way to experience the thrill of the dive and never get above twenty feet in the air. And all the while the professional instructors and guides are there to ensure your safety and pleasure. This is a great option for your family and represents the best Orlando. Hotel staff should have information on this and other attractions.

Shows, Weddings and Buffets in Vegas

If you had to choose the top reasons that most people visit Las Vegas, you are more than likely going to list the casinos are your number one answer. And while you are not off the mark in your choice, the question actually goes a bit dipper when you consider all of the things there are to do in the casinos in the hotels in Vegas. And then you will have to adjust your decision. For instance, a large number of people go along with their friends on a trip to Vegas just to enjoy some of the great buffets the city is so well known for. And there are millions of other people who go to Vegas to see one or more of the incredible shows that are always onstage there.

So, before you start categorizing these casino attractions, you will want to consider other main reasons people visit the city. For instance, millions of people travel to Vegas to get married, more so than any other city in the world. So, does this number outweigh the population that is there to enjoy a great buffet? What about the people who are visiting Vegas to see Cher or a spectacular new Cirque du Soleil production and end up becoming so enticed by all of the glitter, glamor and show that they suddenly decide to get married? It if sounds outrageous it shouldn’t because this actually happens, more times than you would guess. So, while casinos might be the most popular reason people visit Vegas, what they do there is another topic all together.

Find out the latest on Vegas entertainment at this site.

The Last Supper in Jerusalem

Christians come from all over the world to visit the many sites were they believe Jesus either visited or spent time. They want to walk the areas the he walked and they want to learn where he learned. They want to see and feel the places that he walked in hopes of a stronger connection to him and his message.

One of the many stops along the way is the room of the last supper which is were he was said to have had his last supper with his disciples before he was crucified. Visitors find it on Mount Zion out side the Dormition Abbey. Because of the many transformations of the city over hundreds of years, scholars know that the building that is there today is not the actual building of the last supper. They do believe that the current building was built on top of or right next to the ruined building of this Christian history.

There are many Christian sites that were ruined over time and had some other faith built over it so it is hard to find the proof of the declared sites. Still, people book rooms here to see if they can get some sort of feeling or clue into the truth they believe in so deeply.

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Summer in Hawaii Includes Swimming With Dolphin

My nephew went on a trip with is grandparents and cousins on his father’s side of the family last summer. The reason I bring it up is because he claims to have had one of the greatest vacations of his life while he was there. I’ve never been to Hawaii, and while I knew there were fabulous beaches and great views and all that, some of the experiences he described were surprising and really attractive sounding. Not that beautiful beaches is unattractive.

One of his favorite activities on his trip was when he got the chance to swim with dolphins and other marine life. He admitted he was a little hesitant at first but was so amazed by the peacefulness he felt in the water and swore he felt something like love from the dolphins. He described it like an immediate friendship and understanding of sorts.

He also had some great food while he was there and mentioned only having to share a room with one cousin during their stay in one of the Hawaii five star hotels . He loves seafood and says he had the best grilled shrimp in a cafe right on the beach. I believe he had shrimp or some other shell fish every day and likely at every meal, but that’s my nephew. He spent a great deal of time on the beach and one of the things I remember most about his trip is that he returned home a much darker colored version of himself. Oh, and I also enjoyed the Hawaiin t-shirt he brought me. Maybe next year I’ll do the same thing for him.

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