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China launches first mission to moon and back

Beijing - China launched its first space mission to the moon and back early Friday, authorities said, the latest step forward for Beijing's ambitious programme to one day land a Chinese citizen on the Earth's only natural satellite.

Comet Siding Spring whizzes past Mars

Washington - A comet the size of a small mountain and about as solid as a pile of talcum powder whizzed past Mars, dazzling space enthusiasts with the once-in-a-million-years encounter.

Space station 'same day delivery' service operational by 2016

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will soon have their own same day delivery service, courtesy of the soon to be developed Terrestrial Return Vehicle.

Super-bright neutron star baffles scientists, should not exist

A nearby galaxy contains the remnant of a dying star that shines with the intensity of 10 million suns, which is brighter than anyone could have ever imagined.

'Blood moon' awes sky watchers in Americas and Asia

Washington - Stargazers in the Americas and Asia were treated to a lunar eclipse Wednesday, a celestial show that bathed the moon in a reddish tint to create a "blood moon.

Russia announces 'full-scale Moon exploration' by early 2030s

Moscow - Officials with the Russian Federal Space Agency have announced plans to begin full-scale Moon exploration within the next 15 to 20 years.

India wins Asia's race to Mars as spacecraft enters orbit

Bangalore - India won Asia's race to Mars on Wednesday when its unmanned Mangalyaan spacecraft successfully entered the Red Planet's orbit after a 10-month journey on a tiny budget.

Space pathogens: how to travel to Mars in safety

Houston - Astronauts are as much at risk travelling in space for pathogens infections as they are on Earth. The microorganisms carried on the body can turn on a stressed person with a weaker immune system. For this reason, NASA has been studying the issue.

Japanese company announces space elevator to be completed by 2050

Tokyo - Although it may sound like something from a Hollywood science fiction movie, engineers at a prominent Japanese construction company are serious about building the world's first working space elevator.

Ten months in the making, Mars and MAVEN finally meet tonight

Ten months after being launched into space, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) is set to reach its final destination tonight.

Mysterious lights in West Coast sky likely from meteor

Oakland - Mysterious lights streaking across the sky in Northern and Southern California early Friday were most likely caused by a meteor burning up in the atmosphere.

Russian and American astronauts return to Earth

Moscow - Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut returned to Earth on Thursday after spending more than six months working together aboard the International Space Station, as tensions between their countries soared over the Ukraine crisis.

Newly discovered asteroid paying close visit to earth

A newly discovered asteroid will be paying a visit Sunday night as it zips remarkably close to earth over New Zealand at approximately 2:18 p.m. EDT (18:18 UTC/GMT).

First evidence of water discovered outside Solar System in clouds

The first evidence of water outside our Solar System has been found 7.3 light-years from Earth in ice clouds on a brown dwarf star.

Europe sees five possible sites for first-ever comet landing

Paris - The European Space Agency (ESA) on Monday said it had drawn up a shortlist of five possible sites for carrying out the first-ever landing on a comet.

Two Galileo satellites lose their way

Paris - Two European Galileo satellites launched as part of a navigation system designed to rival GPS have failed to locate their intended orbit, launch firm Arianespace said Saturday.

Two Galileo satellites lose their way

Paris - Two European Galileo satellites fired into space by a Russian-built rocket on Friday from French Guiana failed to reach their intended orbit, launch firm Arianespace said Saturday.

South Korea's only astronaut quits and ends their space program

Yi So-yeon quit her job as an astronaut to focus on interactions between science and business. As South Korea's first and only astronaut this ends the program for the country at this time.

Rosetta probe makes space history in rendezvous with comet

Paris - The space probe Rosetta made a historic rendezvous with a comet on Wednesday, climaxing a 10-year, six-billion-kilometre (3.7-billion-mile) chase through the Solar System, the European Space Agency (ESA) said.

Space sex geckos at risk as Russia loses control of satellite

Moscow - Several geckos are at risk of a rude return to earth after Russia lost control of a research satellite testing the effect of weightlessness on the small lizards' sex lives.

Astronaut takes photo of IDF & Hamas rocket warfare from space

The serenity and awe that usually accompanies photos taken in space has been replaced by horror and awe as man’s ability to capture earth from space now captures the war and conflict in the Gaza Strip.

Super Moon will rise on July 12

The first of three consecutive "Super Moons" will rise above the Earth's skyline on Saturday July 12, 2014. Get your cameras ready.

Binary system planet first to be discovered using microlensing

Scientists with NASA have announced the rare discovery of a planet orbiting two red dwarf stars some 3,300 light-years away from earth.

NASA — Striving to pass the smell-test

Space is weird. Someone had to say it. Objects float. Temperatures fluctuate by hundreds of degrees. Cosmic rays carry enough radiation to make Chernobyl look like a walk in the park.

Astronauts figure out how to clean the ISS

Houston - Cleaning and controlling debris on a space station is tricky work. Microgravity can turn gasses, dust, fluids and sharp objects into a floating hazard. A science team have come up with a solution.

Mountain in Chile blasted for new telescope

The top of a 10,000 foot mountain in Chile has been blown up to make way for what will be the world's largest optical and infrared telescope.

$61 million paid for space operations business

Astrotech Corp. is to sell Astrotech Space Operations (ASO) business to Lockheed Martin Corp., for $61 million. The sale will generate more funds for space medicine.

What makes the coolest offices in the world?

An effective workplace design seems to be important for business success. This doesn’t mean that designs cannot be innovative or even fun. A new review considers what can be learnt from world’s coolest offices.

SpaceX unveils capsule to ferry astronauts to space

Hawthorne - A sleek, white gumdrop-shaped space capsule that aims to carry up to seven astronauts to the International Space Station and return to land anywhere on Earth was unveiled by SpaceX.

Russian, German and U.S. astronauts dock with ISS

Moscow - A crew of Russian, German and US astronauts docked with the International Space Station Thursday as space cooperation between Moscow and the West continues despite their worst standoff since the Cold War.
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Total lunar eclipse captured January 20-21  2000
Total lunar eclipse captured January 20-21, 2000
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A look at the Moon with Venus off to the right, the planet itself appeared larger and brighter/clearer than this image depicts
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Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientists and engineers monitor the movements of India's Mars orbiter at their Spacecraft Control Center in the southern Indian city of Bangalore
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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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A solar flare with an eruptive prominence on the limb of the sun
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International Space Station solar array wings are featured in this image.
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Artist's representation of a habitation on Mars.
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2011 Leonid meteor shower
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The Endeavours shuttle with the Earth displayed in the background
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A city view of Eindhoven. The picture illustrates both modern and older buildings; these contrasting styles capture the spirit of Eindhoven.
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Nikon D7000, great auto focus all in all a great performing camera.
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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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The lunar eclipse on Dec. 21, 3 am ET
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Edge-on Spiral Galaxy ESO 243-49
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Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife, Canada
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