Solar-Powered Plane Passes Point of No Return on Pacific Crossing

Solar Impulse, the airplane powered solely by the sun, has traveled past the point when it could safely return to land during the longest leg to date of its round-the-world trip. The aircraft left Nagoya, Japan 22 hours ago on its five-day flight to Honolulu, Hawaii.

It is now traveling at around 28 mph more than 8,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean in the blackness of night, around 2 a.m. local time. Pilot Andre Borschberg has just settled down for the second 20-minute rest period of the 10 he will take today. The aircraft’s batteries, meanwhile, have about 50 percent charge left in them as they power the four electric motors and the vehicle flies to meet the sun again in the next few hours.

The plane has already traveled more than 900 miles of the 4,300-nautical-mile trip. If this leg goes as planned, Solar Impulse will next complete the rest of the Pacific crossing with a flight from Honolulu to Phoenix. See a live transmission from the cockpit below, or go to the Solar Impulse site to see the flow of real-time data from the aircraft.

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Neil talks about how long he’s wanted to sit down and chat with Maj. General Charles Bolden.

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anonymous asked:

Have you played LSD: Dream Emulator?

I had a friend who was doing a Let’s Play of LSD: Dream Emulator. He never finished it (and that’s assuming it’s a game that can be finished), but I watched every episode he put out with baited breath.

That is a really weird, really interesting game, and I’m glad it exists. I like games that deal with dreams. And I see games like LSD Dream Emulator, and I see the work of people like Andi McClure, and sometimes I wish I had that kind of weird, artistic creativity in me. Everything I create is very structured and for lack of a better term “normal.”

I’ve never really just let abstract art “flow” out of me. I don’t know if I could be abstract. And I don’t really know why, either. I guess I appreciate the safety of structure too much.

Maybe what I’m about to say will seem tangential, but this is something fancydrak has talked about in a stream, and it’s something I (and many others) experience, about this fear of like… going out of bounds in a videogame. Most recently, I experienced it in a racing game called FUEL.

FUEL is not a good game. It’s sort of a post-apocalyptic racing game, brushed with more than a little Mad Max, and was quite clearly not finished when it was pushed out the door. It was a very ambitious game, and once held the Guinness record for the largest game world (5000 square miles). Despite its huge shortcomings, a community of people has gathered around the game, seeing it for what it could be, and some have even developed mods to try and “fix” the game as best as they could. One of those mods is ReFueled. ReFueled is why I bought FUEL. 

I’m not entirely sure, but I think one of the mods added to ReFueled is the ability to purchase a hovercraft. Water is routinely used to block areas off that you aren’t supposed to get to in FUEL, and with the hovercraft, you can sort of go where you please. 

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#LetsExplore Editor’s Top 10

Since I was a boy I’ve wanted to be an explorer. But I grew up on a small farm in the U.S. state of Iowa. Until I was 18, I’d never traveled by train or airplane. I didn’t own a passport. I’d never even seen the ocean.

The chance to travel to the most remote and inaccessible corners of the world, to meet and try to understand the people and unique environments in each, and to see with my own eyes and make up my mind for myself has been my dream fulfilled.

Over the last five years, National Geographic has sent me off to many faraway places I’d always hoped to explore. I’ve slept in a hammock on top of a waterfall in Laos, hiked through poppy fields in the Afghan mountains, ate dinner on a Sahara desert dune with Egyptian falconers, helicoptered over wolf packs inside Yellowstone National Park, and rode a passenger train across the North Korean countryside.

These amazing opportunities come with responsibility. As an explorer you have to get to the ends of the earth and be a witness. The explorer / photographer has to use her camera to transport others to the same world. The photographer must make us all see the glory and feel the wonder. “This is what I saw. This is what I learned. This is how it made me feel.”

So, when selecting the ten most powerful photographs for National Geographic’s Your Shot #letsexplore hashtag challenge, I was looking for those pictures that transported me to those faraway places to make me see it and feel as though I was there with you.

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