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  1. Spaceship Earth Grants Is Handing Out Civilian Trips to Space

    You don't even have to get the high score in Starfighter first!

    Hey, you! Yes, you—person who watches Star Trek and Star Wars all the time and generally just seems to love anything to do with stars—you know where all those stars come from? Space! And you can win a trip there—that is, provided that you promise to use your experience to help your community and fellow humans and not to set up a galactic empire to rule with space wizard powers.

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  2. World View Enterprises Sets Altitude Record for Parafoil Flight

    We'll soar. We'll fly. Up so high. We'll soar. We'll fly. Up to the skyyyyyyyyy.

    World View Enterprises would like to send people to the edge of Earth's atmosphere with balloons and their special parafoil craft. They're one step closer to that goal thanks to a recent record-setting test flight of a to-scale model of their Tycho craft.

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  3. PayPal, SETI, and Buzz Aldrin Team Up to Launch Interplanetary Payment Service

    Paying it really, really, really far forward.

    Ever tried to buy something, only to realize your wallet is sitting on your kitchen counter a billion miles away on another planet? No need to worry. PayPal has decided now is the perfect time to address that very serious problem. The online payment service is joining forces with the SETI Institute, a leader in the search for alien life in the universe, to create PayPal Galactic, a money transfer system that boldly goes where no money transfer system has gone before.

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  4. Virgin’s SpaceShipTwo Completes First Rocket-Powered Test Flight [Video]

    Your dream vacation to space --come on, you totally have one of those, right? -- may be a little closer to reality after today's test flight of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. This morning, the company completed a successful rocket powered test flight of the new ship it hopes to start sending tourists into orbit in later this year.

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  5. Kate Winslet to Go to Space After Saving Woman From Fire; Is Captain Marvel, I Guess?

    Supergirly

    For anyone who isn't up on their superheroes at the moment, Captain Marvel is the current alias of Carol Danvers (yes, a Marvel superhero, not like that guy who shouts Shazam, and now also goes by the name Shazam), an Air Force pilot turned superhero with a love for high altitudes, space, and saving the day. We didn't immediately make the connection between Ms. Danvers and Kate Winslet when we heard that the latter was getting a free trip to space courtesy of uncle-in-law Sir Richard Branson, but then we dug into the details of the story and the details took a surprisingly heroic tint. The gift of the £124,000 ($200,000) ticket is partly a wedding present (Winslet married Branson's nephew earlier this month), and partly a gift of thanks for... saving his ninety-year-old mother from a fire. Really.

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  6. NASA Prepares For Annoying Space Tourists

    It Came From Outer Space

    Although it's been a few years since Lance Bass tried to travel to outer space, and it will probably be a few years until space tourism is viable, NASA is already looking into ways to preserve and protect U.S. lunar artifacts from unruly tourists. You know, the ones that wear fanny packs and touch things they're not supposed to?

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  7. Things We Saw Today: Alfred, The Only Sensible Member Of The Batfamily

    Things We Saw Today

    This is a fan-made take on the recent Dark Knight Rises posters which featured Batman, Catwoman, and Bane. Only Guilherme Zanettini decided to spotlight some of the secondary characters like Alfred, Commissioner Gordon, and Deputy Commissioner Foley. And well, it is raining in these posters afterall... (via MTV Splash Page) 

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  8. NASA To The World: Don’t Tread On Our Parts Of The Moon

    Not a Misprint

    Science-fiction has long held onto the notion that colonization of Earth's Moon was inevitable. Turns out they were probably right but before you strap on your personalized rocket to set up your new vacation getaway, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration would like a word with you. 

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  9. Beam Me Up, Scotty! Star Trek’s James Doohan Is Finally Having His Ashes Sent To Space

    To Boldly Go

    A new generation of space travel is happening as we speak. You could, perhaps, call it the next generation of space travel. Private space flights are going to start happening more and more often and we'll get closer to the future science fiction stories have told us to much about. But before all that, one Star Trek alum will experience space a very different way. Actor James Doohan's ashes will make their way into outer space when a privately owned rocket is sent up this week. 

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  10. Someone Made a Horror Movie in Space, and NASA Won’t Let Anyone See It

    It Came From Outer Space

    Meet Richard Garriott -- space tourist, video game designer, millionaire, filmmaker. While on board the International Space Station for some light sightseeing, he used his own money and spare time to produce an eight-minute short film, a sci-fi horror movie called Apogee of Fear. But NASA is refusing to let it see the light of day. Why? Because it's chock full of NASA's stuff, used without their permission. What about an executive producer credit, NASA? ... No? Come on, your astronauts can totally make a cameo! ... Oh, they did. And that's the problem. (They're not in the Screen Actors Guild.) (Not really.)

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