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2007-01-08 09:22:27

LONDON (AP) - Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking says he wants to undertake a zero-gravity flight aboard an airplane this year as a precursor to a journey into space, a newspaper reported Monday. "This year I'm planning a zero-gravity flight and to go into space in 2009," he was quoted as saying in The Daily Telegraph newspaper. Hawking, 65, has said he hopes to travel on British businessman Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic service, which is scheduled to launch in 2009. The service will charge...

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2007-01-07 16:16:16

SORT, Spain -- He's known across Spain for giving out loads of cash and having a sidekick who travels by broom. And soon he hopes to rack up another claim to fame: becoming a space tourist. Lottery vendor Xavier Gabriel does carry an air of magic about him. As the man behind the country's winningest lottery shop, nicknamed the Bruixa d'Or (Golden Witch), Gabriel has sold tickets that have won more than $1.14 billion since 1992. Perhaps it helps that his shop is in Sort, which means luck in...

2006-11-14 09:01:20

HOUSTON -- A remote West Texas spaceport being built and bankrolled by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos launched a test rocket Monday for the first time. "There was a launch, a one- or two-minute event," Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig said from the agency's office in Oklahoma City. He had no details. The exact nature of the 6:30 a.m. launch or the type of spacecraft was not immediately known. A Houston-based spokesman for Blue Origin, the Bezos-owned firm developing the...

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2006-10-18 15:35:00

By STEVE GUTTERMAN, Associated Press Writer MOSCOW - 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. But Ansari doesn't want to stay on this planet for too long. "I just love that feeling of freedom that you get from being in space, and I certainly got addicted to it, so I'm hoping to be able to repeat that...

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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"...


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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
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.