The X PRIZE Foundation and the Spaceward Foundation have signed
an agreement that will bring the Space Elevator Games, a NASA
Centennial Challenge, to the 2006 X PRIZE Cup in Las Cruces, New
Mexico. More than 20 teams are expected to compete for $400,000 at
the Las Cruces International Airport on October 20-21, 2006.
NASA and the United States Air Force have formed an aeronautics
research partnership. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin and
Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne signed a Memorandum of
Understanding Monday at a Pentagon ceremony. The agreement builds
upon and expands on the longstanding relationship between the two
The STS-115 astronauts kicked off their prelaunch training
Tuesday morning at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39, where they
drove M-113 armored personnel carriers that would be used for a
quick escape from the pad area in the event of an emergency.