SIR Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is hoping to reach the edge of space for the first time today. The British billionaire's space tourism firm plans to launch its VSS Unity space plane far higher than ever before ahead of its goal to take paying customers to space next year. The flight, launching from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, will attempt to reach an altitude of 50 miles above Earth's surface. This would mark the first time the company has reached the boundary of space as defined by the US and Air Force and other US agencies. "It's a day that we've been waiting for for a long time," said Virgin Galactic chief executive George Whitesides. Reaching the edge of space would mark a significant step toward Branson's goal of sending tourists to space, first promised more than a decade ago. More than 600 people, including major celebrities Brad Pitt and Lady Gaga, have reserved a £200,000 ride on the six-seat rocket, which is about the size of an executive … [Read more...] about Virgin Galactic rocket launch aims for ‘edge of space’ in test flight TODAY – four years after pilot died in ‘catastrophic breakup’
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IT may seem a bit eager to start thinking about Christmas in October, but it’s never too soon to bag yourself a bargain. In fact, when it comes to getting your travel tickets for the festive period, the sooner the better. It pays to be proactive - besides any savings you make now means more money to spend at Christmas.Book your train tickets early Buying train tickets early can save you feeling the pinch later on. Rail companies sell a limited number of "advance" tickets which can be up to a fraction of the price. These discounted tickets are available up to 12 weeks before you travel, which means you can already pick up these reduced fares for Christmas. If you’re heading back in the New Year, then it’s definitely worth buying your ticket this side of the festivities. Book now and you'll be able to avoid rocketing rail fares, which have risen more than twice as fast wages lately. Get a third off with a railcard National Rail offer a range of discount cards including … [Read more...] about How to book cheap train tickets home for Christmas
RENT prices could soar by 15 per cent over the next five years as the supply of new properties entering the market "dries up", an industry expert has warned. The cost of renting in the UK is expected to go up by 2 per cent over the next year as the number of properties available to tenants gets less. The Charted Industry Surveryors (RICS) has put the alarming figures down to the increasing number of small scale landlords leaving the buy-to-let sector following a tax relief cut. The cuts, alongside an extra 3 per cent on stamp duty on second homes, means that buy-to-let has become less profitable so landlords are selling up. But as the number of rentals decreases, there's a sharp spike in the number of tenants because they can't afford to buy as house prices continue to outstrip wages. They found that 22 per cent of surveyors who took part in the research said they'd noticed a drop in the number of new landlords putting a property up for rent over the past three months. How to haggle … [Read more...] about Rents to rocket by 15% over next five years as number of properties ‘dries up’
There might be plenty of aliens – living in other universes, according to a new study. Whether we live in a universe that is just one of many, inside a multiverse, is a question that has long troubled astronomers. And, after asking that, another question that is even more perplexing follows: would those other universes contain life of their own? Now new research has shown that if that multiverse exists it could be filled with many examples of different alien life. Nasa's most stunning pictures of space 30 show all Nasa's most stunning pictures of space 1/30 From the International Space Station, Expedition 42 Flight Engineer Terry W. Virts took this photograph of the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Gulf Coast at sunset Nasa 2/30 This image of an area on the surface of Mars, approximately 1.5 by 3 kilometers in size, shows frosted gullies on a south-facing slope within a crater. The image was taken by Nasa's HiRISE camera, which is mounted on its Mars Reconaissance … [Read more...] about We could live inside a multiverse that is full of alien life, new study suggests
BILLIONAIRE tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has built a reputation for his innovative companies such as SpaceX and Tesla and his forward-thinking ideas. From advising Donald Trump on how to make humans a "multiplanetary species" to his work on the world's biggest lithium-ion battery, here's everything you need to know about one of the planet's most influential tech figures. Who is Elon Musk? There's no doubt that Elon has quite the CV. He's the founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors, co-founder and chairman of SolarCity, co-chairman of Opan AI, co-founder of Zip2 and founder of X.com, which merged with PayPal. Musk has envisioned a high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop and proposed an electric jet. He has previously said that the goals of his companies revolve around his vision to change the world and humanity. His aim is to reduce global warming and reduce the risk of human extinction by setting up a colony on … [Read more...] about What is Elon Musk’s net worth, did the Tesla founder date Amber Heard and why has he built an underground tunnel in LA?