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HTML5 Atari Arcade Debuts
2012-09-03 10:49:29

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In either an attempt to drum up some excitement for Internet Explorer, new Microsoft tablets and Windows 8 or to simply revisit some beautiful nostalgia, Atari and Microsoft last week launched Atari Arcade, a free, HTML5-based way to play your favorite 80s-era pixelated video games. Now, 8 classic video games, including Asteroids, Centipede, Combat, Lunar Lander, Missile Command, Pong, Yars Revenge and Super Breakout are...

Lunar Lander Thrusters Go Through Testing
2012-03-06 05:04:43

[ Watch the Video ] Europe´s ambition of touching down at the Moon´s south pole by 2018 has been boosted by recent test firings of the craft´s thrusters. The robot lander will prove new techniques for sending humans to the Moon and assess lunar hazards. With no atmosphere on the Moon, Lunar Lander cannot rely on parachutes to slow its descent. Instead, the craft will need to fire its engines in a rather unconventional way. One of these thrusters was recently put...

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2009-10-16 07:25:00

How do you fly on a world with no atmosphere? Wings won't work and neither do propellers. And don't even try that parachute! NASA engineer Brian Mulac has the answer. "All it takes is practice, practice, practice," he says. "And of course, thrusters." The space agency is perfecting the art using a prototype lunar lander at the Marshall Space Flight Center. "What we've got here is a 'flying testbed' to help us to learn how to hover1 and land on the Moon," says Mulac. He's conducting the tests...

2008-10-21 13:50:00

Nine teams with rocket-powered vehicles will compete for $2 million in prize money this week during the U.S. space agency's Lunar Lander Challenge. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's 2008 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge will be Friday and Saturday at Las Cruces International Airport in New Mexico. "Teams must fly their vehicle, simulating a takeoff and landing on the moon and repeat the task in a limited period of time," NASA said. "The competition provides a...