Technology update

Google in Gagarin's footsteps? The new face of the space race

Technology Update finds a rebirth in science and engineering that's reaching for the stars. New space centers are opening with new launchers to fit. Mars' moon Phobos could in fact be a captured asteroid. Private companies have orbital ambitions for former Soviet hardware. Neutron beam detectors might help us find water ice in the lunar shadows. Russian engines shoot the rockets of their former American rivals into space. And Google wants to pay somebody $25 million to put its flag on the moon.

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