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Sergey’s Big Adventure: Earth Isn’t Enough

Google cofounder Sergey Brin on Wednesday became the first person to put down a deposit of $5 million toward a future orbital spaceflight through a new program from Space Adventures. Brin's reservation uses one of six spots initially created in Space Adventures' new Orbital Mission Explorers Circle,...

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Virtual Space Travel, Part 1: One Small Step

For those of us old enough to remember life before the Internet, the term "virtual space travel" probably conjures memories of childhood visits to the local planetarium. Fast forward to today, and things are just a little different. In today's Internet-enabled world, ordinary citizens can explore th...

Census 2010: Rock, Paper, Scissors

When the Census Bureau sends out its legions of employees to count American heads two years hence, the roughly 140,000 address canvassers and 580,000 enumerators won't be armed with custom-built handheld computers. Instead, Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez told a House panel on Friday, the govern...

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10 Teams Sure They Have the Right Stuff for Google’s $30M Moon Shot

Ten teams from around the world have signed up to compete for the Google Lunar X Prize, a robotic race to to the moon with a $30 million purse. The basic rules are simple: Teams will compete to be the first to land a privately funded robotic craft on the moon, have it tool around on the surface for ...

Google Puts Its Money on the Moon

Less than a month after it launched Sky in Google Earth with astronomical images from around the universe, Google announced on Thursday that it is taking its space fascination a step further by sponsoring a contest to fly to the moon. Offered in partnership with the X Prize Foundation, best known fo...

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The Final Frontier, Part 2: From Planetary Cargo to Space Hotels

Before orbital travel becomes commonplace, there's another type of suborbital transit that will likely help fuel the orbital market while fulfilling a critical need in its own right. It's called "point-to-point transportation," and it would use suborbital travel to deliver cargo or people from one p...

Power Architecture, Part 2: Drawing In Developers

Consumers are becoming more conversant with the use of the Linux OS embedded in many of their products, such as auto accessories, remote controls and cell phones. An even bigger secret is the extensive use of Power Architecture to run most everything else consumers and gamers touch. For instance, re...

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3-D Images to Illuminate Sun’s Secrets

A pair of NASA spacecraft have recorded the first 3-D images of the sun, giving scientists and space weather experts a much-improved ability to monitor and predict solar storms that can disrupt communications satellites, interfere with widely-used GPS systems, and knock out electrical power grids. T...

NASA, Virgin Galactic May Fly Us to the Moon

Space enthusiasts, take note: Your chance to travel by rocket may be closer than you think. NASA and Virgin Galactic on Tuesday agreed to explore collaborations aimed at making commercial space travel a widespread reality. NASA's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley and Virgin Galacti...

NASA’s Glenn Center Takes on Space Vehicle Development Project

NASA Glenn Research Center is leading efforts to develop a new space vehicle to replace the space shuttle and take astronauts to the moon and beyond. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Monday announced several new exploration work assignments for the Cleveland-based NASA Glenn Rese...

NASA Guards Report on Failed DART Mission

NASA won't release its 70-page report on why the DART spacecraft didn't complete its mission last year because of its sensitive content, the agency said. "The official DART Mishap Investigation Report will not be publicly released because it contains information that is protected by U.S. Internation...

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Venus Gets a Visitor

Last November, a European probe took off on a 250-million mile trip to visit Earth's nearest neighbor, Venus. The European Space Agency Venus Express team is now standing by as it waits for the probe to touch down tomorrow. The mission's first, and most important, objective is the Venus Orbit Insert...

Satellite ISPs Gain Ground

When it comes to high-speed data networks, users tend to focus on cable modems or digital subscriber lines, but they do have a third option: satellite services. Though not nearly as popular as the others alternatives, satellite systems have found a growing number of fans. Approximately 100,000 consu...

Honeywell Outsources Innovation to IBM for $250 Million

IBM will sell its "intellectual capital" to Honeywell in a 10-year deal worth an estimated US$250 million. Analysts said the agreement is a sign of things to come as well as a sound proposition for both companies. "It's a great deal for IBM. IBM spends $5 billion in R&D a year and has generated ...

SpaceShipOne Takes $10 Million Ansari X Prize

The second private space flight in a week piloted by history's second civilian astronaut was worth US$10 million today as the Paul Allen-funded SpaceShipOne (SS1) touched the edge of space and returned to Earth winner of the Ansari X Prize. The SS1 team, who will collect the prize officially at a pr...

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