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New mini-moon discovered orbiting the Earth

Houston - Gaze up at night and you’ll see the familiar silvery moon. Our only natural satellite, right? Not so, it seems, for a new, much smaller mini-moon has been discovered by astrophysicists.

Dutch crops grown on 'Mars' soil found safe to eat

Den Haag - Dutch scientists said Thursday crops of four vegetables and cereals grown on soil similar to that on Mars have been found safe to eat, amid plans for the first manned mission to the planet.

Three astronauts touch down after 6 months in space

Moscow - Three astronauts including Briton Tim Peake landed back on Earth Saturday after completing a six-month mission on the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA grows human tissue to assess deep space missions

Houston - There are many perils associated with deep space missions. One concern related directly to people is the effect of prolonged time in deep space on the health of the astronauts. NASA has been looking into this issue.

Musk explains his 'cargo route' to Mars

Washington - SpaceX chief Elon Musk shed light on his new plan to send an unmanned spaceship to Mars as early as 2018, as part of his quest to some day colonize the Red Planet.

Ambitious plans for a Mars orbiter announced

The multi-billion-dollar company Lockheed Martin is planning to construct a space station that will orbit Mars. The platform will first be tested around the Moon.

India's mini space shuttle blasts off

Bangalore - India successfully launched its first model space shuttle on Monday, a top official said, as New Delhi joined the race to develop a reusable rocket to make space travel easier and cheaper.

Satellite spots possible oil slick near EgyptAir crash site: ESA

Den Haag - A European Space Agency satellite has spotted a possible oil slick near the site where a missing EgyptAir plane is believed to have crashed with 66 people on board, ESA said Friday."According to the satellite image, the slick...

Out of this world: 'Moon and Mars veggies' grow in Dutch greenhouse

Wageningen - Establishing a human colony on the Moon and travelling to Mars has been the stuff of dreams since the dawn of the space age.But these visions face many hurdles. How can humans survive for months or years in the ultra-hostile environment of space?

Airbus sets sights on the stratosphere with glider flight

Minden - Airbus completed a test flight of a glider set to eventually travel to the edge of space, in a pioneering step into the stratosphere.

Phase two of ExoMars mission delayed to 2020

Paris - The second part of a joint European-Russian mission to probe Mars for traces of life has been delayed two years, with a new launch date set for July 2020, officials said Monday.

Putin hails first rocket launch from new cosmodrome after delay

Russia - Russia launched the first rocket from its new Vostochny cosmodrome on Thursday, with President Vladimir Putin hailing the event after dressing down officials over a delay caused by a technical glitch.

Putin slams Russian space failures after delayed launch

Russia - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday criticised Russia's large number of space failures after the first rocket launch from the country's new Vostochny cosmodrome was delayed minutes before blast-off.

Could Mars once have supported life?

Houston - NASA’s Curiosity rover has collected data from Mars that scientists are interpreting as indicating that the red planet once had an oxygen-rich atmosphere.

Which off-the-wall NASA idea might become reality?

Houston - NASA engages in serious science but it needs to engage in outside-the-box thinking in order to generate new ideas and overcome problems. New Scientist recently looked at some of these, and the best are presented here.

Paper battery aids space exploration

Deep space missions require power and although solar panels can capture energy, this needs to be stored. Energy storage requires powerful and effective batteries, and considerable research is going into this area.

Japan loses track of $273 mn black hole satellite

Toukyo - Dozens of space scientists are desperately scouring the skies after losing track of a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar Japanese satellite that was sent to study black holes.

Unmanned Cygnus cargo ship launches to ISS on resupply run: NASA

Washington - An unmanned cargo ship blasted off for the International Space Station on a resupply run that will also feature an unprecedented fire experiment after the craft leaves the orbiting outpost.

Three new crew, including US grandpa, join space station

Baikonur - Three new crew members have joined the International Space Station, including a US grandfather who is poised to enter the record books during his time there, NASA said.

Grandpa astronaut to break Scott Kelly's space record

Miami - A grandfather of three is poised to blast into space and the record books on Friday, becoming the American astronaut who has spent the longest time in space, NASA said.

Europe-Russia mission blasts off on hunt for life on Mars

Baikonur - A joint European-Russian mission aiming to search for traces of life on Mars blasted off on Monday for the start of a seven-month unmanned space journey to the Red Planet.

Essential Science: Could our brains handle teleportation?

While physicists toy with the theoretical idea of teleportation, neurologists have been considering if our brains could cope with being scrambled and reassembled. The outcome of this inquiry has recently been published.

Sore, but no taller, astronaut Scott Kelly adjusts to Earth

Miami - US astronaut Scott Kelly said Friday he is battling fatigue and super-sensitive skin, but is back to his normal height after nearly a year in space.

SpaceX satellite launch succeeds, but rocket crash lands

Miami - SpaceX successfully launched a communications satellite to a distant orbit but failed, as expected, to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on an ocean platform.

International Space Station's '1-year crew' returns to Earth

Dzhezkazgan - US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth Wednesday after almost a year in space in a ground-breaking experiment foreshadowing a potential manned mission to Mars.

At last second, SpaceX delays satellite launch again

Miami - In the very last second before liftoff Sunday, SpaceX scrubbed the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket to send a communications satellite into orbit, marking the third delay since last week.

NASA sees record number of astronaut applications

Washington - NASA has received a record 18,300 resumes from people keen on becoming astronauts, the US space agency said.

Russia plans return to Mars, Moon despite money woes

Moscow - Visitors are rare these days to the museum of Russia's Space Research Institute in Moscow even though it holds gems like the model of the Soviet Lunokhod, the first ever space rover to land on the Moon, in 1970.

North Korea's Kim Jong-Un calls for more rocket launches

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un says his reclusive nation plans more "satellite launches" -- which the West sees as a cover for ballistic missile tests -- calling space exploration a "strategic goal", state media said Friday."Conquering space is ...

NASA to simulate growing potatoes on Mars in Peru

- Do Peru's potatoes have the right stuff?That's the question scientists will be asking in Lima next month, when a selection of tubers will begin undergoing tests to determine whether they're fit to grow on Mars.
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The International Space Station flew across the face of the moon over NASA s Kennedy Space Center in...
The International Space Station flew across the face of the moon over NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida approximately 15 minutes before the launch of space shuttle Discovery on the STS-131 mission
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A screen grab of the Apple iPad dropping from space.
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The Sun seen through an infrared filter on a DSLR.
The Sun seen through an infrared filter on a DSLR.
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Center Milky Way Galaxy
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A view of New York CIty from Central Park.
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Light emitted by highly ionised iron atoms indicates a temperature of nearly 16,000,000 degrees Celsius on the sun
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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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Photo of globular cluster NGC 6362  showing stars as old as 10 billion years
Photo of globular cluster NGC 6362, showing stars as old as 10 billion years
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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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Supernova 1994D in Galaxy NGC 4526
Supernova 1994D in Galaxy NGC 4526
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This artist s concept illustrates a quasar  or feeding black hole  similar to APM 08279+5255  where ...
This artist's concept illustrates a quasar, or feeding black hole, similar to APM 08279+5255, where astronomers discovered huge amounts of water vapor. Gas and dust likely form a torus around the central black hole, with clouds of charged gas above and below. X-rays emerge from the very central region, while thermal infrared radiation is emitted by dust throughout most of the torus. While this figure shows the quasar's torus approximately edge-on, the torus around APM 08279+5255 is likely positi
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Planetary Nebula MyCn18: An Hourglass Pattern Around a Dying Star
Planetary Nebula MyCn18: An Hourglass Pattern Around a Dying Star
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Italy from space
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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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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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Growing plants on the International Space Station
Growing plants on the International Space Station
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PSLV-C34 takes off from India s southern spaceport of Sriharikota.
PSLV-C34 takes off from India's southern spaceport of Sriharikota.
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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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Venus, as seen from Fairfax County, Va, just outside Washington DC