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'To boldly grow': Japan astronaut worried by space growth spurt

Toukyo - A Japanese astronaut has sparked hilarity back on Earth after he claimed to have grown nine centimetres in space, making him worried he would not squeeze into the capsule home.

SpaceX launches secretive Zuma mission

Miami - SpaceX on Sunday blasted off a secretive US government payload known as Zuma, a mission whose nature -- and the agency behind it -- remains a mystery.

'Pioneer' US astronaut John Young, dead at 87

Washington - John Young, a legendary US astronaut who went into space six times, orbited the moon and then walked on its craggy surface, has died, NASA announced Saturday.He was 87 and died late Friday of complications from pneumonia, the space agency said.

Essential Science: 3D printed rocket parts now a reality

Houston - A sign that 3D printing has matured sufficiently for products to be entrusted for use in one of the most risk adverse areas, additive manufacturing produced materials are to be used in spacecraft.

Russia loses contact with Angolan satellite

Moscow - Russia has lost contact with Angola's first national telecoms satellite launched from the Baikonur space pad, its maker said Wednesday -- a fresh embarrassment for Moscow's once proud space industry.

Russia loses contact with Angolan satellite: space industry source

Moscow - Russia has lost contact with Angola's first national telecoms satellite launched from the Baikonur space pad, a source in the space industry told AFP on Wednesday.

Russia launches telecoms satellite for Angola

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday launched a rocket carrying Angosat-1, the first national telecoms satellite for Angola, from its Baikonur space pad, with rare use of a rocket from Ukraine despite collapsed ties between the two nations.

Visitor from alien star system wears insulating coat: astronomers

Paris - A cigar-shaped rock zooming through our Solar System -- the first object from a foreign star system ever spotted in our midst -- is cloaked in a coat of organic material, astronomers said Monday.

'Dragon back' as cargo reaches space station

Miami - SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo ship arrived on Sunday at the International Space Station, carrying supplies and experiments for the astronauts in orbit.

Two rookie astronauts, cosmonaut blast off to ISS 

Baikonur - A three-man space crew featuring American and Japanese rookie astronauts as well as an experienced Russian cosmonaut blasted off on Sunday for a six-month mission at the International Space Station.

No alien 'signals' from cigar-shaped asteroid: researchers

Paris - No alien signals have been detected from an interstellar, cigar-shaped space rock discovered travelling through our Solar System in October, researchers listening for evidence of extraterrestrial technology said Thursday.

New island offers clues in search for life on Mars: NASA

Wellington - The world's newest island -- formed during a volcanic eruption in the remote Pacific three years ago -- may offer clues to how life potentially developed on Mars, NASA said Wednesday.

Ariane 5 rocket puts European GPS satellites into orbit

Kourou - An Ariane 5 rocket put four GPS satellites into orbit on Tuesday for Europe's Galileo navigation project, Arianespace said.The European space workhorse took off at 1836 GMT and deployed the satellites four hours after launch.

Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon

Washington - US President Donald Trump directed NASA on Monday to send Americans to the Moon for the first time since 1972, in order to prepare for future trips to Mars.

Russia loses contact with satellite after launch from new spaceport

Uglegorsk - Russia said it had lost contact Tuesday with a weather satellite just hours after it was launched from its Vostochny cosmodrome, in only the second rocket liftoff from the new spaceport.

Russia launches second rocket from new cosmodrome

Uglegorsk - Russia launched a second rocket from its new Vostochny cosmodrome in the far east on Tuesday, as Moscow seeks to ease dependence on Baikonur in Kazakhstan.

Cigar-shaped asteroid came from another solar system: study

Washington - A rocky cigar-shaped object detected in space last month came from another solar system, astronomers said Monday as they confirmed an unprecedented observation.

AI could help us find new worlds and explore the universe

Understanding and exploring space is one of the greatest challenges facing humankind. We might not need to work alone though, as new artificial intelligence systems are helping to process vast quantities of information and assist human research.

Russia embezzlement probe at rocket firm Soyuz

Moscow - Russian authorities said Friday they had launched an inquiry into alleged embezzlement at the Progress factory which develops Soyuz rockets for the country's space industry.

Dog star: Scientist recalls training Laika for space

Moscow - "I asked her to forgive us and I even cried as I stroked her for the last time," says 90-year-old Russian biologist Adilya Kotovskaya, recalling the day she bid farewell to her charge Laika.

Pope asks spacemen life's big questions in ISS live chat

Vatican City - Pope Francis chatted with six astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, kicking off the rare interview with a philosophical question on "man's place in the universe".

Pope gets philosophical with ISS crew in space chat

Vatican City - Pope Francis chatted with six astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, kicking off the rare interview with a philosophical question on "man's place in the universe".

First joint France-China satellite to study oceans

Bejing - France and China's space agencies unveiled their first joint satellite in Beijing Friday, which will be used to improve forecasting of ocean storms and cyclones.

US astronauts begin third October spacewalk to repair ISS robotic arm

Miami - Two American astronauts floated outside the International Space Station Friday for the third spacewalk this month aimed at repairing the orbiting outpost's robotic arm and replacing old video cameras.

Russia's space agency says glitch in manned Soyuz landing

Moscow - A manned Soyuz rocket suffered a partial loss of pressure as it returned to Earth earlier this year, Russia's space agency said Wednesday, in the latest glitch to hit the country's space industry.

Huge spike in global carbon emissions linked to El Nino

Miami - A huge spike in carbon emissions seen in the past couple of years has puzzled scientists, since there was no evidence of a rise in human activities, like fossil fuel burning, that might explain it.

US spacewalkers install 'new eyes' at space station

Miami - Two US astronauts installed a high-definition video camera at the International Space Station Tuesday and made more progress on repairs to the lab's robotic arm, NASA said.

US spacewalkers repair aging ISS robotic arm

Miami - Two NASA astronauts wrapped up a successful spacewalk Thursday to repair the International Space Station's aging robotic arm, the US space agency said.

Sputnik, the tiny sphere that launched the space race

Korolyov - When the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite 60 years ago, it marked both the beginning of space exploration and the start of a race between Moscow and Washington.

The last thing comet probe Rosetta saw

Paris - Robotic comet explorer Rosetta sent home a last-gasp photo of her target's rocky facade before crashing into its surface to end a 12-year deep-space odyssey, ground controllers said Thursday.
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In this rare image taken on July 19  2013  the wide-angle camera on NASA s Cassini spacecraft has ca...
In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame
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HST-Spitzer Composite of Galactic Center (Full-field)
HST-Spitzer Composite of Galactic Center (Full-field)
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Center Milky Way Galaxy
Center Milky Way Galaxy
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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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Clouds covering a Full Moon.
Clouds covering a Full Moon.
The large Whirlpool Galaxy (left) is known for its sharply defined spiral arms. Their prominence cou...
The large Whirlpool Galaxy (left) is known for its sharply defined spiral arms. Their prominence could be the result of the Whirlpool's gravitational tug-of-war with its smaller companion galaxy (right).
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The Tiangong-1 mission — Photo of an exhibition on China’s first space station in 2012.
The Tiangong-1 mission — Photo of an exhibition on China’s first space station in 2012.
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Saturn
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Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife  Canada
Photos taken of the northern lights above the AuroraMax Observatory in Yellowknife, Canada
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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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Italy from space
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This new view of spiral galaxy IC 342  also known as Caldwell 5  includes data from NASA s Nuclear S...
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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On Jan. 4 a large presence of stratocumulus clouds was the central focus of camera lenses which remained aimed at the clouds as the Expedition 34 crew members aboard the International Space Station flew above the northwestern Pacific Ocean
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A team of astronomers has discovered enormous arms of hot gas in the Coma cluster of galaxies by usi...
A team of astronomers has discovered enormous arms of hot gas in the Coma cluster of galaxies by using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA’s XMM-Newton.
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A screen grab of the Apple iPad dropping from space.
A screen grab of the Apple iPad dropping from space.
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Not images of some deep space galaxy but pictures I captured while taking shots of water drops in my kitchen sink.
NASA image show Christmas in outer space.
NASA image show Christmas in outer space.
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The triple star system discovery is one of only two unique millisecond pulsars.
The triple star system discovery is one of only two unique millisecond pulsars.
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Banded cirrus clouds running perpendicular to the jet stream—a telltale feature photographed by an astronaut aboard Space Shuttle Discovery.
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