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"While President Bush['s] . . . new out-of-this-world vision has generated worldwide debate over whether private industry should play a bigger role in space exploration, one company is poised to answer the question with an enthusiastic thud later this year.

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The mission is a private venture of California-based TransOrbital Inc., which is also drawing on corporate sponsorships and advertising to fund the effort.

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After years of delay, launch is now slated for this fall, company President Dennis Laurie said in a telephone interview yesterday.

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Trailblazer will orbit the Moon for about three months, sending back high-quality and potentially saleable photos of Apollo landing sites, plus HDTV-quality video that might be sold for advertising use. Data will be collected to create a new, high-resolution lunar map, also potentially saleable.

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http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...dforfalllaunch


Interesting.


Shows how to make lunar exploration a viable private enterprise. I can't wait to get a chance to see the HD Video on my FP and 10 ft screen.


Let's just hope the mission actually takes place. There's been a few delays.
 
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