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NASA's Mars copter flight could happen as soon as Monday

Washington - NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter could make its first flight over the Red Planet as soon as Monday, the US space agency reported, following a delay of more than a week due to a possible technical issue.

From Sputnik-1 to Sputnik V: Russian scientific achievements

Moscow - Russia boasts a rich history of scientific invention across a wide variety of fields, from the Sputnik satellite to the coronavirus vaccine of the same name.

In Russia, the legend of cosmonaut Gagarin lives on

Moscow - Sixty years after he became the first person in space, there are few figures more universally admired in Russia today than Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.His smiling face adorns murals across the country.

Russians celebrate 60 years since historic Gagarin spaceflight

Moscow - Russia on Monday celebrated the 60th anniversary of the legendary flight that made Yuri Gagarin the first man in space, a major source of national pride for millions of his countrymen.

Enigmatic X-rays are being beamed from Uranus

From Uranus emitting unexplained X-rays to the Martian subsurface containing oceans of water, a number of interesting astronomical observations have been reported this month.

Three-man crew docks at ISS after flight honouring Gagarin

Almaty - A three-man crew docked at the international Space Station Friday after a flight honouring the 60th anniversary of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becoming the first person in space.

The fiery chief of Russia's troubled space programme

Moscow - Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia's troubled space agency Roscosmos, is hardly your typical bureaucrat.Brash and brazen, the former diplomat has made his name with provocative tweets and boisterous claims.

Soyuz crew to blast off and mark 60 years of spaceflight

Almaty - A three-man crew will blast off to the International Space Station on Friday in a capsule honouring the 60th anniversary of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becoming the first person in space.

60 years after Gagarin, Russia lags in the space race

Korolyov - A station on the moon! A mission to Venus! A next generation spacecraft!

In Russia, the legend of cosmonaut Gagarin lives on

Moscow - Sixty years after he became the first person in space, there are few figures more universally admired in Russia today than Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.His smiling face adorns murals across the country.

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter survives first night alone on Mars

Washington - NASA's Ingenuity mini-helicopter has survived its first night alone on the frigid surface of Mars, the US space agency said, hailing it as "a major milestone" for the tiny craft as it prepares for its first flight.

Large asteroid to (safely) zip past Earth

Paris - The largest asteroid to pass by Earth this year will swing closest on Sunday, giving astronomers a rare chance for a good look at a space rock that formed at the dawn of our solar system.

Successful test for NASA's giant Moon rocket

Washington - NASA successfully carried out a key static test of its troubled Space Launch System rocket on Thursday, a win for the agency as it prepares to return to the Moon.

Mars' 'missing' water is buried beneath surface: study

Washington - Billions of years ago, Mars was home to lakes and oceans -- but where all the water went to transform the planet into the desolate rock we know today has been something of a mystery.

Large asteroid to pass by Earth on March 21: NASA

Washington - The largest asteroid to pass by Earth this year will approach within some 1.25 million miles (two million kilometers) of our planet on March 21, NASA said Thursday.

Perseverance 'SuperCam' begins hunt for past life on Mars

Paris - The bundle of instruments known as SuperCam on board the Perseverance Mars rover has collected its first samples in the hunt for past life on the Red Planet, mission scientists said Wednesday.

Planetary pact: China and Russia to launch lunar space station

Moscow - Russia and China unveiled plans Tuesday for a joint lunar space station, as Moscow seeks to recapture the glory of its space pioneering days of Soviet times, and Beijing gears up its own extraterrestrial ambitions.

Youngest American to go into space is also a cancer survivor

Washington - By the end of the year, Hayley Arceneaux will be the youngest American in space and one of the first tourists to enter orbit unaccompanied by professional astronauts.

SpaceX rocket explodes on ground after seemingly successful flight

Washington - An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded on the ground Wednesday after carrying out what had seemed to be a successful flight and landing.

Fly me to the Moon: Japan billionaire offers space seats

Apo - It's the sort of chance that comes along just once in a blue Moon: a Japanese billionaire is throwing open a private lunar expedition to eight people from around the world.

NASA releases panorama taken by Mars rover

Washington - The US space agency NASA released a spectacular panoramic view on Wednesday of the landing site of the Perseverance rover on Mars.

Touchdown: NASA's Perseverance rover ready to search for life on Mars

Washington - After seven months in space, NASA's Perseverance rover overcame a tense landing phase with a series of perfectly executed maneuvers to gently float down to the Martian soil Thursday and embark on its mission to search for signs of past life.

Perseverance rover lands on Mars this week

Washington - After a seven-month journey, NASA's Perseverance rover prepares to touch down on Mars on Thursday after first negotiating a risky landing procedure that will mark the start of its multi-year search for signs of ancient microbial life.

China's Mars probe sends back video of Red Planet

Bejing - China's space agency released video footage from its spacecraft circling Mars on Friday, two days after it successfully entered the planet's orbit in Beijing's latest ambitious space mission.

China's Tianwen-1 probe enters Mars orbit: state media

Bejing - China's Tianwen-1 probe entered the orbit of the planet Mars on Wednesday, state media said, after it launched from southern China last July.

UAE on edge as 'Hope' probe poised to enter Mars orbit

Dubai - A tense half-hour on Tuesday will determine the fate of the UAE's "Hope" probe to Mars, as the Arab world's first space mission carries out a tricky manoeuvre to enter the Red Planet's orbit.

Harvard astronomer argues that alien vessel paid us a visit

Washington - Discovering there's intelligent life beyond our planet could be the most transformative event in human history -- but what if scientists decided to collectively ignore evidence suggesting it already happened?

China's space probe sends back its first image of Mars

Bejing - China's Tianwen-1 probe has sent back its first image of Mars, the national space agency said, as the mission prepares to touch down on the Red Planet later this year.

SpaceX aims to launch 'all-civilian' trip into orbit

Washington - SpaceX announced Monday it's aiming to launch this year the first all-civilian mission into Earth's orbit, led by a tech billionaire who plans to raffle off one of the spots aboard the craft.

NASA test of mega Moon rocket engines cut short

Washington - NASA conducted a test firing of the engines for its giant Space Launch System (SLS) lunar rocket on Saturday but they shut down earlier than planned, the space agency said.
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