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Blue Origin to begin spaceflights in 2019

Want to go on a space flight, or at least, going up to suborbital levels? If so, Blue Origin are set to open for bookings from 2019. No prices have been announced yet, but the ticket price is expected to be 'astronomical'.

Russia warns against Trump's 'alarming' plans for US space domination

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday expressed alarm over US President Donald Trump's call for the United States to dominate space exploration and his plan to create a separate branch of the military called a Space Force.

NASA astronauts install high-def cameras during spacewalk

Tampa - Two US spacewalkers on Thursday outfitted the International Space Station with a pair of new high-definition video cameras designed to help visiting commercial spaceships dock there in the coming years.

The race for asteroid-mining worth trillions is on

Space, the final frontier, is now being eyed by a new breed of space companies who want to boldly go where the big money reportedly can be found — in asteroids.

New crew blasts off for ISS

Baikonur - A relatively inexperienced crew of two astronauts and a cosmonaut blasted off Wednesday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a five-month mission on the International Space Station.

Trio reach Earth from ISS with football slated for World Cup

Astana - Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov made it back to Earth Sunday along with an official match football that could be used later this month in the opening game of the World Cup in Moscow.

Moonwalking astronaut-artist Alan Bean dies at 86

Washington - US astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth person to walk on the moon, has died, his family announced in a statement released by NASA. He was 86 years old.

Putin, Abe speak to ISS astronauts from Kremlin

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday spoke to astronauts on board the ISS via a live video link from the Kremlin.

Putin taps firebrand to head embattled space agency

Moscow - Vladimir Putin on Thursday appointed a firebrand nationalist politician, who oversaw Russia's once proud space industry, to manage its space agency in a move analysts said spells more trouble for the embattled sector.

Two sportscar-sized satellites in orbit to measure Earth's water

Washington - A SpaceX rocket Tuesday blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth."Three, two, one, liftoff!

SpaceX rocket blasts off water-tracking satellite duo

Washington - A SpaceX rocket Tuesday blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth."Three, two, one, liftoff!

Twin sportscar-sized satellites to chase water changes on Earth

Tampa - A pair of identical, sportscar-sized satellites are poised to zoom around the Earth and track changes in water and ice, offering new insights into global warming and sea level rise, NASA said Monday.

Nova Scotia spaceport construction delayed until next year

Halifax - Maritime Launch Services Ltd. president and CEO Stephen Matier, following meetings at the proposed rocket launch site near Canso, Nova Scotia, said the construction of Canada's only commercial spaceport has been pushed back.

China satellite heralds first mission to dark side of Moon

Bejing - China launched on Monday a relay satellite that will allow a rover to communicate with the Earth from the far side of the Moon during an unprecedented mission later this year.

Cement, extreme cold experiments to launch on Orbital cargo ship

Tampa - Food for astronauts, new space gardening gear and an experiment to test how cement forms in weightlessness are poised to launch Monday to the International Space Station aboard Orbital ATK's unmanned Cygnus spacecraft.

Chinese private firm launches first space rocket

Bejing - A suborbital rocket was launched into space Thursday by a start-up in China's burgeoning commercial aeronautics industry, as private firms snap at the heels of their dominant American rivals.

NASA plans to send mini-helicopter to Mars

Tampa - The US space agency said Friday it plans to launch the first-ever helicopter to Mars in 2020, a miniature, unmanned drone-like chopper that could boost our understanding of the Red Planet.

NASA program to track greenhouse gas is canceled

Washington - A NASA program that cost $10 million per year to track carbon and methane, key greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, has been cancelled, a US space agency spokesman said Thursday.

NASA blasts off Mars-bound spaceship, InSight, to study quakes

Lompoc - NASA on Saturday launched its latest Mars lander, called InSight, designed to perch on the surface and listen for "Marsquakes" ahead of eventual human missions to explore the Red Planet."Three, two, one, liftoff!

NASA blasts off Mars lander, InSight

Lompoc - NASA on Saturday blasted off its latest Mars lander, InSight, designed to perch on the surface and listen for "Marsquakes" ahead of eventual human missions to explore the Red Planet."Three, two, one, liftoff!

One scientist's 30-year quest to get under Mars' skin

Paris - Philippe Lognonne has waited three decades to hear the heartbeat of Mars.

Essential Science: 'Face recognition' for galaxies

Artificial intelligence is bringing new tools to astronomy, in terms of machine intelligence being deployed to detect and recognizes interstellar objects. The most sophisticated form is a 'face recognition' for galaxies.

New 3-D map of Milky Way will 'revolutionise astronomy'

Paris - Europe's Gaia satellite has produced a 3-D map, hailed as revolutionary, of more than a billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy -- complete with their distance from Earth, colour, and motion through space.

SpaceX blasts off NASA's new planet-hunter, TESS

Tampa - NASA on Wednesday blasted off its newest planet-hunting spacecraft, TESS, a $337 million satellite that aims to scan 85 percent of the skies for cosmic bodies where life may exist."Three, two, one and liftoff!

SpaceX postpones launch of NASA's planet-hunter spacecraft

Tampa - SpaceX postponed the launch of NASA's new planet-hunting mission Monday in order to verify the Falcon 9 rocket's navigation systems, the California-based company said.

China's 'space dream': A Long March to the moon

Bejing - The plunge back to Earth of a defunct Chinese space laboratory will not slow down Beijing's ambitious plans to send humans to the moon.

Coming down in flames: Fiery endings for spacecraft

Bejing - Shortly after the Tiangong-1 space station re-entered Earth's atmosphere on Monday, most of it was vaporised, Chinese space officials said, with the remnants expected to have plopped harmlessly somewhere into the Pacific Ocean.

Defunct Chinese space lab plunges back to Earth over Pacific

Bejing - A defunct Chinese space lab disintegrated under intense heat as it hurtled through Earth's atmosphere Monday and plunged to a watery grave in the South Pacific, Chinese officials said.

'Out of control' space lab to become celestial fireball Monday: China

Bejing - A defunct space laboratory is set to become a celestial fireball as it re-enters earth's atmosphere in the next 24 hours, China's space authority said Sunday, hitting speeds of over 26,000 kilometres an hour before disintegrating.

China space lab may fall to Earth later: European Space Agency

Bejing - China's defunct space lab could hurtle back to Earth later than previously forecast, with the European Space Agency saying it may re-enter the atmosphere as late as Monday morning GMT.
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