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Are You Ready to Visit Space?

How old were you when you decided you were going to be an Astronaut? I don’t know too many people who didn’t dream of this career as a child. What cooler job could there possibly be than to defy gravity and hang out somewhere out there? I think I was probably four or five the first time I informed the world at large (meaning: mom and dad) that I was going into space some day. Some thirty years later, I’m still patiently waiting to blast off. While I am never going to be an Astronaut, I might still get a small tour of space in a few years, thanks to Boeing.

By the year 2015, Boeing plans to offer commercial space tours in the CST-100 (Crew Space Transportation-100) low-orbit flights. The flights will be operated in conjunction with Space Adventures. They’ll carry seven passengers about 62 miles above the surface of the Earth. The ships are already being developed with the help of NASA. The vehicles could even be used to transport visitors to and from various space habitats that are rumored to be under development.

We are excited about the potential to offer flights on Boeing’s spacecraft,” said Eric Anderson, co-founder and chairman of Space Adventures. “With our customer experience and Boeing’s heritage in human spaceflight, our goal is not only to benefit the individuals who fly to space, but also to help make the resources of space available to the commercial sector by bringing the value from space back to Earth.

Space Adventures has already flown seven spaceflight participants (during eight missions) to the International Space Station. It’s not so far-fetched to realize that we really can head out in a space shuttle in the very near future!

What Does Space Food Taste Like?

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I’m no stranger to strange foods. When given the opportunity to sample some space snacks, I jumped at the chance. Today, I received the Prof. Retro’s Space Food Sampler on my doorstep. I decided that I had to do a live tasting of each product inside the cute little box.

There are several different freeze-dried snacks in the nifty gift box:

  • Neapolitan Astronaut Ice Cream
  • Chocolate with Chocolate Chips Astronaut Ice Cream
  • Mint Chocolate Astronaut Ice Cream
  • Freeze-dried Astronaut Apples
  • Freeze-dried Apple-Cinnamon wedges
  • Freeze-dried Astronaut Bananas
  • Freeze-dried Astronaut Strawberries
  • Chocolate Space Food Sticks
  • Peanut Butter Space Food Sticks
  • Four Splashdown Flavor Stix for bottled water: Lunar Lemonade, Intergalactic Grape, Lemon-Lime and Crater-Ade.

I was honestly shocked at how good this stuff tastes. First up was the freeze-dried strawberries. They were a lot yummier than I expected, even though the water has been removed. They’re healthy… the entire package only has 50 calories in it!

The Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream smells minty, and tastes bizarre in a good way. Even though it’s not cold, it still tastes exactly how the ice cream itself would. The consistency at first was chalky, but as it dissolved it was just… wow! The Chocolate with Chocolate Chips ice cream was much the same. Holy cow… I could totally get in to eating space food for snacks all the time!

There’s hydrogenated oil in the Cookies and Cream ice cream bar. I wasn’t too happy to see that, but I gave it a taste just the same. I figured the oil was found in the cookie part, so I avoided that. No offense to the company… I just made a health choice for myself that I feel is best. The ice cream was yummy, though.

The apple-cinnamon wedges were crunchy and to die for. They’re seriously awesome, folks. No joke… you should buy these and put them on your cereal or just eat as snacks. They’re likely my new favorite snack. At only fifty calories a bag, I can snack all day long.

The Peanut Butter protein stick didn’t look too appetizing when I opened it, but I decided to try. It’s chewy, which I didn’t expect. Believe it or not, though, it wasn’t half-bad. I enjoyed it and it’s a heck of a lot better than most energy bars I’ve tried in the past.

The chocolate version of the energy bar is delish, as well. I’d say, though, that the strawberries and apples were my favorites. I like every one of these products… even though I am not crazy about the fake oil in the cookies ‘n’ cream bars. Perhaps astronauts should eat a bit healthier and cut those out of their diets.

You should grab some of these for yourself. They make awesome snacks, and great party treats.

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What Does the Tech Future Hold?

While writing about the astronauts tweeting from space earlier tonight, I couldn’t help but think about other technology breakthroughs that could be coming sooner than we think. Even five years ago, we wouldn’t have dreamed that we’d have people out in space sending real-time messages to us here on Earth via an instant-messaging type of communication such as Twitter.

Heck, five years ago we thought that “someday” we would have a black President. We figured maybe “one day” we would see cell phones that actually let us DO things. It seems to me as though “someday” is here much sooner than we figured.

What other things do you feel that we may see come to fruition sooner than we previously thought? What other ground-breaking news have you read today?!

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