Nope, this isn't becoming a space blog. Honest. It's just that there's some fascinating space news lately. Like this:
Virgin Galactic Strikes Deal with Swedish Government
PARIS—The Swedish government on Jan. 26 announced an agreement with suborbital space-tourism company Virgin Galactic that Swedish officials believe will lead to midsummer and mid-winter flights of Virgin's SpaceshipTwo vehicle to observe the Aurora Borealis from Sweden ...
As a demonstration of its interest, Esrange authorities have proposed to launch a small sounding rocket in March 2008 into the Aurora Borealis.
Equipped with cameras, the flight would serve two purposes. It would give prospective passengers a sense of what they will view from their windows aboard SpaceshipTwo, and it will give SpaceshipTwo designer Burt Rutan and his company, Scaled Composites, a sense of what effect, if any, the Northern Lights might have on both the passengers and the electronics gear carried by SpaceshipTwo.
"Apparently this has never been done before, to fly through the Aurora Borealis," Norberg said. "We have images from above and below, but we have never taken pictures from within." ...
Wow! Wouldn't that be great to do! I've never even seen the aurora borealis from a distance. Here's a photo:
Imagine flying through that? Cool. Read the rest of the article here.
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies declare the work of His hands." Psalm 19:1