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California Dog Burned by Explosives Reunited with Owner

Dexter the dog. Image: KXTV(STOCKTON, Calif.) -- Dexter, a spaniel long-haired chihuahua mix who was severely injured by explosives that were strapped to his body and detonated, was reunited with his owner, Shukriyyah Albaaqee, after she saw reports of the dog on the news.

Police in Stockton, Calif. responded to reports on Wednesday that an explosive device had detonated and discovered an injured dog at the scene. They then discovered that someone had strapped the device to the dog and set it off.

The dog was rushed to a local animal hospital, where he was given the nickname “Rocket.” According to ABC’s Sacramento affiliate, KXTV, the dog was injured but in stable condition. He had a large, deep wound, roughly 10 inches long.

“It’s quite a miracle that he’s still alive right now,” a veterinary worker told KXTV. “He’s a trouper. He’s a tough little guy.”

Employees at the animal hospital did not believe Dexter was a stray.

Reports of the incident on the news led Shukriyyah Albaaqee to the animal hospital where she provided pictures and home video as proof that Dexter indeed belonged to her.

Dexter will stay at the animal hospital until at least Tuesday while he heals.

RedRover, a national nonprofit animal protection organization based on Sacramento, is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever strapped the explosive to Dexter and detonated the device.

If you have any information regarding the situation, please contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377.

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New 'Liberty' Rocket Proposed for Commercial Space Projects

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/ATK(WASHINGTON) -- ATK, the company that made the strap-on solid rocket boosters (SRBs) for the space shuttles, has an idea.  If, as the Obama administration suggests, the future in space belongs to private companies launching astronauts, they'll need rockets to get up there.  So why not use what already exists?

ATK announced Tuesday it would propose to build a 300-foot-tall rocket called Liberty, using shuttle SRBs for its first stage, and the core of Europe's Ariane 5 launcher as its second stage.

Both have flown a lot, and while they might not be as fuel-efficient as some newer designs, ATK says it would be cheaper and faster to get the project started.  It could even make use of Launch Complex 39 at the Kennedy Space Center -- the same pads used for the shuttles and the Saturn V moon rockets, starting in 1967.

Liberty would be able to lift 44,500 pounds to the International Space Station, and the first test flight could be in 2013.

“Together we combine unique flight-proven systems and commercial experience that allows us to offer the market’s most capable launch vehicle along with flexibility to meet a wide variety of emerging needs," ATK Aerospace Systems Group President Blake Larson said in a press statement.   "Liberty provides greater performance at less cost than any other comparable launch vehicle.”´╗┐

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Flies Safely

Photo Courtesy - Michael Altenhofen | SpaceX(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) -- The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket roared successfully into the sky from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday morning, carrying a stubby spacecraft called Dragon. Three hours later, Dragon splashed down in the Pacific Ocean -- the first privately-owned ship ever to return safely from Earth's orbit.

"It was just mind-blowingly awesome," said Elon Musk, the Internet entrepreneur who founded SpaceX with money he made from the sale of PayPal.

Amid the plaudits -- Bill Nye, the head of the Planetary Society, said, "Falcon 9 nailed it!" -- there was a humbling reality: SpaceX managed to replicate a feat NASA's Mercury program first accomplished back in 1961. But today's NASA, searching for a clear mission and worried about its budget in a tough economy, badly needs for companies like SpaceX to succeed.

If everything goes well, cargo ships like the Dragon will take the place of NASA's own ships in ferrying supplies to and from the International Space Station. Private enterprise, it's been argued, can do the job more cheaply and efficiently than government, with its layers of bureaucracy.

Eventually, SpaceX says it would like Dragon to be able to carry astronauts as well. The cone-shaped capsule is large enough, and the company is working on equipment to make it safe enough for human passengers.

It also has competitors, including such aerospace giants as Lockheed Martin, which has announced it hopes to fly the Orion capsule from NASA's now-cancelled Constellation project to send explorers to the moon and Mars.

If SpaceX has more successful tests, it says it could start making trips to the space station in three years. Privately-launched supply ships would free up NASA to follow President Obama's orders, developing more advanced technologies to take astronauts to an asteroid in the 2020s, and perhaps Mars in the decade after that.

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