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Winklevoss twins use bitcoins to book space trip

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - You can't spend bitcoins at Amazon.com or to pay your mortgage but, as the Winklevoss twins showed on Wednesday, you can use the digital currency to book a trip into suborbital space. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who famously accused Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg of stealing their idea, said they used bitcoins to buy tickets for a high-altitude voyage on billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic commercial spaceflight venture.

Business as usual for Americans and Russians on International Space Station

Washington, Mar 5 (EFE).- The three Russian cosmonauts, two American astronauts and one Japanese astronaut aboard the International Space Station, or ISS, are doing their jobs while traveling around the Earth at 27,000 kph (16,777 mph) in spite of the tensions between Washington and Moscow over Ukraine. The ISS's Expedition 38 is under the command of Russia's Oleg Kotov, with Russians Mikhail Tyurin and Sergei Ryazanskiy; Americans Rick Mastracchio and Michael Hopkins; and Japan's Koichi Wakata rounding out the crew.

Business as usual for Americans and Russians on International Space Station

Washington, Mar 5 (EFE).- The three Russian cosmonauts, two American astronauts and one Japanese astronaut aboard the International Space Station, or ISS, are doing their jobs while traveling around the Earth at 27,000 kph (16,777 mph) in spite of the tensions between Washington and Moscow over Ukraine. The ISS's Expedition 38 is under the command of Russia's Oleg Kotov, with Russians Mikhail Tyurin and Sergei Ryazanskiy; Americans Rick Mastracchio and Michael Hopkins; and Japan's Koichi Wakata rounding out the crew.

Obama eyes boost in space taxi spending, Jupiter moon mission

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's 2015 NASA budget plan includes funding for a robotic mission to an ocean-bearing moon of Jupiter and could help boost commercial ventures to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA officials said on Tuesday. The White House is requesting a $17.5 billion budget for the U.S. space agency in the fiscal year that begins October 1.

NASA oversight led to spacewalker's near drowning, panel finds

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - A panel investigating an astronaut's near drowning during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station in July found that his spacesuit leaked during an earlier outing, officials said on Wednesday. NASA misdiagnosed the earlier leak, believing the water found in the helmet of Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano on July 9 was due to a ruptured drink bag, said space station chief engineer Chris Hansen, who chaired an investigation panel appointed by the U.S. space agency.

Space suit leak happened before, NASA admits

A US-made space suit that leaked water into a helmet and threatened to drown a European astronaut had malfunctioned before, NASA admitted on Wednesday. The flaw appeared during a spacewalk a week prior to the July 16 outing by Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and an American, but US space agency officials misdiagnosed it as a leaking drink bag. That means the incident, which investigators described as among the most serious in the history of the US space program, was preventable, NASA said in its final report on the investigation into what went wrong.

SpaceX's next cargo mission to space station is Mar 16

The next cargo supply mission to the International Space Station by the US company SpaceX has been set for March 16, NASA said Wednesday. SpaceX's unmanned Dragon capsule will launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 4:41 am (0941 GMT) on its third trip ferrying supplies and equipment to the orbiting lab, the US space agency said in a tweet. Owned by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk, SpaceX became the first commercial entity to reach the space station with its Dragon cargo ship in 2012.

Cosmonauts make repeat spacewalk for Canadian video venture

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - A pair of Russian cosmonauts floated outside the International Space Station on Monday in a second attempt to set up cameras for a Canadian space video venture. Station commander Oleg Kotov and flight engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy initially installed a telescope video camera and a medium-resolution still imager for Vancouver-based UrtheCast Corp during a December 27 spacewalk.

Space-faring nations lay groundwork for human, robotic exploration

By Irene Klotz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Officials from 32 of the world's space-faring nations concluded a trio of summits on Friday to tackle expanding participation in the International Space Station and planning for eventual human expeditions to Mars.

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo makes successful test flight to 71,000 feet in Mojave Desert

MOJAVE, Calif. - Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has made its third rocket-powered supersonic flight in the Mojave Desert, soaring to a record 71,000 feet. The company says the reusable space vehicle was carried by airplane to 46,000 feet Friday and then released. The craft used its rocket motor the rest of the way to reach its highest altitude to date. SpaceShipTwo and its two-member crew then glided to a safe landing in the desert north of Los Angeles.
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