Yuri Gagarin – First Man in Space is Russian

April 12 was already a huge day in space history twenty years before the launch of the first shuttle mission. On that day in 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (left, on the way to the launch pad) became the first human in space, making a 108-minute orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft. Newspapers like The Huntsville Times (right) trumpeted Gagarin’s accomplishment.

Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.

Gagarin became an international celebrity, and was awarded many medals and titles, including Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation’s highest honour. Vostok 1 marked his only spaceflight, but he served as backup crew to the Soyuz 1 mission (which ended in a fatal crash). Gagarin later became deputy training director of the Cosmonaut Training Centre outside Moscow, which was later named after him. Gagarin died in 1968 when the MiG-15 training jet he was piloting crashed.

Super-fast gun at sea in 2016

“It’s now reality and it’s not science fiction. It’s actually real. You can look at it. It’s firing,” said Klunder, who planned to discuss progress on the system later on Monday with military and industry leaders at a major maritime event – the Sea-Air-Space Exposition – near Washington.

“It will help us in air defense, it will help us in cruise missile defense, it will help us in ballistic missile defense,” he said. “We’re also talking about a gun that’s going to shoot a projectile that’s about one one-hundredth of the cost of an existing missile system today.”

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LASER WEAPONS

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Navy laser weapon with ‘video game-like controller’ set to deploy.

The World of the Matrix begins

The super-sensation is the artificial womb exists. In Tokyo, researchers have developed a technique called EUFI — extrauterine fetal incubation. They have taken goat fetuses, threaded catheters through the large vessels in the umbilical cord and supplied the fetuses with oxygenated blood while suspending them in incubators that contain artificial amniotic fluid heated to body temperature.

Doctors are developing artificial wombs in which embryos can grow outside a woman’s body. The work has been hailed as a breakthrough in treating the childless.

Scientists have created prototypes made out of cells extracted from women’s bodies. Embryos successfully attached themselves to the walls of these laboratory wombs and began to grow. However, experiments had to be terminated after a few days to comply with in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) regulations.

Yoshinori Kuwabara, chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Juntendo University in Tokyo, has been working on artificial placentas for a decade. His interest grew out of his clinical experience with premature infants, and as he writes in a recent abstract, ”It goes without saying that the ideal situation for the immature fetus is growth within the normal environment of the maternal organism.”

Kuwabara and his associates have kept the goat fetuses in this environment for as long as three weeks. But the doctor’s team ran into problems with circulatory failure, along with many other technical difficulties. Pressed to speculate on the future, Kuwabara cautiously predicts that ”it should be possible to extend the length” and, ultimately, ”this can be applied to human beings.”

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An ET Colony on the Moon?

The unusual object photographed by NASA’s Clementine spacecraft, launched in 1994 has been found on the Moon. Using the actual Google Moon coordinates of the object — 22º42’38.46″N and 142º34’44.52″E — Huffington Post checked it out for ourselves. The other objects were found by HuffPost while maneuvering around the moon’s surface with the Google Moon viewer. While not as perfectly symmetrical as the original object’s seven lights, these others are, nonetheless, as intriguing to look at.

3D Human Brain Model

Group of Canadian and German scientists have created the model of human brain in unprecedented resolution. It explores the anatomy of a single brain in three dimensions at far greater detail than before, a possibility its creators hope will guide the quest to map brain activity in humans. The resource, dubbed the BigBrain, was created as part of the European Human Brain Project and is freely available online for scientists to use.

Alan Evans, a professor at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and senior author of a paper that reports the results in the journal Science, says his team then took on “the technical challenge of trying to stitch together 7,500 sheets of Saran wrap” into a three-dimensional object using digital image processing. Many slices had small rips, tears, and distortions, so the team manually edited the images to fix major signs of damage and then used an automated program for minor fixes. Guided by previously taken MRI images and relationships between neighboring sections, they then aligned the sections to create a continuous 3-D object representing about a terabyte of data.

First pilotless F-16

The US air force has test flown an F-16 fighter jet without a pilot on board for the first time in the latest sign of the military’s increasing reliance on drones.

The robotic F-16 flew for 55 minutes with an empty cockpit from a Florida base last week as part of a programme that would see the converted fighter jet used as a target for pilots in training, manufacturer Boeing said.

“It was really amazing to see an F-16 take off with nobody in it,” said Michelle Shelhamer from Boeing, which has adapted the plane for the US military.

The aircraft is one of six “retired” F-16 jets that would be used as aerial targets for fighter pilots training for air-to-air combat, she said.

“They’re basically built to be shot down,” she said. “It’s full-scale, real world, real life, combat training – not with a simulator or anything else.”

Dmitry Itskov New Era for Humanity

The mission of Future Congress is survival of civilisation, build a bright future for all mankind, reach new goals and create new meanings and values for a himane, ethical, and high tech future. This year the Global Future Congress took place 15-16 June in Lincoln Center New York. The range of discussing themes is really wonderful and wide: from android robotics, anthropomorphic telepresence, neuroscience, mind theory, brain-computer interfaces, neurotransplantation, long-range forecasting, future evolution strategy to conjunction of modern science and spirituality and more.

Many interesting and truly exciting initiatives have been sounded there such as the one from Dmitry Itskov, a Russian multimillionaire who plans to build lifelike copies of humans by 2035 that could eventually be uploaded with the contents of a real human brain.

Neo-humanity will change the bodily nature of the human being, and make them immortal, free, playful, independent of limitations of space and time, Dmitry Itskov says on his page. Just go Dmitry Itskov’s page to read the concept. It’s truly breathtaking reading.

Neo-humanity as an ideology, socio-economic structure and form of civilization will open a fundamentally new era – the cosmic civilization of people of the future, he says. It will provide something that has never existed before and which could not have existed, something which may appear fantastic and incredible today. All history will prove to be merely a process of preparing for an unprecedented leap forward in evolution.

The main features of neo-humanity:
the aspiration towards self-improvement and self-development – instead of creating, accumulating and consuming material goods;

the ability to unite in a collective gigantic mind, the noosphere, a complex self-organizing free society of progress, evolution and synergism. Values, ideology, the mentality and economy are focused on moving forward, on the growth of the global nature of goals and tasks;

synergy of technological and spiritual development, super-mind, immortality, multi-corporeality, cosmic creativity, technologies directed towards improving the physical carrier of the personality.

The world will become the way that we plan it to be. For the swift implementation of the necessary transformations, we must bring together as many enthusiasts as possible, linked by a common vision of the future, and ready to serve a great idea. Existing scientific achievements and reserves are sufficient to start putting this plan into practice. The great goal is a new futuristic reality, based on five principles: high spirituality, high culture, high ethics, high science and high technologies.

Will space tourism ever take off?

We live in fantastic times of fast growing high technologies, incredible scientific achievements and new space findings. Things that seemed completely impossible just a short while ago have turned into reality today, such as all these stunning pieces of new technology being infiltrated into our everyday lives changed instantly everything.

So, it’s extraordinary how far humanity has come as a species in a relatively short period of time! No doubt, the world has been changed dramatically but there is always more to discover, right?

Have you ever thought what’s the next or you do not like to think so far ahead? The next big step is space tourism of course, and then settlements of ordinary people are not so far as well. Space tourism is almost here. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that first space stations will appear in the Earth orbit within next 10 years, they will be equipped for leisure, entertainment, and education. People will be able to buy tickets, book hotels and make reservations, they will save up funds and get loans for space travel, they will do many other travel related things people usually do preparing to start on a journey.

Dennis Tito, a 61-year-old California millionaire and former NASA engineer, became the world’s first space tourist paying $20 million to Russian space agency for the fly in space. Now Dennis Tito is financing a new space project – mission to Mars by a two-person, an American man and woman, in 2018. Obivously space tourism is increasingly recognized as an important future market and there is good business plan behind it because millions of people want to go to space.

Reportedly that Kiwis booked on world’s first commercial space flight, a ticket on this flight costs over $234,000. Virgin Galactic hopes to be taking commercial flights outside of the earth’s atmosphere by 2014.

NASA awards grant for 3-D food printer

Thtat’s just fantastic age we’re living on! “One of the major advantages of a 3-D printer is that it provides personalized nutrition,” Contractor told. “If you’re male, female, someone is sick—they all have different dietary needs. If you can program your needs into a 3-D printer, it can print exactly the nutrients that person requires.”

NASA is certainly a believer: The six-month grant comes to $125,000. The agency specifically interested in using the 3-D printer to feed astronauts on long space voyages.

“Long distance space travel requires 15-plus years of shelf life,” Contractor said to Quartz. “The way we are working on it is, all the carbs, proteins and macro and micro nutrients are in powder form. We take moisture out, and in that form it will last maybe 30 years.”

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The home we’ve ever known

We succeeded taking that picture (Voyager 1, in 1990 (NASA)from deep space), and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.

The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.

Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity — in all this vastness — there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It’s been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

From Dr. Sagan’s book Pale Blue Dot