Vote! Top Space Stories of the Week - June 26, 2011

SpaceShipTwo Rides Again

Bill Deaver/Deaver-Wiggins and Associates

SpaceShipTwo, a privately built rocket plane designed to take tourists on suborbital flights, continues to chalk up more flight time as it glides through the skies over the Mojave Air and Space Port in California.

Another successful glide of the first SpaceShip Two craft, christened VSS Enterprise, took place June 23, marking the 14th glide flight test of the vessel — an 8-minute, 55-second free fall after midair release from its mothership. The test came a week after VSS Enterprise proved it could be flown on back-to-back days. [Read More]

Asteroid Coming Monday?


Last week ended with the news that a small asteroid was headed for a near miss of Earth on Monday, June 27.

The asteroid 2011 MD is small, as asteroids go - about the size of a tour bus. It will pass within 7,500 miles of Earth on Monday, but poses no risk of smacking the planet. [Read More]

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