November Around the World November Around the World November Around the World The space probe that landed on a comet, the crash of the commercial space shuttle, Iran’s new life saving UAV and the flying British lamb chop. A look on the events of the month

Eilon Tohar

Tragedy strikes California: Commercial space shuttle crashed
The month was opened with the unpredictable crash of the tourist space shuttle “SpaceShipTwo” during a test flight, after four years of development. The shuttle, which was built by “Virgin Galactic” owned by the billionaire Richard Branson, exploded immediately after taking off for a test flight in California.

One of the pilots died during the crash while the other, who was able to eject himself, was severely injured. The space shuttle was designed to transport tourists to space. The shuttle was designed to fly six passengers in addition to the two pilots. More than 700 people signed up for the first commercial flights, including celebrities like Steven Hocking, Ashton Kutcher, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, who announced that she is also planning to perform inside it.

An historical landing on a comet
In this month, a manmade object has successfully landed on a comet for the first time. The space rover “Philae” landed on a comet “Churyumov Gerasimenko” and provided amazing images that were never taken before. After Disconnecting from the spacecraft “Roseta”, the space rover traveled the surface of the comet for 7 hours, while a Twitter account under its name tweeted about the developments and interesting updates in real time. Unfortunately, after a short while the communication with the space rover was lost after its battery died.
Scientists hope that the communication will recover when the comet gets closer to the sun and its solar energy activates it back. On its deathbed “Philae” twitted: “I’m tired”.

New Residents of the International Space Station
Three new astronauts arrived at the International Space Station aboard the “Soyuz” spacecraft this month. The two are joining a NASA astronaut and two more astronauts of the Russian Space Agency that has been staying there since September.
The new residents are expected to stay in the space station until May. During this period, the astronauts will engage in scientific researches concerning the genetic structure of roundworms, the effect of the atmosphere on aerosols and liquid metals.

So what do you take with you for six months in a floating space station? Well, the three were equipped with cans of caviar for the New Year celebrations, as well as a selection of fruits and a coffee machine.
A worth noting astronaut who has joined the space station is Samantha Cristoforetti, the first Italian astronaut. By the way, the three astronauts have active Twitter accounts, in case you want to follow the activity taking place 400 Kilometers above the ground.



Iranian UAVs Will Act As Lifeguards
A new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in the Islamic Republic will save people from drowning sea. The UAV is operated by remote control and supposed to take over the position of lifeguards – it takes off towards the drowning person and releases a life saver. The UAV, which was developed by the company RTSL, uses infrared and radio waves as well as solar energy, allowing it to stay active around the clock.

Lamb Chop In Space
As part of a unique marketing trick for his new book “Meatspace”, the British author Nikesh Shukla has created a video that documents the journey of a lamb chop to space. The video presents a lamb chop being collected from a restaurant with a fork and sent into space using a weather balloon. Whether it is an ingenious marketing campaign or an attempt to get in the IAF site, the author has definitely succeeded in his mission.