Florida Space Research and Information

September 30, 2008

Analysis: Is the right stuff now lost in space?

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Click through the space agency's highs and lows, from Project Mercury to the international space station.It sounds like your typical midlife crisis: A 50-year-old longs for the glory days of youth and hankers for something new. This isn't any 50-year-old, though. It's NASA. Analysis by AP's Seth Borenstein.

NASA chief: Moon base first, then Mars

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Spacesuit engineer Dustin Gohmert simulates work in a crater of Johnson Space Center's Lunar Yard, while his ride, NASA's new lunar truck prototype, stands ready in the background. The rover has the ability to lower itself all the way to the ground, making climbing on and off easy — even in a bulky spacesuit. NASA Administrator Michael D. Griffin today defended his agency's determination to establish a lunar colony before embarking on a manned Mars mission.

U.S. aims to seal leaks to China

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As China ramps up its space program in a bid to catch the United States, Washington is taking pains to make sure that it is not helping China along in that quest.

Want to get married in space? Call this guy

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Space Adventures President and CEO Eric Anderson struck a deal with the Russians to carry space tourists aloft. But now, Anderson wants his company to have its own spacecraft, one able to carry two customers at a time. Space Adventures CEO Eric Anderson is  commissioning the construction of Space Adventures’ own Russian-built Soyuz spacecraft to carry two paying passengers at a time.

U.S. billionaire trains for second spaceflight

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During a video downlink, billionaire space passenger Charles Simonyi says he has adjusted to the zero-gravity conditions at the international space station. (NBC News Channel)American billionaire Charles Simonyi, a computer software executive who paid more than $20 million to fly to the International Space Station aboard a Russian-built Soyuz capsule in spring 2007, will train for a second Soyuz trip to the space station in spring 2009.

Martian fossils may be hiding inside white rocks

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Sedimentary Earth rocks that were dropped into the atmosphere turned white – crucially, the fossils they contained survived the ordeal

Action urged on asteroids

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Science editor Alan Boyle's Weblog: Astronauts and other space experts are calling for the formation of new international organizations to monitor threats from asteroids and comets.Science editor Alan Boyle's Weblog: Astronauts and other space experts are calling for the formation of new international organizations to monitor threats from asteroids and comets.

Do we live in a giant cosmic bubble?

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The cooling remnants of the supernova Cassiopeia A, as shown by a long exposure with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. If the notion of dark energy sounds improbable, get ready for an even more outlandish suggestion.

Fluttering robot could show Mars rovers the way

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A robot dragonfly could study the Red Planet from above, flagging up interesting sites for land-based vehicles to investigate

Virgin Galactic craft to help monitor climate

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The plane designed to carry SpaceShipTwo flies higher than most others, allowing it to study greenhouse gases throughout the atmosphere
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