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Comet probe 'sniffed' organic molecules: early data

Paris - Mankind's first-ever probe of a comet found traces of organic molecules and a surface much harder than imagined, scientists said Tuesday of initial sample data from robot lab Philae.

Images show Philae's historic comet bounce

Paris - The European Space Agency (ESA)on Sunday unveiled images of the probe Philae after it bounced while making its historic landing on a comet last Wednesday.

Comet probe sends back science treasure in final hours

Paris - Europe's science probe Philae sent home a treasure trove of data from a comet heading towards the Sun before falling silent as its power ran out, mission control said Saturday.

Low-battery probe uploading data from comet: ESA

Paris - Europe's comet probe Philae uploaded a slew of science data to Earth Friday, ending a nailbiting wait by mission controllers who feared it would run out of power before making final contact.

Comet probe in race against time to crown stellar feat

Paris - Europe's deep-space robot lab Philae worked against the clock Friday, attempting to drill into a comet 510 million kilometres (320 million miles) from Earth to crown a historic exploration before its battery runs out.

Despite landing fumble, comet probe working well

Paris - Europe's comet probe Philae was "working well" despite a rough-and-tumble touchdown that left it partly shadowed from battery-boosting sunlight, ground controllers said Thursday.

Scientists hope for data after historic but dodgy comet landing

Darmstadt - European scientists were hoping for a stream of data Thursday after a robot lab made the first-ever landing on a comet, a key step in a marathon mission to probe the mysteries of space.

Probe lands on comet in space first: ESA

Darmstadt - The European probe Philae has made the first-ever landing on a comet, a crowning phase in a quest to explore the origins of the Solar System, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Wednesday.

All systems go for historic comet landing

Darmstadt - The European Space Agency (ESA) ordered a probe to attempt Wednesday the first landing on a comet and investigate one of the great mysteries of the Solar System.

Comet-landing mission on track, one last hurdle ahead

Paris - Europe's mission to land the first-ever probe on a comet was on track Wednesday with one final "go" pending for the robot lab to eject from its mothership and start a nail-biting seven-hour descent.

Space plants return to Earth

A cargo holder holding more than 1,000 frozen plants that germinated and grew aboard the International Space Station have been returned to Earth for further study by University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists.

Three-man multinational space crew returns to Earth

Washington - A three-man multinational crew of astronauts returned to Earth Monday aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, after spending 165 days working together at the International Space Station, NASA said.

Europe set to make space history with comet landing

Paris - One of the biggest gambles in space history comes to a climax on Wednesday when Europe attempts to make the first-ever landing on a comet.

NTSB reveals Virgin spaceship crash timeline, fingers lever

Los Angeles - Investigators gave a precise timeline of the devastating Virgin Galactic spaceship crash, detailing exactly when a slowing mechanism was wrongly deployed, but said they could not determine who activated it.

Lever under scrutiny in Virgin spaceship disaster

Los Angeles - A prematurely deployed slowing device could "well be" behind the Virgin Galactic spaceship crash, Virgin's boss Richard Branson said Monday while hitting out at "hurtful" critics and "self-proclaimed experts.

Virgin 'ignored' space safety warnings: Expert

Mojave - Virgin Galactic "ignored" repeated warnings in the years leading up to the deadly crash of its spacecraft in California, a rocket science safety expert said, as investigators hunted for clues to the accident.

Virgin 'ignored' space safety warnings: expert

Mojave - Virgin Galactic "ignored" repeated warnings in the years leading up to the deadly crash of its spacecraft in California, a rocket science safety expert said Sunday, as investigators hunted for clues to the accident.

Branson says space dream lives on, vows safety paramount

Mojave - British tycoon Richard Branson insisted his dream of commercial space travel was still alive, despite a spacecraft crash that killed one pilot and seriously injured another.

Branson says space dream lives on, vows safety paramount

Mojave - British tycoon Richard Branson insisted Saturday his dream of commercial space travel was still alive though he will first focus on causes of the spacecraft crash that killed one pilot and seriously injured another.

Branson shocked as Virgin spaceship crash kills pilot

Los Angeles - Virgin's pioneering tourist-carrying spacecraft crashed on a test flight in California, killing a pilot and scattering debris across the desert -- and raising questions about the program's future.

Virgin spaceship crashes, fate of pilots unknown

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo craft crashed Friday after getting into difficulties during a test flight over California and the fate of two pilots is unknown, the company said"During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the lo...

Russia offers U.S. space station help after rocket explodes

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday offered to help the United States with deliveries to the International Space Station after an unmanned American supply rocket exploded on lift-off.

Orbital rocket explodes after launch

Washington - An unmanned rocket owned by Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded Tuesday in a giant fireball and plummeted back to Earth just seconds after launch on what was to be a resupply mission to the International Space Station.

Lab creates coldest air in the universe

A laboratory has created the coldest cubic meter in the universe. The air was developed in Italy and was verified using instruments designed by Yale University.

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.
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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.
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Enterprise and Discovery come nose-to-nose  a historical event
Enterprise and Discovery come nose-to-nose, a historical event
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Venus, as seen from Fairfax County, Va, just outside Washington DC
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March 26 'conjunction' of Moon-Venus-Jupiter
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Photo of galaxies.
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This artist s animation illustrates a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and ...
This artist's animation illustrates a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and size as our Sun.
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Planetary Nebula MyCn18: An Hourglass Pattern Around a Dying Star
Planetary Nebula MyCn18: An Hourglass Pattern Around a Dying Star
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Growing plants on the International Space Station
Growing plants on the International Space Station
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The Nikon D7000, is great at capturing colors in fast moving objects, such as clouds.
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View of the Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew traveling toward the moon.  This is the first time t...
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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An airplane flies past where Venus can be seen
An airplane flies past where Venus can be seen
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This artist s concept illustrates a quasar  or feeding black hole  similar to APM 08279+5255  where ...
This artist's concept illustrates a quasar, or feeding black hole, similar to APM 08279+5255, where astronomers discovered huge amounts of water vapor. Gas and dust likely form a torus around the central black hole, with clouds of charged gas above and below. X-rays emerge from the very central region, while thermal infrared radiation is emitted by dust throughout most of the torus. While this figure shows the quasar's torus approximately edge-on, the torus around APM 08279+5255 is likely positi
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It’s a Rocky World: This artist s concept shows a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the...
It’s a Rocky World: This artist's concept shows a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and size as our Sun
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Snow-covered deserts are rare  but that’s exactly what the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradi...
Snow-covered deserts are rare, but that’s exactly what the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite observed as it passed over the Taklimakan Desert in western China on Jan. 2, 2013.
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Picture of the oldest known star.
Picture of the oldest known star.
Space Telescope Science Institute
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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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Supernova 1994D in Galaxy NGC 4526
Supernova 1994D in Galaxy NGC 4526
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Astronaut Clay Anderson observes the plant growth inside one of the plant growth chambers on the spa...
Astronaut Clay Anderson observes the plant growth inside one of the plant growth chambers on the space station
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Mars Near Opposition 1995-2005: 2001
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