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Boeing and SpaceX will shuttle American astronauts to the ISS

There had been rumors of NASA awarding Boeing a big contract for its Commercial Crew Program, and it turns out that the claims were true — and then some. The agency has just announced that both Boeing’s CST-100 capsule and SpaceX’s Dragon V2 will…

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Google Street View Car Captures Space Shuttle Flyover

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This is a shot from a Google Street View car (links to actual Google map) traveling the New Jersey Turnpike that happened to capture a space shuttle flyover in April 2012. Seeing it sent me on a Google Street View treasure hunt to see what other oddities I could spot in the sky. So far just a ton of power lines. Thought I saw a bird, but when I showed it to my roommate he said it was just a fleck of dust on the lens. Then he made fun of the Facebook chat conversation I was having with my grandma. So I was pretending to be my own girlfriend, big deal. That shit makes her happy.

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Riding The Booster: Video Of A Space Shuttle Booster Rocket’s Journey Into The Atmosphere (And Back To Earth)

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This is ‘Riding the Booster’, a video drawned from cameras connecteded to an Area Shuttle’s solid rocket boosters as it blasts off into the environment. Plus there’s real sound. Seems like an inferno. I advise watching lift-off and a minimum of component of the first 90-seconds, then skip to 1:55 to watch the booster separation from numerous various angles, the awesomest of which is at 2:35. The rest is the booster’s descent until they parachute into the ocean around 7:15. You know, it’s good that NASA actually planned to jettison the boosters into the ocean rather of simply letting them land wherever they fall. Since when I blast off for outerspace I don’t care where my boosters land. “That’s reckless.” Huh? “THAT ‘S IRRESPONSIBLE.” I’m sorry, I’m having problem hearing you FROM THE MOON. HIYO, haters gonna hate.

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Elon Musk vs. Jeff Bezos: Billionaires bid for NASA’s space shuttle launchpad

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Here’s an epic fight that won’t take place inside the octagon: Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are apparently competing to take over a NASA launchpad… and instead of dishing out jiu-jitsu moves, they’re letting money do the talking. In particular, the dotcom billionaires’ space companies, Blue Origin and SpaceX, are bidding for Kennedy Space Center’s historic Launch Complex 39A — site of NASA’s first and last space shuttle blast-off. Each company’s plan for 39A is to launch both unmanned missions and shuttles carrying commercial customers and astronaut crews into space. Bezos’ Blue Origin, however, also aims to turn it into a multi-use facility where other companies can launch their rockets for a price. NASA’s keeping bidding details on the down low, but seeing as it wants to offload 39A in October to save money, we’ll know soon enough who’ll win this battle of the dollars.

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Via: The Verge

Source: NBC News

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Mercedes Vision Golf Cart concept could shuttle you around the course in comfort

Mercedes Vision Golf Cart concept could shuttle you around the course in comfort

Today’s golf carts certainly serve a purpose, but despite opulent add-ons like plastic rain shields and windshield wipers, the electric buggies littering the world’s fairways and outdoor venues can hardly be considered luxurious. Now, with Mercedes-Benz considering a compact vehicle of its own, the cookie-cutter people mover could be a thing of the past. The German automaker recently debuted its Vision Golf Cart concept, a solar-powered two-seat carriage that includes such amenities as heated and cooled seats and cup holders, air vents, speakers, a joystick control, iPhone dock, heads-up display and LED headlights. Sounds pretty posh.

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Source: Daimler

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NASA trying to rent or sell space shuttle facilities before they fall apart

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In the wake of the space shuttle program’s retired life, NASA is entrusted sprawling centers at its Kennedy Area Center campus in Cape Canaveral that it not needs– centers that cost millions of dollars to keep. The Orlando Guard states that money isn’t designated to keep much of that maintenance going beyond this year, so the administration has actually started the process of communicating to exclusive sector to see who might be thinking about it. The bidding and proposal process is being held mostly in private to keep trade keys away from competitors– such are the perils of commercialized spaceflight– but the hope is to begin moving or leasing property in the following six months before engineering landmarks like …

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Visualized: Space Shuttle Atlantis makes its final journey, arrives at new home (video)

Visualized: Space Shuttle Atlantis makes its final journey, arrives at new home (video)

On Friday, Area Shuttle Atlantis made its last voyage, marking the last time an orbiter in America’s shuttle program would be on the step. We were on-hand during the occasion and followed Atlantis as it gradually hiked to its destination, a 90,000 square-foot exhibition building at Kennedy Area Center’s Site visitor Complicated. To live out the event vicariously, inspect out the photos below or hit the jump for the video clip.

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Space Shuttle Atlantis hands-on: a look inside (video)

Space Shuttle Atlantis hands-on: a look inside (video)

Area Shuttles Discovery, Endeavour and Venture have all left Kennedy Room Center for new houses, but Atlantis? She’s remaining. Come November 2nd, the orbiter will be wheeled out to a 65,000-square-foot display, which is still being created at KSC’s visitor complex. Though the craft’s cargo bay doors will certainly be open and its remote manipulator arm expanded when its displayed, visitors will not be able to go up aboard it– or any of the additional shuttles, for that matter. However, we got the chance to go to Bay 2 of the Orbiter Processing Facility, action inside Atlantis and provide it the hands-on treatment. Watch out below for the gallery or hit the jump for the full video trip.

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Vizualized: Bay Area bids adieu to Space Shuttle Endeavour

Vizualized Bay Area bids adieu to Space Shuttle Endeavour

NASA and the US government may have moved on from the shuttle program, but it’s clear that the American people are still in love with our nation’s cosmic cargo planes. An estimated 20,000 people showed up at the Ames Research Center/Moffet Air Force Base in Mountain View, California this morning to see Endeavour buzz the tower. With so many folks itchin’ to see Endeavour’s farewell tour firsthand, the line to get in was lengthy, but we braved the crowds to bring you some shots of the action. Enjoy.

[Thanks to Chris Williams for helping with some of the crowd shots]

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Vizualized: Bay Area bids adieu to Space Shuttle Endeavour

Vizualized Bay Area bids adieu to Space Shuttle Endeavour

NASA and the US government may have moved on from the shuttle program, but it’s clear that the American people are still in love with our nation’s cosmic cargo planes. An estimated 20,000 people showed up at the Ames Research Center/Moffet Air Force Base in Mountain View, California this morning to see Endeavour buzz the tower. With so many folks itchin’ to see Endeavour’s farewell tour firsthand, the line to get in was lengthy, but we braved the crowds to bring you some shots of the action. Enjoy.

[Thanks to Chris Williams for helping with some of the crowd shots]

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