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The serenity and awe that usually accompanies photos taken in space has been replaced by horror and awe as man’s ability to capture earth from space now captures the war and conflict in the Gaza Strip.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

Center of Milky Way might be a wormhole, say scientists

Scientists are creating a method to see if they can determine whether the center of our galaxy is a black hole or a wormhole that might lead to another universe.

Mountains on Saturn moon are 'celestial debris'

Mountains at the equator on Iapetus, a moon of the planet Saturn, may have come from space rather than being formed on the surface of the satellite.

NASA announces plans for a greenhouse on Mars

Wednesday, NASA announced that plants on Mars may begin growing by 2021 in isolated conditions. The next Mars rover will launch in mid-2020 and an experiment to send growing plant life with the rover to the Red Planet is in the works.

Astronaut launches 'space meal' contest

British Astronaut Tim Peake has launched a competition for a 'space meal.' Major Peake has asked schoolchildren to create the ideal meal for him to eat in space.

First Earth-sized planet found in 'habitable zone': NASA

Washington - The hunt for potential life in outer space has taken a step forward -- an international team of researchers has discovered the first Earth-sized planet within the "habitable zone" of another star.

Space station science offers clues about pathogenic fungi

During an investigation dubbed "Microbe," using the environment aboard space shuttle Atlantis, researchers gained a better understanding of pathogenic fungi.

Americas to get glimpse of total lunar eclipse

Washington - A total lunar eclipse, the first since December 2011, will take place Tuesday with the Americas best placed to get a glimpse.

'Cherry tree from space' mystery baffles Japan

Tokyo - A cosmic mystery is uniting monks and scientists in Japan after a cherry tree grown from a seed that orbited the Earth for eight months bloomed years earlier than expected -- and with very surprising flowers.

Russian cargo ship docks with space station

Moscow - A Russian cargo ship has successfully docked with the International Space Station Thursday, bringing the crew crucial supplies and water, Russia's space agency said.

New Israeli spy satellite enters orbit

Jerusalem - A new Israeli spy satellite entered orbit early Thursday, the defence ministry said, boosting the Jewish state's ability to monitor arch-foe Iran.

Hidden ocean on Saturn's moon bolsters life theory

Washington - Saturn's moon Enceladus is home to an ocean of melted water beneath its surface, and could be a source for alien microbes, scientists said.

NASA suspends Russia ties, except on space station

Washington - NASA has cut ties with Russia except for cooperation aboard the International Space Station due to the crisis in Ukraine, the US space agency said.

Health risks of Mars mission would exceed NASA limits

Washington - Efforts to send humans to Mars would likely expose them to health risks beyond the limits of what NASA currently allows, an independent panel of medical experts said Wednesday.

Scientists recreate Mars in England

To test out Europe’s first Mars rover, space technologists have attempted to re-create the Martian surface in a tiny area of England.
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A NASA photo of air pollution in Beijing. At the time that this Jan. 14 image was taken by satellite...
A NASA photo of air pollution in Beijing. At the time that this Jan. 14 image was taken by satellite, ground-based sensors at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing reported PM2.5 measurements of 291 micrograms per cubic meter of air.
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A NASA photo of linear gullies  caused by dry ice sliding down sand dunes
A NASA photo of linear gullies, caused by dry ice sliding down sand dunes
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Former Senator and Astronaut John Glenn speaks at Welcome Discovery at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Former Senator and Astronaut John Glenn speaks at Welcome Discovery at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
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Crescent Moon March 26  2012
Crescent Moon March 26, 2012
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The Sun seen through an infrared filter on a DSLR.
The Sun seen through an infrared filter on a DSLR.
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A solar flare with an eruptive prominence on the limb of the sun
A solar flare with an eruptive prominence on the limb of the sun
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This new view of the historical supernova remnant Cassiopeia A  located 11 000 light-years away  was...
This new view of the historical supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, located 11,000 light-years away, was taken by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. Blue indicates the highest energy X-ray light, where NuSTAR has made the first resolved image ever of this source
NASA
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Supernova 1994D in Galaxy NGC 4526
Supernova 1994D in Galaxy NGC 4526
NASA/ESO/STI
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A view of New York CIty from Central Park.
A view of New York CIty from Central Park.
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The International Space Station flew across the face of the moon over NASA s Kennedy Space Center in...
The International Space Station flew across the face of the moon over NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida approximately 15 minutes before the launch of space shuttle Discovery on the STS-131 mission
NASA
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Deep space? Bubble galaxy? I captured these images while taking shots of water drops in my kitchen s...
Deep space? Bubble galaxy? I captured these images while taking shots of water drops in my kitchen sink
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This shows a mountain of dust and gas rising in the Carina Nebula. The top of a three-light-year tal...
This shows a mountain of dust and gas rising in the Carina Nebula. The top of a three-light-year tall pillar of cool hydrogen is being worn away by the radiation of nearby stars, while stars within the pillar unleash jets of gas that stream from the peaks.
NASA/ESO/STI
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The lunar eclipse on Dec. 21  3 am ET
The lunar eclipse on Dec. 21, 3 am ET
NASA
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During the STS-131 mission s first spacewalk  which lasted about 6.5 hours  NASA astronaut Rick Mast...
During the STS-131 mission's first spacewalk, which lasted about 6.5 hours, NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio helped move a new 1,700-pound ammonia tank from space shuttle Discovery's cargo bay to a temporary parking place on the station, retrieved an experiment from the Japanese Kibo Laboratory exposed facility and replaced a Rate Gyro Assembly on one of the truss segments.
NASA
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An image of the 2005 YU55 asteroid generated from data taken in April 2010 by the Arecibo Radar Tele...
An image of the 2005 YU55 asteroid generated from data taken in April 2010 by the Arecibo Radar Telescope in Puerto Rico
Courtesy NASA
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Artist s representation of a habitation on Mars.
Artist's representation of a habitation on Mars.
Video screen capture
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Photo of globular cluster NGC 6362  showing stars as old as 10 billion years
Photo of globular cluster NGC 6362, showing stars as old as 10 billion years
NASA
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Nikon D7000  great auto focus all in all a great performing camera.
Nikon D7000, great auto focus all in all a great performing camera.
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Mars Near Opposition 1995-2005: 2001
Mars Near Opposition 1995-2005: 2001
NASA/ESO/STI
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Edge-on Spiral Galaxy ESO 243-49
Edge-on Spiral Galaxy ESO 243-49
NASA/ESO/STI
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