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Geeking with Destination Venus Episodes #9 & #10: Cynical about Billionaires & Boba Fett's Spaceship

OK. So. Last week Regie was pretty grumpy about Billionaires and pound shop Bond Villains Jeff Besos and Elon Musk's activities in space. So grumpy in fact he forgot to post the show notes.

So. We're posting them now. To listen to Episode Nine, "Cynical about Billionaires in Space" click on the image of Besos's weirdly phallic space craft below to go to the download page, or just search "Geeking with Destination Venus" wherever fine pods are casted. For the show notes for Episode Ten "Boba Fett's Spaceship and Flying Cars" just scroll on down.

Regie considered the sub-orbital thrill ride that the Besos brothers will be taking on July 20th with a third person who has paid $27 Million for the privilege. For an eleven minute flight. We really really want to go to Space but $27 Million?!

Anyway, you can read more about that HERE.

Regie went on to consider N.A.S.A's decision to award the contract to produce a new lunar lander exclusively to Elon Musk's Space X company. More on that HERE.

Regie noted that other interested parties, including Besos's Blue Origin company had objected. Breaking news, those objections have bourne fruit. Read more HERE.

Much as he has issues with Besos, Musk and Space X, Regie does still love the engineering achievements of both Blue Origin and Space X. He promised you videos. Here you go:

There are all sorts of reasons why landing on Earth using retro rockets is foolish. But it's still really really cool. These are Space X Falcon Heavy rocket boosters from launch to landing. It's impressive.

So is this - the Space X Starship rocket that will be the basis of their lunar lander:

And since we're doing videos, we might as well show you Blue Origin's rocket too. And we still can't believe that nobody said anything about the way it looks...

Also a correction. While he was suggesting that sub-orbital flight wasn't really that impressive, Regie mistakenly said that the first American in Space, riding a Mercury Redstone combination on a sub-orbital hop in 1961 was John Glenn. This is not true. John Glenn, as Regie stated later was the first American to orbit the Earth, having ridden a Mercury Atlas combination into low Earth orbit.

The man who flew the first Mercury Redstone sub-orbital hop to become the first American in space was of course the great Alan Shepard. We should have fixed that in the edit - we apologise that we didn't.

OK. Onwards to Episode 10! Click on the image below to go to the download page, or again, simply subscribe to Geeking with Destination Venus wherever you go to find your podcasts - or listen on Harrogate Community Radio!