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Cost of sending letter to Mars estimated at $25000

In its reply to Oliver, who wants to become an astronaut, the Royal Mail explained how the figure was calculated. Andrew Smout, senior customer adviser for Royal Mail, said that the last Mars mission cost NASA approximately $700 million in total.

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European Space Agency delays launch of gravity probe

LISA Pathfinder, ready for launch . It's created to make test measurements for a technique that will be used to detect gravitational waves - something in which scientists are greatly interested. "LIGO and eLISA will complement each other", says Amber Stuver (LIGO Livingston Observatory). You wouldn't notice the difference at all, but that's the sort of force physicists are trying to detect.

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Telescope opponents: Construction equipment must be removed

In its latest ruling, the Supreme Court has said that there was an error on part of Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources for it issued the building permit without conducting a hearing of the contested case. The path to the Court's decision Wednesday has been fraught with conflict. "A contested case hearing is similar in many respects to a trial before a judge: the parties have the right to present evidence, testimony is taken under oath, and witnesses are subject to cross-examination", ...

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Sicily's Mount Etna Volcano Erupts Again

Italy's National Institute of Public Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) said in a statement that the eruption of Mount Etna was short, but they said it was the most violent and powerful eruption of the past two decades. The fertile volcanic soils of Etna have supported agriculture for centuries. The Voragine crater formed in 1945. Volcanic eruptions in this region occur when African tectonic plate collides with the Eurasian plate, thus erupting magma from molten rock in the form of ash and ...

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DOOM Multiplayer Alpha Kicks Off This Weekend, Sign Up Now

One map, titled Heatwave, will be available in the alpha as well as a 6v6 team death match. The seven weapons are the Plasma Rifle, Repeater, Rocket Launcher, Static Cannon, Super Shotgun and Vortex Rifle, with additional strategic items such as the Frag Grenade and Personal Teleporter.

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New ethanol rules could affect prices at the pump

Prices at the pump could drop even more, thanks in part to the EPA's revised energy guidelines. "Since the RFS was enacted, chicken producers alone have incurred more than $50 billion in higher actual feed costs due to the ethanol mandates, and the tab keeps getting run up under this broken law".