Space Rockets, Public & Private

chinaspacemissionMonday, October 17, China launched its longest ever planned space mission with two Taikonauts (Chinese astronauts). The mission will dock at the space lab Tiangong-2 as China moves closer to having a manned space station (a space laboratory with people in it at all times).

The two Taikonauts will be corresponding regularly with China’s Xinhua news agency if you want to follow their activities. The Taikonauats will conduct medical and science experiments during their 30 days at Tiangong-2. They will also be preparing Tiangong-2 for future missions and development.

Here is a video of the successful launch!

There are tremendous business and innovation rewards to space travel as discussed previously in Why We Go To Outer Space.

spacex-explosion-index3Meanwhile, three billionaires are pursuing private space businesses: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson. Mr. Musk’s space business – SpaceX – had a rocket explode on the launchpad in September 2016. Rockets cost a lot of money and are serious business. Since the explosion, some people feel that maybe private business does not belong being in charge of space missions (and that space is better explored by government agencies).

You can watch a video of the explosion in this article.

Would you want to risk being an astronaut?

Would you want to risk owning your own space company like Elon Musk’s company SpaceX, Jeff Bezos’ company Blue Origin or Richard Branson’s company Virgin Galactic?

How much money do you think you would need to start your own space business?

These space businesses include everything from trying to make the first passenger rocket trip for travel (like an airplane, but faster) to helping to launch satellites to conducting scientific experiments for other private companies. Are these new space businesses examples of entrepreneurship?

The Robin Hood Army of Food

robinhoodarmyA movement that developed in India and Pakistan to help feed poor people with excess food from restaurants and other food establishment (that would otherwise be thrown out) has now spread to five countries.

In 2014, Neel Ghose in New Delhi, India, began this project to feed 150 people. His friend Sarah Afridi from Pakistan learned of the idea and began the same initiative in the major Pakistani cities of Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.

The Robin Hood Army now exists in 23 cities across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Indonesia. In all cases, the driving power behind the Robin Hood Army is youth volunteers that collect the food from businesses and distribute it to people who are homeless or food insecure. They estimate 3,000 Robin Hoods have helped provide food to nearly 500,000 people in just two years time.

One third of the world’s food production goes to waste while one out of every nine people alive goes to bed hungry each night. In Pakistan alone, it is estimated 60% of the population is food insecure.

View this article for amazing pictures of the Robin Hood Army’s work. Also see this video that is less than 2 minutes about the Robin Hood Army.

Is anyone economically hurt by the actions of the Robin Hood Army?

Is everyone a winner? If you think everyone is a winner, why aren’t things like this done more?

Do emojis have a cultural bias?

A Muslim 15-year-old girl in Berlin has led to the development of Muslim emojis. Rayon Alhumedhi wrote a note to Apple customer help about the lack of emojis with Muslim head coverings (which are a religious symbol of respect). She said, “I honestly didn’t know what to expect and kind of couldn’t believe they’d see it or even talk about it — all I wrote was a short paragraph.”


Do emojis that culturally represent who you are make a difference?

What do you think happens when you are using the emojis from a different culture? Would that impact your out look on yourself?

Imagine if all the emojis in the world were from a different culture than your own? Would that cause a subtle change in your values?

Could you create better emojis than currently exist to let people express themselves? What might Rayon Alhumedhi respond: