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NASA: let's say something to Voyager 1 on 40th anniversary of launch

Washington - NASA is seeking suggestions from the public for a message to beam far, far out into space to the probe Voyager 1 in time for the 40th anniversary of its launch.

West hardens tone on Iran

Washington - The United States and European allies sharpened their tone on Iran on Friday, demanding that it immediately halt ballistic missile tests, a day after it tested a rocket carrying a satellite.

West hardens tone on Iran

Washington - The United States and European allies sharpened their tone Friday on Iran, demanding Tehran immediately cease its ballistic missile tests, a day after it tested a rocket carrying a satellite.

Three-man crew reaches International Space Station

Baikonur - A three-man space crew from Italy, Russia and the United States on Friday arrived at the International Space Station for a five-month mission Friday.

Three-man crew blasts off to International Space Station

Baikonur - A three-man crew from Italy, Russia and the United States on Friday blasted off from Kazakhstan for a five-month mission on the International Space Station.

Astronauts gear up for space with tough Russian training

Russia - Wearing helmets weighing 100 kilos, spinning in a centrifuge and exercising while weightless: Russian cosmonauts and astronauts from abroad have to undergo a gruelling training process before blasting off into space.

Moon could be wetter than thought, say scientists

Paris - The Moon, long thought to be a dry, inhospitable orb, hosts surprisingly large sub-surface water reserves, which one day may quench the thirst of lunar explorers from Earth, scientists said Monday.

Elon Musk says successful maiden flight for Falcon Heavy unlikely

Washington - SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk has downplayed the chances of a successful inaugural flight for his Falcon Heavy space launch vehicle, admitting there is a "good chance it would not make it to orbit in its first launch.

Russia launches 73 satellites into orbit

Moscow - An imaging satellite and 72 micro-satellites were launched into orbit Friday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Russian space agency Roscosmos and research centre Glavcosmos announced.

NASA releases new images of raging storm on Jupiter

Miami - NASA on Wednesday released a series of stunning images of a raging storm on Jupiter, known as the Great Red Spot, snapped earlier this week as an unmanned probe zipped by.

NASA spacecraft to fly over Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Miami - An unmanned NASA spacecraft is about to fly over a massive storm raging on Jupiter, in a long-awaited a journey that could shed new light on the forces driving the planet's Great Red Spot.

Lift-off for Trump's bold space plans may have to wait

Cape Canaveral - The White House has championed a new era of US leadership in space, but its aspirations are complicated by tight budgets, vacancies in top posts and the rising role of private industry in aerospace innovation, experts say.

After two delays, SpaceX launches broadband satellite for IntelSat

Cape Canaveral - SpaceX on Wednesday deployed a broadband communications satellite for IntelSat, after twice ditching launch plans in the final seconds before liftoff earlier this week.

Are asteroids humanity's 'greatest challenge'?

Paris - Throughout its 4.5-billion-year history, Earth has been repeatedly pummelled by space rocks that have caused anything from an innocuous splash in the ocean to species annihilation.When the next big impact will be, nobody knows.

Dutch scientists fete rare meteorite find

Den Haag - Dutch scientists on Monday celebrated the discovery of only the sixth meteorite found in recent history in The Netherlands, which at 4.5-billion years old may hold clues to the birth of our solar system.

Top ten recent discoveries about Mars

Houston - NASA’s space probe MAVEN has been exploring the upper atmosphere of Mars since late 2013. In this time the probe has captured masses of information which has been sorted through by NASA scientists. We review the ten most interesting.

New orbiters for Europe's Galileo satnav system

Paris - The European Space Agency signed a contract with a German-British consortium Thursday to build eight more satellites for its Galileo satnav system, an alternative to America's GPS, the agency said Thursday.

Rare US total solar eclipse excites Americans coast-to-coast

Washington - For the first time in almost a century the United States is preparing for a coast-to-coast solar eclipse, a rare celestial event millions of Americans, with caution, will be able to observe.

ESA boss urges action on 'ticking timebombs' in Earth orbit

Le Bourget - A European Space Agency director urged nations Tuesday to unlock concealed data on the whereabouts of hundreds of thousands of pieces of space junk, or "ticking time bombs" threatening spacecraft in Earth orbit.

Elon Musk publishes outline of plan to colonize Mars

In September, the tech mogul Elon Musk walked onto a stage in Guadalajara, Mexico, and laid out his vision to colonize Mars with his company SpaceX.

Kazakh man dies in fire after Russian rocket launch

Astana - A Kazakh man died and another was hospitalised after they were caught in a fire on the steppes triggered by falling debris from a Russian space launch, Russian and Kazakh authorities said Thursday.The blaze, reaching 15 kilometres (9.

Meet synestia, a new type of planetary object

Astrophysicists are proposing a new type of planetary object which they’ve named a 'synestia'. By this they are referring to a large, rotating, donut-shaped mass of hot, vaporized rock.

Gravitational waves part 1: Waves detected for the third time

Gravitational waves have been detected for the third time, deep within space. These are confirmed by alterations in sound and were directed by Northwestern University scientists and engineers.

India shows off space prowess with launch of mega-rocket

New Delhi - India Monday successfully launched its most powerful home-produced rocket, another milestone for its indigenous space programme which one day hopes to put a human into orbit.

India shows off space prowess with launch of mega-rocket

New Delhi - India Monday successfully launched its most powerful home-produced rocket, another milestone for its indigenous space programme which one day hopes to put a human into orbit.

India shows off space prowess with launch of mega-rocket

New Delhi - India Monday successfully launched its most powerful home-produced rocket, another milestone for its indigenous space programme which one day hopes to put a human into orbit.

Astronauts return after marathon ISS mission

Astana - The Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft carrying astronaut Thomas Pesquet undocked from the International Space Station on Friday, marking the beginning of the Frenchman's journey back to Earth after 196 days in orbit.

Astronauts set to return after marathon ISS mission

Moscow - French astronaut Thomas Pesquet is due to return to Earth on Friday after a marathon 196-day trip that will fall just shy of a record space mission for a European.

Colossal rocket-launching plane rolls toward testing

San Francisco - A colossal aircraft capable of launching satellite-toting rockets into space is closer to testing, having been rolled out of a hangar in the desert, its creators said on Wednesday.

Space junk could destroy satellites, hurt economies

Sydney - The growing amount of fast-moving space debris orbiting the Earth could lead to catastrophic collisions with satellites, hurting economies, researchers warned Wednesday ahead of a summit to coordinate efforts to remove the junk.
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