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Major shuffle at NASA in rush to meet Trump's moon deadline

Washington - NASA has replaced the head of its human space exploration directorate in a major shake-up, US media reported Wednesday, as the agency scrambles to meet President Donald Trump's ambitious deadline to return astronauts to the moon by 2024.

Airbus to ask airlines to check wings of older A380s for cracks

Paris - European aircraft maker Airbus will ask airlines operating 25 of its oldest A380 super-jumbo jets to inspect their wings after cracks were found in some models, the EU's Aviation Safety Agency said.

Paris aims to beat Olympic traffic with flying taxis

Le Bourget - Paris aims to give visitors to the 2024 Paris Olympics a flying start by offering airborne taxis to tournament sites straight from the airport.

Europe takes new step toward future combat jet

Le Bourget - France, Germany and Spain on Monday unveiled a next-generation combat jet for European air forces, an ambitious project aimed at bringing together the continent's disparate military forces while offering an alternative to American planes.

For stomach cancer, aerosol chemotherapy offers breath of hope

Dijon - "Classic chemotherapywas awful... but with this treatment, I feel hope," says French pensioner Jacques Braud, who is undergoing treatment for stomach cancer with a new form of therapy dispersed by aerosol.

Counterfeit medicine a 'growing threat': EU study

Paris - Counterfeit medicine is a "growing threat" in Europe, causing serious illness or even death and costing the pharmaceutical industry billions every year, according to a study published Wednesday.

Animal rights activists march against abbatoirs in Paris

Paris - Hundreds of animal rights campaigners from a range of groups marched through Paris Saturday calling for the closure of all abattoirs.

Car firms call on Trump to keep emission limits

Washington - More than a dozen car manufacturers, including Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen have officially asked US President Donald Trump not to relax emission limits, to avoid a fragmentation of the car market, US media reported.

Time to start studying females too, urges scientist

Washington - US neurobiologist Rebecca Shansky recalled her first experiences studying mice in the lab two decades ago: the "default" was to study males.

SpaceX launches first 60 satellites of its internet network

Washington - SpaceX has launched a rocket carrying the first 60 satellites of its "Starlink" constellation, which is intended to provide internet from space in an array that could one day contain over 12,000 orbiting transponders.

Regulators fail to set date for 737 MAX return to service

Fort Worth - Civil aviation regulators from around the world failed to make a determination Thursday on when Boeing's popular 737 MAX aircraft can return to the skies after being grounded following two deadly crashes.

SpaceX, NASA tight-lipped on cause of crew capsule incident

Washington - NASA and SpaceX remained tight-lipped Thursday about what caused a mysterious but apparently serious incident last weekend during engine tests on the Crew Dragon capsule designed to carry US astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) later thi...

Anders Holch Povlsen, discreet Danish billionaire

Copenhagen - Danish clothing retail billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen, one of Scotland's biggest landowners who lost three of his four children in the Sri Lanka attacks, is a reclusive businessman who has jealously guarded his family's privacy over the years.

To get to the Moon in 2024, the rocket is just NASA's first headache

Colorado Springs - In the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, Alan Campbell, a project manager for space systems at the famed Draper Laboratory that built the computer which took astronauts to the Moon 50 years ago, is waiting for news from NASA.

Ridding space of old satellites and debris

Colorado Springs - With constellations of thousands of telecommunication mini satellites expected to orbit Earth in the near future, the risk of space-debris collisions will grow. For Nobu Okada, it's an opportunity.

Israeli spacecraft starts orbiting moon on maiden voyage

Jerusalem - An Israeli spacecraft on the country's first lunar mission began orbiting the Moon on Thursday, completing a key manoeuvre ahead of a planned touchdown next week, mission chiefs said.

Boeing unveils fix to flight system after deadly crashes

Renton - Embattled aviation giant Boeing pledged Wednesday to do all it can to prevent crashes like the two that killed nearly 350 people in recent months, as it unveiled a fix to the flight software of its grounded 737 MAX aircraft.

EU parliament approves ban on single use plastics

Apo - European lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Wednesday for an EU-wide ban on single-use plastic products such as the straws, cutlery and cotton buds that are clogging the world's oceans.

US regulators under fire, Boeing launches charm offensive

Washington - The head of the US air safety agency faces harsh questions from senators Wednesday over its relationship with and oversight of Boeing, while the aerospace giant launches a charm offensive to try to restore its reputation after two air disasters in rece...

NASA scraps all-women space walk for lack of well-fitting suits

Washington - The US space agency NASA scrapped Monday a planned historic spacewalk by two women astronauts, citing a lack of available spacesuits that would fit them at the International Space Station.

SpaceX capsule back on Earth, paving way for new manned US flights

Washington - SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, completing a NASA demonstration mission that paves the way for the resumption of manned space flights from the US.

New SpaceX astronaut capsule successfully launched on ISS test mission

Cape Canaveral - NASA and SpaceX celebrated the successful launch Saturday of a new astronaut capsule on a week-long round trip to the International Space Station -- a key step towards resuming manned space flights from US soil after an eight-year break.

French justice minister calls sports hijab row 'hysterical'

Paris - French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet on Wednesday waded into a row over the marketing of a sports version of the hijab Muslim headscarf in France, saying she regretted the "hysterical" debate and stressing that selling such items would in no way br...

Elon Musk tweet may cost him job as Tesla CEO

New York - The standoff between US stock regulators and mercurial Tesla chief Elon Musk has taken a dramatic turn over a tweet that could cost the entrepreneur his job as CEO of the electric carmaker.

Retailer Decathlon cancels plans to sell sport 'hijab' in France

Paris - Retailer Decathlon Tuesday cancelled plans to sell a sports version of the hijab Muslim headscarf in France, following an outcry.

Virgin Galactic takes crew of three to altitude of 55 miles

Washington - Virgin Galactic's spacecraft reached an altitude of more than 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) on Friday, carrying for the first time a passenger in addition to its two pilots.

Israel's first Moon mission blasts off from Florida

Washington - An unmanned rocket took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday night carrying Israel's Beresheet spacecraft, aiming to make history twice: as the first private-sector landing on the Moon, and the first from the Jewish state.

Israel's first Moon mission blasts off from Florida

Washington - An unmanned rocket took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday night carrying Israel's Beresheet spacecraft, aiming to make history twice: as the first private-sector landing on the Moon, and the first from the Jewish state.

Mission complete: NASA announces demise of Opportunity rover

Washington - During 14 years of intrepid exploration across Mars, it advanced human knowledge by confirming that water once flowed on the red planet -- but NASA's Opportunity rover has analyzed its last soil sample.

Fake eyelashes from N.Korea cost US cosmetics firm $1 mln fine

Los Angeles - California firm E.L.F. cosmetics has agreed to pay a nearly $1 million fine for importing fake eyelashes containing materials from UN-sanctioned North Korea, the US Treasury Department announced.
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