It sounds like science-fiction, but it's not. The European Space Agency is planning a project similar to the plot of the movie Armageddon, in which a group of astronauts is sent out to head off and blow up a huge asteroid that’s hurtling towards Earth.
With the retirement of the Space Shuttle fleet, NASA is looking to the private sector to provide the rockets and ships necessary to keep the International Space Station going. If things go as planned, the first privately owned space capsule will dock at the space station in November.
To say that NASA is excited would be the understatement of the decade. Aerospace giant Boeing has announced that it will build its seven-seat crew capsule to fit the super reliable Atlas V rocket -- in the hope of carrying astronauts to the International Space Station by the end of 2015.
For nearly 50 years, Houston has been ground zero for the United States space program. When NASA chose Houston as the location for its manned space flight center in the early '60s, it became known around the world as "Space City". Sadly, with the demise of the spac…