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Ever wondered what space smells like?

"In space no one can hear you scream…", it’s a better movie line than "in space no one can smell you." That aside, space probably does smell a little. If this is the case, what’s it like?

Astronauts return to Earth on Russian Soyuz spaceship

Dzhezkazgan - Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut on Thursday returned to Earth aboard a Soyuz space capsule after six months at the International Space Station.

Astronauts return to Earth on Russian Soyuz spaceship

Moscow - Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut on Thursday returned to Earth aboard a Soyuz space capsule after spending six months at the International Space Station.

Wikipedia filing lawsuit to NSA challenging mass surveillance

Wikipedia is to take legal action against the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice that will challenge the government's program of mass surveillance of Internet traffic and suggest that this undermines democracy.

NASA scientists recreate building blocks of life in laboratory

NASA's Ames research lab has recreated uracil, cytosine, and thymine, three key components of our hereditary material, in the laboratory, in simulated deep space conditions.

NASA space probe 'Dawn' enters orbit of dwarf planet

Washington - The US space probe Dawn began orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres on Friday on a voyage of discovery into the solar system's main asteroid belt, where it will collect a trove of data and photos, NASA said.

Bright lights on dwarf planet perplex NASA as probe nears

Washington - The discovery of another bright light on the dwarf planet Ceres has NASA scientists perplexed as the US Dawn probe prepares to enter the orbit of the largest object in the asteroid belt and possibly resolve the mystery.

Russia confirms will use International Space Station till 2024

Moscow - Russia will continue using the International Space Station along with NASA until 2024, its space agency said, after Moscow had threatened to stop financing it in 2020.

Ghost super moon on February 18th will not be visible

The first "Super" moon of 2015 will rise on Feb. 18th. As the moon rises it will be a rare "Super New Moon" which means the moon will not be visible.

SpaceX poised to launch resurrected space weather satellite

Miami - A $340 million sun-observing spacecraft that was initially dreamed up by former US vice president Al Gore is finally poised to launch Sunday after being kept in storage by NASA for years.

Long-lost Beagle 2 space probe spotted on Mars

London - A British-built space probe that disappeared without trace more than a decade ago has been spotted on the surface of Mars, the UK Space Agency said on Friday.

Astronauts' year-long mission will test limits

Miami - Two men are about to spend a year at the orbiting International Space Station, in an experiment that will test the limits of the human body and mind.

Astronauts take shelter after alarm at space station

Miami - Astronauts at the International Space Station rushed to take shelter Wednesday after an alert sounded that could indicate a dangerous ammonia leak, but may have been a false alarm, the US space agency said.

SpaceX cargo ship reaches International Space Station

Miami - SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo ship arrived Monday at the International Space Station, carrying 2.6 tons of food and supplies for the astronauts at the orbiting research laboratory.

SpaceX fails in landmark bid to recycle a rocket

Miami - SpaceX said Saturday it failed in a landmark attempt to recycle its Falcon 9 rocket, after the equipment collided with an ocean platform and broke to pieces.

SpaceX launches cargo to ISS, rocket on recycle test

Miami - SpaceX on Saturday blasted off its Falcon 9 rocket on an historic recycling mission, after propelling the Dragon cargo ship toward the International Space Station.

Rocket glitch forces SpaceX to abort landmark launch

Miami - A last-minute glitch forced SpaceX to abort a landmark bid Tuesday to transform rocket science into a recyclable industry by landing the first stage of the Falcon 9 on an ocean platform.

The only photo of Comet Lovejoy you need to see this week

Dropping the jaws of skywatchers worldwide is this photograph of Comet Lovejoy as it passes by Earth. Taken by amateur photographer Gerald Rhemann, the photo shows the comet leaving an incredible trail of ice and gas in its wake.

3D printer successfully used in space

A 3D printer has been used in space for the first time on board the International Space Station (ISS). The first item produced was a ratchet and the technology paves the way for astronauts to produce their own essential items.

Putin oversees successful rocket launch

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday oversaw the successful test-launch of Russia's newest heavy-class Angara rocket, a rare piece of good news in a week dominated by the economic crisis.

New super plane to fly from Europe to Australia in 4 hours

A new superplane, which can get you anywhere in the world in four hours, may get its first flight in only five years from now. It is planned to use its rockets for commercial airline flights, as well as space travel.

Mars once had a massive lake, NASA reports

According to reports released by NASA, Mars' Gale Crater once contained a massive lake. NASA presented evidence that also suggests the lake existed for millions of years, long enough to sustain life.

Will the newly discovered mountain size asteroid hit Earth?

Russian scientists recently announced the discovery of a new asteroid that may collide with Earth. The scientists estimate the asteroid is the size of a mountain.

Future manned space capsule returns from NASA test flight

San Diego - NASA's Orion capsule -- expected to be the vehicle behind the next wave of U.S. manned spaceflight -- returned to Earth with a great splash Thursday after a successful two-orbit test flight.

NASA's Orion pushes boundaries of human spaceflight

Cape Canaveral - A new US space capsule, Orion, circled the Earth twice before plunging into the ocean Friday in a flawless test flight that opened a new chapter in human deep space travel.

Orion splashes down after successful flight test: NASA

Cape Canaveral - NASA's unmanned Orion space capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean off Baja California on Friday following its first flight test, the US space agency said.

Rocket problems delay deep space Orion launch to Friday

Cape Canaveral - The first test launch of NASA's new deep space capsule, Orion, was postponed until Friday due to wind gusts and technical issues with the rocket, the US space agency said.

NASA announces manned flight to Mars, begins testing Thursday

NASA has made a long-awaited announcement that it will send a manned flight to Mars. This Thursday, they will be launching an unmanned test capsule.

Europe to build new-generation Ariane 6 rocket

Luxembourg - European nations announced Tuesday they would build a new-generation rocket in a multi-billion-euro (dollar) programme to maintain their grip on the world market for satellite launches.

Scientists search for strange stars made of unknown matter

Scientists are trying to detect ripples in space-time in the hope of finding so-called "strange stars." They believe that these cosmic bodies are not made of any ordinary matter, so far known to exist in the universe..
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Visitors take pictures of a prototype model of a lunar rover at the 15th China International Industr...
Visitors take pictures of a prototype model of a lunar rover at the 15th China International Industry Fair in Shanghai, November 5, 2013. China will land its first probe on the moon in early December
With permission by Reuters
Virgin Galactic s SpaceShip Two
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two
Virgin Galactic
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Screenshot from spaceengine.
Artist s conception of the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn.
Artist's conception of the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn.
NASA
The lunar eclipse on Dec. 21  3 am ET
The lunar eclipse on Dec. 21, 3 am ET
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Chris Hadfield photographs a view from the International Space Station  this of Toronto with snow on...
Chris Hadfield photographs a view from the International Space Station, this of Toronto with snow on Dec. 30
Via Chris Hadfield's Twitter feed
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Screenshot from spaceengine
In this rare image taken on July 19  2013  the wide-angle camera on NASA s Cassini spacecraft has ca...
In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame
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A dwarf galaxy  a satellite of our own galaxy and one of 10 that were involved in the research  that...
A dwarf galaxy, a satellite of our own galaxy and one of 10 that were involved in the research, that was scanned for gamma-rays in the search for dark matter.
ESO/Digital Sky Survey 2
Center Milky Way Galaxy
Center Milky Way Galaxy
Forest Glades I wander, on Flick'r
The Northern Lights and Stars.
The Northern Lights and Stars.
Full Moon  views of the craters.
Full Moon, views of the craters.
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
NASA
A replica of NASA s Curiosity Rover and members of the Mars Science Laboratory science team pass the...
A replica of NASA's Curiosity Rover and members of the Mars Science Laboratory science team pass the Presidential viewing stand and President Barack Obama during the Inaugural Parade on Monday Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington.
NASA
The International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member on ...
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
Courtesy NASA
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).
NASA/ESO/STI
It’s a Rocky World: This artist s concept shows a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the...
It’s a Rocky World: This artist's concept shows a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and size as our Sun
NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
Clouds covering a Full Moon.
Clouds covering a Full Moon.
Venus  as seen from Fairfax County  Va  just outside Washington DC
Venus, as seen from Fairfax County, Va, just outside Washington DC

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