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Gadlinks for Friday 7.17.09

Gadlinks for Friday 7.17.09 Jul 17th, 2009 at 6:30PM: There are all kinds of great travel reads to keep you occupied this weekend! Here are just a few: When in doubt, take a long walk to clear your head and get some fresh air. It's a great mini-travel activity you can do wherever you are in the world, whether it's on the road or at home. [via Vagablogging] BootsNAll gives us a great guide to learning how to surf abroad, which includes the...

What financial crisis? Rich software designer blasts off to space for second time

What financial crisis? Rich software designer blasts off to space for second time Mar 26th, 2009 at 5:00PM: We've written about Hungarian-born software designer Charles Simonyi before here at Gadling. He's the rich guy who blasted off into space back in 2007 and spent 11 days as a space tourist on board the International Space Station. Apparently that once-in-a-lifetime experience wasn't enough. Simonyi launched into space for his second trip today. He went up in a Russian Soyuz rocked that lifted off...

Gadling Take FIVE: February 7 --February 13

Gadling Take FIVE: February 7 --February 13 Feb 13th, 2009 at 7:30PM: We heard Tynan was coming back to blog on Gadling, and sure enough, this week he began his series Life Nomadic about living no where in particular, but where everywhere is filled with possibilities. This week boasted a few more tales of amazing feats. One of them was Richard Donovan's marathon spree of around the world travel-- literally. For anyone who wonders if you'll ever get in shape by...

Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo is on the way

Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo is on the way Jun 10th, 2008 at 2:30PM: On the far side of the air travel spectrum, where oil isn't an issue, flight attendants aren't cranky and passengers aren't grumbling about extra baggage fees, Virgin Galactic is hanging out alone in the space travel sector. Earlier this year, VG announced plans for its new aircraft, the White Knight Two that is being built by their partner, Scaled Composites, along with the release of a variety...

The commercial space race heats up

The commercial space race heats up Mar 26th, 2008 at 3:00PM: Remember Virgin Galactic? It's Richard Branson's pet project to create the first ever commercial service to fly passengers into a lower orbit, tool around in zero gravity for a little while and float back to the surface. They teamed up with Scaled Composites, the group who built the spacecraft that won the Ansari X prize, to create SpaceShipTwo, which by 2009 should soon be able to carry six...

Mutant Germs a Real Killer for Space Tourism

Mutant Germs a Real Killer for Space Tourism Sep 26th, 2007 at 4:01PM: Okay, so mutant germs and space tourism don't really have too much in common. But you should still get ready for some real-life science fiction that has to do with space travel: when scientists sent salmonella up on a space shuttle, they found that it killed mice more quickly than it did on earth. And when the salmonella got back on terra firma, researchers discovered that 167 genes had changed in...

First Russian Space Tourist to be Launched in 2009

First Russian Space Tourist to be Launched in 2009 Sep 5th, 2007 at 9:02AM: Plans are already coming along for the world's first space hotel, and now Russia is planning to send up its first space tourist, in 2009. Five other tourists have already paid (a cool $25 million!) for this honor, but four were from the U.S. and the other from South Africa. The mystery man (described only as a serious, respectable, and young businessman and politician), is negotiating his ticket...

GADLING'S TAKE FIVE: Week of November 26

GADLING'S TAKE FIVE: Week of November 26 Dec 1st, 2006 at 10:28PM: Am I the only one who can't believe it is December 1st? Where did November go? Where did the year go? How time flashes! If the end of the week managed to sneak up on you as fast as it got me you might want to review some of these posts found here over the week. 5. ABBA Museum to Debut in 2008: Come on! You can't tell me you're not excited by the news. Get your dancing feet to this one to find out...

Space Tourism Details Start to Fill In

Space Tourism Details Start to Fill In Nov 29th, 2006 at 8:51AM: Not to steal too much thunder from Erik (who's been blogging about this for some time), but it looks like the details of space tourism are getting clearer. Virgin Galactic has already collected $200,000 from its first 100 customers, called "founders," for their 150-minute flights on SpaceShipOne. More spots are still open for the next elite group of 400, called "pioneers" ($150,000 down payment)....

First Pakistani Woman to Tour Space

First Pakistani Woman to Tour Space Nov 28th, 2006 at 5:26PM: Namira Salim is not an astronaut. She does music, art, sculpture and is a peace activist, but among all this she will become the first Pakistani woman to tour outer space. In 2008 she will set out with Virgin Galactic (sister company to Virgin Atlantic) as one of the good will ambassadors for the company. The lucky woman was chosen as a member of Virgin Galactic Founders Club out of some 40,000...

GADLING'S TAKE FIVE: Week of October 1

GADLING'S TAKE FIVE: Week of October 1 Oct 6th, 2006 at 11:50PM: Buckle down everyone and grab some hot cocoa. It's time for another weekly dose of Gadling's Take Five. 5. Shrink is Located in Terminal A: Fear of flying? Get help and get over it! Iva brings a great piece from USA Today which talks of Buenos Aires response to those who are afraid to fly. You can now find a shrink in the terminal. Can someone say "hooray?" 4. America's Best Restaurants: Eating...

Space Tourism Training

Space Tourism Training Apr 8th, 2006 at 1:58PM: If you thought the 840-something vaccinations needed to go certain places in Asia and Africa was outrageous enough to keep you from ever stepping foot on either continent or far too draining to endure before reaching the final destination imagine the training involved before going into orbit. Seems many of you are rather excited and hopeful about touring the galaxy one day when, say...

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