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Who needs a planetarium when you can explore the Google Sky? With it you can view 200 million galaxies, 100 million stars, constellations, a supernova, and planets in motion. You can also see the heavens with over 120 high-res images from NASA’s Hubble telescope. All you need is a download of the current Google Earth, then click on the Sky button on the toolbar. Available in 13 languages, check out the Gallery and discover space from different sources on Earth. We think we would like to experience the Milky Way from Paris, even if it is only on our PC.

 

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First Space Hotel Planned for 2012

Galactic Suite

What began as an idea from former aerospace engineer Xavier Claramunt may become reality in 2012. Galactic Suite will be the first hotel in space and allows a round-the-world experience in only 80 minutes. Booking a room doesn’t come cheaply, as a 3-day stay will cost $4 million. While there, guests can wear velcro suits to crawl and stick around their pod/rooms and will be able to see sunrise 15 times a day. Claramunt, the company’s director,  says that the hotel was created keeping in mind that each pod had to fit inside a rocket.
“It’s the bathrooms in zero gravity that are the biggest challenge,” says Claramunt. “How to accommodate the more intimate activities of the guests is not easy.”
Even if we had sufficient funding to travel to the posh resort, we think we will pass, as we get a bit nauseous just eating in revolving restaurants.

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Console Downloads Feature Space Bounty Hunters and Also Giraffes

Space Giraffe Logo

People with virtual currency burning pixelated holes in their alternate reality pockets can check out the and the Virtual Console this week for some new (or perhaps old) titles. The most exciting offerings this week look to be the Jeff Minter shooter Space Giraffe and the wonderful classic, Super Metroid.

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Review: Sunshine

Sunshine the movie

The Alex Garland/Danny Boyle team is back with another harrowing look at humanity, it’s need for hope and willingness to sacrifice, both on a grand scale and within each of us.

The year is 2057.  The sun, the source of all life on Earth, is dying.  A spaceship called Icarus II is 60 million miles from the world, en route with a crew of eight scientists, physicists, and astronauts to set off a type of nuclear bomb in hopes of reigniting the dwindling star.  This group of experts represent the last hope for Earth and all of mankind, and their mission, like that of the first Icarus journey, is based on theoretical science in the face of unknown conditions — mere miles from the surface of the sun.

Visually stunning and intense beyond imagination, Sunshine  reminds everyone of the insignificance humanity represents on a grand scale, while simultaneously inspiring us to fight for it.

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Astronaut Takes Out The Trash

Trash in Space

Clayton Anderson has become an official litterer in space by tossing a 200 lb. camera mounting and 1,400 pound ammonia tank off the Space Station yesterday. NASA officials believe that the container will circle Earth for almost a year before it goes back into the atmosphere and burns itself up. Anderson’s comment about the task was, “I’ll be sending my bill in the mail for trash disposal.”

There are at present over 9,000 pieces of debris out in space that are trackable, leaving us to believe that some of those UFOs or meteors that get reported might possibly be space rubbish that they have just tossed out for lack of room. What is junk to one might be treasure to another, so it seems to us that they could just put up an orbital shed to house the stuff, bring it down later, and have a heck of a garage sale.

 

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The Bleeding Edge 119: Microsoft Vanishing Point Party

When Microsoft threw the final Vanishing Point bash in Seattle, we made sure we were there to see what all the fuss was about. In this episode, we interview those who made the contest happen, and talk about some of the prizes. Want to know all about the grande prize trip to space? It’s in here…


Bleeding Edge 073: CES 2007 Video: Loki Appears At Bellagio, Revealing Vanishing Point Clues

At 6:30 PM on January 8, Loki made her latest appearance as promised on VanishingPointGame.com. Her video cut into one of the fountain performances at the Bellagio hotel, giving out the latest clues and puzzles in the Vanishing Point game and contest, where one winner will win a trip to outer space, the “Ultimate Vista.” We were there to capture it.


Microsoft’s HD Space Solution: Buy Another Hard Drive

Xbox 360 HDDWith Microsoft’s announcement of downloadable high definition movies and television, some concerns were raised over the relatively small size of the 20 GB hard drive available. After formatting the drive and including Microsoft’s default installation, the drive winds up with around 13 GB free. Many have suggested that this announcement indicates a larger hard drive in the Xbox 360’s future. Indeed, this is one of the rumors that won’t seem to die. However, when GamersReports talked to Aaron Greenberg, the Xbox Group Product Marketing manager, he offered a different solution: transfer your Xbox Live Account to a memory unit, and buy another hard drive. Most gamers with the Premium Xbox 360 probably haven’t bought a memory card, so getting the ability to store more downloadable content ends up costing the gamer upwards of $100.

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