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Virgin Galactic shows off passenger spaceship cabin interior

Virgin Galactic shows off passenger spaceship cabin interior

Technology
Virgin Galactic has revealed what the interior of the rocket ship will look like that will carry passengers on suborbital flights into the space's lower reachesBy JOHN ANTCZAK Associated PressJuly 28, 2020, 10:08 PM4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleLOS ANGELES -- Passengers flying Virgin Galactic on suborbital trips into space will be able to see themselves floating weightless against the backdrop of the Earth below while 16 cameras document the adventures, the company said Tuesday. Highly detailed amenities to enhance the customer flight experience were shown in an online event revealing the cabin of the company’s rocket plane, a type called SpaceShipTwo, which is undergoing testing in preparation for commercial service. There are a dozen windows for viewing, s
Virgin Galactic set for last key rocket test flights

Virgin Galactic set for last key rocket test flights

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Virgin Galactic is about to start a key series of powered test flights of its passenger rocket plane.The company's Unity vehicle has so far conducted only glide flights after moving into its operational base in New Mexico earlier this year.The powered ascents will see Unity ignite its hybrid rocket motor to climb to the edge of space. These tests will set the stage for Virgin Galactic to introduce its commercial service.Six hundred individuals have so far paid deposits to take a ride on Unity, with many of these individuals having put down their money a good number of years ago. But George Whitesides, the company's chief space officer, said their wait would soon be over. "Our next flight will be jus...

Stocks making the biggest moves after hours: Pfizer, F5 Networks, Virgin Galactic and more

Finance
GP: A logo of a Virgin Galactic is seen outside the building during the company's first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on October 28, 2019 in New York City.JOHANNES EISELE | AFP | Getty ImagesCheck out the companies making headlines after the bell: F5 Networks — Shares of the technology company fell 4% in extended trading after F5 Networks released its third-quarter financial results. The company posted a double beat on earnings and revenue in the third quarter, reporting earnings of $ 2.18 per share excluding some items on revenues of $ 583 million. Analysts polled by Refinitiv expected earnings of $ 2.04 per share on revenues of $ 573 million. The company said it saw 4% revenue growth on continued strong software demand.  Virgin Gal
Astronomers spot oldest galactic protocluster, a giant of the early universe

Astronomers spot oldest galactic protocluster, a giant of the early universe

Science
Sept. 27 (UPI) -- With the help of several powerful telescopes, an international team of astronomers has identified the earliest known protocluster. The protocluster, a constellation of 12 galaxies linked by gravity, formed some 13 billion years ago, when the universe was just 800 million years old. Scientists have described their discovery in a new paper, set to be published in the Astrophysical Journal on September 30. In the present universe, galactic clusters can grow to contain thousands of galaxies. Smaller galaxy clusters can organize to form superclusters, the largest structures in the cosmos. Models suggest there are 10 million superclusters in the observable universe. The protocluster candidate, z66OD, contains a protogalaxy called Himiko, a giant gas cloud and one of the larg...
Hubble photographs playful galactic duo

Hubble photographs playful galactic duo

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Aug. 9 (UPI) -- NASA shared an image, recently captured by Hubble, of the galactic duo UGC 2369 on Friday. The image showcases the pair caught in a playful dance. Long, long ago, the galaxies were separate, but today, they are in the midst of colliding. Slowly, their mutual gravitational attraction is pulling them closer and closer. As they've become entwined, gravity has distorted their features, altering their appearances. "A tenuous bridge of gas, dust and stars can be seen connecting the two galaxies, created when they pulled material out into space across the diminishing divide between them," NASA wrote in a news release. Still, despite their contortions and shared name, the two galactic entities remain visibly distinct. Millions of years from now, however, the pair will be almost c...