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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.

Low-battery probe uploading data from comet: ESA

Paris - Europe's comet probe Philae uploaded a slew of science data to Earth Friday, ending a nailbiting wait by mission controllers who feared it would run out of power before making final contact.

Comet probe in race against time to crown stellar feat

Paris - Europe's deep-space robot lab Philae worked against the clock Friday, attempting to drill into a comet 510 million kilometres (320 million miles) from Earth to crown a historic exploration before its battery runs out.

Despite landing fumble, comet probe working well

Paris - Europe's comet probe Philae was "working well" despite a rough-and-tumble touchdown that left it partly shadowed from battery-boosting sunlight, ground controllers said Thursday.

Scientists hope for data after historic but dodgy comet landing

Darmstadt - European scientists were hoping for a stream of data Thursday after a robot lab made the first-ever landing on a comet, a key step in a marathon mission to probe the mysteries of space.

Probe lands on comet in space first: ESA

Darmstadt - The European probe Philae has made the first-ever landing on a comet, a crowning phase in a quest to explore the origins of the Solar System, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Wednesday.

All systems go for historic comet landing

Darmstadt - The European Space Agency (ESA) ordered a probe to attempt Wednesday the first landing on a comet and investigate one of the great mysteries of the Solar System.

Comet-landing mission on track, one last hurdle ahead

Paris - Europe's mission to land the first-ever probe on a comet was on track Wednesday with one final "go" pending for the robot lab to eject from its mothership and start a nail-biting seven-hour descent.

Space plants return to Earth

A cargo holder holding more than 1,000 frozen plants that germinated and grew aboard the International Space Station have been returned to Earth for further study by University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists.

Three-man multinational space crew returns to Earth

Washington - A three-man multinational crew of astronauts returned to Earth Monday aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, after spending 165 days working together at the International Space Station, NASA said.

Europe set to make space history with comet landing

Paris - One of the biggest gambles in space history comes to a climax on Wednesday when Europe attempts to make the first-ever landing on a comet.

NTSB reveals Virgin spaceship crash timeline, fingers lever

Los Angeles - Investigators gave a precise timeline of the devastating Virgin Galactic spaceship crash, detailing exactly when a slowing mechanism was wrongly deployed, but said they could not determine who activated it.

Lever under scrutiny in Virgin spaceship disaster

Los Angeles - A prematurely deployed slowing device could "well be" behind the Virgin Galactic spaceship crash, Virgin's boss Richard Branson said Monday while hitting out at "hurtful" critics and "self-proclaimed experts.

Virgin 'ignored' space safety warnings: Expert

Mojave - Virgin Galactic "ignored" repeated warnings in the years leading up to the deadly crash of its spacecraft in California, a rocket science safety expert said, as investigators hunted for clues to the accident.

Virgin 'ignored' space safety warnings: expert

Mojave - Virgin Galactic "ignored" repeated warnings in the years leading up to the deadly crash of its spacecraft in California, a rocket science safety expert said Sunday, as investigators hunted for clues to the accident.
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Growing plants on the International Space Station
Growing plants on the International Space Station
NASA
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Clouds covering a Full Moon.
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Deep space? Bubble galaxy? I captured these images while taking shots of water drops in my kitchen sink
An illustration of the X-37B  the unmanned successor to the space shuttle.
An illustration of the X-37B, the unmanned successor to the space shuttle.
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From more than 40 countries and 30 U.S. states, people around the world shared more than 1,400 images of themselves as part of the Wave at Saturn event organized by NASA's Cassini mission.
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Artist s representation of a habitation on Mars.
Artist's representation of a habitation on Mars.
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Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife  Canada
Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife, Canada
Via Canada Space Agency Twitter feed
Planetary Nebula MyCn18: An Hourglass Pattern Around a Dying Star
Planetary Nebula MyCn18: An Hourglass Pattern Around a Dying Star
NASA/ESO/STI
Messier 87 Galaxy that contains a massive black hole
Messier 87 Galaxy that contains a massive black hole
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TDRS-K is the first of three next-generation communications satellites designed to ensure vital operational continuity for NASA
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NASA scientists found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five distant planets orbiting three different stars. All five planets appear to be hazy
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
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The triple star system discovery is one of only two unique millisecond pulsars.
The triple star system discovery is one of only two unique millisecond pulsars.
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The large Whirlpool Galaxy (left) is known for its sharply defined spiral arms. Their prominence could be the result of the Whirlpool's gravitational tug-of-war with its smaller companion galaxy (right).
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Crescent Moon March 26, 2012
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NASA astronaut Andrew Feustel, STS-134 mission specialist, participates in the mission's second spacewalk.
NASA
Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife  Canada
Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife, Canada
Via Canada Space Agency Twitter feed
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A screen grab of the Apple iPad dropping from space.
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The Endeavours shuttle with the Earth displayed in the background
The Endeavours shuttle with the Earth displayed in the background
NASA