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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and SpaceX’s Elon Musk Get Into Bidding War For NASA Space Shuttle Launchpad

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Jeff Bezos ( and Elon Musk (Tesla Motors / SpaceX) have gotten into a bidding war to buy the NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A, according to CNBC.  This is where the first and last space shuttle blasted off.  Musk wants the launchpad for his space company SpaceX and Bezos wants it for his space company Blue Origin.  Both companies want 39A to launch their unmanned missions and shuttles carrying commercial customers along with astronaut crews into outer space.  Bezos also wants to use the facility for other companies to launch their rockets at a price.  NASA is not disclosing the amounts involved in the bids. CEO Jeff Bezos Confirms Apollo 11 Rocket Engine Part Was Recovered

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Around 44 years ago, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins were the first men to walk on the moon while riding on Apollo 11.  After launching, a huge rocket engine part fell on the ocean floor and sat there untouched for years.  The massive rocket engine part has been salvaged from the ocean and it was dug up by a company started by founder and chief executive officer Jeff Bezos.
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NASA’s Rocket Engine Component Made From 3D Printing Withstands Fire Tests

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was able to test their first rocket engine component made through 3D printing.  Yesterday, NASA subjected their new rocket engine injector to a series of several high-pressure fire tests that involves liquid oxygen and gaseous hydrogen.  Since the test was successful, NASA was able to prove that additive manufacturing used for 3D printing could help build the next generation of rockets at lower costs.

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Now You Can Build Your Own Mars Curiosity Rover… Using Legos

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The NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover will soon become a Lego model.  Lego posted three projects to be voted on for the next building blocks model.  The three projects included Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover, the UCS Sandcrawler, and Thinking with Portals!  Stephen Pakbaz, a mechanical engineer that worked on the Curiosity for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory also designed the 1:20 scale Lego version of the Rover.
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Google Inc (GOOG) Partners With NASA For Quantum Computing Project

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Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has partnered with NASA’s Ames Research Center to study ways that quantum computing can improve science and solve technology problems using machine learning.  Google’s Director of Engineering Hartmut Neven said that the new lab is called the ‘Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab.’  The lab will house a quantum computer from D-Wave Systems and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA).

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Google Timelapse Shows You How Earth Looked In The Past

Google has launched a new project called Timelapse where they will take you back in time to see a historical perspective on changes to the Earth’s surface.  Google worked with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), NASA, and TIME to released over a quarter-century of images of Earth that was taken from space.  These photos were compiled into an an interactive time-lapse map.  Google Timelapse was built from millions of satellite images and trillions of pixels.  The interactive map can be explored through a zoomable time-lapse map as part of the new Timelapse project by TIME.

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SpaceX Dragon Will Be Making Its Third Trip To The ISS On March 1st

NASA has that the SpaceX Dragon capsule will be making its third trip to the International Space Station.  The target date is March 1st, 2013 for the launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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SpaceX Intends To Send Employees Into Orbit Starting 2015

At a conference at the Kennedy Space Center, SpaceX said that they are planning to send a crew of their employees into orbit starting in 2015.  This is not surprising because SpaceX successfully sent a cargo craft to the International Space Station in October.  In late November, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said that he wanted to set up space colonies on Mars and the company tested their Grasshopper vertical flight last month.  SpaceX project manager and former NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman made the announcement about the company’s goal at the conference.

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