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All 'Original Seven' American astronauts now dead

Miami - John Glenn's passing on Thursday means that the first seven American astronauts chosen to lead the fledging US space program in 1959 are now dead, ending a groundbreaking chapter in American history.

Buzz Aldrin discharged from New Zealand hospital

Christchurch - US moonwalker Buzz Aldrin was discharged from a New Zealand hospital Friday, a week after he was evacuated from the South Pole after a health scare."Bye bye New Zealand!

Buzz Aldrin pays tribute to 'world icon' John Glenn

Wellington - Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin paid tribute Friday to pioneer astronaut John Glenn, describing the first American to orbit the Earth as a world icon.

Buzz Aldrin pays tribute to 'world icon' John Glenn

Wellington - Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin paid tribute Friday to pioneer astronaut John Glenn, describing the first American to orbit the Earth as a world icon.

Buzz Aldrin pays tribute to 'world icon' John Glenn

Wellington - Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin paid tribute Friday to pioneer astronaut John Glenn, describing the first American to orbit the Earth as a world icon.

American space legend John Glenn dead at 95

Columbus - John Glenn, who made history twice as the first American to orbit Earth and the first senior citizen to venture into space, has died at the age of 95.

Astronaut John Glenn dies aged 95

Former astronaut John Glenn, who was the first American to orbit Earth, has died aged 95. Glenn also served as a marine and U.S. senator.

Russian authorities inspecting crashed spacecraft debris

Moscow - Authorities in Russia's Siberian region of Tuva on Monday were examining several pieces of the Progress cargo spaceship found after it crashed last week having failed to reach orbit.

Buzz Aldrin recovering after polar evacuation, can't go home

Christchurch - Retired US astronaut and the second man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, was recovering after his medical evacuation from Antarctica but is not yet able to return home, his manager Christina Korp said Sunday.

Buzz Aldrin recovering after polar evacuation, can't go home

Christchurch - Retired US astronaut and the second man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, was recovering after his medical evacuation from Antarctica but is not yet able to return home, his manager Christina Korp said Sunday.

Buzz Aldrin recovering after polar evacuation, can't go home

Christchurch - Retired US astronaut and the second man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, was recovering after his medical evacuation from Antarctica but is not yet able to return home, his manager Christina Korp said Sunday.

Most astronauts need to wear glasses after return to Earth

Houston - A curious fact: most astronauts returning to Earth need to wear glasses shortly after setting foot back on the planet. The reason has confounded scientists until now.

Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin medically evacuated from South Pole

Miami - Buzz Aldrin, the 86-year-old retired US astronaut who was the second man to walk on the Moon, has been evacuated from the South Pole for medical reasons, officials said Thursday.

Strange radio waves emanating from space

Astrophysicists have detected gamma rays that are associated with one of mysterious intergalactic fast radio bursts. Such mysterious flashes of radio waves from deep space continue to be detected.

Did a solar storm damage Earth’s magnetic field?

A review of data, relating to the summer of 2015, suggests a solar storm struck the Earth’s magnetic field. This unprecedented event lasted a couple of hours, and it could have shrunk the Earth’s magnetosphere.

Future solar storm could cause trillions in damage to technology

In 1859, an invisible wave crashed into the Earth. Electrons, swept up like so much detritus in the magnetic current, coursed along telegraph wires.

Computer glitch blamed for European Mars lander crash

Paris - A tiny lander that crashed on Mars last month flew into the Red Planet at 540 kilometres (335 miles) per hour instead of gently gliding to a stop, after a computer misjudged its altitude, scientists said.

Weird blue mass detected in front of the Sun

Houston - NASA has reported an unusual phenomenon: a strange blue mass in front of the Sun. The object was detected by the Stereo satellites, and it appeared to pass across the face of the star.

Russian spaceship delivers three astronauts to space station

Miami - Russia's Soyuz spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station, carrying a European, a Russian and an American astronaut for a six-month mission at the orbiting outpost.

Scientists warn Earth to prepare for killer asteroid

Houston - It may seem like the plot of a sci-fi disaster movie, but NASA scientists have given serious consideration of how the Earth should defend itself against an asteroid should such a space rock be on a collision course with our planet.

Chinese astronauts return to earth after longest mission

Bejing - China's Shenzhou-11 spacecraft returned to earth Friday, bringing home two astronauts from the rising power's longest-ever orbital mission, in a milestone for its vaulting ambitions.

Three astronauts blast off to ISS

Baikonur - A trio of astronauts soared into orbit aboard a Soyuz spacecraft Friday as they headed to the International Space Station for a six-month mission.

Foie gras, saxophone blast into space with astronauts

Baikonur - A trio of astronauts soared into orbit Friday bound for the International Space Station, with their Soyuz spacecraft delivering some fancy French food, a saxophone and the future female commander.

Essential Science: Fungi become more pathogenic in space

Deep space missions will carry risks to the health of astronauts and research is underway to examine risk factors like radiation, developing brittle bones and psychological effects. Also included in the mix are infections.

NASA announces completion of largest space telescope

After two decades, U.S. space agency NASA announced the completion of the world’s largest and most powerful space telescope called the James Webb Space Telescope.

China launches first heavy-lift rocket

Bejing - China launched its most powerful rocket ever on Thursday, state media said, as the country presses on with a program which has seen it become a major space power.

Strange swirling hexagonal structure on Saturn spotted

Houston - The Cassini probe, investigating Saturn, has detected a strange swirling structure, hexagonal in shape, at the north pole of the planet. The structure appears to regularly change color.

More moons detected orbiting Uranus

Houston - The number of moons around Uranus is a matter of scientific debate within the astronomy community. Despite the Voyager probe visiting the planet three decades ago, data collected is still being discussed.

Launch of three astronauts to ISS postponed

Moscow - The launch next month of a Soyuz spacecraft carrying three astronauts to the International Space Station has been postponed by 48 hours, Russia's space agency said Friday, reportedly to ensure better docking conditions.

Clouds spotted swirling around Pluto

Despite the downgrading of Pluto from a planet (and the ninth in the solar system) to a dwarf planet, much about the far-flung celestial object remains a mystery. A new puzzle involves the presence of clouds.
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A solar prominence (loop) erupts from the surface of the sun on 30 March in this false-colour image ...
A solar prominence (loop) erupts from the surface of the sun on 30 March in this false-colour image taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. Reds are relatively cool, at about 60,000 °C, while blues and greens are at more than 1 million °C
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When Chris Hadfield uses the benchpress  this is his view from the International Space Station
When Chris Hadfield uses the benchpress, this is his view from the International Space Station
Via Chris Hadfield's Twitter feed
A solar flare with an eruptive prominence on the limb of the sun
A solar flare with an eruptive prominence on the limb of the sun
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The Sun seen through an infrared filter on a DSLR.
The Sun seen through an infrared filter on a DSLR.
TDRS-K is the first of three next-generation communications satellites designed to ensure vital oper...
TDRS-K is the first of three next-generation communications satellites designed to ensure vital operational continuity for NASA
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Tiangong-1
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The large Whirlpool Galaxy (left) is known for its sharply defined spiral arms. Their prominence cou...
The large Whirlpool Galaxy (left) is known for its sharply defined spiral arms. Their prominence could be the result of the Whirlpool's gravitational tug-of-war with its smaller companion galaxy (right).
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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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Location of supervoid or Cold Spot
Location of supervoid or Cold Spot
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Nearly 200 000 light-years from Earth  the Large Magellanic Cloud  a satellite galaxy of the Milky W...
Nearly 200,000 light-years from Earth, the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, floats in space, in a long and slow dance around our galaxy.
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View of Earth from the ISS  of lightning storms dotting Turkey. Via Tim Peake
View of Earth from the ISS, of lightning storms dotting Turkey. Via Tim Peake
Via Tim Peake's Twitter feed
Snow-covered deserts are rare  but that’s exactly what the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradi...
Snow-covered deserts are rare, but that’s exactly what the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite observed as it passed over the Taklimakan Desert in western China on Jan. 2, 2013.
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The Northern Lights and Stars.
The Northern Lights and Stars.
Concept diagram of a wormhole
Concept diagram of a wormhole
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This new view of the historical supernova remnant Cassiopeia A  located 11 000 light-years away  was...
This new view of the historical supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, located 11,000 light-years away, was taken by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. Blue indicates the highest energy X-ray light, where NuSTAR has made the first resolved image ever of this source
NASA
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
NASA
Dark Matter cast
Dark Matter cast
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A NASA photo of linear gullies  caused by dry ice sliding down sand dunes
A NASA photo of linear gullies, caused by dry ice sliding down sand dunes
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