Robert Heinlein would be proud.

US based Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, became the first private company to success fully put a payload into orbit

Their liquid fuel rocket, Falcon1 put a payload into orbit from a US military facility on Omelek Island in the Kwajalein Atoll yesterday.

It was their fouth try, but if it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

Robert Heinlein would have been proud of their success.

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Google maps goes into orbit

Google has purchased  the exclusive rights among online mapping sites to the new GeoEye-1 satellite. 

The GeoEye-1 will allow Google to obtain images with 50cm of resolution.   So be careful of what you have in your backyard folks, because everyone will be able to see where you left your lawnmower.