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  • NASA test flight still on track despite accidents November 7, 2014

    Cape Canaveral: NASA's biggest test flight in years remains on track for next month, despite last week's space-related accidents. Officials on Friday said everything looks good for the December 4 launch of NASA's new Orion capsule. This one will not carry a crew. Future Orions are meant to carry astronauts on...
  • Mystery revolves around Virgin Galactic's space plane crash November 5, 2014

    The probe of Virgin Galactic's space plane crash in California hinges on a central mystery: Why a seasoned test pilot would prematurely unlock the craft's moveable tail section, setting off a chain of events that led to destruction of the ship and his death. The National Transportation Safety Board was expected...
  • Photos: Debris of the Virgin Galactic spaceship that crashed during a test flight in California November 2, 2014

    Mojave, California: A passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday near the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one pilot and seriously injuring the other, officials said.The crash of the suborbital vehicle, undergoing its first powered test flight...
  • Virgin Galactic may put plans on hold after spaceship's deadly crash November 1, 2014

    Virgin Galactic is considered by many to be the best hope in private space exploration. The founder hoped to start flights into space within months, but after deadly spacecraft explosion plans may be put on hold. The Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo is described as a sub orbital vehicle where ticket holders...
  • Virgin Galactic CEO offers support in spaceship crash probe November 1, 2014

    In a setback to commercial spaceflight, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed during a test flight over California killing one of the two pilots and injuring the other. Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides said, "We are going to be supporting the investigation as we figure out what happened today and we are...
  • Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes during flight test in California, 1 dead November 1, 2014

    Mojave, California: A passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday near the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one pilot and seriously injuring the other, officials said. The crash of the suborbital vehicle, undergoing its first powered test flight...
  • Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes during California test flight November 1, 2014

    Cape Canaveral: A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, officials said. Two pilots were aboard the spaceship, which was undergoing its first powered test flight since January. It was not immediately...
  • Ashton Kutcher to travel into space March 20, 2012

    London: Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher is going into space after signing up to be the 500th customer to travel into outer space with Virgin Galactic. The 'Two and a Half Men' star is excited about his trip to space, according to Virgin CEO Richard Branson. "I gave Ashton a quick call...
  • Can space elevators be a reality in 2100? September 8, 2011

    Think of a day in the year 2100. The walls of your room light up like screens and your chosen software program, a familiar face named, say, Molly, wakes you up in the morning and lays out the day's plan. As you enter the bathroom, DNA and protein sensors in...
  • Branson unveils latest Virgin Galactic craft December 8, 2009

    Mojave: A spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011 was unveiled on Monday in what backers of the venture hope will signal a new era in aviation history. The longawaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The project...
  • Branson's latest stunt: Get married in space April 21, 2008

    New Delhi: The flamboyant boss of the Virgin group, Richard Branson, is eyeing another record he wants to be the first person to marry a couple in space. The couple, whose name has not been disclosed, will be married on Virgin Galactics maiden space flight next year, and...
  • Book yourself on a flight to space for Rs 80 lakh October 23, 2007

    New Delhi: Rakesh Sharma, Kalpana Chawla, Sunita Williams will you be the next Indian to go to space, considering space is just a two hour flight away and the ride costs just Rs 80 lakh? You can now book yourself on a flight to outer space online or just walk...
  • India's 1st space tourist set to fly March 15, 2007

    Thiruvananthapuram: Even as India dreams of putting its first man in space, the country's first space tourist is all set to hit outer space. Thirtyyearold Santosh George Kulangara will be spending about one crore for a threehour long exursion or what can be called a trip to space. Kulangara will be on...
  • Pak woman selected for space travel August 18, 2006

    Islamabad: A Francebased Pakistani woman has been selected to join a US commercial space flight in 2008. Namira Salim, a Pakistani artiste based in southern France said that she had been chosen by the US firm Virgin Galactic for its commercial space flight in 2008. She said that she was...