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Russia cancels manned space launch over 'technical' issues

Moscow - Russia on Saturday cancelled a planned manned space launch expected in one week due to "technical reasons," giving no explanation or a new launch date.

Milky Way Gaia probe 'maps more than a billion stars'

Paris - The Gaia space probe, launched in 2013, has mapped more than a billion stars in the Milky Way, vastly expanding the inventory of known stars in our galaxy, the European Space Agency said Wednesday.

Space rock named after Freddie Mercury

The late lead singer of the rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury, has had an asteroid name in his honor. Mercury posthumously joins fellow Queen member Brian May with a space rock naming.

Record-holding US astronaut and two Russians return to Earth

Washington - An American astronaut who set the US record for cumulative time in orbit safely returned to Earth early Wednesday along with two Russian cosmonauts after a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

Missing comet lander Philae spotted at last: ESA

Paris - Europe's Rosetta spacecraft has finally spotted the tiny lander Philae stuck in a dark crack on the surface of its comet home -- the first glimpse since the robot lab crashlanded in 2014, ground controllers said Monday.

NASA unveils photos of Jupiter's poles

Washington - NASA published the first-ever images of Jupiter's north pole and its southern aurora, taken during the Juno spacecraft's first orbital flyby of the gaseous giant.

Launch pad blast destroys SpaceX rocket, Facebook satellite

Miami - An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launch pad during a test in Florida, destroying a satellite that Facebook planned to use to beam high-speed internet to Africa.

A tiny particle just punched a hole into a huge satellite

On August 23, a space particle the size of a tiny pebble smacked into the European Space Agency's Copernicus Sentinal-1A satellite, ripping a hole into one of its solar wings.

Launch pad blast destroys SpaceX rocket, Facebook satellite

Miami - An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launch pad during a test in Florida on Thursday, destroying a satellite that Facebook planned to use to beam high-speed internet to Africa.

Mars isolation experiment in Hawaii ends

Los Angeles - The six people who went into isolation for a year in Hawaii to help NASA plan for a mission to Mars emerged Sunday, happy to breathe fresh air and meet new people.

Astronaut Williams overtakes Kelly for most days in space

One of the most distinguished records in the increasingly-space-bound United States is an astronaut’s cumulative days logged in space.

'New port of call' installed at space station

Miami - With more private spaceship traffic expected at the International Space Station in the coming years, two US astronauts embarked on a spacewalk Friday to install a special parking spot for them.

NASA moves on to next phase of Asteroid Redirect Mission

A movie trailer plays before you: the best space scientists of the private and public sector are teaming up to carry out an incredible mission — to relocate a scientifically-vital asteroid from space, into the orbit of the Moon.

Stephen Hawking’s black hole prediction witnessed for first time

Jeff Steinhauer, a physicist at Technion University in Israel, has created an acoustic black hole and observed particles slipping out of its grasp, providing the strongest evidence to date of one of Stephen Hawking’s most famous predictions.

How to watch tonight's spectacular meteor shower

The meteor shower runs from July 17 until August 24 this year and will reach its peak in the evening hours of August 11.

Jack White sends working turntable into space

Third Man records celebrated their seventh anniversary this July by launching a turntable into space, playing a vinyl record of Carl Sagan's voice set to music.

Goodbye Philae: Earth severs link with silent comet probe

Paris - Ground controllers bid a final farewell Wednesday to robot lab Philae, cutting communications after a year-long silence with the tiny probe hurtling through space on the surface of a comet.

Japan satellite made 'surprise' find before failure

Toukyo - A Japanese satellite recorded unprecedented observations of the Perseus galaxy before it disappeared from contact, scientists said, offering precious new information about how gas travels in the faraway cluster.

Three astronauts blast off for ISS in upgraded Soyuz craft

Baikonur - Three astronauts blasted off into the early morning sky in an upgraded Soyuz spacecraft from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome Thursday, heading towards the International Space Station.

What is the goal of Juno's mission to Jupiter?

Miami - NASA's Juno spacecraft on Tuesday began circling Jupiter on a 20-month mission to learn more about the origin of the solar system's most massive planet.The arrival was a triumph for the $1.

NASA's Juno spacecraft orbits Jupiter, 'king of solar system'

Miami - NASA celebrated a key triumph on Tuesday as its $1.1 billion Juno spacecraft successfully slipped into orbit around Jupiter on a mission to probe the origin of the solar system.

NASA spaceship barrels toward Jupiter, 'planet on steroids'

Miami - Juno, an unmanned NASA spacecraft, is barrelling toward Jupiter on a $1.1 billion mission to circle the biggest planet in the solar system and shed new light on the origin of our planetary neighborhood.

Rosetta comet set to crash-land

The European Space Agency has announced the countdown to the end of the Rosetta Comet space probe. The probe will be crash-landed on Comet 67P on Friday, September 30, 2016.

Rosetta, Philae to reunite on comet for Sept 30 mission end

Paris - Europe's trailblazing Rosetta spacecraft will end its mission on September 30, reuniting with robot lab Philae on the surface of a comet hurtling through the Solar System, mission control said Thursday.

New mini-moon discovered orbiting the Earth

Houston - Gaze up at night and you’ll see the familiar silvery moon. Our only natural satellite, right? Not so, it seems, for a new, much smaller mini-moon has been discovered by astrophysicists.

Dutch crops grown on 'Mars' soil found safe to eat

Den Haag - Dutch scientists said Thursday crops of four vegetables and cereals grown on soil similar to that on Mars have been found safe to eat, amid plans for the first manned mission to the planet.

Three astronauts touch down after 6 months in space

Moscow - Three astronauts including Briton Tim Peake landed back on Earth Saturday after completing a six-month mission on the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA grows human tissue to assess deep space missions

Houston - There are many perils associated with deep space missions. One concern related directly to people is the effect of prolonged time in deep space on the health of the astronauts. NASA has been looking into this issue.

Musk explains his 'cargo route' to Mars

Washington - SpaceX chief Elon Musk shed light on his new plan to send an unmanned spaceship to Mars as early as 2018, as part of his quest to some day colonize the Red Planet.

Ambitious plans for a Mars orbiter announced

The multi-billion-dollar company Lockheed Martin is planning to construct a space station that will orbit Mars. The platform will first be tested around the Moon.
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In the International Space Station's Destiny laboratory, Robonaut 2 is pictured on Jan. 2, during a round of testing for the first humanoid robot in space
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The Northern Lights and Stars.
The Northern Lights and Stars.
Leonid meteor shower
Leonid meteor shower
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The Nikon D7000, is great at capturing colors in fast moving objects, such as clouds.
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Screenshot from spaceengine
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Chris Hadfield aboard the International Space Station, using the treadmill
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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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Screenshot from Spaceengine
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Location of supervoid or Cold Spot
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This new view of spiral galaxy IC 342, also known as Caldwell 5, includes data from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR.
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A NASA photo of linear gullies, caused by dry ice sliding down sand dunes
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Picture of the oldest known star.
Picture of the oldest known star.
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The craters of the Moon  the moon is slightly yellow from the light of the sun.
The craters of the Moon, the moon is slightly yellow from the light of the sun.
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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FRONTIER: SpaceX's Dragon space capsule approaches the International Space Station on a resupply mission in 2012.
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Clouds covering a Full Moon.
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A close-up view of the sun via NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. A prominence eruption on the sun: an arc of gas can loop hundreds of thousands of kilometres into space, held for months by strong magnetic fields
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The lunar eclipse on Dec. 21, 3 am ET
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NASA astronaut Andrew Feustel, STS-134 mission specialist, participates in the mission's second spacewalk.
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The extreme ultraviolet light emitted by ionised helium on the sun indicates a temperature near 80,000 degrees Celsius
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