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National Geographic ‘MARS’ Offers History of Future 1st Landing on Red Planet

Humanity is still years away from landing on Mars, but the first documentary to look back at that achievement is already complete.

The six-part television docudrama “MARS,” premiering on the National Geographic Channel Monday night (Nov. 14), chronicles the first mission to the Red Planet in 2033 using footage of the crew’s activities on the surface and through “flashbacks” to 2016, when the journey to Mars began. Continue reading National Geographic ‘MARS’ Offers History of Future 1st Landing on Red Planet

New Virgin Galactic Spaceship Takes First Flight

For the first time, Virgin Galactic’s new passenger spaceship soared through the sky, kicking off a series of test flights in advance of commercial operations.

Attached to its WhiteKnightTwo carrier jet , the spaceship, named Unity, flew through the skies over Mojave, Calif., for 3 hours and 43 minutes on Thursday. Continue reading New Virgin Galactic Spaceship Takes First Flight

World’s Largest Plane Will Launch Rockets into Space

The way Paul Allen sees it, the bigger the better, at least when it comes to building an airplane to serve as a flying launch pad for sending satellites into space.

The airplane, informally called the “Roc” after the legendary giant bird of prey, is nearing completion inside a custom-built hangar at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. It’s the same place where the Roc’s little sister, White Knight, lofted the SpaceShipOne spaceplane into the air in 2004 to clinch the $10 million Ansari X Prize for the first privately funded, manned vehicle to travel beyond the atmosphere. Continue reading World’s Largest Plane Will Launch Rockets into Space