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UK start-up will fly you to the moon for $150 million

The entire Apollo mission cost the U.S. government around $20 billion dollars — but if a U.K. start-up has its way, you could charter a trip for a flight around the Moon for the modest price of $150 million. In order to get you there, the company is looking to use tried-and-true technologies developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s for its Mir and Zarya programs. Aside from figuring out how you’re going to come up with that sum of money, the only question you need to ask yourself now is, do you dare? Read more here.

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Stunning Video – This is Our Planet

This is Our Planet from Tomislav Safundžić on Vimeo.

Check out a great resource for Maps Online.

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Video: SpaceX Testing: Merlin 1D Engine Firing

SpaceX’s Merlin 1D engine has achieved a full mission duration firing and multiple restarts at target thrust and specific impulse (Isp). The engine firing was for 185 seconds with 147,000 pounds of thrust, the full duration and power required for a Falcon 9 rocket launch. The tests took place at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. The Merlin 1D builds on the proven technology of the Merlin engines used on the first three flights of Falcon 9, including the recent historic mission to the International Space Station.

Visit: http://www.spacex.com/ for more information on SpaceX, Dragon, Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, reusable rockets, grasshopper, Mars, upcoming rocket launch, or Elon Musk.



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Fly me to the moon! Company offers lunar holidays (but it could cost you £100 million)

We all want our holidays to be out of this world – but don’t be surprised if you come back without a suntan from the latest exotic break to hit the tourism market. One British company is offering seats to adventurers willing to go the extra mile on a historic journey to the moon. Read more here.

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Florida, 2 others vie to host new SpaceX launchpad

WASHINGTON — A record-breaking mission to the International Space Station has triggered another space race back on Earth, with Florida competing against Texas and Puerto Rico for the chance to land a new launchpad for SpaceX and its ambitious line of Falcon rockets.

The rivalry — already ongoing — only has intensified in the weeks since SpaceX became the first commercial company to blast a spacecraft to the station and return it safely to Earth. And though none of the rivals has made public the incentives each is offering, the numbers are certain to be in the millions of dollars.

The stakes are high: hundreds of good-paying jobs at SpaceX and supporting companies that would pop up around its operation, as well as the prestige — at a time when NASA is no longer flying its own rockets — of serving as home to the commercial space industry’s most successful startup.

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Video: Tiangong-1 and Shenzhou-9 complete difficult manual docking

China has made history by manually docking a spacecraft in orbit, joining the US and Russia in accomplishing the feat. Report by Sam Datta-Paulin.

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Video: Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 for NASA

The SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon capsule lift off May 22, 2012, from Cape Canaveral Air Force station in Florida to begin a demonstration mission to the International Space Station.

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News: Chinese spacecraft docks with orbiting module

A Chinese spacecraft carrying three astronauts carried out a manual docking with an orbiting module on Sunday, a first for the country as it strives to match American and Russian exploits in space.

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Elon Musk on the Business Case for Mars

Elon Musk of SpaceX recently spoke at a symposium on space travel and outlined his vision for the colonization of Mars.

I think he’s right on the money.