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The SpaceX Grasshopper Rocket Helps Humanity to Ascend Higher and Higher

Mankind’s space exploration and eventual space colonization future is rapidly getting more and more exciting, and more and more a new symbol of individual liberty. Courtesy of SpaceX On Friday, April 19th, 2013, SpaceX‘s Grasshopper did its fifth test-launch, and it continued its trending exponential altitude gains. In its fifth test, performed at the company’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas, the rocket reached an altitude of 820 ft (250 m) before coming back down to Earth. In its previous test on March 7th, 2013 the space mission vessel reached just 263 feet of altitude, although that was its best […]

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A Laser More Powerful Than A Star

In use since 2008, the Texas Petawatt Laser is the world’s most powerful laser. It is housed in the sub-sub-basement of the math and physics building at The University of Texas at Austin. For a small fraction of a second (1/10 of one trillionth of a second), this laser can produce light that is brighter than the surface of our sun. Todd Ditmire, Director of the Center for High-Intensity Laser Science said, “For a small area, for a small instance we have the brightest light in the universe.”  It is 2,000 times more powerful than the sum of all power […]