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NASA's Mars helicopter succeeds in historic first flight

Washington - NASA successfully flew its tiny helicopter Ingenuity on Mars early Monday, the first powered flight on another planet and a feat a top engineer called "our Wright brothers' moment."At 3:34 am Eastern Time (0734 GMT), the four pound (1.

NASA will attempt first off-world flight in early April

Washington - NASA is targeting early April for the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter to make the first attempt at powered, controlled flight on another planet, the space agency said Tuesday.

With SpaceX partnership, ISS enters its 'Golden Age' — but what comes next?

Washington - After 20 years of continuous habitation, the International Space Station has entered its "Golden Age" and is abuzz with activity -- thanks in large part to the return of US rocket launches via commercial partner SpaceX.

SpaceX: more risks, better rockets?

Washington - A prototype of SpaceX's unmanned rocket Starship exploded on Wednesday, the third time a test flight ended in flames.

The search for life beyond Earth

Paris - Mars may now be considered a barren, icy desert but did Earth's nearest neighbour once harbour life? It is a question that has preoccupied scientists for centuries and fired up sci-fi imaginings.

NASA asteroid surface sampling likely successful

Washington - NASA on Wednesday released its first images of a sampling operation carried out on the asteroid Bennu, which appeared to show successful recovery of rock and dust, or as one official put it, "the kind of mess we were hoping for.

NASA asteroid surface sampling likely successful

Washington - NASA on Wednesday released its first images of a sampling operation carried out on the asteroid Bennu, which appeared to show successful recovery of rock and dust, or as one official put it, "the kind of mess we were hoping for.

NASA asteroid surface sampling likely successful

Washington - NASA on Wednesday released its first images of a sampling operation carried out on the asteroid Bennu, which appeared to show successful recovery of rock and dust, or as one official put it, "the kind of mess we were hoping for.

Russia shuns US lunar program, as space cooperation under threat

Washington - Russia is unlikely to participate in the Moon-orbiting station planned by the United States, a Russian official said Monday, marking the probable end of the type of close cooperation seen for two decades on the International Space Station (ISS).

ISS moves to avoid space debris

Washington - Astronauts on the International Space Station carried out an "avoidance maneuver" Tuesday to ensure they would not be hit by a piece of debris, said US space agency NASA, urging better management of objects in Earth's orbit.

Small asteroid becomes closest ever seen passing Earth: NASA

Washington - An asteroid the size of an SUV passed 1,830 miles (2,950 kilometers) above Earth, the closest asteroid ever observed passing by our planet, NASA said Tuesday.

America's first crewed spaceship in decade splashes down off Florida

Washington - America's first crewed spaceship to fly to the International Space Station in nearly a decade returned to Earth safely on Sunday, splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mars-bound: NASA's life-seeking rover Perseverance on an astrobiology mission

Cape Canaveral - NASA's latest Mars rover Perseverance launches Thursday on an astrobiology mission to look for signs of ancient microbial life -- and to fly a helicopter-drone on another world for the first time.

Room with a view: Virgin Galactic gives peek at spacecraft cabin

Washington - The Virgin Galactic spaceship that will someday carry very moneyed tourists boasts windows and cameras galore for easy selfies with planet Earth.

Mystery Russian projectile raises fears of arms race in space

Washington - The United States this week accused Russia of having tested an anti-satellite weapon in space, a charge Moscow has denied, saying the device was a "special instrument" for inspecting orbiting Russian equipment.

NASA hits Boeing with 80 recommendations before next space test

Washington - NASA has drawn up a list of 80 recommendations that US aerospace giant Boeing will have to address before attempting to refly its Starliner space capsule, following the failure of an uncrewed test last year.

To boldly go: NASA launches Lunar Loo challenge

Washington - Everyone poops.

NASA renames Washington HQ for 'Hidden Figures' trailblazer

Washington - NASA said Wednesday that it will rename its Washington headquarters after its first black female engineer, Mary Jackson, whose story was told in the hit film "Hidden Figures.""Mary W.

'Go for launch': SpaceX, NASA set for milestone mission

SpaceX's landmark launch to the International Space Station -- the first crewed mission to blast off from US soil in almost a decade and a first for the commercial sector -- was set to proceed on time Wednesday, following weather worries.

SpaceX readies for blast-off with NASA astronauts aboard

Gray skies loomed over Florida's Atlantic coast Tuesday, just one day before two astronauts were set to blast off aboard a SpaceX capsule on the most dangerous and prestigious mission NASA has ever entrusted to a private company.

Weather iffy for SpaceX astronaut launch

Washington - Aside from a threat of bad weather, NASA and SpaceX confirmed Monday that everything is all-systems-go for their upcoming rocket launch with two American astronauts.

First test of Virgin Orbit rocket fails to accomplish goal

Los Angeles - The first test launch of a rocket that is released from a jumbo jet at 35,000 feet and then propels itself into orbit to deploy a satellite failed on Monday, the Virgin Orbit company said."The mission terminated shortly into the flight.

SpaceX ready to launch astronauts into space for the first time

Washington - In the beginning, everyone was skeptical. But Elon Musk's SpaceX defied expectations -- and on Wednesday hopes to make history by ferrying two NASA astronauts into space, the first crewed flight from US soil in nine long years.

Beleaguered Boeing's Starliner returns early from failed mission

Cape Canaveral - Boeing's Starliner spacecraft won't achieve its mission objective of docking with the International Space Station, NASA said Friday, dealing a blow to the agency's plans to end US dependence on Russian rockets for astronaut taxi rides.

Boeing sends first crew capsule to ISS this week

Washington - Boeing is all set to launch its Starliner spacecraft for the first time to the International Space Station at the end of this week, a key mission as NASA looks to resume crewed flight by 2020.

Invest in Artemis to get a ride to Moon: US

Washington - Several countries want their astronauts to hitch a ride with the United States on its next set of lunar missions, but the second nation to have Moon boots on the ground will depend on how much they contribute, NASA's chief said Thursday.

NASA wants international partners to go to Moon too

Washington - As it looks to return to the Moon, NASA is open to the idea of international participation, which could mean a non-American setting foot on Earth's natural satellite for the first time in history, global space chiefs said Monday.

Still no trace of missing Indian moon lander: NASA

Washington - A NASA satellite orbiting the Moon passed over the site where the Indian probe Vikram should have made touchdown earlier this month, but didn't see the missing lander, the US space agency said.

One giant leap: 50 years ago, humanity's first steps on the Moon

Houston - "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind": it was with these words that Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the Moon 50 years ago, an occasion celebrated by space enthusiasts globally Saturday.

'One giant leap': US marks Apollo mission 50 years on

Cape Canaveral - Fifty years after a mighty rocket set off from Florida carrying the first humans to the Moon, a veteran of the Apollo 11 crew returned to its fabled launch pad Tuesday to commemorate "one giant leap" that became a defining moment in human history.
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