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China launches its first X-ray space telescope

BEIJING: China successfully launched on Thursday its first X-ray space telescope to study black holes, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts, state media reported. A Long March-4B rocket carried the 2.5-tonne telescope into orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gobi Desert at 11:00 am (3:00 GMT), according to the official Xinhua news agency…

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Movie Trailer: New ‘Aliens’ movie will creep the audience

The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup. Directed by Ridley Scott,…

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Orbital to launch cargo to space station Tuesday

MIAMI: A rocket packed with food and supplies for the astronauts living at the International Space Station is scheduled to blast off Tuesday from a NASA launch pad. The unmanned Cygnus cargo ship, nestled atop an Atlas V rocket, is poised for take off during a 30-minute launch window beginning at 11:11 am (1511 GMT)…

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Scientists grow potato under Mars-like conditions in Peru

Lima, Peru: Potatoes on Mars? Scientists are reporting promising results growing the tuber under conditions that mimic the Red Planet in an experiment in Peru linked to US space agency NASA. “Preliminary results are positive,” the International Potato Center (CIP) said this week after a potato grew under simulated Mars atmospheric conditions in an experiment…

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US election: NASA astronaut casts vote from space

MIAMI: In a US presidential election that’s already been out of this world, the lone American astronaut in outer space has cast his vote, NASA said Monday. Shane Kimbrough became the latest astronaut to join in a long tradition of voting while floating above the Earth, inside the orbiting International Space Station. Kimbrough rode a…

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European Mars lander touches down on red planet: ESA

A space lander touched down on Mars on Wednesday in what is Europe’s first attempt to land a craft there since the Beagle 2’s “heroic failure” more than a decade ago. Scientists are now awaiting updates on the status of the disc-shaped 577-kg (1,272 lb) Schiaparelli lander, which is testing technologies for a rover due…

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NASA to reveal ‘surprising’ activity on Jupiter’s moon

  MIAMI: There’s something going on beneath the surface of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. But what?  NASA teased a “surprising” announcement for Monday, based on Hubble Space Telescope images of the celestial body, which many experts believe could contain a subsurface ocean, even possibly some form of life. The US space agency has already proclaimed…

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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. The team was based on a barren, northern slope of Mauna Loa, living inside a dome that is 36 feet (11…

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India launches record 20 satellites in single mission

NEW DELHI:  India successfully launched Wednesday a rocket carrying a record 20 satellites as its famously frugal space agency looks to grab a larger slice of the lucrative commercial space market. The rocket blasted off from the southern spaceport of Sriharikota carrying satellites from the US, Germany, Canada and Indonesia, the most in a single…

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Space feat opens ‘new window’ onto Universe

PARIS: A ground-breaking physics mission has opened up space as the next frontier for exploring a ubiquitous, invisible force predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago, project leaders said Tuesday. A demonstration probe dubbed LISA Pathfinder was launched by Europe last December on the first stage of a decades-long mission to observe gravitational waves from…

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Astronauts enter inflatable room at space station

WASHINGTON: Astronauts entered an inflatable add-on room at the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday for the first time since it was fully installed last month, NASA said. US astronaut Jeff Williams told the US space agency’s mission control that the flexible habitat — known as the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) — looked “pristine”…

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Mars ‘colonists’ to undergo five days of tests

THE HAGUE: The 100 candidates on the shortlist to establish a human colony on the planet Mars are to undergo tests as part of a new phase of the selection process, the project organisers said Monday. Around 200,000 hopefuls from 140 countries initially signed up for the Mars One project, which is to be partly…

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Zuckerberg streams live chat with men in space

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg took the leading social network on a new journey Wednesday, with a live-streamed chat with astronauts on the International Space Station. In a Facebook Live video broadcast shown at the NASA page of the social network, Zuckerberg praised the work going on at the station and launched a few…

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NASA tries again to inflate spare room in space

WASHINGTON: NASA tried again Saturday to inflate an add-on room at the International Space Station, after the first attempt ran into problems due to too much friction. Efforts to inflate the flexible habitat, known as the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), got under way at about 9 am (1300 GMT). NASA is testing expandable habitats…

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SpaceX makes fourth successful rocket landing

MIAMI: SpaceX launched an Asian communications satellite into a distant orbit Friday and for the fourth time managed to recover the rocket that did the work. Under blue skies dotted with clouds, the shiny white Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 5:40 pm (2140 GMT) carrying the Thaicom 8 satellite. The…

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India’s mini space shuttle blasts off

BANGALORE: India successfully launched its first model space shuttle on Monday, a top official said, as New Delhi joined the race to develop a reusable rocket to make space travel easier and cheaper. The winged shuttle blasted off on a rocket from the southeastern spaceport of Sriharikota at about 7:00am (0130 GMT), with television footage…

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SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship splashes down in Pacific

MIAMI: SpaceX’s unmanned Dragon cargo ship left the International Space Station Wednesday, carrying 3,700 pounds (1,678 kilograms) of gear and science experiments, and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. “Good splashdown of Dragon confirmed,” SpaceX wrote on Twitter, almost five hours after the spaceship was released from the orbiting research lab. The capsule launched on…

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Russian billionaire, Hawking unveil plan to reach Alpha Centauri

NEW YORK: Billionaire Russian investor Yuri Milner and British cosmologist Stephen Hawking on Tuesday announced an ambitious new space initiative for a mission to Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to Earth. Milner and Hawking are spearheading the “Breakthrough Starshot” team of scientists working on the bold research program to create a fleet of super-compact,…

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SpaceX lands rocket on water for first time

MIAMI: SpaceX successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket on an ocean platform for the first time Friday, after launching a load of cargo for the astronauts living at the International Space Station. Mission control at the California-based company erupted in cheers as live images showed the rocket’s first stage standing upright on the droneship, after…

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Europe-Russia mission departs on hunt for life on Mars

BAIKKONUR: A joint European-Russian mission aiming to search for traces of life on Mars left Earth’s orbit Monday at the start of a seven-month unmanned space journey to the Red Planet, space agency managers said. The Proton rocket carrying the Trace Gas Orbiter to examine Mars’ atmosphere and a descent module that will conduct a…

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Mars robot launch now scheduled for May 2018: NASA

WASHINGTON: The launch of a robot that will delve deep beneath the surface of Mars has been rescheduled for May 5, 2018, US space agency NASA said Wednesday. The InSight lander was originally set to launch this month but that had to be scrapped because of a problem with a seismometer provided by France’s space…

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