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NASA to honor lunar lander winner

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it will honor Armadillo Aerospace of Rockwall, Texas, as winner of the 2008 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge.

Space Race 2: SpaceShipOne, post X Prize

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 15 (UPI) -- A series by UPI examining the people, passions and business of private spaceflight. This week: SpaceShipOne, the winner of the X Prize for private spaceflight, heads to the National Air and Space Museum for retirement and display.
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Space Race 2: New rules for space tourists

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- A series by UPI exploring the people, the passions and the business of sub-orbital manned spaceflight. This week: With the first commercial passenger spaceflights expected before the next presidential election, the U.S. government weighed in last week wit
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Space Race 2: Bezos and life beyond Amazon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A series by UPI exploring the people, passions and business of sub-orbital manned spaceflight. This week: For years, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has been laboring in secret at his Seattle headquarters on a space-related project known only as Blue Origin
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Space Race II: Bangs, Bumps and Drops

A series by UPI exploring the people, passions and business of sub-orbital manned spaceflight. This week: The birth of a space age was not an easy delivery. U.S. and Russian archives are filled with stories, pictures and grainy videos of rocketry gone awr
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Space Race II: Paving a new path to space

A series by United Press International exploring the people, passions and business of sub-orbital manned spaceflight. This week: America now has a second spaceport, christened last week when a high-altitude twin turbojet called White Knight took to the sk
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Second private rocket tests successfully

MESQUITE, Texas, June 17 (UPI) -- A Texas rocket builder scored a successful test flight this week in the race to build the world's first private, crewed spacecraft.

Space Race II: Armadillos, white knights

A UPI series exploring the people, passions and business of suborbital manned spaceflight. This week: There is a joke making the rounds at commercial space venues that the quickest way to become a millionaire in space is to start out as a billionaire. Des
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John D. Carmack II (born August 20, 1970) is an American game programmer, and the co-founder of id Software. Carmack was the lead programmer of the id computer games Commander Keen, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake, and the sequels to Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein.

Though Carmack is best known for his innovations in 3D graphics, he is also a rocketry enthusiast and the founder and lead engineer of Armadillo Aerospace.

Carmack, son of local television news reporter Stan Carmack, grew up in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area where he became interested in computers at an early age. He attended Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas and Raytown South High School in nearby Raytown, Missouri. As reported in David Kushner's Masters of Doom, "when Carmack was 14, he broke into a school to steal Apple II computers, was arrested, and sent for psychiatric evaluation (the report mentions "no empathy for other human beings"). Carmack was then sentenced to a year in a juvenile home. ... he was asked "if you had not been caught, would you consider doing it again?" he answered "probably" but when the therapist presented this evaluation he neglected to repeat "if you had not been caught" from his statement". After scoring a 1500 on the SAT (780 Math, 720 Verbal), he attended the University of Missouri–Kansas City for two semesters before withdrawing to work as a freelance programmer.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "John Carmack."
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