Virgin Galactic, the spaceflight company from the Virgin Group of companies, was recently honored by the Air and Space Museum in Washington. At this event, Richard Branson, head of the Virgin Group, told AFP that he wishes to go up in space in July, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
For those Earthlings who are unaware, Virgin Galactic, SpaceX and Blue Origin are three companies which plan on sending normal (read rich!) people to space, albeit just for a few minutes and only on suborbital flights. A suborbital flight is basically a flight that does not go high enough to orbit the Earth. Nonetheless, this news opens up so many possibilities and discoveries for us humans presently residing on good ol Earth! Just imagine, many years (light-years?) into the future, when we finally master space travel, we might be living on a different planet. Maybe Mars? Maybe Jupiter? Maybe some other planet in another galaxy? The possibilities are endless! So, in order to prepare ourselves to relocate to other planets (hey! we can at least dream about it!), here’s a list of weird things we could encounter:
If, by the time we figure out space travel, we also create a suite that can handle the temperatures on Mercury, here’s what you should know. If you think Mercury is all heat and fire, you are not completely wrong. But, while day time temperatures on Mercury can reach a horrifying 840℉ (448 ℃), the night time temperatures can chill you to the bone. The temperature at night on Mercury can reach to -328℉ (-200 ℃). Let’s just hope we also figure out fashionable, temperature resisting clothes by then.
Not a fan of the cold on Mercury? How about you check out these beautiful winter lands on Earth instead?
Mars is, till now, the only planet being considered for human race’s relocation, because its living conditions are almost similar to Earth’s. However, be warned that the dust that floats around on the surface of Mars is Iron Oxide. Extreme exposure may lead to metal fume fever and breathing problems.
You will be a very happy Earthling on Jupiter! Why? Because 1 day on Jupiter is equal to only 9 hours 56 minutes! That means less office hours and less study time! On the flip side, that also means less sleep time and worse yet, less travel time ☹ Also, did you know that Jupiter has approximately 79 moons! We wonder how a full moon night on the planet will look like…
If you are a person known for your patience, Uranus is the planet for you! Because, seasons on the planet last for over 20 years. And, apparently, the summer season on Uranus can stretch for as long as 84 years!
Not someone with loads of patience? Then check out these beautiful destinations in summer, on Earth itself.
The perfect place to relocate for Star Wars fans; planet Kepler 16b has two suns, just like Tatooine! Located 200 light-years away from Earth (Google Maps can’t touch this one!), if you decide to reside on Kepler 16b, you will never be alone during the day time. Because, you will always have two shadows with you! This planet was discovered on 15th September 2011 by NASA’s Kepler mission.
Note that this blog is just for infotainment purpose. Space travel, although an ongoing field of research, will take lots of years. And longer yet will be our wait to call another planet our home. Till then, this blog could be used as a time capsule! If someone in the year 2090 is reading this, “Hi! Hope you are living on a planet full of greenery, joy and humanity. Hope we, people from the year 2019, left a good enough future for you” ?