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09:05  03 november  2021
09:05  03 november  2021 Source:   loveexploring.com

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Where legendary spacecraft ended up. Have you ever wondered where the most famous rockets, satellites, probes, manned craft and space stations end up once they've served their purpose? From museums here on Earth to infinity and beyond, read on to discover the final destinations of some of the most iconic spacecraft in history.

This is a list of NASA missions , both crewed and Robotic since its establishment in 1958. There are over 80 currently active science missions .

  Going for Titanium: 6 reasons I’m striving for higher Marriott Bonvoy status this year © Provided by The Points Guy
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The end of the year is rapidly approaching, so now is an excellent time to assess where you stand concerning your elite status goals. I’ve already hit my elite status goals with several programs, but one program where I’m not quite there yet is Marriott Bonvoy.

Until 2020, I relied on the Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status provided as a benefit of The Platinum Card® from American Express (enrollment required). But, after Marriott deposited bonus elite night credits into members’ accounts in 2020, I was able to earn Platinum Elite status by staying just seven additional nights.

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Most Famous Spacecraft in History. Over the past half century, scientists have sent numerous probes and satellites into space . Many of them – like Sputnik 1, Apollo 11, and Hubble – became famous even among ordinary people because of their breakthrough achievements. In this quiz, you'll need to guess famous spacecraft from their silhouettes and description. Take the quiz and see how many of them you can guess correctly!

Spacecraft are the space vehicles that are able to fly outside the Earth’s atmosphere in the space . They provide us a method of transportation from the Earth to space and objects in it. There have been several crewed spacecraft to space including Vostok 1 – the first crewed spacecraft in history sent by USSR. Earth-Orbit Satellites – All the satellites, which orbit around the Earth, falls in this category. The most notable satellites in the orbit of the Earth is Hubble Telescope.

Then, even before Marriott announced it would extend status through 2022, I automatically requalified for Platinum Elite status thanks to earning 30 elite night credits from Marriott cobranded credit cards and 25 bonus elite nights credits from Marriott.

Typically, I’d say Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status is all I need. The status tier provides all the key benefits that I look for in an upper-tier hotel elite status, including:

  • Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast at most Marriott Bonvoy brands
  • Room upgrades: Upgrades, including to select suites, based on availability at check-in and as determined by each hotel
  • Lounge access: Lounge access for two guests at select Marriott Bonvoy brands
  • 4 p.m. late checkout: Guaranteed late checkout at most Marriott Bonvoy properties

This year, however, I’ve decided to push for reaching the next tier, Titanium Elite status — a first for me. Let’s take a closer look at why I’m shooting for the higher status tier in 2021.

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Most people can pick out the six brightest stars with the naked eye, while keen-sighted observers can discern up to 11 members. And binoculars or a small telescope reveal dozens more . These are just the most luminous in a group of at least 1,000 stars, which lies some 440 light years away. The brightest stars in the Pleiades are hot and blue, and all the stars are young – around 100 million years old (about 2 per cent of the Sun’s age). The Pleiades lie on the edge of the constellation of Taurus, and another star cluster forms the Bull ’s head: the V-shaped Hyades, lying just to the right of the brightest star

" More than 20 years ago, the Webb team set out to build the most powerful telescope that anyone has ever put in space and came up with an audacious optical design to meet demanding science goals," Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, said in a statement today. According to a NASA update, the James Webb Space Telescope may have enough fuel to more than double its minimum lifetime thanks to the precision of its launch and the two trajectory corrections the spacecraft has made to date. "The Webb team has analyzed its initial trajectory and

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It’s easily within reach

Two of my elite night credits came from a stay at the Le Meridien Maldives . (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy Two of my elite night credits came from a stay at the Le Meridien Maldives . (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

Let’s be honest: the main reason I’m pushing for Titanium Elite status is that it’s easily within reach.

After all, I got 30 elite night credits as a perk of my two Marriott Bonvoy credit cards. And since I was a Platinum Elite in 2020, Marriott gave me 25 bonus elite nights credits this year. This means I accrued 55 elite night credits without stepping foot in a Marriott property, just 20 nights short of qualifying for Titanium Elite.

Plus, I’ve already picked up a handful of elite night credits this year:

  • Five nights this spring while RVing full-time when I needed fast internet
  • Five inexpensive nights at the Four Points by Sheraton Bogota this August
  • Two nights using 35,000-point certificates at the JW Marriott Hotel Bogota this August
  • Two nights on points at the Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa last month
  • One night near New York’s Laguardia airport before redeeming 100,000 Southwest points on an all-inclusive trip to Mexico

After these stays, I only need five more elite nights credits this year to snag Titanium Elite status. I plan to pick these nights up organically before the end of 2021 on trips to Paris, New York City and Phoenix.

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NASA’s most famous & undoubtably their most successful space telescope is the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Hubble is one of the largest and most versatile, and is well known as both a vital research tool and a public relations boon for astronomy . This image from NASA's Kepler mission shows the telescope's full field of view - an expansive star-rich patch of sky in the constellations Cygnus and Lyra stretching across 100 square degrees, or the equivalent of two side-by-side dips of the Big Dipper.

Neil Armstrong's famous phrase, which he said on the Moon, marked the start of a new era, with humans for the first going beyond the boundaries of our planet and landing on another celestial body. It would have been necessary first to send a television station to the Moon, then send Apollo 11 a responder. And create dozens of sham factories manufacturing spacecraft . And stage the return to Earth It is all too complicated. Even for a space race between the two superpowers.

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75-night annual Choice Benefit

Currently, you can use a free night award worth up to 40,000 points to stay at the Le Meridien Maldives even on peak dates. (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy Currently, you can use a free night award worth up to 40,000 points to stay at the Le Meridien Maldives even on peak dates. (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

Marriott loyalists know that Marriott provides elites annual Choice Benefits when they reach 50 and 75 eligible elite night credits in a calendar year. I’ve already earned my 50-night annual Choice Benefit and will be able to select a second when I qualify for Titanium Elite.

These are my choices:

  • Five Suite Night Awards
  • 40% off a Marriott bed
  • $100 charity donation
  • Gift Gold Elite status to a friend or family member
  • Five elite night credits
  • One free night award worth up to 40,000 points

For me, the decision comes down to Suite Night Awards or a free night award. If I think I’ll be able to use five more Suite Night Awards (I chose five as my 50-night annual Choice Benefit), that option may provide more value than the free night award worth up to 40,000 points. TPG’s valuations peg the value of 40,000 Marriott points at $320, but suite upgrades can be worth much more depending on the property.

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United Silver status

I’m looking forward to snagging United Silver status, which will provide some perks when flying United. (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy I’m looking forward to snagging United Silver status, which will provide some perks when flying United. (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite members can register for complimentary United MileagePlus Premier Silver elite status. This partnership is actually one of the main reasons I’m pushing for Titanium Elite status, since it will give me the following valuable perks when I fly United:

  • Preferred seating at booking for me and up to eight companions on United
  • Economy Plus at check-in for me and up to one companion on United (except when flying basic economy)
  • Space available upgrades to first class on domestic flights
  • One complimentary checked bag of up to 70 pounds on United
  • Priority check-in on United
  • Additional award availability with United

This year, I’d otherwise need eight Premier-qualifying flights and 3,000 Premier-qualifying points (or 3,500 Premier-qualifying points without reaching the flight requirement) to qualify for United Silver status. That said, I don’t fly United enough to earn United status outright.

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Of course, United Silver status doesn’t provide tons of perks as United’s lowest status tier. And I don’t expect to get any value from the minimal Star Alliance Silver perks. But, the extra availability on United awards, preferred seating and priority check-in should provide significant value as I travel the world.

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Increased earning on stays

In 2019, I paid about $60 for a night at the JW Marriott in Medan, Indonesia . (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy In 2019, I paid about $60 for a night at the JW Marriott in Medan, Indonesia . (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

As hotel rates remain depressed in many markets, I’ve been booking more cash rates with Marriott than award nights. That’s because Marriott’s award chart currently charges the same points rates regardless of cash rates — although we recently learned Marriott will switch to dynamic pricing in March 2022 — so it’s not worth redeeming a ton of points for unusually cheap stays.

If this remains the case, I expect I’ll continue to book many paid nights. So, I’ll enjoy the higher points-earning rates given to Titanium Elites on paid stays. Here’s a comparison of earning rates based on qualified spending at Marriott Bonvoy brands:

Brand Members Silver Elite members Gold Elite members Platinum Elite members Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite members
All Marriott Brands unless otherwise noted 10x 11x 12.5x 15x 17.5x
Element, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites and Homes & Villas by Marriott International 5x 5.5x 6.25x 7.5x 8.75x
Marriott Executive Apartments 2.5x 2.75x 3.125x 3.75x 4.375x

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Let’s assume I typically pay $80 in qualified spending when I book a paid night at a Marriott hotel. And let’s assume I book 20 paid nights each year, all at Marriott brands that don’t earn at lower rates. As a Platinum Elite, I’d earn 24,000 points, worth $192 based on TPG’s valuations. But, as a Titanium Elite, I’d earn 28,000 points, worth $224.

This boost in earning is slight. But, even considering the low rates I tend to snag in destinations where the U.S. dollar can go far, it still makes a difference. And if you stay mostly in expensive markets, you may see a much more significant boost from increased earning rates.

Of course, these earning rates are before any additional points I’ll accrue when using my Ink Business Preferred Credit Card or Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card to pay for my stay. Plus, I can leverage a shopping portal aggregator to select an online shopping portal to earn extra points, miles or cash-back rewards on my Marriott stays.

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Better upgrade chances

a bedroom with a bed and desk in a hotel room: My husband got a suite upgrade at the St. Regis Osaka in early 2020, likely due to his Titanium Elite status. (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy My husband got a suite upgrade at the St. Regis Osaka in early 2020, likely due to his Titanium Elite status. (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

Based on the Marriott Bonvoy terms and conditions, Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite members all have access to enhanced room upgrades based upon availability at most brands. In particular, the terms note:

Platinum Elite Members and above receive a complimentary upgrade to the best available room, subject to availability on the day of arrival, for the entire length of stay. Complimentary upgrade includes suites, rooms with desirable views, rooms on high floors, corner rooms, rooms with special amenities or rooms on Executive Floors. At The Ritz-Carlton, suites are only included for Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite Members and rooms with direct Club access are excluded.

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Going off this text, Titanium Elites get the same upgrade benefits at Platinum Elites, except at Ritz-Carlton properties. However, the hotel determines your upgrade. In practice, I’ve noticed my Titanium Elite husband often gets better upgrades on his stays than I’ve gotten as a Platinum Elite.

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Extra on-site perks at some hotels

Welcome gift at the Le Meridien Maldives (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy Welcome gift at the Le Meridien Maldives (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

Discretionary on-site perks are the final reason I’m excited to earn Titanium Elite status.

From a general manager’s cocktail hour reception at the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay to a complimentary happy hour drink menu for select elites at The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa, my husband and I have gotten a variety of soft perks thanks to Marriott elite status.

Many hotels offer the same access and perks to Platinum Elite and Titanium Elite members. But, as with upgrades, I suspect some on-site perks may be slightly better for Titanium Elites. These incremental soft perks are just one more reason I’m excited about upgrading myself from Platinum Elite to Titanium Elite.

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Bottom line

Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status is relatively easy to earn if you get 30 elite night credits each year from Marriott Bonvoy cards. Plus, it provides enough perks that I expect I’ll strive to earn at least Platinum Elite status each year as long as I continue to live and work remotely as a digital nomad.

But this year, I decided to push for Titanium Elite status. Titanium Elite status requires 75 elite night credits each year, 25 more than the 50 you’d need for Platinum Elite status. And, assuming all of my trips go as planned through the end of 2021, I won’t need to book extra trips to cross the threshold.

In the future, I’m not sure yet whether I’ll strive to requalify for Titanium Elite status in future years. But, I’m looking forward to enjoying the extra perks the status provides in 2022.

Featured image of The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa by Katie Genter/The Points Guy.

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