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Bright lights on dwarf planet perplex NASA as probe nears

Washington - The discovery of another bright light on the dwarf planet Ceres has NASA scientists perplexed as the US Dawn probe prepares to enter the orbit of the largest object in the asteroid belt and possibly resolve the mystery.

Russia confirms will use International Space Station till 2024

Moscow - Russia will continue using the International Space Station along with NASA until 2024, its space agency said, after Moscow had threatened to stop financing it in 2020.

Ghost super moon on February 18th will not be visible

The first "Super" moon of 2015 will rise on Feb. 18th. As the moon rises it will be a rare "Super New Moon" which means the moon will not be visible.

SpaceX poised to launch resurrected space weather satellite

Miami - A $340 million sun-observing spacecraft that was initially dreamed up by former US vice president Al Gore is finally poised to launch Sunday after being kept in storage by NASA for years.

Long-lost Beagle 2 space probe spotted on Mars

London - A British-built space probe that disappeared without trace more than a decade ago has been spotted on the surface of Mars, the UK Space Agency said on Friday.

Astronauts' year-long mission will test limits

Miami - Two men are about to spend a year at the orbiting International Space Station, in an experiment that will test the limits of the human body and mind.

Astronauts take shelter after alarm at space station

Miami - Astronauts at the International Space Station rushed to take shelter Wednesday after an alert sounded that could indicate a dangerous ammonia leak, but may have been a false alarm, the US space agency said.

SpaceX cargo ship reaches International Space Station

Miami - SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo ship arrived Monday at the International Space Station, carrying 2.6 tons of food and supplies for the astronauts at the orbiting research laboratory.

SpaceX fails in landmark bid to recycle a rocket

Miami - SpaceX said Saturday it failed in a landmark attempt to recycle its Falcon 9 rocket, after the equipment collided with an ocean platform and broke to pieces.

SpaceX launches cargo to ISS, rocket on recycle test

Miami - SpaceX on Saturday blasted off its Falcon 9 rocket on an historic recycling mission, after propelling the Dragon cargo ship toward the International Space Station.

Rocket glitch forces SpaceX to abort landmark launch

Miami - A last-minute glitch forced SpaceX to abort a landmark bid Tuesday to transform rocket science into a recyclable industry by landing the first stage of the Falcon 9 on an ocean platform.

The only photo of Comet Lovejoy you need to see this week

Dropping the jaws of skywatchers worldwide is this photograph of Comet Lovejoy as it passes by Earth. Taken by amateur photographer Gerald Rhemann, the photo shows the comet leaving an incredible trail of ice and gas in its wake.

3D printer successfully used in space

A 3D printer has been used in space for the first time on board the International Space Station (ISS). The first item produced was a ratchet and the technology paves the way for astronauts to produce their own essential items.

Putin oversees successful rocket launch

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday oversaw the successful test-launch of Russia's newest heavy-class Angara rocket, a rare piece of good news in a week dominated by the economic crisis.

New super plane to fly from Europe to Australia in 4 hours

A new superplane, which can get you anywhere in the world in four hours, may get its first flight in only five years from now. It is planned to use its rockets for commercial airline flights, as well as space travel.

Mars once had a massive lake, NASA reports

According to reports released by NASA, Mars' Gale Crater once contained a massive lake. NASA presented evidence that also suggests the lake existed for millions of years, long enough to sustain life.

Will the newly discovered mountain size asteroid hit Earth?

Russian scientists recently announced the discovery of a new asteroid that may collide with Earth. The scientists estimate the asteroid is the size of a mountain.

Future manned space capsule returns from NASA test flight

San Diego - NASA's Orion capsule -- expected to be the vehicle behind the next wave of U.S. manned spaceflight -- returned to Earth with a great splash Thursday after a successful two-orbit test flight.

NASA's Orion pushes boundaries of human spaceflight

Cape Canaveral - A new US space capsule, Orion, circled the Earth twice before plunging into the ocean Friday in a flawless test flight that opened a new chapter in human deep space travel.

Orion splashes down after successful flight test: NASA

Cape Canaveral - NASA's unmanned Orion space capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean off Baja California on Friday following its first flight test, the US space agency said.

Rocket problems delay deep space Orion launch to Friday

Cape Canaveral - The first test launch of NASA's new deep space capsule, Orion, was postponed until Friday due to wind gusts and technical issues with the rocket, the US space agency said.

NASA announces manned flight to Mars, begins testing Thursday

NASA has made a long-awaited announcement that it will send a manned flight to Mars. This Thursday, they will be launching an unmanned test capsule.

Europe to build new-generation Ariane 6 rocket

Luxembourg - European nations announced Tuesday they would build a new-generation rocket in a multi-billion-euro (dollar) programme to maintain their grip on the world market for satellite launches.

Scientists search for strange stars made of unknown matter

Scientists are trying to detect ripples in space-time in the hope of finding so-called "strange stars." They believe that these cosmic bodies are not made of any ordinary matter, so far known to exist in the universe..

Bad weather delays Japan asteroid probe lift off

Toukyo - Bad weather will delay the launch of a Japanese space probe on a six-year mission to mine a distant asteroid, just weeks after a European spacecraft's historic landing on a comet captivated the world.

Italy's first female astronaut arrives at space station: NASA

Moscow - A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Italy's first female astronaut has safely docked with the International Space Station, NASA said.

Italy's first female astronaut heads to ISS in Russian craft

Moscow - A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Italy's first female astronaut safely blasted off Sunday to begin its journey to the International Space Station.

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.
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An airplane flies past where Venus can be seen
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
The craters of the Moon  the moon is slightly yellow from the light of the sun.
The craters of the Moon, the moon is slightly yellow from the light of the sun.
DOWN TO EARTH: NASA s new Orion space capsule is picked up by the USS Arlington while practicing rec...
DOWN TO EARTH: NASA's new Orion space capsule is picked up by the USS Arlington while practicing recovery maneuvers at Naval Station Norfolk off Virginia last year.
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This computer image from a NASA video shows the small asteroid 2012 DA14 on its path as it passes by...
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Growing plants on the International Space Station
Growing plants on the International Space Station
NASA
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Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife, Canada
Via Canada Space Agency Twitter feed
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Edge-on Spiral Galaxy ESO 243-49
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When Chris Hadfield uses the benchpress, this is his view from the International Space Station
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Leonids Meteor Shower
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HST-Spitzer Composite of Galactic Center (Full-field)
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Image of Christmas lights in Northern Europe
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Messier 87 Galaxy that contains a massive black hole
NASA
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Mars Near Opposition 1995-2005: 2001
NASA/ESO/STI
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The triple star system discovery is one of only two unique millisecond pulsars.
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