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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 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.

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.

India wins Asia's race to Mars as spacecraft enters orbit

Bangalore - India won Asia's race to Mars on Wednesday when its unmanned Mangalyaan spacecraft successfully entered the Red Planet's orbit after a 10-month journey on a tiny budget.

Space pathogens: how to travel to Mars in safety

Houston - Astronauts are as much at risk travelling in space for pathogens infections as they are on Earth. The microorganisms carried on the body can turn on a stressed person with a weaker immune system. For this reason, NASA has been studying the issue.

Japanese company announces space elevator to be completed by 2050

Tokyo - Although it may sound like something from a Hollywood science fiction movie, engineers at a prominent Japanese construction company are serious about building the world's first working space elevator.

Ten months in the making, Mars and MAVEN finally meet tonight

Ten months after being launched into space, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) is set to reach its final destination tonight.

Mysterious lights in West Coast sky likely from meteor

Oakland - Mysterious lights streaking across the sky in Northern and Southern California early Friday were most likely caused by a meteor burning up in the atmosphere.

Russian and American astronauts return to Earth

Moscow - Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut returned to Earth on Thursday after spending more than six months working together aboard the International Space Station, as tensions between their countries soared over the Ukraine crisis.

Newly discovered asteroid paying close visit to earth

A newly discovered asteroid will be paying a visit Sunday night as it zips remarkably close to earth over New Zealand at approximately 2:18 p.m. EDT (18:18 UTC/GMT).

First evidence of water discovered outside Solar System in clouds

The first evidence of water outside our Solar System has been found 7.3 light-years from Earth in ice clouds on a brown dwarf star.

Europe sees five possible sites for first-ever comet landing

Paris - The European Space Agency (ESA) on Monday said it had drawn up a shortlist of five possible sites for carrying out the first-ever landing on a comet.

Two Galileo satellites lose their way

Paris - Two European Galileo satellites launched as part of a navigation system designed to rival GPS have failed to locate their intended orbit, launch firm Arianespace said Saturday.

Two Galileo satellites lose their way

Paris - Two European Galileo satellites fired into space by a Russian-built rocket on Friday from French Guiana failed to reach their intended orbit, launch firm Arianespace said Saturday.

South Korea's only astronaut quits and ends their space program

Yi So-yeon quit her job as an astronaut to focus on interactions between science and business. As South Korea's first and only astronaut this ends the program for the country at this time.

Rosetta probe makes space history in rendezvous with comet

Paris - The space probe Rosetta made a historic rendezvous with a comet on Wednesday, climaxing a 10-year, six-billion-kilometre (3.7-billion-mile) chase through the Solar System, the European Space Agency (ESA) said.

Space sex geckos at risk as Russia loses control of satellite

Moscow - Several geckos are at risk of a rude return to earth after Russia lost control of a research satellite testing the effect of weightlessness on the small lizards' sex lives.

Astronaut takes photo of IDF & Hamas rocket warfare from space

The serenity and awe that usually accompanies photos taken in space has been replaced by horror and awe as man’s ability to capture earth from space now captures the war and conflict in the Gaza Strip.

Super Moon will rise on July 12

The first of three consecutive "Super Moons" will rise above the Earth's skyline on Saturday July 12, 2014. Get your cameras ready.

Binary system planet first to be discovered using microlensing

Scientists with NASA have announced the rare discovery of a planet orbiting two red dwarf stars some 3,300 light-years away from earth.

NASA — Striving to pass the smell-test

Space is weird. Someone had to say it. Objects float. Temperatures fluctuate by hundreds of degrees. Cosmic rays carry enough radiation to make Chernobyl look like a walk in the park.

Astronauts figure out how to clean the ISS

Houston - Cleaning and controlling debris on a space station is tricky work. Microgravity can turn gasses, dust, fluids and sharp objects into a floating hazard. A science team have come up with a solution.
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The Northern Lights and Stars.
The Northern Lights and Stars.
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Artist s representation of a habitation on Mars.
Artist's representation of a habitation on Mars.
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Mars Near Opposition 1995-2005: 2001
Mars Near Opposition 1995-2005: 2001
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Edge-on Spiral Galaxy ESO 243-49
Edge-on Spiral Galaxy ESO 243-49
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How the sun has changed in the past nine years
How the sun has changed in the past nine years
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Center Milky Way Galaxy
Center Milky Way Galaxy
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This computer image from a NASA video shows the small asteroid 2012 DA14 on its path as it passes by...
This computer image from a NASA video shows the small asteroid 2012 DA14 on its path as it passes by Earth on Feb. 15
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In this rare image taken on July 19  2013  the wide-angle camera on NASA s Cassini spacecraft has ca...
In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame
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NASA astronaut Andrew Feustel, STS-134 mission specialist, participates in the mission's second spacewalk.
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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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The Sun seen through an infrared filter on a DSLR.
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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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March 26  conjunction  of Moon-Venus-Jupiter
March 26 'conjunction' of Moon-Venus-Jupiter
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Chris Hadfield photographs a view from the International Space Station
Chris Hadfield photographs a view from the International Space Station
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International Space Station solar array wings are featured in this image.
International Space Station solar array wings are featured in this image.
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Artist s conception of the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn.
Artist's conception of the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn.
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The Hubble Space Telescope captured a spectacular image of the bright star-forming ring that surroun...
The Hubble Space Telescope captured a spectacular image of the bright star-forming ring that surrounds the heart of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1097.
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