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Jerusalem (JTA) Dec 13, 2011
Israeli space enthusiasts are taking part in an international moon-probe competition.
President Shimon Peres cut the ribbon Thursday on Space IL, a nonprofit group that will compete for the international Google Lunar X Prize.
The challenge is to become the first team to successfully launch, fly and land a robotic spacecraft on the moon. The team also must operate the spacecraft, which will carry an Israeli pennant, across the lunar surface and relay back video.
The first prize is a $30 million grant, which has has stirred dreams in Israel of mounting a manned moon mission.
"The time has come to fly Israel's flag on the moon," Peres said at the ceremony, which took place at the Israel Aerospace Industries campus near Tel Aviv.
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Hundreds of NASA's moon rocks missing: audit
Washington (AFP) Dec 8, 2011
Researchers have sticky fingers when it comes to NASA's moon rocks and meteorites, and hundreds of samples have gone missing after being loaned out by the US space agency, an audit said Thursday. NASA Inspector General Paul Martin issued a report detailing foibles such as the US space agency making loans to researchers who never used the samples, or simply losing track of rare pieces dating ... read more
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