On the edge of space

Two space-related stories caught my eye this past week.

First from Ars Technica, New passenger service to the Moon for $100M. A company based in the British Isles, Excalibur Almaz, is offering rides to the moon and low Earth Orbit flights on Soviet era space craft and space stations.

Excalibur Almaz space capsule

$100 million may still be out of a lot of people’s reach but the price of launching into space is coming down dramatically and soon we may even forget  the moon and head over to Mars.

The second story comes from the National Post, Voyager 1 space probe exits the solar system and it includes a really interesting graphic explaining Voyager 1, its mission and distance from the Earth (I’ve embedded it below).

Voyager was launched in 1977 and so far, in its 35 years in space it has covered almost 20 BILLION kilometers. Twenty BILLION! Let’s hope it doesn’t encounter a higher intelligence and comes back with the intention to destroy us. If you’re interested in checking the galaxy and maybe even following Voyager 1 and its siblings make sure to check out Celestia. It’s a space simulator for Windows, Mac and Linux and it’s a lot of fun.