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NASA picks ancient Martian river delta for 2020 rover touchdown

Tampa - NASA has picked an ancient river delta as the landing site for its uncrewed Mars 2020 rover, to hunt for evidence of past life on Earth's neighboring planet, officials said Monday.

Cygnus cargo ship launches to ISS

An unmanned Cygnus cargo ship blasted off Saturday toward the International Space Station, marking the second supply mission in 24 hours destined to carry food and supplies to the astronauts living in space.

Poor weather delays US space cargo launch to Saturday

Washington - Windy weather pushed back until Saturday the planned launch of a US cargo ship loaded with supplies for astronauts living at the International Space Station, NASA said Thursday.

'Super-Earth' discovered orbiting Sun's nearest star

Paris - A "super-Earth" has been discovered orbiting the closest single star to our Sun, scientists said Wednesday in a breakthrough that could shine a light on Earth's nearest planetary neighbours.

China unveils new 'Heavenly Palace' space station as ISS days numbered

Zhuhai - China unveiled on Tuesday a replica of its first permanently crewed space station, which would replace the international community's orbiting laboratory and symbolises the country's major ambitions beyond Earth.

China unveils new 'Heavenly Palace' space station as ISS days numbered

Zhuhai - China unveiled on Tuesday a replica of its first permanently crewed space station, which would replace the international community's orbiting laboratory and symbolises the country's major ambitions beyond Earth.

NASA's Dawn asteroid mission ends as fuel runs out

Washington - Dawn, a NASA spacecraft that launched 11 years ago and studied two of the largest objects in the asteroid belt, has ended its mission after running out of fuel, officials said Thursday.

Soyuz launch failed due to assembly problem: Russia

Korolyov - Russia said on Thursday the launch of a Soyuz rocket failed last month because of a sensor that was damaged during assembly at the Baikonur cosmodrome but insisted that the spacecraft remains reliable.

Soyuz launch failure due to 'deformation' during assembly: Russian official

Korolyov - A Russian rocket that carried two people to space last month failed and sent the craft back to Earth because of "deformation" of a part that was made during assembly at the cosmodrome, a space official said Thursday.

Russia targets Dec 3 for first manned ISS launch since accident

Moscow - Russia hopes to launch three crew for the International Space Station on December 3, the first manned blast-off since an accident this month, the Roscosmos space agency said Wednesday.

NASA spacecraft breaks record for coming closest to Sun

Tampa - NASA's Parker Solar Probe, which launched earlier this year, has set a new record for becoming the closest human-made object to the Sun, the US space agency announced Monday."The spacecraft passed the current record of 26.55 million miles (42.

China, France launch satellite to study climate change

Bejing - China sent its first ever satellite built in partnership with another country into space on Monday, a device tasked with helping scientists better predict dangerous cyclones and climate change by monitoring ocean surface winds and waves.

Trump's 'Space Force' to be built in stages by 2020

Washington - A new US "Space Force" will soon take shape but will at least initially be a step below the proposed sixth branch of the military envisioned by President Donald Trump, his vice president said Tuesday.

'Concrete block on your chest': astronauts recount failed space launch

Moscow - Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin on Tuesday said the G-force during last week's emergency landing of the Soyuz spacecraft felt like a concrete block on his chest but he and NASA astronaut Nick Hague are now in "great" health.

Russia probes ISS rocket failure

Baikonur - Russian investigators have launched a probe into why a Soyuz rocket failed shortly after blast-off, in a major setback for Russia's beleaguered space industry.

'That was a short flight': crew of failed rocket keeps cool

Baikonur - Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin retained an enviable sang-froid Thursday as he realised while travelling at thousands of miles an hour that his spacecraft would have to make an emergency landing. "An accident with the booster, 2 minutes, 45 seconds....

Japan delays touchdown of Hayabusa2 probe on asteroid: official

Apo - A Japanese probe sent to examine an asteroid in order to shed light on the origins of the solar system will now land on the rock several months later than planned, officials said Thursday.

Israel's maiden moon launch delayed to 2019

Jerusalem - The Israeli organisation behind the country's first mission to the moon on Wednesday announced a delay in the vessel's launch from December to early 2019.

Branson says Virgin Galactic to launch space flight 'within weeks'

Fpo - British entrepreneur Richard Branson said he expects his Virgin Galactic company to conduct its first space flight "within weeks, not months" in comments broadcast Tuesday.

Japan space tourist says moon training 'shouldn't be too hard'

Apo - Billionaire Japanese tycoon and future space tourist Yusaku Maezawa's training to go the moon should not be too tricky, he joked Tuesday, adding that he planned to use free time from his six-hour work day to squeeze it in.

ISS astronauts return to Earth amid US-Russia tensions

Astana - Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut returned to Earth on Thursday wrapping up a six-month mission at the International Space Station as tensions between Washington and Moscow threaten a rare area of cooperation.

Astronauts return to Earth from ISS amid US-Russia tensions

Astana - Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut returned to Earth Thursday wrapping up a six-month mission at the International Space Station as tensions between Washington and Moscow threaten a rare area of cooperation.

NASA skeptical on sabotage theory after mystery ISS leak

Washington - NASA expressed doubts Wednesday over a theory floated in Russia that a tiny hole that caused an air leak on the International Space Station was the result of sabotage.

Touchdown! Japan space probe lands new robot on asteroid

Apo - A Japanese probe landed a new observation robot on an asteroid on Wednesday as it pursues a mission to shed light on the origins of the solar system.

NASA's 3-part plan to send humans to Mars

NASA has unveiled an ambitious three-stage plan, outlining the agencies next phases for human pace missions. The National Space Exploration Plan, backed by President Trump, includes visits to the Moon and to Mars.

Japan firm signs with SpaceX for lunar missions

Apo - A Japanese start-up is to send spacecraft to the moon in a deal signed with Elon Musk's SpaceX, the Tokyo-based firm said Wednesday.

Europe's Ariane 5 rocket set for 100th blast off

Paris - A European-made rocket will blast off Tuesday from French Guiana for the 100th time, in a symbolic landmark for its manufacturer as it comes under increasing pressure from Elon Musk's SpaceX programme.

Japan space robots start asteroid survey

Apo - A pair of robot rovers have landed on an asteroid and begun a survey, Japan's space agency said Saturday, as it conducts a mission aiming to shed light on the origins of the solar system.

Yusaku Maezawa: Japanese spaceman with a taste for art

Apo - Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, confirmed as SpaceX's first Moon tourist, is a former wannabe rock star now worth $3 billion with a penchant for pricey modern art as well as space travel.

SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon

Los Angeles - SpaceX on Thursday announced a new plan to launch a tourist around the Moon using its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), a massive launch vehicle that is being designed to carry people into deep space.
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