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VIDEO | Google’s Project Tango & NASA’s SPHERES

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In recent years, members of Congress and their staffs have been relatively receptive to Carberry’s message.

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Moffett Federal Airfield’s Hangar One, an enormous structure built to house airships in the 1930s, was torn down to its skeletal structure in 2012 because toxic chemicals from its roof and siding were polluting nearby air and groundwater. Credit: NASA
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VIDEO | Google Hangout Chat with Elon Musk and Richard Branson

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"Can a commercial customer be certain that access to that pad is going to there for two, three, four, five years out?” Rob Meyerson, president of startup Blue Origin, said

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Google Lunar X Prize Seeks Experts for Panel of Judges

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The Google Lunar X Prize is looking to assemble a panel of experts to help judge the $30 million competition to land a privately funded rover on the Moon.

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More Google Lunar X Prize Mergers Expected

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SAN FRANCISCO — Competition for the Google Lunar X Prize is heating up with the May 30 announcement of the first major acquisition of one team by another and widespread discussion among team leaders of additional mergers.

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Soyuz Failure Was ‘Singular Occasion,’ Russian Space Chief Says [AP via Google News]

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Vladimir Popovkin, head of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, said Oct. 7 that inspections have found that the Soyuz rockets intended to carry crew and cargo to the international space station do not have the flaw that caused the crash of an unmanned cargo ship bound for the station in August, the Associated Press reported.

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Iran Admits Failure in Launch of Monkey into Space [AFP via Google News]

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Iranian officials acknowledged Oct. 12 that they had attempted to launch a monkey into space but the effort was a failure, AFP reported.

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Google Execs’ Offer To Save Hangar One Awaits NASA Response [San Jose Mercury News]

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NASA is considering a $33 million offer by the top three executives at Google Inc. to salvage the historic Hangar One at Moffett Field in California, once home to giant U.S. Navy airships, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

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NASA Buys Data from Google Moon Hopefuls

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NASA will spend $1,500,000 to buy design data from three private teams competing for the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize, the U.S. space agency announced Jan. 5.

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1-Year Deadline Extension Proposed for Google Lunar X Prize

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SAN FRANCISCO — Teams competing for $30 million in awards as part of the Google Lunar X Prize are likely to have one additional year to reach the lunar surface and win the $20 million grand prize under a set of proposed rules issued to competitors. The proposed extension is being welcomed by many of the teams involved in the competition who face the daunting task of raising money for their efforts in a difficult financial environment.

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