The NASA Mars 2020 mission started from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It will be the third direct to Mars that started in the last ten days after those of the United Arab Emirates and China. The Atlas 5 rocket leads to Mars Perseverance, the fifth rover of the American Space Agency to land on the Red Planet, this time to pave the way for future missions with astronauts and to look for traces of past or perhaps present life.
Spaceshiptwo: the spacecraft will take tourists to space
Virgin Galactic has unveiled the interior of its Spaceshiptwo, the spacecraft will take tourists to space. Tailored seats and suits, 17 portholes from which to look outwards and cameras everywhere to capture a unique experience: this is what the cabin of the Spaceship Two will look like, the Virgin Galactic spacecraft for private travel.
Spaceshiptwo was presented by the company of Richard Branson, British tycoon and founder of the Virgin Group. The trip is for tourists and scientists, the requests are already many but the price will be accessible to very few: more than 250 thousand dollars per ticket.
The aircraft is designed to make suborbital journeys and, according to the first rumors, the trip should last almost three hours in total, even if the actual stay in Space will be only a few minutes. Meanwhile in addition to the ark of seeds in the Svalbard islands, which preserves over a million samples, the bank of open source software on which our digital civilization is based has been opened.
Bitcoin, Linux, computer languages such as Rubin and Python are kept under various meters of permafrost, always in Svalbard. Microfilm was chosen as a support, capable according to the creators of surviving the cold for a thousand years.
In 186 reels, the GitHub developer platform now owned by Microsoft, has placed humanity's software in a safe surrounded by steel walls in an old coal mine, 250 meters deep, next to the ark of seeds and biodiversity. In all, 21 terabytes of data were transported to the bank.
Its name is Arctic World Archive and it will be updated every time an important new program is added. The archive was designed for various types of needs: one day we may have to open a document for which a program is no longer available.
CDs and hard drives last only a few tens of years. During the presentation of the project, GitHub said: as the codes that are vital for us today become the historical curiosity of tomorrow, their contents can be abandoned, forgotten or lost.
In the event of a global catastrophe, we may be deprived of everything we have memorized in modern media. Archiving the software using different platforms will help us ensure its long-term storage. "