Google’s Top Space Cadet [New York Times]

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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Google Earth & Bing Maps Spanning the Virtual Globe

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SAN FRANCISCO — In anticipation of the United Nations climate change conference scheduled to occur in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December, Google Inc. is presenting a series of narrated tours through its popular Google Earth program that allow viewers to explore the environmental impacts of climate change around the globe.

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Google Lunar X Prize Teams Taking Shape

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Nearly two years into the competition for the Google Lunar X Prize $30 million purse, teams are lining up financing, establishing partnerships and tinkering with rover prototypes.

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Google Update Gives Public Access to Raw Mars Imagery

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NEW YORK -- As part of a newly released "Live from Mars" update for Google Mars 3-D, the general public can track Mars orbiters in flight and download raw imagery of the red planet within days or hours of it reaching Earth - a level of access once unheard of outside of mission control.

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Four New Teams Sign Up To Compete for Google Lunar X Prize

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Four new teams have joined the Google Lunar X Prize robotic race to the Moon for a $20 million grand prize, the X Prize Foundation announced May 21.

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Carnegie Mellon Sets Sights On Google’s Lunar X Prize

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William "Red" Whittaker and the wizards at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute in Pittsburgh, hope to use their expertise to snag the $20 million Google Lunar X Prize.

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Google Puts $30 Million Behind New Lunar X Prize

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GOLDEN, Colo. -- Silicon Valley giant Google Inc. is teaming with the X Prize Foundation to launch a commercial race to the Moon with $30 million in incentives to collect along the way.

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GEO Chief Cites Google as a Global Model

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The organization created by 58 nations earlier this year to coordinate Earth observation and environmental data collection hopes to evolve into a Google-type service, collating data from ground-, sea- and space-based platforms into an easy-to-use Internet portal accessible worldwide, according to the group's new director.

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Google Earth Exec Says No Nation Has Ever Filed a Formal Protest

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TOULOUSE, France -- Google Earth, the popular Web-based geographic information system, has never received a protest from any government concerned about unwanted disclosures of sensitive military installations or any other subject, according to one of the system's founders.

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Google Earth, UN Partners on Imagery Project

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WASHINGTON -- Google has joined forces with the United Nations in the use of satellite imagery and computer overlays to document some of the most pressing cases of environmental degradation around the world.

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OpEd: Participatory Exploration, Google and NASA

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As the first crewed lander to the Moon in nearly 50years comes to rest on the lunar surface, billions of citizens participate in the descent through an interactive exploration console, switching their view between multiple camera angles and data streams on their personal computers. Millions more already have flown a simulated descent on the popular lunar exploration game distributed via NASA's Web site, NASA.gov, and compare their performance against the landing craft in real time. Video chat hubs explode with discussion as they coin names for the approaching craters and hills.

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