Space hotel says it is on schedule to open in 2012

A company behind plans to open the first hotel in space says it is on target to accept its first paying guests in 2012 despite critics questioning the investment and time frame for the multi-billion dollar project.

The Barcelona-based architects of The Galactic Suite Space Resort say it will cost 3 million euro ($4.4 million) for a three-night stay at the hotel, with this price including an eight-week training course on a tropical island.

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History-making Japanese space mission ends in flames

Japanese space mission ends in flames

Packed with garbage from the International Space Station, the first HTV cargo freighter met a fiery demise over the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, punctuating an historic chapter in the Japanese space program.

The 33-foot-long cylindrical spaceship barreled into the upper atmosphere around 2126 GMT (4:26 p.m. EST) over the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of New Zealand, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

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Related: Japanese freighter makes re-entry

NASA Mars Spirit Rover Has Amnesia

Mars Spirit Rover

Forgetful are we?

As we all know, Spirit has been stuck in deep Martian sand for some time now. That hasn’t changed. What has changed is the rover’s memory. It’s going. NASA scientists are calling the issue “amnesia,” and it isn’t the first time this phenomenon has affected the rover.

Basically, what happens during an amnesia event is the rover fails to record any observations—scientific or otherwise—in its flash memory during power down time at night. Worse still, the cause is unknown. My uneducated guess is a Martian is playing with a magnet.

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Earth And Space Science Lab Open To Public On Monday

The gleaming new Earth and Space Science Laboratory is ready for its first public close-up.

The state-of-the-art Frederick County Public Schools lab will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday. Visitors can take self-guided tours, take in a planetarium show and watch demonstrations presented by WJLA meteorologist Adam Caskey. The Washington television station’s Storm Chaser, a state-of-the-art severe weather center on wheels, will be set on the center’s parking lot.

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China’s PLA eyes future in space, air: air force commander

China will develop an air force with integrated capabilities for both offensive and defensive operations in space as well as in air, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force Commander Xu Qiliang said Sunday.

Calling militarization in the space and in air “a threat to the mankind,” Xu said China must develop a strong force in the two arenas in order to face challenges of that threat. “Only power could protect peace,” the 59-year-old air force commander said in an interview with Xinhua, 10 days ahead of 60th anniversary of the founding of the PLA air force.

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Ares future still at a crossroads

NASA’s spectacular launch of the Ares I-X test rocket last week may not save the Ares I crew rocket developed at Marshall Space Flight Center, but it could pave the way for more NASA funding overall, a local space expert says.

An independent White House panel gave the president several choices for NASA – options such as landing on asteroids, flying around Martian moons or building a lunar outpost – but none would rely on the Ares I.

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Space Challenge Gives NASA Run for Its Money

Just days after NASA ran a test launch of its spiffy new Ares I-X rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a small but devout band of creative space geeks have been trying their hand at rocket science in the middle of the Mojave Desert.

On shoestring budgets that probably wouldn’t suffice to pay the salary of NASA’s personnel for a day, four privately sponsored teams have been competing in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge for a chance to win $2 million in total prize money in six different tasks.

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