Space Exploration and Orbiting the Earth

Space Station Orbit

One of the last great unknowns to man is Space, the final frontier. It’s truly amazing how far we have come since the first apollo missions in the 1960’s. Now days there are thousands of satellites and science labs orbiting the earth at all different altitudes.

Here is one of the cool graphs I found showing all the different objects currently orbiting the earth. Click here for the interactive map. It is beyond cool.

satellites orbiting earth

Here you can view space directly from the International Space station’s cameras. There is a high def view and a regular view from the NASA website here.

High Def – note: they do turn these cameras on and off or there is “interference”

Regular – note: they do turn these cameras on and off or there is “interference”

Beyond these awesome views they allow us to see there is so much more. You can see there are thousands of satellites and labs orbiting the earth right now. There are high definition cameras right now above Mars, the Moon and other planets. They don’t give us access to the live feed of those planets though. Regardless this a step in the right direction.

We could go on forever about the exploration of space. Such as the New Horizons Spacecraft that flew past Pluto and is scheduled to leave our solar system. There are so many missions that we are currrently unaware of it is insane.

One that is being published all over the world is Space X historic achievements of landing rockets back on earth to reuse. This saves costs and advanced the economics of space travel. An incredibly hard feat to achieve is today they launched a Japanese satellite in a geosynchronous orbit, which means they matched the speed of Earth’s rotation with the speed of the satellite so it always stays above Japan.

After research a lot of amateur attempts to reach space I set out on the en devour of learning the mathematics and difficulty behind space travel. It all relies on proper understanding of gravity and physics. Put simpler understanding how to achieve orbit.

So the first thing I did was download an app for the iPhone. It’s a crazy awesome app that allows you build a rocket and try to send it into orbit around any planet in the solar system. So far I have only made successful attempts to orbit the Earth. Tried a few missions to the moon without success. These programs are very realistic. One of the more known games is a recent one that is called Kerbal Space Program. It is where you actually design your own rocket and you can change any mathematical formula from thrust to fuel to try to acheive orbit.

What many people don’t understand is you can make it the 62 miles (internationally recognized boundary) to orbit but eventually you will come back crashing down unless you can thrust your way into orbit.

NASA is reportedly working with the developers of the Kerbal Space Program to use as a simulator. It is the only game of its kind and it is truly amazing.

kerbal space program

With that I will leave you with a few amateur attempts at reaching outer space.

To date no civilian has reached orbit of Earth or possibly even the 62 miles to be recognized as outer space, I hope to be the first.