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Russian authorities inspecting crashed spacecraft debris

Moscow - Authorities in Russia's Siberian region of Tuva on Monday were examining several pieces of the Progress cargo spaceship found after it crashed last week having failed to reach orbit.

Buzz Aldrin recovering after polar evacuation, can't go home

Christchurch - Retired US astronaut and the second man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, was recovering after his medical evacuation from Antarctica but is not yet able to return home, his manager Christina Korp said Sunday.

Buzz Aldrin recovering after polar evacuation, can't go home

Christchurch - Retired US astronaut and the second man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, was recovering after his medical evacuation from Antarctica but is not yet able to return home, his manager Christina Korp said Sunday.

Buzz Aldrin recovering after polar evacuation, can't go home

Christchurch - Retired US astronaut and the second man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, was recovering after his medical evacuation from Antarctica but is not yet able to return home, his manager Christina Korp said Sunday.

Most astronauts need to wear glasses after return to Earth

Houston - A curious fact: most astronauts returning to Earth need to wear glasses shortly after setting foot back on the planet. The reason has confounded scientists until now.

Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin medically evacuated from South Pole

Miami - Buzz Aldrin, the 86-year-old retired US astronaut who was the second man to walk on the Moon, has been evacuated from the South Pole for medical reasons, officials said Thursday.

Strange radio waves emanating from space

Astrophysicists have detected gamma rays that are associated with one of mysterious intergalactic fast radio bursts. Such mysterious flashes of radio waves from deep space continue to be detected.

Did a solar storm damage Earth’s magnetic field?

A review of data, relating to the summer of 2015, suggests a solar storm struck the Earth’s magnetic field. This unprecedented event lasted a couple of hours, and it could have shrunk the Earth’s magnetosphere.

Future solar storm could cause trillions in damage to technology

In 1859, an invisible wave crashed into the Earth. Electrons, swept up like so much detritus in the magnetic current, coursed along telegraph wires.

Computer glitch blamed for European Mars lander crash

Paris - A tiny lander that crashed on Mars last month flew into the Red Planet at 540 kilometres (335 miles) per hour instead of gently gliding to a stop, after a computer misjudged its altitude, scientists said.

Weird blue mass detected in front of the Sun

Houston - NASA has reported an unusual phenomenon: a strange blue mass in front of the Sun. The object was detected by the Stereo satellites, and it appeared to pass across the face of the star.

Russian spaceship delivers three astronauts to space station

Miami - Russia's Soyuz spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station, carrying a European, a Russian and an American astronaut for a six-month mission at the orbiting outpost.

Scientists warn Earth to prepare for killer asteroid

Houston - It may seem like the plot of a sci-fi disaster movie, but NASA scientists have given serious consideration of how the Earth should defend itself against an asteroid should such a space rock be on a collision course with our planet.

Chinese astronauts return to earth after longest mission

Bejing - China's Shenzhou-11 spacecraft returned to earth Friday, bringing home two astronauts from the rising power's longest-ever orbital mission, in a milestone for its vaulting ambitions.

Three astronauts blast off to ISS

Baikonur - A trio of astronauts soared into orbit aboard a Soyuz spacecraft Friday as they headed to the International Space Station for a six-month mission.

Foie gras, saxophone blast into space with astronauts

Baikonur - A trio of astronauts soared into orbit Friday bound for the International Space Station, with their Soyuz spacecraft delivering some fancy French food, a saxophone and the future female commander.

Essential Science: Fungi become more pathogenic in space

Deep space missions will carry risks to the health of astronauts and research is underway to examine risk factors like radiation, developing brittle bones and psychological effects. Also included in the mix are infections.

NASA announces completion of largest space telescope

After two decades, U.S. space agency NASA announced the completion of the world’s largest and most powerful space telescope called the James Webb Space Telescope.

China launches first heavy-lift rocket

Bejing - China launched its most powerful rocket ever on Thursday, state media said, as the country presses on with a program which has seen it become a major space power.

Strange swirling hexagonal structure on Saturn spotted

Houston - The Cassini probe, investigating Saturn, has detected a strange swirling structure, hexagonal in shape, at the north pole of the planet. The structure appears to regularly change color.

More moons detected orbiting Uranus

Houston - The number of moons around Uranus is a matter of scientific debate within the astronomy community. Despite the Voyager probe visiting the planet three decades ago, data collected is still being discussed.

Launch of three astronauts to ISS postponed

Moscow - The launch next month of a Soyuz spacecraft carrying three astronauts to the International Space Station has been postponed by 48 hours, Russia's space agency said Friday, reportedly to ensure better docking conditions.

Clouds spotted swirling around Pluto

Despite the downgrading of Pluto from a planet (and the ninth in the solar system) to a dwarf planet, much about the far-flung celestial object remains a mystery. A new puzzle involves the presence of clouds.

Did Europe's Mars lander survive? Time will tell: ESA

Paris - Europe's second attempt at reaching the Mars surface appeared in peril Thursday as initial analysis suggested a lander dubbed "Schiaparelli", a test-run for a future rover, may have plummeted to its demise.

Glitch, safe mode as Juno space probe orbits Jupiter

Washington - Officials in charge of NASA's Juno space probe orbiting Jupiter last weekend delayed a crucial maneuver due to a main engine malfunction, they said.In addition, the ship's computer systems automatically went into safety mode early Wednesday (5:47 GMT)....

Two Russians, one American blast off to ISS

Baikonur - Two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut soared into orbit in a Soyuz spacecraft Wednesday at the start of a two-day journey to the International Space Station.

Robot explorers headed for Mars quest: ESA

Paris - Europe will send a tiny lander on a scorching, supersonic tumble to Mars on Wednesday and place a gas-sniffing probe in orbit around the Red Planet in a daring quest with Russia for extraterrestrial life.

First launch for Orbital's Antares rocket since 2014 explosion

Miami - Orbital ATK launched its Antares rocket en route to the International Space Station for the first time since a massive explosion after liftoff two years ago.

Mars explorer duo on course: ESA

Paris - European-Russian spacecraft were on course for Mars Monday after crucial deep-space manoeuvres in preparation for a daring mission to find evidence of life on the Red Planet.

Essential Science: Saturn’s moon contains an underground ocean

Reviewing data from the Cassini spacecraft, astrophysicists think there’s a strong chance that the Saturnian satellite Dione contains a vast underground ocean.
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