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Yusaku Maezawa could be the first private passenger to make a trip around the moon. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Monday announced plans to launch the Japanese billionaire into space on the yet-to-be-built Big Falcon Rocket. Elon Musk plans to launch Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa on a rocket around the moon, the embattled SpaceX CEO announced on Monday.
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will hitch the first SpaceX ride around the moon and plans to invite as many as eight artists to join him -- with the rocket company’s founder Elon Musk possibly signing up for the space flight. Maezawa will fly on Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s BFR rocket on the trip in 2023, Musk announced Monday. SpaceX expects Maezawa, 42, to be the first private passenger to make the journey that only two dozen astronauts have been on during the Apollo era that ended 46 years ago.
Elon Musk revealed the identity of the person to hitch a ride around the moon with his rocket company: Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. Maezawa will fly on Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s BFR rocket on a trip around the moon in 2023, Musk announced Monday. SpaceX expects Maezawa, 42, to be the first private passenger to make the journey that only two dozen astronauts have been on during the Apollo era that ended 46 years ago.
SpaceX, Elon Musk's space transportation company, was set on Monday to name the first private passenger who will take a trip around the moon aboard its forthcoming Big Falcon Rocket spaceship, taking the race to commercialize space travel to new heights. SpaceX said it will name the first passenger to travel to the moon since the United States' Apollo missions ended in 1972 at an event Monday evening at the company's headquarters and rocket factory in the Los Angeles suburb of Hawthorne. In moves typical of his publicity-seeking style, Musk, who is also the billionaire chief executive of electric car maker Tesla Inc, has already teased a few tantalizing details about the trip and the passenger's identity, but left major questions unanswered.
SpaceX said it will name the first passenger to travel to the moon since the United States' Apollo missions ended in 1972 at an event Monday evening at the company's headquarters and rocket factory in the Los Angeles suburb of Hawthorne. SpaceX has already upended the space industry with its relatively low-cost reusable Falcon 9 rockets.
If you see a lot of blue lights around Seattle landmarks this week, it’s not in honor of the Seahawks — this time, the color scheme is paying tribute to another one of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s pet projects, the Allen Institute. Hot spots such as CenturyLink Field, home of the Seahawks; and Columbia Tower, Seattle’s tallest building, will be turning on their cool-blue mood lighting to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the institute’s founding in 2003. The work began with the Allen Institute for Brain Science, and continued with the Allen Institute for Cell Science (founded in 2014) and The… Read More
Thousands of miles away from the deadly deluges brought by the now-tropical depression Florence, wildland firefighters are still battling extreme blazes out West. An intense video posted to Instagram on Sunday shows a firefighting crew's violent meeting with a large fire vortex, known scientifically as a fire whirl. SEE ALSO: A fire tornado hit California. Here's how it happened. Wildland firefighter M.C. Schidlowsky — whose Instagram handle is mar.lowsky — posted the video taken in British Columbia, showing the vortex sucking a firehose up into the churning winds. The crew was powerless pull the heavy hose back. One firefighter, after the vortex ripped the hose away, hurled a rock at the fire, seemingly in frustration. View this post on Instagram Fire tornado destroyed our line. It threw burning logs across our guard for 45 minutes and pulled our hose 100 plus ft in the air before melting it. That's definitely a first. #firenado #startthepump #wildfire Note: It got over 200ft tall but the smoke was too think to see it clearly on video. Sorry for the profanity. A post shared by M. C. Schidlowsky (@mar.lowsky) on Sep 15, 2018 at 1:32pm PDT This fire whirl event was starkly different than the colossal fire tornado spawned during California's Carr Fire in July, wherein a towering 16,000 foot-tall inferno spun in the City of Redding. "It’s a classic fire whirl," Michael Gollner, a fire scientist who researches fire whirls at the University of Maryland's Department of Fire Protection Engineering, said in an interview. "It's very common for smaller whirls to occur in fires," said Gollner. "They’re more akin to dust devils." Still, these fire whirls aren't weak events. Firehoses are heavy, especially the metal nozzles. This whirl sucked the hose up like paper. "There was clearly a lot of momentum to have that much suction and pull," said Gollner, who could only speculate that the whirling winds were well over 100 mph. "There was quite a bit of weight it was pulling up." "I’ve never seen a hose sucked up into a fire whirl before," he added. For any whirl to form amid a fire, something must cause a swirling motion, like erratic winds or gusts spinning off hills or topography. Such events are evidently quite common. "It's very easy to generate a fire whirl," said Gollner. Although the events are common in fires, it's likely these vortexes are seen even more these days than they were 30 years ago. The reason is simple: The climate is warming, which means considerably more dried-out land and enhanced fire conditions in previous decades. About twice as much land burns in the U.S. today than in the early 1980s, and climate change is an integral reason why. "There are more extreme fire weather days and more extreme drought than what was happening 30 years ago," noted Gollner. "The more days that you have extreme fries, the more likelihood you have to see giant fire whirls." In August — well before the fire season is through — 2018 became British Columbia's worst fire season in recorded history. The firefighters in this video — for reasons known to these professionals working in the area — did not flee from this particular fire whirl. Though usually, anyone in the vicinity would be wise get a good distance from such a vortex, as they regularly throw flaming objects into the air and can ignite the vegetation behind you. "That can be really dangerous," said Gollner. "Typically, you see a fire whirl and you would leave the area — they tend to be unpredictable events." "Personally, I would have gotten away," he said. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?
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