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SpaceX blasts off NASA's new planet-hunter, TESS

Tampa - NASA on Wednesday blasted off its newest planet-hunting spacecraft, TESS, a $337 million satellite that aims to scan 85 percent of the skies for cosmic bodies where life may exist."Three, two, one and liftoff!

SpaceX postpones launch of NASA's planet-hunter spacecraft

Tampa - SpaceX postponed the launch of NASA's new planet-hunting mission Monday in order to verify the Falcon 9 rocket's navigation systems, the California-based company said.

China's 'space dream': A Long March to the moon

Bejing - The plunge back to Earth of a defunct Chinese space laboratory will not slow down Beijing's ambitious plans to send humans to the moon.

Coming down in flames: Fiery endings for spacecraft

Bejing - Shortly after the Tiangong-1 space station re-entered Earth's atmosphere on Monday, most of it was vaporised, Chinese space officials said, with the remnants expected to have plopped harmlessly somewhere into the Pacific Ocean.

Defunct Chinese space lab plunges back to Earth over Pacific

Bejing - A defunct Chinese space lab disintegrated under intense heat as it hurtled through Earth's atmosphere Monday and plunged to a watery grave in the South Pacific, Chinese officials said.

'Out of control' space lab to become celestial fireball Monday: China

Bejing - A defunct space laboratory is set to become a celestial fireball as it re-enters earth's atmosphere in the next 24 hours, China's space authority said Sunday, hitting speeds of over 26,000 kilometres an hour before disintegrating.

China space lab may fall to Earth later: European Space Agency

Bejing - China's defunct space lab could hurtle back to Earth later than previously forecast, with the European Space Agency saying it may re-enter the atmosphere as late as Monday morning GMT.

China says Earth-bound space lab to offer 'splendid' show

Bejing - An out-of-control space laboratory that will plunge back to Earth in the coming days is unlikely to cause any damage, Chinese authorities say, but will offer instead a "splendid" show akin to a meteor shower.

Earth-bound Chinese spacelab plunging to fiery end

Paris - An uncontrolled Chinese space station weighing at least seven tonnes is set to break up as it hurtles to Earth on or around April 1, the European Space Agency has forecast.

Fifty years on, Yuri Gagarin's death still shrouded in mystery

Moscow - Yuri Gagarin, feted as a Soviet national hero for being the first man in space, was killed in a plane crash 50 years ago but the details of his death remain shrouded in mystery.

Space pioneer Yury Gagarin killed in plane crash 50 years ago

Paris - The first man in space, Russian Yury Gagarin, was killed in a mysterious plane crash a half-century ago, just seven years after his historic feat, a Soviet-era propaganda coup.

Two Americans, one Russian blast off for ISS from Kazakhstan

Baikonur - Two astronauts, a cosmonaut and a ball set to be used in the forthcoming football World Cup in Russia blasted off Wednesday for a two-day flight to the International Space Station.

Essential Science: Overcoming health risks for Mars mission

Although space radiation presents one of the biggest challenges for a human journey to Mars, NASA is working on overcoming this, and other obstacles, so that humans sent to Mars on a future mission remain healthy.

Space bases could preserve civilization in World War III: Elon Musk

Washington - Bases on the moon and Mars could help preserve human civilization and hasten its regeneration on earth in the event of a third world war, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, said on Sunday.

Britain hopes to keep stars aligned with EU's space projects

Southsea - Dressed in a white protective suit, British astronaut Tim Peake listened attentively as technicians explained details of their new satellite -- a European project in Brexit Britain.

SpaceX carries out 50th launch of Falcon 9 rocket

Miami - SpaceX carried out the 50th launch of its signature Falcon 9 rocket early Tuesday, a swift ascent to a milestone which many aerospace giants take far longer to attain.

Astronomers detect signal of Universe's first stars

Paris - A signal from the Universe's first stars, born a cosmic heartbeat after the Big Bang, has been detected for the first time, astronomers said Wednesday, setting the science world aflutter.

Cosmonaut, two US astronauts return to Earth from ISS

Dzhezkazgan - Two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut returned to Earth on Wednesday, rounding off a mission of more than five months aboard the International Space Station.

IBM is launching a flying 'robotic brain' into space

An 11-pound, artificially intelligent orb is launching to the International Space Station. The robot, called the Crew Interactive Mobile Companion (CIMON), will have an animated face, talk, and fly around.

British astronaut hails 'groundbreaking' Airbus satellite

Southsea - British astronaut Tim Peake on Monday hailed a "groundbreaking" satellite being built by Airbus which its developers say will bring an unprecedented level of flexibility to space telecommunications.

Dormant desert life hints at possibilities on Mars

Miami - It may rain once a decade or less in South America's Atacama Desert, but tiny bacteria and microorganisms survive there, hinting at the possibility of similar life on Mars, researchers said Monday.

Space-X lobs Spanish military satellite into orbit

Washington - Elon Musk's Space-X sent a Spanish military satellite into orbit Thursday in a hitch-less liftoff from California, extending the private space company's record of successful launches.

Russia jails four for embezzling millions from cosmodrome project

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday jailed three men and a woman for up to 8 years for embezzling state funding worth millions of dollars while working as contractors on the construction of the country's showpiece Vostochny cosmodrome.

NASA using Winter Olympics to study snow predictions

Snow is the one thing that sets the Winter Olympics apart from the summer games, and NASA, along with 19 other international agencies from 11 countries are in Pyeongchang to observe and get better at predicting snow.

Russia reschedules Soyuz launch after failure to blast off

Moscow - Russian space agency Roscosmos has delayed the launch of a Soyuz rocket carrying a Progress cargo ship by two days after Sunday's planned lift-off was aborted at the last minute.

What's next for SpaceX?

Washington - In successfully sending the world's most powerful rocket into space, SpaceX founder Elon Musk has pulled off yet another spectacular gamble.

Elon Musk, visionary Tesla and SpaceX founder

San Francisco - From cars to rockets, Elon Musk dreams big.On Tuesday, the South African-born entrepreneur combined both of those passions, blasting one of his Tesla electric cars into space aboard his own rocket.

World's biggest rocket soars toward Mars after perfect launch

Cape Canaveral - The world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, blasted off Tuesday on its highly anticipated maiden test flight, carrying CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster toward an orbit near Mars.

SpaceX launches world's most powerful rocket toward Mars

Cape Canaveral - The world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, blasted off Tuesday on its highly anticipated maiden test flight, carrying CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla roadster to an orbit near Mars.

Elon Musk: Falcon Heavy success means end of other heavy rockets

SpaceX plans to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket system on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. ET, though a lot could still change before then. If it's a success, Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful and cheapest way to launch heavy payloads into space.
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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
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Deep space? Bubble galaxy? I captured these images while taking shots of water drops in my kitchen sink
The Tiangong-1 mission — Photo of an exhibition on China’s first space station in 2012.
The Tiangong-1 mission — Photo of an exhibition on China’s first space station in 2012.
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With SAFER, an astronaut can't end up getting lost in space.
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March 26 'conjunction' of Moon-Venus-Jupiter
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The Hubble Space Telescope captured a spectacular image of the bright star-forming ring that surrounds the heart of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1097.
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Clouds covering a Full Moon.
Clouds covering a Full Moon.
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
Via Canada Space Agency Twitter feed
Crescent Moon March 26  2012
Crescent Moon March 26, 2012
The Northern Lights and Stars.
The Northern Lights and Stars.
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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.
NASA
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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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'Interstellar' (2014), directed by film-maker Christopher Nolan, won this year's Oscar for visual effects.
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Planetary Nebula MyCn18: An Hourglass Pattern Around a Dying Star
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Artist s representation of a habitation on Mars.
Artist's representation of a habitation on Mars.
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A team of astronomers has discovered enormous arms of hot gas in the Coma cluster of galaxies by using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA’s XMM-Newton.
Courtesy NASA
The European Space Agency s artist s conception of the asteroid near planet Earth
The European Space Agency's artist's conception of the asteroid near planet Earth
European Space Agency
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A blue orb is seen trekking across the Sun's surface.
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A screen grab of the Apple iPad dropping from space.
A screen grab of the Apple iPad dropping from space.
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