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Speculation grows of looming N. Korea rocket test

Seoul - Fresh satellite images suggest North Korea has completed upgrades at its main satellite launch site, fuelling speculation of a long-range rocket launch to coincide with a major political anniversary in October.

Rocket carrying Russian, Japanese, US crew docks with ISS

Baikonur - Astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States Thursday docked successfully with the International Space Station under six hours after they launched, NASA television showed.

Soyuz rocket with three astronauts launches towards ISS after delay

Baikonur - Three astronauts aboard a Soyuz spacecraft successfully launched towards the International Space Station on Thursday after a two-month delay caused by a Russian rocket failure.

North Korea prepares to launch new long-range rocket: Yonhap

Seoul - North Korea is preparing to launch a new, long-range rocket, possibly in October, having completed an upgrade at its main satellite launch base, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday.

Hawking launches biggest-ever search for alien life

London - British cosmologist Stephen Hawking launched Monday the biggest-ever search for intelligent extraterrestrial life in a 10-year, $100-million (92-million-euro) project to scan the heavens.

NASA releases first photos of Pluto's moon Nix

Palo Alto - NASA's long-journeying New Horizons spaceship has turned its attention to the five moons of Pluto as it sails by the solar system's most-distant denizens.

U.S. spacecraft sending back data for Pluto close-up

Laurel - Scientists are receiving data that will offer the closest look ever of Pluto later Wednesday, after the unmanned NASA spacecraft whizzed by the distant dwarf planet.After a three-billion-mile (4.

NASA counts down to nail-biter Pluto flyby

Miami - After a near decade-long journey, an unmanned NASA spacecraft will make a close shave past Pluto on Tuesday, offering scientists a detailed glimpse of the dwarf planet's surface for the first time.

NASA craft discovers heart shape on Pluto as flyby nears

Miami - There's a near-perfect heart shape on Pluto's rusty red surface which scientists are seeing for the first time as a piano-sized NASA spacecraft, New Horizons, hurtles toward the distant body on its way toward a historic flyby on July 14.

3 days until NASA space probe New Horizons reaches Pluto

After nine-and-a-half years of exploration, NASA's Space probe "New Horizons" has only three days remaining in its three-million-mile journey to Pluto.

'No fear' as astronauts gear up for delayed trip to ISS

Russia - Three astronauts set to travel to the International Space Station this month Wednesday voiced faith in Russia's space programme despite a delay to their trip caused by the failed launch of a cargo ship.

Relief as Russian cargo ship docks at space station

Moscow - An unmanned Russian cargo ship successfully docked with the International Space Station on Sunday following a string of failed attempts to resupply the orbital laboratory."The transport cargo ship Progress M-28M has docked with the...

Russian cosmonaut sets record for most time in space

Moscow - Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who is the current commander of the International Space Station, has set a new record for most time spent in space, with a total of 803 days, Russian space agency said Tuesday."The record is official.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes after launch

Miami - An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded just minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday, marking a major setback for the fast-charging company headed by Internet tycoon Elon Musk.

Rosetta comet-chasing mission extended to September 2016

Paris - The European Space Agency announced Tuesday that its historic comet-chasing mission Rosetta had been extended until the end of September 2016."The adventure continues," the ESA declared.

Europe launches next phase of hi-tech Earth satellites

Kourou - The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched the second phase of a 4.3-billion-euro ($4.91-billion) programme to deploy new-generation satellites to monitor environmental damage and aid disaster relief operations, officials said.

Russia eyes Kazakh cosmonaut as space tourist

Moscow - Russia on Monday proposed sending a Kazakh cosmonaut to the International Space Station in place of a space tourist in September after a Japanese candidate formally dropped out.

'Hello Earth!': Comet probe Philae wakes up

Paris - Europe's tiny robot lab Philae, hurtling through space on the back of a comet, awoke overnight and sent home its first message in nearly seven months, mission officials said Sunday.

Three astronauts land in Kazakhstan after delayed return from ISS

Moscow - Two Western astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday, safely returning to Earth after their flight back home was delayed for a month by a Russian rocket failure.

Russia to launch next manned flight to ISS in July

Moscow - Russia's space agency said Tuesday the next manned mission to the International Space Station would blast off between July 23 and 25, after it delayed the launch due to a rocket failure.

How thin skin presents space travel risk

Space travel is back in the news again, with talk of a mission to Mars and perhaps further within the galaxy. Yet many questions about human physiology and space travel remain unanswered. Here, scientists have stumbled on a new risk: thinning skin.

Corruption tarnishes Russia's new showpiece cosmodrome

Moscow - Designed to showcase a revamped space industry and divert attention from recent failures, Russia's multi-billion-dollar project to build its own space launch pad to take over from Soviet-era Baikonur has been mired in corruption scandals.

Russian deputy PM attacks space industry with reform bill

Moscow - Russia's deputy prime minister on Tuesday lambasted the country's beleaguered space industry as inefficient and corrupt, as he presented proposed reform measures to parliament.

Russia restarts spacecraft after embarrassing failures

Moscow - Russia on Monday managed on a second attempt to restart the engines of a Progress spacecraft attached to the International Space Station (ISS) and shift the station's orbit.

Russia probes space failures after rocket falls to Earth

Moscow - Russia on Sunday began investigating the loss of a commercial satellite and a separate glitch on the International Space Station, sparking fears over the industry's safety.

Russia loses Mexican satellite after rocket failure

Moscow - Russia on Saturday lost a Mexican satellite on launch just hours after a glitch with a manoeuvre involving the International Space Station, the latest in a string of embarrassing failures for its troubled space programme.

Russia delays return of ISS crew members after supply ship failure

Moscow - Russia said Tuesday it would delay the return of three astronauts from the International Space Station after the recent failure of a supply ship.

NASA's Messenger spacecraft takes final plunge into Mercury

Cape Canaveral - NASA’s long-trekking Messsenger spacecraft plunged to its destruction April 30 after running out of fuel on its 4,105th orbit of the planet Mercury.

Russian spacecraft burns up on re-entry

Moscow - An unmanned Russian supply ship disintegrated as it plummeted to Earth on Friday after suffering a communications failure on its way to the International Space Station, in a fiery end to a mission to deliver oxygen, water and supplies.

Russia's space cargo ship to burn up in atmosphere Friday

Moscow - Russia said an unmanned supply ship set for the International Space Station will fall back to Earth Friday and burn up in the atmosphere, after the spacecraft suffered a communications failure.
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