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Brazil leader, wooing Trump, opens base to US rockets

Washington - Brazil's new right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, signed a deal Monday to open a base to US satellite launches as he appealed for warm relations with Donald Trump on a visit to Washington.

Japan's space agency teams up with Toyota to develop moon rover

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced Tuesday (March 12) that it is working with vehicle manufacturer Toyota to develop the moon rover of the future – a massive vehicle powered by fuel cells.

Trump calls for 'Space Force', nations talk space peace

Geneva - On the surface, this looks like a terrible moment for the world's major military powers to negotiate a deal on preventing an arms race in space.

3 astronauts on Soyuz craft successfully reach ISS

Baikonur - A Russian cosmonaut and two US astronauts arrived Friday at the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, five months after the failed launch of a rocket carrying two of the passengers.

NASA chief acknowledges more trouble with SLS rocket

Washington - The US space agency NASA on Wednesday cast a shadow on the future of its new heavy-lift rocket, the SLS -- acknowledging development delays on a project that is already years behind.

NASA chief acknowledges more trouble with SLS rocket

Washington - NASA's administrator said Wednesday its next heavy-lift rocket, the SLS, is running into additional development delays, and the space agency now wants to use private launchers for its next Moon mission.

Astronauts who survived Soyuz scare ready for new launch despite glitches

Baikonur - Astronauts who survived an abortive Soyuz launch said Wednesday they were confident about their upcoming flight to the International Space Station despite some last-minute malfunctions.

SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully docks on ISS

Washington - SpaceX's new Dragon capsule successfully docked on the International Space Station on Sunday, NASA and SpaceX confirmed during a live broadcast of the mission."We can confirm hard capture is complete," NASA said.

SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully docks on ISS

Washington - SpaceX's new Dragon capsule successfully docked on the International Space Station on Sunday, NASA and SpaceX confirmed during a live broadcast of the mission."We can confirm hard capture is complete," NASA said.

Dragon capsule successfully separates from rocket: SpaceX

Cape Canaveral - SpaceX's new Crew Dragon astronaut capsule was on its way to the International Space Station Saturday after it successfully launched from Florida on board a Falcon 9 rocket.

NASA greenlights SpaceX crew capsule test to ISS

Washington - NASA on Friday gave SpaceX the green light to test a new crew capsule by first sending an unmanned craft with a life-sized mannequin to the International Space Station.

Touchdown: Japan probe Hayabusa2 lands on distant asteroid

Apo - A Japanese probe sent to collect samples from an asteroid 300 million kilometres away for clues about the origin of life and the solar system landed successfully on Friday, scientists said.

Japan probe Hayabusa2 set for asteroid landing

Apo - A Japanese probe is expected to land on a distant asteroid Friday, aiming to blast a "bullet" into the surface to collect clues about the origins of Earth and the solar system.

New Universe map unearths 300,000 more galaxies

Paris - The known Universe just got a lot bigger. A new map of the night sky published Tuesday charts hundreds of thousands of previously unknown galaxies discovered using a telescope that can detect light sources optical instruments cannot see.

NASA to make final attempt to contact Mars Opportunity Rover

Washington - US space agency NASA will make one final attempt to contact its Opportunity Rover on Mars late Tuesday, eight months after it last made contact.

Branson says he'll be in space by July

Virgin boss Richard Branson says he will be travelling in 'space' by July as his Virgin Galactic spaceship prepares for another flight following a test run in December 2018. Branson would like to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Leak in space: ISS toilet floods astronauts

A leaking toilet can be a pain, especially when water gushes out. Imagine what it is like on-board a space station. This is what astronauts had to content with recently on the International Space Station.

New Mars rover named after DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin

Ware - A British-made rover that will set off for Mars next year in search for signs of life was named Thursday after DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin.

Chinese rover finds lunar nights 'colder than expected'

Bejing - China's lunar lander has woken from a freezing fortnight-long hibernation to find night-time temperatures on the moon's dark side are colder than previously thought, the national space agency said Thursday.

Iran denies any intention of boosting range of missiles

Tehran - Iran has "no intention of increasing the range" of its missiles, a senior defence official said Tuesday, amid threats of European as well as US sanctions over its ballistic programme.

Startup's mission to make the best coffee in space

What is the perfect cup of coffee? There will be different views in beans and water temperature. How about beans held microgravity and then roasted on orbital re-entry? This is what one intrepid startup is planning.

Cottoning on: Chinese seed sprouts on moon

Bejing - A small green shoot is growing on the moon in an out-of-this-world first after a cotton seed germinated on board a Chinese lunar lander, scientists said Tuesday.

Russia loses control of only space telescope

Moscow - Russia has lost control of its only space radio telescope but officials are working to re-establish communication, the country's beleaguered space agency said Monday.

India plans manned space mission by December 2021

Bangalore - India will send its first manned mission into space by December 2021, the head of the country's space agency said on Friday.

China's moon rover prepares for a rough ride on the dark side

Bejing - China on Friday hailed its historic mission to the far side of the moon as a "complete success" so far but said new challenges await its rover as it explores rugged terrain.

China moon rover 'Jade Rabbit' wakes from 'nap'

Bejing - China's lunar rover got back to work on the far side of the moon Thursday after waking from a five-day hibernation, its official social media page announced.

Russian space chief says US shutdown delayed NASA visit

Moscow - Russia's space agency chief on Wednesday said his trip to the US was postponed by NASA due to the government agency falling "victim" to the ongoing shutdown, rather than a diplomatic snub.

Russia demands explanation over US snub to space chief

Moscow - Russia's space agency on Saturday demanded an explanation after NASA put off a planned visit to the United States by Russia's controversial space chief.

Chinese rover 'Jade Rabbit' drives on far side of the moon

Bejing - A Chinese lunar rover has driven on the far side of the moon, the national space agency announced on Friday, hailing the development as a "big step for the Chinese people".

US warns Iran against space launch

Washington - The United States on Thursday warned Iran of consequences if it goes ahead with plans to send off three space launch vehicles, charging despite Tehran's denials that the move would violate a UN resolution.
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