Space Under the Christmas Tree

It was Christmas Morning. I tentatively examined the base of the Christmas Tree.

SpaceX, Orbital Sciences has been awarded ISS re-supply contract the card said. After taking off the paper I found that the package contained a model of a Space X Dragon …

SpaceX

SpaceX DragonLab™ - a free-flying, fully-recoverable, reusable spacecraft capable of hosting pressurized and unpressurized payloads. Credit: SpaceX

The card was signed “From Father Christmas”.

Another package, long and thin was wrestled out of the corner. “Goodwill to all Men and Women” said the message. New space elevator consortium agreed, the card continued. Once the package was opened it divulged another model … a Space Elevator !

This illustration by artist Pat Rawling shows the concept of a space elevator as viewed from the geostationary transfer station looking down the length of the elevator towards the Earth.

This illustration by artist Pat Rawling shows the concept of a space elevator as viewed from the geostationary transfer station looking down the length of the elevator towards the Earth.

It seemed that Father Christmas had been busy this year.

A Happy Blooming Christmas to you as well !


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