July Around the World

July Around the World

Solar Impulse 2

July Around the World

NASA has exposed its first aircraft designated to fly to Mars and scan its surface

July Around the World

Two men were killed in a collision between a US Air Force F-16 jet and a Cessna

The record broken by the world’s first solar plane, the UAV that will scan Mars’s surface, the disaster that nearly befall the International Space Station and the F-16 and Cessna crash. Reviewing July’s events

Eilon Tohar

“New Horizons” Discovers New Horizons
After traveling some 5 billion kilometers during almost a decade in space, NASA’s probe “New Horizons” flew by the dwarf planet Pluto, making the closest approach to the planet ever made. The probe broadcasted interesting data regarding the planet’s diameter, which was doubtful until recently, its surface composition and more. NASA also published some amazing photos of the planet, presenting it like never before.

NASA Reveals Mars Bound Aircraft
If you still haven’t come across news regarding “Earth 2”, the earth-like planet recently discovered by NASA, well, you most probably live on a different planet. While the internet is slowly filling out with futuristic visions of mobbing to a different planet, the American space agency continues to labor over other ambitious, yet slightly more practical goals: flying to Mars. NASA has exposed its first aircraft designated to fly to Mars and scan its surface after undergoing a series of experiments over the next years. This is an unmanned aerial vehicle aimed at searching for landing sites for possible manned missions NASA may carry out it the future.

Longest Solo Flight in the World
the “Solar Impulse 2” solar plane has a highly ambitious object: circumnavigating the world. In early July it has already managed to break an especially impressive record when it conducted the longest, consecutive solo flight in the history of aviation.
The plane, flown by the Swiss pilot André Borschberg, flew for four days, 21 hours and 52 minutes without landing, breaking the previous 72 hours record. It currently continues its sun-powered journey to complete a full lap around the earth.

International Space Station Avoids Accident
On July 16, Fragments of a Russian weather satellite flew by the International Space Station, nearly causing a collision. The three crew members in the station were transferred to the “Soyuz” spacecraft attached to the station, which would have flown back to earth in case of emergency. Fortunately, the space waste missed the space station by 2 kilometers and after an hour in the “Soyuz”, the crew returned to the station.

US: Fighter Jet and a “Cessna” collide
Two men were killed in a collision between a US Air Force F-16 jet and a “Cessna” in South Carolina. The F-16 pilot safely ejected himself from the jet and was transported for a health assessment. The pilot and the passenger of the light plane were killed.

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