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MOON SHOT: Engineers from Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, are developing a remote-controlled rover that they plan to send to the moon in late 2010. They are members of the Astrobotic team, one of the competitors vying for the US $20 million first prize in the Google Lunar X Prize competition. <
Each January, the editors of
IEEE Spectrum offer up some predictions about technical developments we expect to be in the news over the coming year. You’ll find a couple dozen of those described in the following special report. Of course, the number of things we could have written about is far higher, so we had to be selective in picking which projects to feature. And we’re not ashamed to admit, gee-whiz appeal often shaped our choices.