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NASA plans most ambitious mission to the asteroids

U.S. President Barack Obama has said the objective is to eventually send astronauts to asteroids, Mars and other destinations in deep space. File photo

NASA will have to accomplish its most ambitious mission — landing on an asteriod within 15 years, after a presidential directive.

The challenges are manifold, but NASA nerds are delirious at tackling the nitty gritty of such an inconceivably challenging project — though Hollywood has already done i... (View original article)

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SpaceShipOne Captures X-Prize

On October 4, 2004, SpaceShipOne rocketed into history, becoming the first private manned spacecraft to exceed an altitude of 328,000 feet twice within the span of a 14 day period, thus claiming the ten million dollar Ansari X-Prize.

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European Space Agency Embarking on Comet-Chasing Mission

Comet-chasing mission Rosetta will now set its sights on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. During its meeting on 13-14th May 2003, ESA's Science Programme Committee decided Rosetta's new mission baseline. The spacecraft will be launched in February 2004 from Kourou, French Guiana, using an Ariane-5 G+ launcher. The rendezvous with the new target comet is expected in November 2014. New destination for Rosetta, Europe's comet chaser

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Oh, The Nerve…

I do believe that the moon is designated eminent domain every-man's land first come first serve. Indeed... show us your deeds!


Europe to Explore the Moon

Hurray... Maybe the Europeans, being more experienced at colonization, will be the first to create an outpost on the moon. Europe Unveils New Moon-Orbiting Craft


John Carmack, ‘Quake’ Creator, Is The Man To Beat

John Carmack has made a name for himself by programming one the first commercially successfull virtual reality applications, Wolfenstein 3D. The key to this success was the decision to give away this very popular game, a strategy which hooked an audience eager to spend money on the next generation of games to emerge from his company, Id Software. He and partners released Doom and Quake and soon he could afford his second Ferarri. He is now playing with the kind of speed necessary to escape Earth's atmosphere. It just takes money, brains, and a garage. Armadillo Aerospace is a small research and development team working on computer-controlled hydrogen peroxide rocket vehicles, with an eye towards X-Prize class vehicle development in the coming years. The team currently consists of a bunch of guys, a girl, and an armadillo named Widget. Our fearless leader, John Carmack, will lead us to space and, well, outer space.

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