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You may soon be able to ride to the edge of space from Alaska in a Balloon

You may soon be able to ride to the edge of space from Alaska in a Balloon

Florida-based startup firm Space Perspective plans to use the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak to serve as one of the launch sites for the vehicle, called the Spaceship Neptune

IT-S-VIRAL Updated: Jul 04, 2020 09:29 IST

Associated Press | Posted By: Trisha Sengupta

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Anchorage

The balloon rides will be manned by a flight crew.
The balloon rides will be manned by a flight crew. (Facebook/Space Perspective)

A company wants to use an advanced balloon to fly customers from Earth’s surface in Alaska to the highest reaches of the planet’s atmosphere.

Florida-based startup firm Space Perspective plans to use the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak to serve as one of the launch sites for the vehicle, called the Spaceship Neptune, The Anchorage Daily News reported on Sunday.

The balloon rides will be manned by a flight crew taking eight passengers in a pressurized capsule suspended beneath a hydrogen balloon the size of a football stadium.

Each passenger could pay an estimated $125,000 for a six-hour journey.

Mark Lester, CEO of Alaska Aerospace Corp., said the high-altitude rides will be available from Kodiak in a few years and will support Alaska tourism.

“You will have people from around the world who want to come to Alaska and see the Northern Lights from the edge of space,” Lester said.

Alaska Aerospace and Space Perspective will test and refine spaceport operations and secure spaceflight licenses from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Space Perspective plans to complete an unmanned test flight from the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida next year.

Passengers will begin with a two-hour ascent to about 19 miles (31 kilometers) above Earth. They will then be able to post on social media about the experience or send data.

“Neptune then makes a two-hour descent under the balloon and splashes down, where a ship retrieves the passengers,” along with the capsule and balloon, Alaska Aerospace said.

Capsule recovery would occur in the waters around Kodiak Island and the Aleutian Island chain, depending upon the seasonal wind patterns.

The balloon design is derived from technology NASA has used for decades to fly large research telescopes, Space Perspective said.Enter your email to get our daily newsletter in your inbox Subscribe tags

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Home It’s Viral / Cats get bamboozled over a high-tech litter box. Watch

Cats get bamboozled over a high-tech litter box. Watch

Looks like this kitty video has found its perfect home on the subreddit ‘animals being confused’.

IT-S-VIRAL Updated: Jul 04, 2020 20:20 IST

Sanya Budhiraja

Sanya Budhiraja
Hindustan Times, New Delhi

The image shows two felines and an electronic litter box.
The image shows two felines and an electronic litter box. (Reddit/@tyson05)

You may have heard the colloquial phrase, “Technology has come a long way”. This high-tech kitty litter box may be a prime example of precisely that.

Posted on Reddit on July 1, the video is almost 30 seconds long. The clip has been shared with a caption reading, “Litter box confusion”.

The recording shows two felines standing in front of an electronic litter box. The cat parent stands behind the lens, talking about the many benefits of the device. However, the kitties do not seem to notice her presence. The high-tech litter box appears to have captured their attention.

One brave feline even stands on its hind legs and tries to place a speculative paw on the machine. It takes a few tries, but after some effort, it extends its upper body into the spaceship-like device.

What will happen next? Will these cats adopt this modern technology? That only time will tell, we guess. Regardless, check out the derpy clip:Click To Expand

Since being shared to the subreddit ‘animals being confused’, the post has accumulated nearly 1,000 upvotes and almost 100 comments.

Here is how Redditors reacted to the share. One person said, “I’m confused by that litter box too”. Honestly, it has sort of puzzled us too.

Another person wrote, “He doesn’t know if he is going to the toilet or outer space”. “I’d be confused if my toilet started doing barrel rolls too,” read one comment.

A Reddit user jokingly proclaimed, “Those cats are living in 2030”. Well, it would explain a lot if they were.

What are your thoughts on this high-tech kitty litter box?

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Home It’s Viral / Baby snake noodles say hello to the world after hatching, look surprisingly cute. Watch

Baby snake noodles say hello to the world after hatching, look surprisingly cute. Watch

In the clip, two corn snakes, one which is an albino corn snake, hatch from their eggs.

IT-S-VIRAL Updated: Jul 04, 2020 20:12 IST

Amrita Kohli

Amrita Kohli
Hindustan Times, New Delhi

The image shows both the baby snakes hatching from their eggs.
The image shows both the baby snakes hatching from their eggs. (Instagram/@jayprehistoricpets)

Snakes usually make people uncomfortable, even if they’re far away and one’s simply watching them on a screen. However, this video of baby snakes may leave you feeling slightly confused – as they seem so adorable saying hello to the world for the first time.

A video shared on Instagram shows two snakes hatching out of their eggs. The video has been shared on the Jay Prehistoric Pets page on the photo and video sharing app. “These baby snake noodles are so cute but then again everything is so cute when it’s born… new life is so awesome it’s like a fresh start, so you just can’t help to not do your best to protect it,” says Jay Brewer, the founder and owner of the store.

In the clip, two corn snakes, one which is an albino corn snake, hatch from their eggs. Brewer also shares details about the snake in the video. Take a look:

Within a day of being shared, the video has collected over 76,000 views and more than 11,000 likes. People have posted several comments about the clip.

“Super cool little ones,” comments an individual. “I hate snakes, but after seeing your video, I think they are cute,” says another. Well these baby noodles do have that talent.

A few posted questions as well, which were answered by the page. “So whenever you hatch these babies how long before they need to be fed?” asks one Instagram user. “They will shed first usually after they absorb all the yolk left in their belly and then start eating so usually a week or so,” came the reply.

Others asked if the baby snakes bite or if they’re venomous. While the babies can bite these were friendly, came the reply. And no, they aren’t venomous.

So what do you think about these baby snakes?

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Home It’s Viral / Father imparts motivational lesson to son, shares its impact three years later

Father imparts motivational lesson to son, shares its impact three years later

This father and son duo prove that with determination, practice, and guidance, one can achieve great success.

IT-S-VIRAL Updated: Jul 04, 2020 20:21 IST

Sanya Budhiraja

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The image shows Jason Wilson’s son, three years apart.
The image shows Jason Wilson’s son, three years apart. (Instagram/@mrjasonowilson)

Many parents may agree that parenting is no easy feat. And they may also agree that there is no greater joy than seeing one’s child thrive. This particular dad filmed his son’s personal development, three years apart, after imparting some insightful words about progress and patience to him. The video is such a heartwarming watch, we can only imagine how proud this father must feel of his son’s growth.

Posted on Instagram on July 3, the clip was shared from writer Jason Wilson’s official account. “I updated this viral video of me helping my beloved son overcome his lack of confidence by inserting a clip of where he is today (end of video). May we all be encouraged to change the way we view progress and have patience with ourselves through the process!” reads the text posted alongside the recording.

The film opens to a video Wilson recorded three years back. The father-son duo are practising boxing when Wilson notices tears in his boy’s eyes. He asks, “What you crying for?”. To which the child responds, “I don’t feel confident in myself”.

When probed about why he feels this way, the young boy says, “Because I have to do it over and over again”. Wilson accounts for his son’s sentiments and shares some lasting words of wisdom. He says, “Over and over doesn’t mean you’re doing it wrong. It means you have to practice”. Their conversation goes on for a few more seconds and makes for a very compelling watch.

You can check out the whole dialogue here. Be sure to stick around until the very end because it highlights how beneficial practice and proper guidance can be.

This post currently has almost 62,000 views and nearly 600 comments.

Here is how Instagram users reacted to the share. One person said, “You’re an amazing teacher! Thank you for sharing your ability to communicate with the world”.

Another individual wrote, “His smile shows his confidence in the updated clip”.

What are your thoughts on this sweet, inspiring exchange between a father and son?

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Home It’s Viral / Elephant tries to cross busy road, speeding cars make it difficult. Watch

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Cars zoomed past the elephant which seemed confused about how to proceed.

IT-S-VIRAL Updated: Jul 04, 2020 18:58 IST

Amrita Kohli

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The elephant trying to cross the road.
The elephant trying to cross the road. (Twitter/@verma_akash)

A video of an elephant trying to cross a road that has a heavy flow of traffic has been shared on Twitter. This video has left many upset and asking why people couldn’t simply wait for the elephant to cross the road.

The video was tweeted by Akash Kumar Verma, IFS. The clip shows vehicles moving on a road that has a forested area on both sides. An elephant is seen standing by the side of the road waiting to cross the it. Probably intimidated by a few cars right in front of it, it tries to chase them. Once those vehicles move away it slowly tries to cross the road. However, some vehicles refuse to wait and zoom past. The elephant visibly seems uncomfortable as if figuring out its next move.

“Known elephant crossover hotspot, rumble strips to slow vehicle speed, yellow signboards shout in bold letters to let wildlife have right of way and wildlife rich area- but who cares? Imagine the stress this elephant suffers. NH74, Haridwar,” posted Verma while sharing the video.

Shared last evening, the video has collected over 2,200 retweets and several comments. People haven’t held back while sharing their reactions to the video.

Actor and producer Pooja Bhatt is among those who posted a comment about the video:

Many others shared similar reactions.

“Good example of need for smart infrastructure development so that we do not build roads through wildlife paths,” wrote an individual. “We are a very selfish society,” posted another. “Even this elephant without any formal education is behaving more decently and not harming anyone .We humans are really ignorant and selfish,” added a third.

Yesterday, a similar video went viral. The clip shows a baby elephant being helped by an older one to climb up and cross a barrier along the road. “This little elephant calf was blessed to get the help from its mother. Not every animal is that lucky. Such structures are also the reason for roadkills. High time to rethink and plan animal friendly linear projects that pass through the forests and corridors,” wrote Sudha Ramen IFS while sharing the viral clip.

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