London—May 1st was the kickoff here of the Around the World in 80 Days motoring challenge, which sees about 40 classic cars vying along a 17,000-mile route over mountains and across deserts in some of the world's most remote areas.
Surf'll be up in Uzbekistan for this 1949 Buick Super 'Woody' Wagon, one of the American entries in the new-millenium-celebrating 'Great Race.'
The course runs through Europe, into Turkey, then across former Soviet republics, and into China along the fabled Silk Road. From Beijing the contestants will be airlifted to Anchorage for travels across the Yukon, Klondike, and then into Newark, NJ. From there, another airlift brings the 21st Century Phileas Foggs to Casablanca for a final leg across Spain and France, and back into London on July 18.
On April 15, 2010, President Barack Obama gave a major speech at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, announcing that the US would send astronauts to Mars by the mid-2030s. But in order to do so, NASA would first need to ramp up its capabilities through missions directed toward "a series of increasingly demanding targets," i.e. asteroids.
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