In the near future, with Virgin Galactic leading the way, the aerospace industry will have new launch systems for the future spacecrafts as an alternative to rocket today’s launches. XGV-A Orbiter designed by Oscar Viñals, is a concept of future’s next generation of launch systems.
The flight deck of Space Shuttle Endeavour, the youngest shuttle and the second to last ever launched. The numerous panels and displays allowed the computer-controlled orbiter to enter the top of Earth’s atmosphere at greater than the speed of sound and (thirty minutes later) land on a runway like an airplane. Image Credit Ben Cooper (Launch Photography)
A rippled dune front in Herschel Crater on Mars moved an average of about two meters (about two yards) between March 3, 2007 and December 1, 2010, as seen in these images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Note that the pattern of ripples on the dune surface has changed completely between the two images. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Ariz./JHUAPL