Soar to Singapore's shores with nonstop service from SFO
Singapore is quickly becoming known for its cuisine, architecture, culture, and as an international event capital. Long known as one of the safest destinations for travelers, lately its reputation has blossomed like its renowned gardens.
The Garden City's magnificent architecture
Any visit to Singapore, nicknamed “The Garden City," should begin with a trip to one of its many gardens. The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Gardens by the Bay features two massive glasshouse conservatories and three waterfront gardens. A little further out is the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, a rainforest laced with hiking trails. Singapore is one of only two cities in the world with a significant rainforest within its boundaries.
Scattered among the city's many parks and gardens is architecture that seesaws between new and old. The stately buildings of the Civic District convey Singapore's British colonial past, notably the old City Hall and Supreme Court. Both structures were repurposed and reborn in November 2015 to become the National Gallery Singapore, showcasing the world's largest public collection of Singaporean and Southeast Asian art. Not far away on the marina are iconic contemporary landmarks including the bowl-shaped ArtScience Museum, the honeycomb-like Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay and the $8-billion Marina Bay Sands casino-resort.
A taste of Singaporean culture
Singaporean food specialties are enjoyed citywide at open-air street markets, while some of the same local dishes — such as chili crab and nasi biranyi — are given a fine-dining twist in restaurants in Modern Singapore. Foodies are also looking forward to several upcoming food festivals including Savour in March, the World Street Food Congress and World Gourmet Summit in April, and the Singapore Food Festival later this year. Major upcoming events also include the Dragon Boat Festival in July, and the International Festival of Arts in August and September.
About the same size as New York City, but with fewer people — the island of Singapore is Asia's second-smallest country, bursting with color and activity.
United flights to Singapore
SFO to SIN will be the only nonstop flight from the U.S. to Singapore. The route will cover 8,446 miles and time in the air will total 16 hours and 20 minutes. United's 787-9 Dreamliner will fly this route, which is set to take off on June 1, 2016. Come see for yourself. Visit united.com or use the United app to plan your adventure.
If you can't get to Mars, what's the next best thing? Apparently Iceland. A team of renowned explorers and researchers recently journeyed to Iceland to test a Mars analog suit in a Martian-like environment.
The United sponsored expedition, led by The Explorers Club — an internationally recognized organization that promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air and space — and in partnership with Iceland Space Agency, involved the team venturing inside the Grímsvötn volcano and across the Vatnajökull ice cap. The group traveled to the remote location and lived for six days in the Grímsvötn Mountain Huts and endured harsh weather conditions and unstable terrain.
Helga Kristin Torfadöttir, Geologist and glacier guide, using the LiDAR system to map the ground and test the suit's capabilities on the glacier.
The objective of the mission was to explore the potential of concept operations at the Grímsvötn location while testing the suit in an arctic environment similar to what would be found on the surface of Mars. "This mission was an important test of the design of the MS1 suit, but it was also incredibly helpful to understand the how to conduct these sorts of studies in Iceland," said Michael Lye, MS1 designer and NASA consultant and RISD professor. "No matter how thoroughly something is tested in a controlled environment like a lab, studying it in a setting that accurately represents the environment where it will be used is absolutely essential to fully understand the design."
The suit was designed and constructed by faculty and students at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with input and guidance from members of the HI-SEAS IV crew and NASA's Johnson Space Center Space Suit Engineering team. At 50-60 lbs, the suit is similar to what a planetary exploration suit would weigh in Martian gravity. The suit was originally designed to be used in the warm climate of Hawaii, however the martian climate is much closer to what would be found on top of the glaciers in Iceland. The data collected will inform the future of habitat and spacesuit design that can be used to train astronauts on Earth.
Today, we remember the colleagues, customers and every single victim of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
I know each of us in the United family marks this difficult moment in our own way. Still, we all share a common commitment to honor how our brothers and sisters left us and also celebrate what they gave to us during their lives. We remember their professionalism and heroism. We cherish their camaraderie and friendship. We carry with us the examples they set forth, especially in the heroism and bravery displayed by so many on that terrible day. Above all, we understand a simple truth: While thousands of our fellow human beings lost their lives in New York City, Arlington and Shanksville, the attacks of September 11th were aimed at all people of peace and good will, everywhere. They were attacks on the values that make life worth living, as well as the shared purpose that make us proud of what we do as members of the United family: connecting people and uniting the world.
We may live in times scarred by discord and disagreement, and we know there are those around the world who seek to divide us against one another. But, on this day – above all – we come together, as one. We affirm our core belief that far, far more unites us as citizens and fellow human beings than can ever divide us.
Let us embody that belief as we go about serving our customers and one another – on this day and every day – as we continue to help building a world that's more united. Let that be our memorial to the sisters and brothers we lost, eighteen Septembers ago.