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Are asteroids humanity's 'greatest challenge'?

Paris - Throughout its 4.5-billion-year history, Earth has been repeatedly pummelled by space rocks that have caused anything from an innocuous splash in the ocean to species annihilation.When the next big impact will be, nobody knows.

Dutch scientists fete rare meteorite find

Den Haag - Dutch scientists on Monday celebrated the discovery of only the sixth meteorite found in recent history in The Netherlands, which at 4.5-billion years old may hold clues to the birth of our solar system.

Top ten recent discoveries about Mars

Houston - NASA’s space probe MAVEN has been exploring the upper atmosphere of Mars since late 2013. In this time the probe has captured masses of information which has been sorted through by NASA scientists. We review the ten most interesting.

New orbiters for Europe's Galileo satnav system

Paris - The European Space Agency signed a contract with a German-British consortium Thursday to build eight more satellites for its Galileo satnav system, an alternative to America's GPS, the agency said Thursday.

Rare US total solar eclipse excites Americans coast-to-coast

Washington - For the first time in almost a century the United States is preparing for a coast-to-coast solar eclipse, a rare celestial event millions of Americans, with caution, will be able to observe.

ESA boss urges action on 'ticking timebombs' in Earth orbit

Le Bourget - A European Space Agency director urged nations Tuesday to unlock concealed data on the whereabouts of hundreds of thousands of pieces of space junk, or "ticking time bombs" threatening spacecraft in Earth orbit.

Elon Musk publishes outline of plan to colonize Mars

In September, the tech mogul Elon Musk walked onto a stage in Guadalajara, Mexico, and laid out his vision to colonize Mars with his company SpaceX.

Kazakh man dies in fire after Russian rocket launch

Astana - A Kazakh man died and another was hospitalised after they were caught in a fire on the steppes triggered by falling debris from a Russian space launch, Russian and Kazakh authorities said Thursday.The blaze, reaching 15 kilometres (9.

Meet synestia, a new type of planetary object

Astrophysicists are proposing a new type of planetary object which they’ve named a 'synestia'. By this they are referring to a large, rotating, donut-shaped mass of hot, vaporized rock.

Gravitational waves part 1: Waves detected for the third time

Gravitational waves have been detected for the third time, deep within space. These are confirmed by alterations in sound and were directed by Northwestern University scientists and engineers.

India shows off space prowess with launch of mega-rocket

New Delhi - India Monday successfully launched its most powerful home-produced rocket, another milestone for its indigenous space programme which one day hopes to put a human into orbit.

India shows off space prowess with launch of mega-rocket

New Delhi - India Monday successfully launched its most powerful home-produced rocket, another milestone for its indigenous space programme which one day hopes to put a human into orbit.

India shows off space prowess with launch of mega-rocket

New Delhi - India Monday successfully launched its most powerful home-produced rocket, another milestone for its indigenous space programme which one day hopes to put a human into orbit.

Astronauts return after marathon ISS mission

Astana - The Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft carrying astronaut Thomas Pesquet undocked from the International Space Station on Friday, marking the beginning of the Frenchman's journey back to Earth after 196 days in orbit.

Astronauts set to return after marathon ISS mission

Moscow - French astronaut Thomas Pesquet is due to return to Earth on Friday after a marathon 196-day trip that will fall just shy of a record space mission for a European.

Colossal rocket-launching plane rolls toward testing

San Francisco - A colossal aircraft capable of launching satellite-toting rockets into space is closer to testing, having been rolled out of a hangar in the desert, its creators said on Wednesday.

Space junk could destroy satellites, hurt economies

Sydney - The growing amount of fast-moving space debris orbiting the Earth could lead to catastrophic collisions with satellites, hurting economies, researchers warned Wednesday ahead of a summit to coordinate efforts to remove the junk.

First use of freeze-dried, microgravity sperm

Tokyo - Frozen 'space sperm' has passed a fertility test. Japanese scientists have produced healthy mice pups, born using freeze-dried sperm that was stored in the microgravity environment of space.

US astronauts on 'critical' spacewalk to replace power box

Miami - Two US astronauts embarked Tuesday on what NASA described as a "critical" spacewalk to repair a failed piece of equipment that helps power the International Space Station.

'Awesomesauce,' proclaims US astronaut on historic spacewalk

Miami - So what is it like to float out into the vacuum of space?

China tests 'Lunar Palace' as it eyes moon mission

Bejing - Chinese students will live in a laboratory simulating a lunar-like environment for up to 200 days as Beijing prepares for its long-term goal of putting humans on the moon.

Essential Science: Listening in on the sounds of Saturn

Houston - NASA scientists have begun sharing information collected by the Cassini spacecraft, which has been exploring Saturn and its moons. One remarkable offering is the ‘sounds’ that emanate from the giant planet’s rings.

Elon Musk teases future plans at TED talk

Vancouver - Elon Musk paused while chatting about his series of potentially world-changing endeavors to say he isn't in it to provide salvation.

NASA spacecraft survives dive through Saturn's rings

Miami - An unmanned NASA spacecraft has survived its plunge between the rings of Saturn and, after briefly going dark for the flyby, is communicating again with Earth, the US space agency said Thursday.

China talking with European Space Agency on building moon outpost

Representatives of the Chinese and European space agencies have been in talks over collaborating on a moon outpost as well as other space-related endeavors, according to Chinese media and a spokesman for the ESA.

NASA's Cassini poised to plunge beneath Saturn's rings

Miami - An unmanned NASA spacecraft, Cassini, is poised to plunge into the gap between Saturn and its rings, a pioneering journey that could offer an unprecedented view of the sixth planet from the Sun.

Orbital cargo ship arrives at space station

Miami - An unmanned Cygnus cargo ship carrying a load of supplies and science experiments arrived safely at the International Space Station on Saturday, according to live images broadcast on NASA television.

China launches first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1

Wenchang - A Chinese rocket successfully sent the country's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, into space from the southern island province of Hainan Thursday.

Orbital to launch cargo to space station Tuesday

Miami - A rocket packed with food and supplies for the astronauts living at the International Space Station is scheduled to blast off Tuesday from a NASA launch pad.

Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth on April 19

Paris - An asteroid as big as the Rock of Gibraltar will streak past Earth on April 19 at a safe but uncomfortably close distance, according to astronomers.
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When Chris Hadfield uses the benchpress, this is his view from the International Space Station
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A screen grab of the Apple iPad dropping from space.
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