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  1. high flying

    Posted Jun 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Edward Peters

    ... Ed Peters For a vacation that's truly out of this world, a two-hour trip into orbit aboard Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (SS2), launching from New Mexico in the southwest United States, will costs US$200,000. The trip can be booked via Miramar Travel in Hong Kong. It includes three days pre-flight training in gravity force acclimatisation. SS2 will be piggybacked ...

  2. Planting an idea

    Posted Jun 07th 2009, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... 'moonscape'. It seems highly unsuited to life of any kind. Still, the moon might just serve as a platform for the future field of 'space agriculture'. Moves are afoot to turn the old orb from ... cabbage and turnip. Doubters and detractors might suggest that such a mission is bound to fail but one reason for giving the lunar greenhouse a go is that the United States space agency Nasa plans ...

  3. Women in space team but some say they should be grounded

    Posted Sep 18th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stephen Chen Women will fill two of the seven vacancies as mainland space authorities screen candidates for the second generation of astronauts, according to state media. Of the 45 pilots from the air force on the list, one-third were female, a China News Service report said yesterday. Rumours that China would send a woman into space have been around since Colonel Yang Liwei ...

  4. Cut estate parking, group urges

    Posted Nov 30th 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Ng Kang-chung and Joyce Ng A green group has proposed providing fewer parking spaces on new public housing estates after its research found many were left idle- in one case, nine out ... to rent unused spaces to non-tenants. On Hing Wah Estate in Chai Wan, 89 per cent of the 200 monthly car spaces had not been taken. On Fu Shin Estate in Tai Po, one floor of the five-storey car ...

  5. Space tourists shrug off recession for out-of-world experience

    Posted May 14th 2009, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... Dennis Eng Space, it seems, is recession-proof. As millions around the world offload stocks and cut spending, others are happy to splash out US$200,000 for a brief cosmic experience. ... pilot. The commercial space flights are not expected to start until 2011 at the earliest following up to 50 test flights of the spacecraft. Virgin Galactic yesterday appointed Miramar Travel ...

  6. Abundant supply drags down retail rents in major cities

    Posted Aug 05th 2009, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito Retail rents in major mainland cities fell in the second quarter owing to an abundant supply of retail space, and property consultancy Knight Frank expects the market to continue consolidating next year. Demand for retail space remained low, Knight Frank said, as local retailers stayed cautious about opening new outlets in the second quarter even though ...

  7. Lai See

    Posted Aug 18th 2009, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... case. We hope it's not just the SFC and Lai See who will be lighting candles for PCCW's 10th anniversary next year. Space men's car of choice Several mainland carmakers are said ... that of the six Chinese men who have been in space, four of them 'have chosen to buy the Volvo S80L'. Yes, Yang Liwei (above), the first Taikonaut, who orbited earth in Shenzhou-5 in October ...

  8. Up, up and away

    Posted Apr 12th 2009, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... David Wilson The United States space agency, Nasa, has described the idea of building a space lift as 'audacious and outrageous'. Such infrastructure reminds one of the fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk, in which some magic beans sprout a monster beanstalk that soars into the sky. The concept of a structure reaching into space dates back to 1895. Russian rocket scientist ...

  9. Mooncake proves another first for the real Buzz Lightyear

    Posted Jun 20th 2009, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip The second man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, had a few encouraging words for Hong Kong's future astronauts yesterday. He spoke to students gathered at the Space Museum ... don't pay any attention to them [hoax theorists] unless they really bother me.' But the space pioneer, now 79, has not lost his sense of humour. 'Like Buzz Lightyear, I never got fully ...

  10. Department blamed for huge water bill

    Posted Jun 26th 2009, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu A Mid-Levels residence whose water bills surged astronomically has blamed the Water Supplies Department's slow response for its mammoth HK$220,000 bill for the past two years. The normal annual water bill for the meter in question, at Pha ...




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