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Rockets of the future take center stage

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Mon Oct 10, 2005 12:46 am
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By Alan Boyle; Space jockeys show their stuff; NASA announces two new contests
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Thousands of spectators swarmed around Las Cruces’ airport on Sunday to watch today’s private-sector rockets show their fiery stuff, while both private and public space leaders charted a course for tomorrow’s million-dollar ventures.

The rocket show was the climax to the Countdown to the X Prize Cup exposition, presented here by the X Prize Foundation. The event follows up on last year’s big finish to a $10 million competition for suborbital spaceflight.

On Sunday, one rocket soared, and another blew up. Yet another spaceship lifted off, hovered for a few seconds, then fell over when it landed. Several companies showed off mockups of several future spaceships, and NASA took advantage of the occasion to announce yet more contests for private-enterprise rocketeers. Read more at MSNBC.com

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