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Phase two of ExoMars mission delayed to 2020

Paris - The second part of a joint European-Russian mission to probe Mars for traces of life has been delayed two years, with a new launch date set for July 2020, officials said Monday.

Putin hails first rocket launch from new cosmodrome after delay

Russia - Russia launched the first rocket from its new Vostochny cosmodrome on Thursday, with President Vladimir Putin hailing the event after dressing down officials over a delay caused by a technical glitch.

Putin slams Russian space failures after delayed launch

Russia - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday criticised Russia's large number of space failures after the first rocket launch from the country's new Vostochny cosmodrome was delayed minutes before blast-off.

Could Mars once have supported life?

Houston - NASA’s Curiosity rover has collected data from Mars that scientists are interpreting as indicating that the red planet once had an oxygen-rich atmosphere.

Which off-the-wall NASA idea might become reality?

Houston - NASA engages in serious science but it needs to engage in outside-the-box thinking in order to generate new ideas and overcome problems. New Scientist recently looked at some of these, and the best are presented here.

Paper battery aids space exploration

Deep space missions require power and although solar panels can capture energy, this needs to be stored. Energy storage requires powerful and effective batteries, and considerable research is going into this area.

Japan loses track of $273 mn black hole satellite

Toukyo - Dozens of space scientists are desperately scouring the skies after losing track of a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar Japanese satellite that was sent to study black holes.

Unmanned Cygnus cargo ship launches to ISS on resupply run: NASA

Washington - An unmanned cargo ship blasted off for the International Space Station on a resupply run that will also feature an unprecedented fire experiment after the craft leaves the orbiting outpost.

Three new crew, including US grandpa, join space station

Baikonur - Three new crew members have joined the International Space Station, including a US grandfather who is poised to enter the record books during his time there, NASA said.

Grandpa astronaut to break Scott Kelly's space record

Miami - A grandfather of three is poised to blast into space and the record books on Friday, becoming the American astronaut who has spent the longest time in space, NASA said.

Europe-Russia mission blasts off on hunt for life on Mars

Baikonur - A joint European-Russian mission aiming to search for traces of life on Mars blasted off on Monday for the start of a seven-month unmanned space journey to the Red Planet.

Essential Science: Could our brains handle teleportation?

While physicists toy with the theoretical idea of teleportation, neurologists have been considering if our brains could cope with being scrambled and reassembled. The outcome of this inquiry has recently been published.

Sore, but no taller, astronaut Scott Kelly adjusts to Earth

Miami - US astronaut Scott Kelly said Friday he is battling fatigue and super-sensitive skin, but is back to his normal height after nearly a year in space.

SpaceX satellite launch succeeds, but rocket crash lands

Miami - SpaceX successfully launched a communications satellite to a distant orbit but failed, as expected, to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on an ocean platform.

International Space Station's '1-year crew' returns to Earth

Dzhezkazgan - US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth Wednesday after almost a year in space in a ground-breaking experiment foreshadowing a potential manned mission to Mars.

At last second, SpaceX delays satellite launch again

Miami - In the very last second before liftoff Sunday, SpaceX scrubbed the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket to send a communications satellite into orbit, marking the third delay since last week.

NASA sees record number of astronaut applications

Washington - NASA has received a record 18,300 resumes from people keen on becoming astronauts, the US space agency said.

Russia plans return to Mars, Moon despite money woes

Moscow - Visitors are rare these days to the museum of Russia's Space Research Institute in Moscow even though it holds gems like the model of the Soviet Lunokhod, the first ever space rover to land on the Moon, in 1970.

North Korea's Kim Jong-Un calls for more rocket launches

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un says his reclusive nation plans more "satellite launches" -- which the West sees as a cover for ballistic missile tests -- calling space exploration a "strategic goal", state media said Friday."Conquering space is ...

NASA to simulate growing potatoes on Mars in Peru

- Do Peru's potatoes have the right stuff?That's the question scientists will be asking in Lima next month, when a selection of tubers will begin undergoing tests to determine whether they're fit to grow on Mars.

China's space telescope to displace humans in search for aliens

Bejing - China will move nearly 10,000 people to make way for the world's largest radio telescope which promises to help humanity search for alien life, state media reported on Tuesday.

North Korean leader pushes for more satellite launches

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has promised to put more satellites in space, even as the international community prepares to punish his regime over a long-range rocket launch just last week.

Watch this incredible video of lightning storms from space

As storms peppered Europe and Africa last night, British astronaut Tim Peake captured them in all their stunning beauty from on-board the International Space Station.

N. Korea rocket appears to have longer range: Seoul

Seoul - The rocket launched by North Korea at the weekend seemed more powerful than its 2012 predecessor, but Pyongyang still lacks the expertise to transform it into a ballistic missile capable of reaching the US mainland, South Korean officials said Tuesday....

UN condemns N. Korea rocket launch, vows sanctions soon

New York - The UN Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's rocket launch on Sunday and agreed to move quickly to impose new sanctions that will punish Pyongyang for "these dangerous and serious violations.

S. Korea, U.S. to discuss deployment of U.S. missile system

Seoul - South Korean and US defence officials said Sunday they would begin formal talks on the deployment on the Korean peninsula of a US missile defence system to counter the growing threat from North Korea.

N. Korea rocket launch 'direct violation' of five UN resolutions: NATO chief

Brussels - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Sunday condemned North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket as a blatant breach of five UN resolutions and demanded Pyongyang comply with international law.

N. Korea rocket launch an 'outright and grave violation': EU

Brussels - The European Union on Sunday lashed North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket as "yet another outright and grave violation" of its obligations and urged Pyongyang to engage in dialogue with the international community.

Global outrage over North Korea rocket launch

Seoul - North Korea hailed an "epochal event" but its latest long-range rocket launch Sunday sparked international anger and plans for talks on a US missile defence system for the peninsula.

Five questions about N. Korea's latest rocket launch

Seoul - North Korea launched a long-range rocket Sunday, triggering fresh outrage from an international community already determined to punish Pyongyang for a nuclear test last month.
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