This is actually not fiction. Seriously. It’s a group of space-minded techie type people who have developed a plan for how they think we as a race should progress with space exploration. They also keep up with scientific advances and pretty much anything else relating to space exploration. I have just started exploring their site http://www.planetary.org/home/, and from the looks of it, it is going to take a while. One thing I found already is that apparently Google is sponsoring a Lunar X Prize competition, similar to the automotive x prize that has gotten so much press since the gas crunch. Google and the X Prize Foundation are offering a huge prize ($30 million) to the first group able to build a privately funded robotic rover and land it on the moon. Wow. Again, not fiction. Next time I find something really cool on it, I’ll share with the class. In the meantime, go check it out for yourselves and let me know here if you find anything cool.
Planetary Society – a plan for humans to head for space