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Why GPS is set to become more accurate

GPS - the global positioning system that most of us rely upon - is about to become more accurate, with the U.S. FCC ruling that smartphones and other devices will be able to access the European Galileo system.

Blue Origin to begin spaceflights in 2019

Want to go on a space flight, or at least, going up to suborbital levels? If so, Blue Origin are set to open for bookings from 2019. No prices have been announced yet, but the ticket price is expected to be 'astronomical'.

NASA resumes space-station missions on Thursday

Cape Canaveral - Commercial resupply missions to the International Space Station are expected to resume Thursday with the launch of a Orbital ATK Cygnus capsule from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

NASA's Messenger spacecraft takes final plunge into Mercury

Cape Canaveral - NASA’s long-trekking Messsenger spacecraft plunged to its destruction April 30 after running out of fuel on its 4,105th orbit of the planet Mercury.

Got binoculars? Check out Monday's asteroid fly-by

Pasadena - Got binoculars? Monday's close encounter with Asteroid 2004 BL86 is probably the best time you'll have to use them for sky-watching in the next 13 years.

Future manned space capsule returns from NASA test flight

San Diego - NASA's Orion capsule -- expected to be the vehicle behind the next wave of U.S. manned spaceflight -- returned to Earth with a great splash Thursday after a successful two-orbit test flight.

Longest planetary orbit discovered

Nearly 156 light-years from Earth, the planet GU Psc b has the longest ever planetary orbit recorded. It takes over 160,000 years to orbit its sun and it has been detected by Canadian astrophysicists.

Newfound star system 'can reveal secrets of gravity'

Scientists have discovered a triple star system that is expected to refute Einstein's theories on gravity, as well as give new insight into gravity's true nature.

NASA releases Earth photo taken from Saturn's orbit

London - The Blue Marble becomes a tiny dot in the immensity of the vast space when seen from Saturn's orbit at a distance of 1,440 kilometers.

NASA releases stunning video of Hurricane Sandy's busy Monday

A NASA time-lapse video shows a satellite view of Hurricane Sandy's journey across the U.S. East Coast on Monday, from dawn to dusk.

Iran launches new satellite using ballistic missile technology

Tehran - Iranian state media have reported that the country has successfully launched a new domestically-built small satellite into orbit on Friday, using technology that can be converted for launching intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).

How to spot asteroid 2005 YU55 as it passes on November 8

If you are an astronomy enthusiast hoping to catch a glimpse of the asteroid 2005 YU55 as it passes between Earth and orbit of the Moon on Tuesday, with a bit of luck and with the right instrument, you just might be able to satisfy your curiosity.

NASA to track asteroid as it flies past Earth Nov. 8

NASA will track the path of asteroid 2005 YU55 as it safely zooms past Earth slightly closer than the moon's orbit on Nov. 8. That day, the asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth at 3:28 p.m. PST.

NASA releases video to counter 'super moon' catastrophe worries

To counter rising internet speculation that a 'super moon' can cause widespread natural disasters, NASA distributed a video on the orbital phenomenon.

SpaceX successfully launches private capsule into orbit

A private company has today launched a space capsule into orbit. In a move that NASA hope could lead to the first commercial space station supply run. It is hoped supply runs could start as early as next year - and eventually the capsules would be manned.

India Set To Launch A Youth Satellite

Whats come as news, but not as surprise, is the fact that India is all set to launch a new satellite into orbit, which is dedicated to the youth of the world!

Running the Boston Marathon in Orbit

While Marathon runners in Boston got ready for the event, bundled up in the chilly weather, Astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams joined them from space, this morning, running on a treadmill in orbit in the balmy contained environment of the space station.

Earth's Moon Destined to Disintegrate

Or if you prefer, the Sky is Falling.

Space shuttle Discovery prepped for next launch

"The coming missions to finish the International Space Station are among the hardest and most complex ever."

Mission Control: ''The Mir Has Finished Its Triumphant Flight''

KOROLYOV, Russia - On Friday the Mir space station returned to Earth in pieces, ending its 15-year, 2.2 billion-mile odyssey with a fiery plunge into the South Pacific, Russian space officials said. There was no immediate indication that remains of...

14 Million Horsepower For Boeing Delta IV Rocket

JOHN C. STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Boeing engineers succesfully conducted the first in a series of hot-fire tests on the Common Booster Core (CBC) for the Boeing Delta IV family of rockets. They ignited the Boeing-built Rocketdyne RS-68 engine for 1...

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