Space Shuttle Atlantis began the final United States Space Shuttle mission this morning in Florida! Using Wolfram|Alpha, you can look back at Atlantis’ 25 years.

Wolfram|Alpha has logs of all the previous missions for Atlantis with crew member data and all the orbital info too! Look back at the first mission for Atlantis STS 51J.

What do you think about the future of the Space Program? Would you be interested in commercial space travel?

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International Business Data with Wolfram|Alpha

How much does it cost to start a business in India, Mexico or another country? What are the export costs for Brazil compared to Argentina? Wolfram|Alpha makes finding international business data easy with data collected by a World Bank project called, “Doing Business”. 

By comparing the export costs for Brazil and Argentina, you can clearly see how the costs in Brazil have jumped up every year since 2006. Why would one country see costs skyrocket and another remain stagnant?

You can also compare the number of new businesses registered in two or more countries. Looking at the example below between Japan and India, you’ll see that Japan adds more per year, but India will soon pass them on this trend. After taking a dip in 2006, India’s new businesses numbers have grown dramatically through 2008. 

What would cause these two countries to be virtually the inverse of each other when it comes to new businesses?

Learn more in our latest blog post.

Today’s deep thought:

The old saying “the best thing since sliced bread” has been around for 83 years! July 7, 1928 was the first time sliced bread was sold in stores.

What did people say was the best thing before sliced bread?

Certainly the best thing before sliced bread was not on the same list as the highest carbohydrate foods, right?

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Your Daily Double:

Answer: The Republican PartyGeorge W. Bush, Nancy Reagan, Dalai Lama, Sylvester Stallone, 50 Cent and Merv Griffin.

Question: Who’s was born on July 6th?

Talk about quite the group. 

Use Wolfram|Alpha to find who you share a birthday with and other fun facts about any date!

Take to the Streets with Wolfram|Alpha

Walking the entire length of Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles, California could easily seem like you’ve walked across town. In fact, you’ve only walked 1.9 miles. This new Wolfram|Alpha feature lets you map out computations or comparisons of some of the world’s most famous streets.

Even though it’s 1.9 miles, that’s 1.9 miles that can do some major damage to your bank account. 

Learn more about this new feature in today’s Wolfram|Alpha blog post.