space: May 2011 Archives

275x250.jpgA woman tried to sell a purported moon rock for £1m… to an undercover NASA investigator who was working with police.

Authorities in California say the woman arranged to meet the buyer at a restaurant so that he could examine it.

But what she didn't realise was that he actually worked for Nasa and had contacted police because it's illegal to sell bits of the moon in the US.

This is because all lunar samples - and more then 2,000 of them were brought back from space missions - are considered national treasures.
NASA, who've been investigating the case for several months, are now working to determine whether the 'moon rock' is the real deal… if it is the punishment could be out-of-this-world.

275x250.jpg Space may be the final frontier -- but why shouldn't you be able to enjoy a beer while exploring it? Well, thanks to an intrepid team of Australian brewers, you might.

An Ozzie microbrewery has teamed up with space engineers from a astronautics firm to develop a special brew with would be ideal supped in space.

Jaron Mitchell of 4 Pines Brewing Company says that with the expected growth of space tourism, there's going to be a burgeoning market for space booze.

That's why he's teamed up with Jason Held of Saber Astronautics to create the beer which will be specifically designed to be enjoyed in zero gravity.

275x250.jpgEveryones favourite theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking says the idea of heaven is nothing more than a fairy story.

Speaking in an interview with The Guardian, the 69-year-old said there was no room in his view of the universe for heaven to exist.

Talking about his fears of death he said: "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail.

"There is no heaven of afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people who are afraid of the dark."

The comment - seen as Hawking going beyond his book "The Grand Design" which said science can explain the universe's origin without invoking God - is sure to upset religious types… not that he cares.

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