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2006-10-01 20:53:37

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) - A rocket that was the first launched from a commercial spaceport in New Mexico - and the first to crash - has been found in the desert, company officials said Saturday. The 20-foot SpaceLoft XL rocket was found nearly a week after it wobbled and went off course seconds after takeoff from Spaceport America in Upham on Monday afternoon. The unmanned rocket crashed Monday in the rugged southern New Mexico desert after reaching about 40,000 feet, well short of UP Aerospace's...

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2006-09-29 08:40:00

NEW YORK (AP) - British entrepreneur Richard Branson on Thursday unveiled an interior mock-up of the suborbital spaceship that his company plans to use to take paying passengers into space. The full-size model of the interior of SpaceShipTwo was shown during a technology show in New York. The spaceship, to be operated by Virgin Galactic, will hold six passengers and two pilots. The mock-up featured a spacious cabin with reclining seats and large portholes. The interior is designed to give...

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2006-09-29 00:00:00

ARKALYK, Kazakhstan (AP) - The capsule carrying the world's first female space tourist touched down Friday on the Kazakh steppe after a bone-jarring journey from the international space station. Anousheh Ansari, Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov and U.S. astronaut Jeffrey Williams had left the station aboard a cramped Russian Soyuz capsule about three hours earlier. After the capsule entered the Earth's atmosphere, search and rescue teams in three planes and 12 helicopters tracked the...

2006-09-25 18:09:33

UPHAM, N.M. -- The first rocket launched from New Mexico's spaceport failed to reach suborbital space Monday, wobbling and dropping back to Earth barely a tenth of the way into its intended journey. The unmanned, 20-foot SpaceLoft XL rocket, among the first to be launched from any commercial U.S. spaceport, was carrying various experiments and other payloads for its planned journey 70 miles above Earth. The rocket took off at 2:14 p.m. and was supposed to drop back to Earth about 13 minutes...

2006-09-23 10:00:00

COLOGNE, Germany - The chemical leak in the International Space Station earlier this week was much less dramatic than it initially appeared and did not cause anyone to fall ill, German astronaut Thomas Reiter said Friday. Speaking by video uplink to a news conference at the European Astronaut Center, Reiter said the leak, described by NASA as a chemical reaction, "smelled pretty strongly," but was swiftly brought under control. "It was far less dramatic than it might have seemed from...

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2006-09-23 10:00:33

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The first paying female space tourist said Friday she felt a little queasy on her rocket ride to the international space station but she since has been enjoying every minute of her cosmic trip. "The entire experience has been wonderful up here," said Iranian-American Anousheh Ansari, a Dallas businesswoman who paid the Russian space agency $20 million to ride in the Soyuz vehicle to the orbiting space lab. Ansari said the trip to the station "was not fun for me"...

2006-09-20 06:36:47

KOROLYOV, Russia (AP) - The capsule carrying the first paying female space tourist docked smoothly at the international space station Wednesday. Officials at Russia's Mission Control applauded as the ship carrying Iranian-born American telecommunications entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin and U.S. astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria parked at the orbiting station. The three had blasted off in the cramped TMA-9 capsule Monday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in...

2006-08-25 09:05:00

MOSCOW -- Anousheh Ansari, a U.S. citizen of Iranian origin, will become the world's first female space tourist when she blasts off aboard a Russian rocket on September 14, the launch company said on Friday. Daisuke Enomoto, a Japanese entrepreneur who had hoped to lift off in a Soyuz spaceship, was deemed unfit for the 10-day journey by a medical commission earlier this week. Ansari, a 39-year-old chairwoman and co-founder of Prodea Systems, Inc., a digital home technology company, will be...

2006-08-21 10:10:00

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Japanese space tourist who had hoped to blast off on board a Russian rocket next month was deemed unfit for the trip on Monday, a Russian space official said, adding that a U.S. woman was most likely to replace him. Entrepreneur Daisuke Enomoto had been due to lift off in a Soyuz capsule from Russia's Baiionur cosmodrome in the Kazakh steppes to the International Space Station (ISS) on September14. But a medical commission found he was unfit for the 10-day journey. "I...

2006-08-18 17:08:17

WASHINGTON - NASA on Friday picked two companies - both recovering from different failures - to develop a new commercial spaceship that would eventually resupply the international space station. One company, Rocketplane-Kistler of Oklahoma City, has a long aerospace technical record but is just emerging from bankruptcy. The other company, Space X of El Segundo, Calif., is funded by the internet tycoon behind PayPal but had a flaming failure in its initial rocket launch earlier this year....


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Sir Richard Branson
2013-08-10 06:47:02

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson, born July 18, 1950, in Surrey, England, is a British business magnate and investor. He is best known as the founder and chairman of Virgin Group of more than 400 companies. His net worth as of 2013 is $4.6 Billion (US). He is the fourth (4th) richest person in the UK, according to Forbes Magazine. His first business venture was a magazine called Student at the age of 16. By 1969, Branson was living in a London commune, surrounded by the British...

Owen Garriott
2012-10-02 10:26:07

Owen Garriott is a former United States Navy officer and NASA astronaut. He was born Owen Kay Garriott on November 22, 1930 in Enid, Oklahoma. In 1948 he graduated from Enid High School and then went on to attend the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1953. He subsequently joined the United States Navy and worked his way to the role of officer. However, just three years later Garriott decided to leave the Navy to pursue a higher...

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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