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April 18, 2006


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April 15, 2006

Russia to double spacecraft production by 2009

Russia will double spacecraft production by 2009 in response to a decision to increase crew members of the International Space Station (ISS) from two to six by then, Russia's leading space company said on Friday.


April 14, 2006

1953 Mechanix Illustrated: "How Nuclear Radiation Can Change Our Race"

Atomic MutantsOver at Finkbuilt, Steve Lodefink reprints the opening spread from a 1953 Mechanix Illustrated article, "How Nuclear Radiation Can Change Our Race," that comes with a great illustration by comic book artist Kurt Schaffenberger.

Now hear this Earth! I am Mutant Man, Homo Superior! I have been created by radiation forces out of the loins of you, the human race, after your great terrible Atom War. Yes, I am a step up and beyond you, and I am now your master for better or worse. You created me in your blind, savage, senseless war of atomic radiation. You have only yourselves to blame if I turn out to be your ó Frankenstein Monster!"

April 10, 2006

Yuri's Night 2006

Celebrate Yuri's Night April 12th--the world party for space! On this day 45 years ago, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to go into space. On the same day, 25 years ago, John Young and Robert Crippen flew the first Space Shuttle flight to orbit. Join events around the world to celebrate your passion for space and a positive future for the people of planet Earth.


Trinity, the Manhattan Project and the Birth of the Atomic Age

The Manhattan Project and Trinity have become one of the most powerful of modern fables... It's a part of the legend of the American Dream... And it's also part of the American Nightmare... Since that morning in the empty desert of central New Mexico, every living thing on the planet has lived in the shadow of [Robert] Oppenheimer's bomb.

I've been fascinated by the Manhattan Project since I was a little boy... I can't remember where I first read about Oppenheimer and his elite cadre of physicists...but I remember asking myself the question which, more than anything, lies at the center of the myth of the Manhattan Project: why did they do it?

So when I discovered that Trinity site is open to the public twice a year...I decided that it was time to make my pilgrimage...and maybe try to answer that question that has bothered me for more than half my life.



Like to Tinker? NASA's Looking for You

Until recently, the chances that a college senior like Mr. Jones would contribute to the NASA space program were remote. Contracts belonged mostly to the Boeings of the world. Tinkerers and students were kept at the far edge of the periphery. But with budgets tightening and the obstacles to human space exploration looking more daunting, NASA is enlisting the expertise of outsiders.

For example, the agency is offering 13 contests, which it calls Centennial Challenges, that anyone can enter. The prizes range from $200,000 to more than $5 million, for building gear as diverse as solar sails, lunar excavators and the tiny elevators.


US plans nuclear revamp

The Bush Administration has revealed a blueprint for rebuilding America's decrepit nuclear weapons complex, including restoration of a large-scale bomb manufacturing capacity.

The plan calls for the most sweeping realignment and modernisation of the nation's massive system of laboratories and factories for nuclear bombs since the end of the Cold War.


April 04, 2006

Nuclear test footage set to "William Tell Overture"

There are many strange video clips in the nuclear test footage archives at the US DOE website, but none so weird as this montage of mushroom clouds set to the G. Rossini's "William Tell Overture".


2 detained for crossing Bering on foot

Russian authorities have detained an American and a British citizen in the far east after the pair made a rare crossing by foot of a frozen 56-mile stretch of the Bering Strait, officials said Tuesday.


March 31, 2006

Report: US to test 700-ton explosive in Nevada this June

The Pentagon plans to detonate 700 tons of conventional high explosives in Nevada in a June 2 test designed to gauge the effectiveness of weapons against deeply buried targets, officials said on March 30.

"I donít want to sound glib here, but itís the first time in Nevada that youíll see a mushroom cloud over Las Vegas since we stopped testing nuclear weapons," James Tegnelia, director of the Pentagonís Defense Threat Reduction Agency, told a small group of reporters.