Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Space news

''SpaceX Did It -- Falcon 1 Made it to Space''
and it is very cheap:
''The kerosene-fueled Falcon 1 is notable for its price tag: $7.9 million, which is around an order of magnitude lower than the typical cost of an orbital launch. The rocket's first stage is designed to be recovered and reused after each launch, theoretically reducing the expense.''

Source here and here.


''Since the 1970s, spacecraft have beamed back images of deep channels and canyons that suggest water once flowed across the Red Planet. More recently, both orbiting spacecraft and NASA's rovers have also found mineralogical evidence of liquid water on the planet's surface.
Now, Phoenix has found evidence of past liquid water – thought to be a crucial requirement for life – on the planet's northern plains.

Source here.

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