Latest Ansari X Prize Stories
Now that she's learned to walk in gravity again, American space tourist Anousheh Ansari has some things to take care of on Earth: developing a new company, promoting science and space travel, and spending time with her family.
The people who spurred private spaceflight with a $10 million prize are doing the same for personalized medicine. The X Prize Foundation is offering $10 million to the first company that can process the genetic codes of 100 people in just 10 days - an advancement that experts say is still at least five years away.
NASA said Friday 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.
A day after Space Adventures announced it was in a venture to develop rocket ships for suborbital flights, the company said Friday it plans to build a $265 million spaceport in the United Arab Emirates.
A company that has sent three space tourists into orbit has partnered with an investment firm founded by major sponsors of the Ansari X Prize to develop rocket ships for suborbital flights.
Several thousand space enthusiasts swarmed to the city's airport for a glimpse of a future in which you might just as easily book a rocket to space as you would a plane to Las Vegas.
The first private space ship took its place Wednesday next to Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, a hoped-for symbol of a new era of space tourism alongside the icon of trans-Atlantic flight.
The first privately built craft to fly into space became a museum piece on Wednesday, as its creators aim for an eight-seat vehicle to carry passengers to "that beautiful black sky."
The Smithsonian Institution is honoring the crew of a private spaceship, Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen and aviation legend Burt Rutan with the 2005 National Air and Space Museum Trophy for Current Achievement.
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