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Scotland has been chosen to host U.K.'s first spaceport

After several years of study and consideration, the British government announced July 15 that it will start development of a new spaceport in northern Scotland, while an English airport signed a deal that could also lead to launches from its facility.

GAO: NASA needs a backup plan to maintain presence at ISS

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is in jeopardy, according to a report published this week by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), and they want NASA to come up with a contingency plan for getting American astronauts to the ISS.

First space tourist flights could come in 2019

Washington - The two companies leading the pack in the pursuit of space tourism say they are just months away from their first out-of-this-world passenger flights -- though neither has set a firm date.

Israel plans first lunar space mission in December

- An Israeli organisation announced plans Tuesday to launch the country's first spacecraft to the moon in December, with hopes of burnishing Israel's reputation as a small nation with otherworldly high-tech ambitions.

NASA backed project to find alien life

Is there life on other planets? This perennial question still fascinates. An international team of scientists, supported by NASA, have laid the groundwork for scanning the skies for life.

Japan space probe reaches asteroid in search for origin of life

Apo - A Japanese probe has reached an asteroid 300 million kilometres away to collect information about the birth of the solar system and the origin of life after a more than three-year voyage through deep space.

New head of 'space nation' aims for the stars

Vienna - It sounds appealing given the state of politics on Earth: a plan to launch a utopian "space nation" with the aim of transcending earthly divisions.

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'.

Russia warns against Trump's 'alarming' plans for US space domination

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday expressed alarm over US President Donald Trump's call for the United States to dominate space exploration and his plan to create a separate branch of the military called a Space Force.

NASA astronauts install high-def cameras during spacewalk

Tampa - Two US spacewalkers on Thursday outfitted the International Space Station with a pair of new high-definition video cameras designed to help visiting commercial spaceships dock there in the coming years.

The race for asteroid-mining worth trillions is on

Space, the final frontier, is now being eyed by a new breed of space companies who want to boldly go where the big money reportedly can be found — in asteroids.

New crew blasts off for ISS

Baikonur - A relatively inexperienced crew of two astronauts and a cosmonaut blasted off Wednesday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a five-month mission on the International Space Station.

Trio reach Earth from ISS with football slated for World Cup

Astana - Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov made it back to Earth Sunday along with an official match football that could be used later this month in the opening game of the World Cup in Moscow.

Moonwalking astronaut-artist Alan Bean dies at 86

Washington - US astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth person to walk on the moon, has died, his family announced in a statement released by NASA. He was 86 years old.

Putin, Abe speak to ISS astronauts from Kremlin

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday spoke to astronauts on board the ISS via a live video link from the Kremlin.

Putin taps firebrand to head embattled space agency

Moscow - Vladimir Putin on Thursday appointed a firebrand nationalist politician, who oversaw Russia's once proud space industry, to manage its space agency in a move analysts said spells more trouble for the embattled sector.

Two sportscar-sized satellites in orbit to measure Earth's water

Washington - A SpaceX rocket Tuesday blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth."Three, two, one, liftoff!

SpaceX rocket blasts off water-tracking satellite duo

Washington - A SpaceX rocket Tuesday blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth."Three, two, one, liftoff!

Twin sportscar-sized satellites to chase water changes on Earth

Tampa - A pair of identical, sportscar-sized satellites are poised to zoom around the Earth and track changes in water and ice, offering new insights into global warming and sea level rise, NASA said Monday.

Nova Scotia spaceport construction delayed until next year

Halifax - Maritime Launch Services Ltd. president and CEO Stephen Matier, following meetings at the proposed rocket launch site near Canso, Nova Scotia, said the construction of Canada's only commercial spaceport has been pushed back.

China satellite heralds first mission to dark side of Moon

Bejing - China launched on Monday a relay satellite that will allow a rover to communicate with the Earth from the far side of the Moon during an unprecedented mission later this year.

Cement, extreme cold experiments to launch on Orbital cargo ship

Tampa - Food for astronauts, new space gardening gear and an experiment to test how cement forms in weightlessness are poised to launch Monday to the International Space Station aboard Orbital ATK's unmanned Cygnus spacecraft.

Chinese private firm launches first space rocket

Bejing - A suborbital rocket was launched into space Thursday by a start-up in China's burgeoning commercial aeronautics industry, as private firms snap at the heels of their dominant American rivals.

NASA plans to send mini-helicopter to Mars

Tampa - The US space agency said Friday it plans to launch the first-ever helicopter to Mars in 2020, a miniature, unmanned drone-like chopper that could boost our understanding of the Red Planet.

NASA program to track greenhouse gas is canceled

Washington - A NASA program that cost $10 million per year to track carbon and methane, key greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, has been cancelled, a US space agency spokesman said Thursday.

NASA blasts off Mars-bound spaceship, InSight, to study quakes

Lompoc - NASA on Saturday launched its latest Mars lander, called InSight, designed to perch on the surface and listen for "Marsquakes" ahead of eventual human missions to explore the Red Planet."Three, two, one, liftoff!

NASA blasts off Mars lander, InSight

Lompoc - NASA on Saturday blasted off its latest Mars lander, InSight, designed to perch on the surface and listen for "Marsquakes" ahead of eventual human missions to explore the Red Planet."Three, two, one, liftoff!

One scientist's 30-year quest to get under Mars' skin

Paris - Philippe Lognonne has waited three decades to hear the heartbeat of Mars.

Essential Science: 'Face recognition' for galaxies

Artificial intelligence is bringing new tools to astronomy, in terms of machine intelligence being deployed to detect and recognizes interstellar objects. The most sophisticated form is a 'face recognition' for galaxies.

New 3-D map of Milky Way will 'revolutionise astronomy'

Paris - Europe's Gaia satellite has produced a 3-D map, hailed as revolutionary, of more than a billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy -- complete with their distance from Earth, colour, and motion through space.
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This artist s animation illustrates a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and ...
This artist's animation illustrates a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and size as our Sun.
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Tiangong-1
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On January 31  1961  a Mercury-Redstone launch from Cape Canaveral carried the chimpanzee  Ham  over...
On January 31, 1961, a Mercury-Redstone launch from Cape Canaveral carried the chimpanzee "Ham" over 640 kilometers (400 mi) down range in an arching trajectory that reached a peak of 254 kilometers (158 mi) above the Earth.
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During the STS-131 mission s first spacewalk  which lasted about 6.5 hours  NASA astronaut Rick Mast...
During the STS-131 mission's first spacewalk, which lasted about 6.5 hours, NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio helped move a new 1,700-pound ammonia tank from space shuttle Discovery's cargo bay to a temporary parking place on the station, retrieved an experiment from the Japanese Kibo Laboratory exposed facility and replaced a Rate Gyro Assembly on one of the truss segments.
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Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientists and engineers monitor the movements of India s ...
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientists and engineers monitor the movements of India's Mars orbiter at their Spacecraft Control Center in the southern Indian city of Bangalore
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Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife  Canada
Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife, Canada
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NASA image show Christmas in outer space.
NASA image show Christmas in outer space.
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Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife  Canada
Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife, Canada
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The International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member on space shuttle Discovery after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 7 a.m. (EST) on March 7, 2011
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Artist s conception of the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn.
Artist's conception of the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn.
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Center Milky Way Galaxy
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Deep space? Bubble galaxy? I captured these images while taking shots of water drops in my kitchen sink
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The Nikon D7000, is great at capturing colors in fast moving objects, such as clouds.
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A solar flare with an eruptive prominence on the limb of the sun
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An airplane flies past where Venus can be seen
A close-up view of the sun via NASA s Solar Dynamics Observatory. A prominence eruption on the sun: ...
A close-up view of the sun via NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. A prominence eruption on the sun: an arc of gas can loop hundreds of thousands of kilometres into space, held for months by strong magnetic fields
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The extreme ultraviolet light emitted by ionised helium on the sun indicates a temperature near 80 0...
The extreme ultraviolet light emitted by ionised helium on the sun indicates a temperature near 80,000 degrees Celsius
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This new image posted by the NASA Earth Observatory shows the devastating smoke cloud coming off the Deonar dumping ground in Mumbai, India.
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Mission STS-118 - Dave Williams' spacewalk
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