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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.

Space weather starting to affect smartphones

Getting a poor reception on your smartphone or other mobile device might not only be down to a lack of transmitters or interference from technology; the bombardment of Earth from space particles is also a factor, according to a new study.

SpaceX rocket blasts off from NASA launchpad with ISS cargo

Miami - SpaceX on Sunday blasted off its Falcon 9 rocket carrying the unmanned Dragon cargo ship, packed with food and supplies for the six astronauts living at the International Space Station.

SpaceX aborts launch after 'odd' rocket engine behavior

Miami - SpaceX aborted its planned Dragon cargo launch to the International Space Station just seconds before liftoff Saturday due to a "slightly odd" technical issue with the Falcon 9 rocket engine.

Japan's troubled 'space junk' mission fails

Toukyo - An experimental Japanese mission to clear 'space junk' or rubbish from the Earth's orbit has ended in failure, officials said Monday, in an embarassment for Tokyo.

Japan's troubled 'space junk' mission fails

Toukyo - An experimental Japanese mission to clear 'space junk' or rubbish from the Earth's orbit has ended in failure, officials said Monday, in an embarassment for Tokyo.

Japan's troubled 'space junk' mission fails

Toukyo - An experimental Japanese mission to clear 'space junk' or rubbish from the Earth's orbit has ended in failure, officials said Monday, in an embarassment for Tokyo.

Essential Science: What would landing on Pluto be like?

This week’s Essential Science takes a step into speculative science (fiction) and discusses some new research that wonders what landing on the surface of the dwarf planet Pluto would be like.

Depressions on surface of Mars offer clues for life

Austin - Was there life on Mars? This question continues to interest many people. The area to focus on, according to a new study, are the surface features, especially the depressions located close to volcanoes.

SpaceX launches, lands rocket for first time since September blast

Miami - SpaceX on Saturday successfully launched and landed its first unmanned Falcon 9 rocket since a costly and complicated launchpad explosion in September.

SpaceX poised to launch for first time since Sept blast

Miami - SpaceX is poised to launch a Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday, marking its first return to flight since a costly and complicated launchpad explosion in September.

French, US astronauts install batteries outside space station

Miami - French astronaut Thomas Pesquet floated into space on his first-ever spacewalk Friday, and helped install three new, refrigerator-sized lithium-ion batteries to upgrade the power system at the International Space Station.

Asteroid just flew by Earth and we barely saw it coming

Early Monday morning, while people on the East Coast were making coffee, dropping kids off at school, and cursing in traffic, a space rock as big as a 10-story building slipped past Earth.

Mysterious radio bursts in space detected

Scientists have pinpointed the source of ‘mysterious’ radio bursts coming from outer space. The radio signals have long represented one of the most persistent puzzles in modern astronomy.

NASA announces two missions to study early solar system

Washington - The US space agency NASA announced two unmanned missions to asteroids designed to study one of the earliest eras in the history of the solar system.They have been dubbed Lucy and Psyche, and NASA hopes to launch them in 2021 and 2023, respectively.

Milky Way: glimpses of a 'star factory' at work

Paris - The European Space Agency on Wednesday released stunning images of baby stars taking shape inside the Milky Way's Orion nebula.

NASA issues stunning photographs of Christmas in space

Houston - The astronauts on the International Space Station are celebrating Christmas Day in the same way as many people on Earth will celebrate the holiday. To add a special touch, NASA have issued some stunning December 25 pictures.

'Passengers' and the real-life science of deep space travel

Los Angeles - From "Aliens" to "Interstellar," Hollywood has long used suspended animation to overcome the difficulties of deep space travel, but the once-fanciful sci-fi staple is becoming scientific fact.

Thousands to attend American space legend John Glenn's memorial

Columbus - Thousands were expected to gather Saturday in Ohio for a memorial service to pay tribute to American space legend John Glenn, who died last week at the age of 95.

All eyes on Trump over Mars

Paris - The year 2016 has seen a rekindling of the human desire to conquer Mars, with public and private interests openly vying to take the first step on the Red Planet, possibly with a stopover on the Moon.

Europe's own satnav Galileo goes live

Bruxelles - After 17 years, numerous setbacks and three times over budget, Europe's Galileo satnav system went live Thursday, promising to outperform rivals and guarantee regional self-reliance.

All 'Original Seven' American astronauts now dead

Miami - John Glenn's passing on Thursday means that the first seven American astronauts chosen to lead the fledging US space program in 1959 are now dead, ending a groundbreaking chapter in American history.

Buzz Aldrin discharged from New Zealand hospital

Christchurch - US moonwalker Buzz Aldrin was discharged from a New Zealand hospital Friday, a week after he was evacuated from the South Pole after a health scare."Bye bye New Zealand!

Buzz Aldrin pays tribute to 'world icon' John Glenn

Wellington - Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin paid tribute Friday to pioneer astronaut John Glenn, describing the first American to orbit the Earth as a world icon.

Buzz Aldrin pays tribute to 'world icon' John Glenn

Wellington - Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin paid tribute Friday to pioneer astronaut John Glenn, describing the first American to orbit the Earth as a world icon.

Buzz Aldrin pays tribute to 'world icon' John Glenn

Wellington - Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin paid tribute Friday to pioneer astronaut John Glenn, describing the first American to orbit the Earth as a world icon.

American space legend John Glenn dead at 95

Columbus - John Glenn, who made history twice as the first American to orbit Earth and the first senior citizen to venture into space, has died at the age of 95.

Astronaut John Glenn dies aged 95

Former astronaut John Glenn, who was the first American to orbit Earth, has died aged 95. Glenn also served as a marine and U.S. senator.

Russian authorities inspecting crashed spacecraft debris

Moscow - Authorities in Russia's Siberian region of Tuva on Monday were examining several pieces of the Progress cargo spaceship found after it crashed last week having failed to reach orbit.
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NASA image show Christmas in outer space.
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International Space Station solar array wings are featured in this image.
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Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife, Canada
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