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First use of freeze-dried, microgravity sperm

Tokyo - Frozen 'space sperm' has passed a fertility test. Japanese scientists have produced healthy mice pups, born using freeze-dried sperm that was stored in the microgravity environment of space.

US astronauts on 'critical' spacewalk to replace power box

Miami - Two US astronauts embarked Tuesday on what NASA described as a "critical" spacewalk to repair a failed piece of equipment that helps power the International Space Station.

'Awesomesauce,' proclaims US astronaut on historic spacewalk

Miami - So what is it like to float out into the vacuum of space?

China tests 'Lunar Palace' as it eyes moon mission

Bejing - Chinese students will live in a laboratory simulating a lunar-like environment for up to 200 days as Beijing prepares for its long-term goal of putting humans on the moon.

Essential Science: Listening in on the sounds of Saturn

Houston - NASA scientists have begun sharing information collected by the Cassini spacecraft, which has been exploring Saturn and its moons. One remarkable offering is the ‘sounds’ that emanate from the giant planet’s rings.

Elon Musk teases future plans at TED talk

Vancouver - Elon Musk paused while chatting about his series of potentially world-changing endeavors to say he isn't in it to provide salvation.

NASA spacecraft survives dive through Saturn's rings

Miami - An unmanned NASA spacecraft has survived its plunge between the rings of Saturn and, after briefly going dark for the flyby, is communicating again with Earth, the US space agency said Thursday.

China talking with European Space Agency on building moon outpost

Representatives of the Chinese and European space agencies have been in talks over collaborating on a moon outpost as well as other space-related endeavors, according to Chinese media and a spokesman for the ESA.

NASA's Cassini poised to plunge beneath Saturn's rings

Miami - An unmanned NASA spacecraft, Cassini, is poised to plunge into the gap between Saturn and its rings, a pioneering journey that could offer an unprecedented view of the sixth planet from the Sun.

Orbital cargo ship arrives at space station

Miami - An unmanned Cygnus cargo ship carrying a load of supplies and science experiments arrived safely at the International Space Station on Saturday, according to live images broadcast on NASA television.

China launches first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1

Wenchang - A Chinese rocket successfully sent the country's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, into space from the southern island province of Hainan Thursday.

Orbital to launch cargo to space station Tuesday

Miami - A rocket packed with food and supplies for the astronauts living at the International Space Station is scheduled to blast off Tuesday from a NASA launch pad.

Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth on April 19

Paris - An asteroid as big as the Rock of Gibraltar will streak past Earth on April 19 at a safe but uncomfortably close distance, according to astronomers.

Saturn moon has necessary conditions to harbor life: NASA

Washington - An ice-encrusted moon orbiting Saturn appears to have the conditions necessary for life, NASA announced Thursday, unveiling new findings made by its unmanned Cassini spacecraft.

Two Russians, one American land back on Earth from ISS

Dzhezkazgan - Two Russian cosmonauts and a US astronaut touched down safely in central Kazakhstan Monday following a 173-day mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

US astronaut John Glenn is buried with military honors

Arlington - US flags worldwide were ordered flown at half-staff on Thursday as astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, was laid to rest with military honors.

Space blanket floats away during historic spacewalk

Miami - A space blanket floated away from American astronaut Peggy Whitson on Thursday as she made a historic spacewalk outside the International Space Station, setting a new record for the most spacewalks by a woman.

US astronaut breaks record for most spacewalks by a woman

Miami - American astronaut Peggy Whitson made history when she floated outside the International Space Station on Thursday, breaking the record for the most spacewalks by a woman.

Spacewalking French, US astronauts to upgrade orbiting lab

Miami - A French and an American astronaut are scheduled to float outside the International Space Station Friday for a spacewalk aimed at upgrading the orbiting outpost for the arrival of future space crews.

Comet orbiter films deep-space landslide

Paris - Landslides are not unique to Earth, researchers revealed on Tuesday.In 2015, Europe's Rosetta spacecraft witnessed -- and photographed -- a big one on the surface of a comet in deep, dark space, they reported in the journal Nature Astronomy.

Five amazing Canadian space facts you should know

With the announcement that Canso, Nova Scotia will be host to a new satellite launching rocket pad in the not-too-distant future, it’s the perfect time to show off some of Canada’s noteworthy space exploration facts.

Trump budget 'cripples' environment, science, critics say

Washington - US President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget would slash funding for science, health and environmental programs at home and abroad, sparking outcry among experts who say the cuts would endanger the planet.

Scientists grow potato under Mars-like conditions in Peru

- Potatoes on Mars? Scientists are reporting promising results growing the tuber under conditions that mimic the Red Planet in an experiment in Peru linked to US space agency NASA.

New tool designed to track the birth of the universe

A special detector is being developed under ultra-clean conditions (within a cleanroom). The detector will be sufficiently sensitive to detect the light from the beginning of the universe. This will inform cosmologists about time dating to the ‘Big Bang

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin is making space travel cheaper

Blue Origin, a rocket company owned by Jeff Bezos — the founder and CEO of Amazon.com — has signed Eutelsat Communications SA as its first customer for satellite launch services, he said on Tuesday.

Europe launches fourth Earth monitoring satellite

Cayenne - Europe launched a fourth satellite Tuesday for its Copernicus Earth-monitoring project to track changes in forest cover and air pollution, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced.The 1.

Elon Musk: tech dreamer reaching for sun, moon and stars

San Francisco - Sending tourists for a trip around the moon is the latest big idea launched by Elon Musk, a Silicon Valley star known for turning his passions into visionary enterprises.Musk has become one of the United States' best-known innovators.

NASA mulls putting astronauts on deep space test flight

Miami - The US space agency said it is considering putting astronauts on an upcoming test flight of the deep space capsule Orion as it aims to orbit the Moon.

Seven Earth-like planets discovered around single star

Paris - Researchers announced Wednesday the stunning discovery of seven Earth-like planets orbiting a small star in our galaxy, opening up the most promising hunting ground so far for life beyond the Solar System.

Russia successfully launches space freighter after crash

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday successfully launched an unmanned spacecraft taking food and equipment to the International Space Station after the previous such ship crashed to Earth shortly after launch in December.
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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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TDRS-K is the first of three next-generation communications satellites designed to ensure vital operational continuity for NASA
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Progress M-47 seen from the International Space Station during undocking.
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View of the Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew traveling toward the moon. This is the first time the Apollo trajectory made it possible to photograph the south polar ice cap.
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Planetary Nebula MyCn18: An Hourglass Pattern Around a Dying Star
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The Nikon D7000, is great at capturing colors in fast moving objects, such as clouds.
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NASA image show Christmas in outer space.
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The triple star system discovery is one of only two unique millisecond pulsars.
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Chris Hadfield photographs a view from the International Space Station
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A solar flare with an eruptive prominence on the limb of the sun
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Jupuiter's moon, Europa.
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Image of Christmas lights in Northern Europe
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Mission STS-118 - Dave Williams' spacewalk
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