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Space Travel and Exploration Highlights of Coverage - Oct.2005-Dec2006

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SpaceShipOne: First Space Launch Photos

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China Readies 2-Man Crew for Space Mission

A rocket carrying the Shenzhou 6 capsule and two astronauts was to blast off sometime Wednesday from the remote base in China's northwest, the official Xinhua News Agency said. In a break with the space agency's typical secrecy, Xinhua said a

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Chinese Crew Blasts Off for Space Mission

The mission, reportedly due to last up to five days, is an efforts by the communist government to declare its status as a rising world power with technological triumphs to match its rapid economic growth. It is only the third country to launch a human

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Japan probe lands on asteroid

11-26-2005 • Reuters

A Japanese space probe made history on Saturday when it landed on the surface of an asteroid and then collected rock samples that could give clues to the origin of the solar system.

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First Falcon 1 rocket flies Saturday

After three years of development, SpaceX's privately-made Falcon 1 rocket is set for its debut launch Saturday from a seven-acre isle in the Central Pacific. Liftoff remains targeted for 4 p.m. EST (2100 GMT)

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Virgin's Branson reveals frequent-flyer space plan

12-6-2005 • Agence France Presse

Virgin Airlines is to offer frequent-flyer "Space Miles" that passengers can put towards flights in space with the company's soon-to-be-launched Virgin Galactic, boss Richard Branson revealed.

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Branson chooses New Mexico for space launch

12-9-2005 • Reuters

British entrepreneur Richard Branson has chosen New Mexico for the launch pad of his planned space tourism flights, state officials said on Thursday.

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Amazon.com Exec to Open Aerospace Venture

12-27-2005 • Associated Press

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos expects a rocket-ship complex for his aerospace venture Blue Origin to open early next year. Sending a spaceship into orbit that launches and lands vertically, like a rocket, and eventually building spaceships

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European satellite launch challenges GPS

12-28-2005 • Reuters - By Richard Balmforth

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The European Union launched its first Galileo navigation satellite on Wednesday, moving to challenge the United States' Global Positioning System (GPS).

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FAA rushes to regulate commercial passenger space travel

12-31-2005 • Associated Press

The proposal released sets requirements for crew qualifications and training, and establishes training and informed consent for passengers. Physical exams for passengers, trained on how to respond during emergencies. Pilots must have an FAA pilot cert.

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NASA pays Russia to transport our astronauts

1-6-2006 • Reuters

NASA will pay the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) $21.8 million per passenger for Soyuz rides to and from the International Space Station (ISS) starting this spring.

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Space tourists to face terrorist checks

1-6-2006 • Reuters

Passengers also would have to clear a security check to guard against any chance a space tourist would try to destroy the rocket or interfere with the flight crew and use it as a weapon. The FAA recommends using the TSA's global "no fly" list.

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The Government is taking over civilian space travel,... surprise surprise.

• By Alan Boyle - MSNBC

New Mexico's plan to build a $225 million spaceport calls for the state Legislature to contribute $100 million in new money. The balance would come from state funding already approved, as well as federal and local funds, said Rick Homans, New Mex

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Stardust spacecraft lands successfully in Utah

01-15-2006 • By MARK CARREAU - Houston Chronicle

After streaking across the darkened skies over the Pacific Northwest, a NASA spacecraft floated to a successful parachute landing in the Utah desert early today with microscopic pieces of a comet and star grains that pre-date the formation of

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Small Rocky Planet Found Orbiting Normal Star

1-26-2006 • Space.com

Astronomers announced the discovery of what is possibly the smallest planet known outside our solar system orbiting a normal star. The planet is estimated to be about 5.5 times as massive as Earth and thought to be rocky. It orbits a red dwarf star

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Remembering Challenger 20 Years Later

1-26-2006 • Associated Press

20 years ago, space shuttle Challenger blew apart into jets of fire and plumes of smoke, a terrifying sight witnessed by the families of the 7 astronauts and by those who came to watch the historic launch of the first teacher in space.

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Air Force Plans Test Flights Of Mach 20+ Hypersonic Vehicle

1-27-2006 • Space.com

A joint U.S. Air Force and DARPA project is moving speedily along— intended to fly to Mach 20, plus some. A Falcon Hypersonic Test Vehicle-1 (HTV-1) is now on the books for a less than one-hour flight in September 2007.

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Bigelow Aerospace: Mfg. inflatable space station modules

Bigelow Aerospace

Provide a low-cost, low earth orbit human-rated space station that is accessible to the commercial sector. Validate expandable structures as a certified space-flight technology for future mission.

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Rocket Racing League (NASCAR in Space?) - The New X-Prize Project

The mission is to serve as a technology accelerator in the areas of airframe, propulsion and spacecraft design, and reach for the future to inspire the next generation of spaceflight enthusiasts.

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Government Permission for Space Tourism Licenses Coming

2-10-2006 • FOX news

Paying space travelers could be lifting off from the US by 2008, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta says. He expects to issue permits for test flights next year. If those are successful, licenses for passenger space travel could then be issued.

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Wanna build a spaceship?

2-26-2006 • Space.com

Scaled Composites in Mojave, California is in the deep design stage of a fleet of commercial suborbital spaceships and launch aircraft. They are looking to find the right talent to build the commercial spaceships for the new industry of private space

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See Mars topography

Google Mars

Google provides new mapping service ... of Mars. Enjoy!

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NASA delays Space Shuttle launch ... again

3-15-2006 • Reuters

NASA put off its next space shuttle mission until July at the earliest to replace fuel sensors in the shuttle's external fuel tank that could give faulty readings. Could further delay the orbital construction of the International Space Station

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New light detector improves space communications

3-21-2006 • Space.com

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology have developed a tiny light detector that could one day boost interplanetary communications to broadband speeds. The work could permit the transmission of color video between astronauts and

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Fuel Leak and Fire Led to Falcon 1 Rocket Failure, SpaceX

03-26-2006 • Tariq Malik for Space.com

Musk said the fire began about 25 seconds after liftoff and cut into the Falcon 1 rocket's first stage helium pneumatic system used to pressurize the booster's fuel tanks. Once that pressure dropped, the Falcon 1 rocket's Merlin engine shut down

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Venus Explorer enters orbit today

4-11-2006 • Christian Science Monitor

The planet Venus moves to astronomy's center stage this week with the arrival of the European Space Agency's spacecraft. The Venus Express orbiter is slated to reach Earth's neighbor early Tuesday morning. Roughly 3 weeks later

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Japan eyes moon colonized by robots

04-13-2006 • TOKYO, April 13 (UPI)

Japan will develop advanced robots which can operate exploration vehicles and make decisions on their own to build a base on the moon.

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NASA gets foot in door at X-Prize

5-7-2006 • Associated Press

[You didn't think you were going to the moon without government, did you?] NASA said it is sponsoring a $2 million contest to spur aerospace designers to build and demonstrate versatile rockets that may one day support a lunar mission.

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Space Access: Private or Public Funding

5-12-2006 • Space.com

What is fuelling this libertarian streak in the space advocacy community? For starters, NASA has been struggling to get the Shuttle returned to flight, while small private ventures like Rutan's success with SpaceShipOne in 2004 have generated excitement

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Voyager spacecraft flying almost 30 years

5-23-2006 • Space.com

Voyager 2 could pass beyond the outermost layer of our solar system, called the "termination shock," sometime within the next year. Comes a year after Voyager 1's crossing, comes earlier than expected and suggests the edge of the shock

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Space X still in Space Race



June 2006

The good news is that all vehicle systems, including the main engine, thrust vector control, structures, avionics, software, guidance algorithm, etc. were picture perfect. Falcon's trajectory was within 0.2 degrees of nominal during powered

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Asteroid visit results detailed

6-1-2006 • Reuters

A Japanese spacecraft that landed on an asteroid found a ball of rubble held loosely together by its own gravity, unlike other asteroids that have been visited. Taking several measurements before landing briefly on the orbiting gravel pile.

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Stephen Hawking advocates space colonies

6-13-2006 • Associated press

The survival of the human race depends on its ability to find new homes elsewhere in the universe because there's an increasing risk that a disaster will destroy the Earth, world-renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking said.

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NASA management preparing to incinerate another shuttle crew

6-17-2006 • Associated Press

Representatives from NASA's Office of Safety and Mission Assurance and the Office of the Chief Engineer recommended against flying [the shuttle] until further design changes are made to the external fuel tank. Despite their recommendations, they

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NASA Safety Chief Reiterates Opposition To Launch Decision

6-20-2006 • AP

NASA's top safety official objected to the agency's decision to press ahead with the launch of Discovery next month without fixing a potentially catastrophic foam-shedding problem, but said he won't appeal and won't resign in protest

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Amazon.com unveils its spaceship

7-5-2006 • Space.com

The public space travel business is picking up suborbital speed thanks to a variety of private rocket groups and their dream machines. Joining the mix is Blue Origin's New Shepard Reusable Launch System. It is financially fueled by an outflow

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China successfully tests new heavy lift space engine

7-10-2006 • AFP

China has successfully test-fired the engines of a new rocket that could launch its first manned mission to the moon. The engines of the new Long March C rocket are expected to make it three times more powerful than existing versions of the Long March

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Bigelow space station prototype launched into orbit

7-12-2006 • Space.com

Thanks to a boost today from a Russian and Ukrainian rocket-for-hire company, a U.S. private space firm has sent a novel expandable module toward Earth orbit—and a step forward in providing commercial space habitats. Bigelow Aerospace

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Tourists at space station can take walk for extra $15 million

07-24-2006 • Detroit Free Press

The trip would involve a launch in a Soyuz capsule, an eight-day stay aboard the international space station and a 90-minute spacewalk in a Russian spacesuit.

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Genesis-1: Reaching Escape Velocity From Red Tape

7-29-2006 • Space.com

Obtaining U.S. permission to shoot Genesis-1 into orbit atop the Dnepr booster—a converted Cold War, silo-launched SS-18 intercontinental ballistic missile from Russia—was no trouble-free task.

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Orbital Dreams: New Launch Site in Hand for Private Spaceflight Firm

8-22-2006 • Space.com

A U.S.-Canadian venture to develop suborbital and orbital rocket ships has found a new launch site along the Atlantic coastline of Nova Scotia. The London, Ontario, Canada-based firm PlanetSpace has secured a team agreement for 300 acres of land

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US businesswoman Anousheh Ansari: first woman space tourist next month

8-22-2006 • AP

A Japanese space tourist who had hoped to blast off on board a Russian rocket next month was deemed unfit for the trip, a Russian space official said, adding that a U.S. woman [who funded the X prize] was most likely to replace him.

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Europe's First Lunar Mission Nears End

8-31-2006 • AP

Europe's first mission to the moon is due to crash-land in a cloud of dust and rock early Sunday, ending a three-year voyage that gathered data about the lunar surface and tested a new engine intended to propel future spacecraft to Mercury

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Europe's 1st Lunar Mission Impacts Moon

9-3-2006 • AP

Europe's first spacecraft to the moon ended its three-year mission Sunday with a planned crash, hitting its target after ground controllers had to maneuver it around a looming crater rim.

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Electric Spacecraft Propulsion

09-05-2006 • Science and Technology

The thruster selected for primary propulsion on SMART-1 is the PPS-1350 developed by SNECMA. This is a stationary plasma thruster (SPT) with a chamber diameter of 100 mm

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Earthlike planets may be common

9-8-2006 • Reuters

Earthlike planets covered with deep oceans that could harbor life may be found in as many as a third of solar systems discovered outside of our own, U.S. researchers said.

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NASA it's not, but desert spaceport nears first launch

9-22-2006 • Christian Sceince Monitor

In a sign that spaceport competition is now an entrepreneurial venture, Mr. Larson's company is scheduled to make the first launch from New Mexico's nonfederal spaceport - an airport for space travel - Sept. 25. The 20-foot-long, unmanned

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India's top scientists to send a manned mission to Space & Moon

11-08-2006 • www.ndtv.com

Last week, the ISRO chairman had told NDTV why ISRO wanted to send an Indian to space on its own rocket and an Indian to the moon six years after that.

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Fifth in line, first in space

11-12-2006 • Sajeda Momin

LONDON: Princess Beatrice, the Queen's 18-year-old granddaughter is all set to become the first royal to go into space.

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Space Probe Brought Real Stardust Back to Earth

12-15-2006 • Space.com

Scientists studied comet grains collected by NASA's Stardust spacecraft, which revealed surprising results. In addition to discovering stardust, or particles older than the Sun, they found material from the hottest part of the solar system.

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Japan Launches Advanced Communications Test Satellite

12-19-2006 • Space.com

Japan's largest satellite was launched by the nation's most powerful rocket Monday to begin a mission testing technologies to aid the burgeoning mobile communications industry.

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