Thursday, May 31, 2007
Back in January, we reported on the possibility of a theme park in Roswell, New Mexico. Now, media in the United States, Australia, and Britain are abuzz with news that the city has received a legislative appropriation of $245,000 for the initial planning of Alien Apex Resort, a bona fide UFO-themed amusement park. “Eventually, when people come to Roswell, they’re not going to have enough time to do everything they want to do. That’s our goal,” Roswell City Planner Zach Montgomery told the Sydney Morning Herald Online. For now, Roswell is the site of the 1947 Roswell Incident, the International UFO Museum and Research Center, and numerous alien-theme shops and restaurants. Alien enthusiasts will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Roswell Incident at this year’s Roswell UFO Festival, July 5-8, 2007.
While Armadillo Aerospace’s John Carmack isn’t exactly claming his lunar vehicle Pixel can “fly like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” he was doing some Ali-style bragging about the upcoming Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge, to be held at the Wirefly X Prize Cup, October 26 – 28 in Alamogordo and Las Cruces, New Mexico. At last week’s International Space Development Conference in Dallas, he told MSNBC’s Alan Boyle, “It will take very bad luck for us not to win.” At present, nine teams have applied to compete.
Friday, May 18, 2007
The final chapter in the saga of the successful April 28 launch from Spaceport America was written today when reseachers recovered the payload capsule of the Spaceloft XL rocket in the New Mexico mountains, SPACE.com reports. The capsule contained ashes of actor James Doohan, best known for portraying "Scotty" on Star Trek. Also in the capsule were ashes of NASA astronaut Gordon Cooper and 200 others. The rocket completed its mission of shooting the payload into space, which then safely parachuted back to Earth.