Dubai, if you can’t tell, is one of the places I’d like to visit
Dubai’s Palm Islands:
I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of these islands before. Did you know their name and locations though? Did you realize they were real islands and no photoshop job?
Built in the shape of palm trees (giving them their name), these islands are located in the Middle-Eastern metropolis of Dubai. The elegant shape of the islands is more than a little handy for the local real estate market however: The shape allows them to place houses along thin strips of beach land making each and every building on the island a beachfront property. Imagine growing up in that neighborhood?
The image on the bottom right was taken aboard the International Space Station - yes you can see the islands from space.
Interested in a villa on the tropics of the Indian ocean? Well expect to pay a few million bucks.
I literally just learned that China is currently sending people to space, “taikonauts”. Somehow I miraculously - and mistakenly - believed that Russia was the only country on Earth currently sending people to space.
In July 2011, America ended their space shuttle program. Two months later, China launched their first space station into orbit, called Tiangong-1 or “Heavenly Palace 1” a seriously bad ass name for a space station.
I’ve got to admit, from the little research I’ve done so far, it seems like China has just started to do this and they’ve already sent multiple women up. Kudos where kudos are due. It took America quite a long fucking time to do that.
Also a fun fact: America has some rando space beef that I don’t know the history of that prevents Chinese taikonauts from entering the International Space Station (international indeed, eh?) and so the Chinese started their own venture and launched their own.
Now the U.S. depends on Russia to go to the ISS and China not only has their own space station but they can also launch their own astronauts in their own spaceships (Shengzhou spacecraft that look a lot like the Russian Soyuz).
As a scientist (student) I’m happy someone’s going to space.
NASA will host a media teleconference with the principal investigators responsible for the seven instruments chosen to fly aboard the space agency’s 2020 Mars rover. The news conference will begin at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT).