We’re no strangers to Halo/Destiny “coincidences”, with Ghosts, Guardians, Arrays, Oracles and… need I continue? But in this very real-life example, we find more similarity to two of our favorite games. Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, is seen in the above “false-color” image reflecting sun off of one of it’s lakes. The sun also creates a fiery affect on Titan’s…
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It’s not Halo, but damn it’s cool! Landing on a Comet
In March of 2004 a robotic spacecraft named Rosetta was launched by the European Space Agency to catch up with and land on a comet. It’s set to meet part one of that goal in less than one month. Rosetta is no stranger to exploration. Equipped with a variety of scientific imaging equipment, Rosetta has followed a 12 year flight-plan,…
It’s not Halo, but damn it’s cool! Fusionman
Yves Rossy is a Swiss inventor who flies through the air with the greatest of ease – – in a jetpack!
A backpack with carbon-fiber wings and four jet engines, Rossy’s jetpack is classified as an aircraft by The United States Federal Aviation Administration. Rossy launches off by jumping from a helicoptor or plane, and lands using a parachute, but once he’s in the air, he’s able to fly alongside other aircraft, explore landscapes and even do loop de loops.
Watch how graceful and fun Yves makes piloting his jetpack in the following videos. I haven’t used a jetpack since Halo:REACH, when I switched to bumper-jumper, but maybe someday I’ll get to fly in one irl. A girl can dream, can’t she?
The future is now…
Jetman in Oshkosh
Edit: Looks like there is a jetpack of another variety set to be available to the public “by the end of 2015”: The Martin Jetpack. This one operates more like what we see in video games. You can reserve a Martin with a minimum deposit of $5,000. The target price is around $150,000.
Sources: Yves’ Official Site (jetman.com), Wikipedia, Martin Jetpack
It’s not Halo, but damn it’s cool! Moon sets on Earth’s atmosphere
This photo was Tweeted a couple of days ago by Koichi Wakata, an astronaut on the International Space Station, and it was just too damn cool not to share! Freakin’ awesome. Follow Halo Diehards Official Twitter for Halo and other gaming news, and the occasional real space news thrown in: @HaloDiehards Check out Koichi Wakata’s Twitter: @Astro_Wakata
It’s not Halo, but damn it’s cool! Laser Data & Energy Transmission
When Apollo 8 captured the first “Earth rise” from the moon in 1968, it took days for the footage to reach Earth so the crew could share it with the world. Using lasers, hundreds of such images could be sent to Earth from that distance every second. The Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration (LLCD) is a NASA project that was built…
It’s not Halo, but damn it’s cool! Space Exploration Map
“Fifty Years of Exploration” is a poster created by Sean McNaughton and Samuel Velesco. It depicts every space mission that mankind has embarked upon up to 2008 (when the poster was created). It’s been around for awhile and the map is not to scale, but it’s new to my eyes and simply fantastic to gaze upon. Enjoy! Thanks, @Kris_Tribal, for…
It’s not Halo, but damn it’s cool! Graphene
Holy shiznit! Nano-medicine by 2030? One molecule layer thick air and water-tight sealants? If you haven’t heard of graphene, discovered in 2004, now’s the time to check it out in this video by DNews. Check out our other “It’s not Halo, but damn it’s cool!” articles to get caught up on more proof that ‘The Future is Now’.