Travel Back 50 Years to 1964 New York World’s Fair

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In 1964, the New York World’s Fair opened with radical technologies and dazzling futuristic displays.

Fifty-one million visitors descended on Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, N.Y. over two six-month seasons in 1964 and ’65 to experience innovations like “picturephones,” lunar crawlers and Belgian waffles. The Ford Times called it “a lively and lavish concoction of spectacular entertainment.”

Though a conflict with the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) stripped the fair of an official sanction, the event represented an exciting time in American scientific advancements. While we still aren’t jetting to the moon to visit grandma in her space colony retirement village, technologies like robotic animation continue in special effects productions today. Read more…

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Will Commercial Space Travel Blast Off in 2014?

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Bags packed. Ticket in hand. Reserved seating and your rocket ship waits.

The longed-for dawn of private manned space travel appears near at hand. Virgin Galactic’s suborbital SpaceShipTwo, for example, aced its third supersonic test flight on Friday (Jan. 10), and company officials say they remain on track to begin commercial service later this year.

But as Niels Bohr, Nobel laureate in physics, once said: “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” [See photos of SpaceShipTwo’s latest supersonic test flight]

SPACE.com surveyed a number of commercial space travel experts, asking them what developments we should expect in the field this year — including whether or not large numbers of paying customers will indeed make it to the final frontier in 2014. Read more…

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