Holy crap, it’s real! Behold the first glimpse of Paul Allen’s crazy space venture: The largest airplane in history, a 385-foot (117-meter) wingspan beast designed to carry and launch a giant rocket to space, with a combined weigh of 1,200,000 pounds (540,000 kg)! Check out the mind-blowing photos.
Now look at the scale of part of those tail sections compared to the humans in the photos.
And that’s only the tail sections! Insane. This graphic compares the Roc—as they call it—with other planes, like the 747-8, the Airbus A-380-800 or the ill-fated Hughes H-4 Spruce Goose.
If you think this will go nowhere, remember that we are talking about Paul Allen—who has more money than god—and Gary L. Wentz, Jr., the project leader who was the former Chief Engineer of the Science and Mission Systems at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
After an exceptionally busy few days for the three-member crew onboard the International Space Station, Wednesday provided an opportunity to share some of the beauty of our home planet from their orbital perspective. Photograph of Earth’s middle east region 11:00 GMT 15 May 2013.
On March 12, 2013, Comet PANSTARRS was aligned with a very new moon and slid towards the horizon together. This timelapse shows frames captured every 5 seconds. From my home near Santa Fe, New Mexico. By Michael Zeiler
Taken by Johnny Horne on March 10, 2013 @ Harrells NC in southeastern NC, USA.