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Japan satellite made 'surprise' find before failure

Toukyo - A Japanese satellite recorded unprecedented observations of the Perseus galaxy before it disappeared from contact, scientists said, offering precious new information about how gas travels in the faraway cluster.

Three astronauts blast off for ISS in upgraded Soyuz craft

Baikonur - Three astronauts blasted off into the early morning sky in an upgraded Soyuz spacecraft from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome Thursday, heading towards the International Space Station.

What is the goal of Juno's mission to Jupiter?

Miami - NASA's Juno spacecraft on Tuesday began circling Jupiter on a 20-month mission to learn more about the origin of the solar system's most massive planet.The arrival was a triumph for the $1.

NASA's Juno spacecraft orbits Jupiter, 'king of solar system'

Miami - NASA celebrated a key triumph on Tuesday as its $1.1 billion Juno spacecraft successfully slipped into orbit around Jupiter on a mission to probe the origin of the solar system.

NASA spaceship barrels toward Jupiter, 'planet on steroids'

Miami - Juno, an unmanned NASA spacecraft, is barrelling toward Jupiter on a $1.1 billion mission to circle the biggest planet in the solar system and shed new light on the origin of our planetary neighborhood.

Rosetta comet set to crash-land

The European Space Agency has announced the countdown to the end of the Rosetta Comet space probe. The probe will be crash-landed on Comet 67P on Friday, September 30, 2016.

Rosetta, Philae to reunite on comet for Sept 30 mission end

Paris - Europe's trailblazing Rosetta spacecraft will end its mission on September 30, reuniting with robot lab Philae on the surface of a comet hurtling through the Solar System, mission control said Thursday.

New mini-moon discovered orbiting the Earth

Houston - Gaze up at night and you’ll see the familiar silvery moon. Our only natural satellite, right? Not so, it seems, for a new, much smaller mini-moon has been discovered by astrophysicists.

Dutch crops grown on 'Mars' soil found safe to eat

Den Haag - Dutch scientists said Thursday crops of four vegetables and cereals grown on soil similar to that on Mars have been found safe to eat, amid plans for the first manned mission to the planet.

Three astronauts touch down after 6 months in space

Moscow - Three astronauts including Briton Tim Peake landed back on Earth Saturday after completing a six-month mission on the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA grows human tissue to assess deep space missions

Houston - There are many perils associated with deep space missions. One concern related directly to people is the effect of prolonged time in deep space on the health of the astronauts. NASA has been looking into this issue.

Musk explains his 'cargo route' to Mars

Washington - SpaceX chief Elon Musk shed light on his new plan to send an unmanned spaceship to Mars as early as 2018, as part of his quest to some day colonize the Red Planet.

Ambitious plans for a Mars orbiter announced

The multi-billion-dollar company Lockheed Martin is planning to construct a space station that will orbit Mars. The platform will first be tested around the Moon.

India's mini space shuttle blasts off

Bangalore - India successfully launched its first model space shuttle on Monday, a top official said, as New Delhi joined the race to develop a reusable rocket to make space travel easier and cheaper.

Satellite spots possible oil slick near EgyptAir crash site: ESA

Den Haag - A European Space Agency satellite has spotted a possible oil slick near the site where a missing EgyptAir plane is believed to have crashed with 66 people on board, ESA said Friday."According to the satellite image, the slick...

Out of this world: 'Moon and Mars veggies' grow in Dutch greenhouse

Wageningen - Establishing a human colony on the Moon and travelling to Mars has been the stuff of dreams since the dawn of the space age.But these visions face many hurdles. How can humans survive for months or years in the ultra-hostile environment of space?

Airbus sets sights on the stratosphere with glider flight

Minden - Airbus completed a test flight of a glider set to eventually travel to the edge of space, in a pioneering step into the stratosphere.

Phase two of ExoMars mission delayed to 2020

Paris - The second part of a joint European-Russian mission to probe Mars for traces of life has been delayed two years, with a new launch date set for July 2020, officials said Monday.

Putin hails first rocket launch from new cosmodrome after delay

Russia - Russia launched the first rocket from its new Vostochny cosmodrome on Thursday, with President Vladimir Putin hailing the event after dressing down officials over a delay caused by a technical glitch.

Putin slams Russian space failures after delayed launch

Russia - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday criticised Russia's large number of space failures after the first rocket launch from the country's new Vostochny cosmodrome was delayed minutes before blast-off.

Could Mars once have supported life?

Houston - NASA’s Curiosity rover has collected data from Mars that scientists are interpreting as indicating that the red planet once had an oxygen-rich atmosphere.

Which off-the-wall NASA idea might become reality?

Houston - NASA engages in serious science but it needs to engage in outside-the-box thinking in order to generate new ideas and overcome problems. New Scientist recently looked at some of these, and the best are presented here.

Paper battery aids space exploration

Deep space missions require power and although solar panels can capture energy, this needs to be stored. Energy storage requires powerful and effective batteries, and considerable research is going into this area.

Japan loses track of $273 mn black hole satellite

Toukyo - Dozens of space scientists are desperately scouring the skies after losing track of a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar Japanese satellite that was sent to study black holes.

Unmanned Cygnus cargo ship launches to ISS on resupply run: NASA

Washington - An unmanned cargo ship blasted off for the International Space Station on a resupply run that will also feature an unprecedented fire experiment after the craft leaves the orbiting outpost.

Three new crew, including US grandpa, join space station

Baikonur - Three new crew members have joined the International Space Station, including a US grandfather who is poised to enter the record books during his time there, NASA said.

Grandpa astronaut to break Scott Kelly's space record

Miami - A grandfather of three is poised to blast into space and the record books on Friday, becoming the American astronaut who has spent the longest time in space, NASA said.

Europe-Russia mission blasts off on hunt for life on Mars

Baikonur - A joint European-Russian mission aiming to search for traces of life on Mars blasted off on Monday for the start of a seven-month unmanned space journey to the Red Planet.

Essential Science: Could our brains handle teleportation?

While physicists toy with the theoretical idea of teleportation, neurologists have been considering if our brains could cope with being scrambled and reassembled. The outcome of this inquiry has recently been published.

Sore, but no taller, astronaut Scott Kelly adjusts to Earth

Miami - US astronaut Scott Kelly said Friday he is battling fatigue and super-sensitive skin, but is back to his normal height after nearly a year in space.
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