space travel http://kplu.org en Museum of Flight CEO: Seattle Will Help Innovate Space Tourism http://kplu.org/post/museum-flight-ceo-seattle-will-help-innovate-space-tourism <p>Seattle may become the hub of space tourism, says Museum of Flight CEO Douglas King.</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 23:20:36 +0000 Simone Alicea 10049 at http://kplu.org Museum of Flight CEO: Seattle Will Help Innovate Space Tourism Washington companies could help NASA get humans to Mars http://kplu.org/post/washington-companies-could-help-nasa-get-humans-mars <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington companies could have a major role in future trips to the moon, an asteroid or Mars. NASA engineers are in Seattle this week meeting with contractors working on </span><a href="http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/index.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">the Orion program</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, designed to launch astronauts far into space, well beyond where the space shuttle traveled.</span></p><p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7867 at http://kplu.org Washington companies could help NASA get humans to Mars Meet the finalists in the Space Needle's trip to space contest http://kplu.org/post/meet-finalists-space-needles-trip-space-contest <p>The five finalists in a contest to be sent into space as part of Seattle Needle&#39;s 50th anniversary celebration are in Seattle this week.</p><p>The final phase of the contest begins Monday morning. The finalists will each face three challenges before the winner is announced on Wednesday. (Meet the finalists after the jump and pick whom you&#39;d send into space.)</p><p> Mon, 07 May 2012 15:32:38 +0000 The Associated Press & Jake Ellison 4944 at http://kplu.org Meet the finalists in the Space Needle's trip to space contest NASA considering space station for Mars dry run http://kplu.org/post/nasa-considering-space-station-mars-dry-run <p>CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. &mdash; The International Space Station may provide the setting for a 500-day pretend trip to Mars in another few years.</p><div><p>NASA said Tuesday that consideration is under way to use the space station as a dry run for a simulated trip to and from Mars. It would be patterned after Russia&#39;s mock flight to Mars that lasted 520 days at a Moscow research center. Six men were involved in that study, which ended late last year. They were locked in a steel capsule.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 19:06:14 +0000 The Associated Press 4503 at http://kplu.org Kutcher becomes 500th Virgin Galactic space customer http://kplu.org/post/kutcher-becomes-500th-virgin-galactic-space-customer <p>ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. &mdash; Richard Branson says his venture to launch paying tourists into space has netted its 500th customer, and it&#39;s none other than Ashton Kutcher.</p><p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 23:46:28 +0000 The Associated Press 4490 at http://kplu.org Kutcher becomes 500th Virgin Galactic space customer NPR arts: In 'Shatner's World,' stories about acting, loss, life http://kplu.org/post/npr-arts-shatners-world-stories-about-acting-loss-life William Shatner has played an attorney, a starship captain, an alien and a Roman tax collector, among many other roles. Tue, 06 Mar 2012 18:11:57 +0000 4347 at http://kplu.org NPR arts: In 'Shatner's World,' stories about acting, loss, life Whose spaceship would you ride into outer space? http://kplu.org/post/whose-spaceship-would-you-ride-outer-space <p>After writing about <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/what-it-about-nw-makes-rich-yearn-outer-space">the latest developments in space travel</a> yesterday, I wondered whose ship I would want to ride and automatically saw myself in Jeff Bezos&#39; ship the New Sheppard. Upon reflection, I just liked the retro-scifi style of it. Although, blowing up did come to mind.</p><p>What ship would you take into space?</p><p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 23:13:29 +0000 Jake Ellison & Jonathan Klapel 4285 at http://kplu.org Whose spaceship would you ride into outer space? Paul Allen's dramatic spaceship joins Bezos in space-race http://kplu.org/post/paul-allens-dramatic-spaceship-joins-bezos-space-race <p>Paul Allen is bankrolling a dramatic new space-craft, which aims to launch satellites later this decade, and maybe people, too. The project uses an airplane made from two rebuilt Boeing 747&rsquo;s.&nbsp;</p><p>It <a href="http://stratolaunch.com/">looks a little like a flying catamaran</a>. It will be the largest airplane ever built, with six jet engines. And hanging from the wing in the middle will be a rocket.</p><p> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 01:14:27 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 3447 at http://kplu.org Paul Allen's dramatic spaceship joins Bezos in space-race Paul Allen to open airport operations - for space! http://kplu.org/post/paul-allen-open-airport-operations-space <p><a href="http://ideaman.paulallen.com/">Paul Allen</a>&rsquo;s new company, Stratolaunch Systems hopes to bring airport-like operations to the launch of commercial and government payloads and, eventually, human missions. Plans call for a first flight within five years, according to a<a href="http://www.stratolaunch.com/presskit.html"> company press release</a>.</p><p>The air-launch-to-orbit system will mean lower costs, greater safety, and more flexibility and responsiveness than is possible today with ground-based systems, the company declares.</p><p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 21:11:45 +0000 Jake Ellison 3442 at http://kplu.org Paul Allen to open airport operations - for space!