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Space tourism firm offers flight around the moon on Soyuz crafts

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US space tourism firm Space Adventures is offering a spaceflight around the moon to private tourists on “proven” Russian Soyuz spacecraft, saying that the sponsors will not have to wait for long for their trip. “Using flight-proven Russian space vehicles we will fly two private citizens and one professional cosmonaut on a free return trajectory around the far side of the moon. They will come... 

NASA finds 'monster' black hole in tiny galaxy

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The M60-UCD1, discovered by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in 2013, is one of the smallest known galaxies. But now the space agency has discovered that the dwarf galaxy is harboring a “monster” black hole. The diameter of M60-UCD1 is about 300 light years – just 1/500th of our galaxy’s width. However, it is packed with 140 million stars, which also makes it one of the densest galaxies. For... 

Boeing, SpaceX win NASA approval for transport project

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This handout photo provided September 16, 2014 by the Boeing Company shows an artist’s rendition of the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 next to the International Space Station (ISS). Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, aka SpaceX, have won the US space agency’s approval to undertake the project to transport astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) in the next... 

​Extreme solar storm approaches Earth

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An X1.6 class solar flare flashes in the middle of the sun on Sept. 10, 2014. This image was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and shows light in the 131 Angstrom wavelength, which is typically colorized in teal. A powerful solar flare sparked on an Earth-facing section of the sun. A subsequent coronal mass ejection is expected to reach our planet later in the week, possibly causing... 

US launches high-resolution spy satellite into space

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The United States has launched into space a surveillance satellite capable of capturing images of objects only one foot (30 centimeters) across. Colorado-based company DigitalGlobe owns and operates the World View 3 satellite, which was flown into space on board an Atlas 5 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California’s Central Coast on Wednesday. The project is joined by Lockheed Martin... 

NASA releases amazing HD footage of 'Flying Saucer'

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The US space agency released a spectacular video detailing the testing of an interplanetary landing system, which is designed to place more massive payloads on the surface of Mars, as it hurtled toward Earth. In the cosmic quest to explore the surface of Mars, NASA is attempting to devise technologies that will allow it to deliver heavy payloads to the mysterious red planet. In June, NASA engineers,... 

European spacecraft catches up with comet

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A close up detail focusing on a smooth region on the “base” of the “body” section of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera and downloaded on August 6. Spelling an end to more than a decade of pursuit, European Space Agency (ESA)’s Rosetta spacecraft has finally caught up with a comet in an unprecedented coup. The unmanned probe swung... 

European Space Agency probe set to make history

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Scientists follow the flight of the Rosetta spacecraft from the control centre of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Darmstadt, western Germany, on August 6, 2014. European Space Agency (ESA)’s Rosetta spacecraft is set to ensconce itself in the orbit of a comet, it has been chasing for more than a decade. On Wednesday, the craft started the final engine burn that will take it into the orbit around... 

NASA seriously considering Terraforming of Mars

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A US space agency Mars rover that would launch in 2020 is to carry a device that will turn carbon dioxide in the Martian atmosphere into oxygen. The oxygen thus created could then be used to make rocket fuel and for future astronauts to breathe, according to Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA. “The 2020 rover will help... 

World's largest telescope construction begins in Hawaii

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The construction project of the world’s biggest telescope has officially begun at the summit of a mountain on the US island of Hawaii. Several countries including Japan, China, Canada and India are slated to collaborate with the United Stated in the project. The thirty Meter Telescope is going to be a reflecting one and will be built atop a 4,000 meter mountain, Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano. A... 

Mystery 'meteor' over Australian sky shocks everyone

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A bright object that dazzled in the sky over Australia left people confused. Social media was abuzz with the pictures of the mystery fireball, with users claiming it was either a plane crashing into the ocean or a ‘meteor.’ A round object with a burning tail was spotted in the sky over Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and South Australia at about 9:45pm local time on Thursday night. Airservices Australia... 

80% of light in space is missing, scientists say

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Scientists now believe that a tremendous amount of light that would otherwise be illuminating our universe is mysteriously absent. How much light exactly? According to new research conducted by a team of international scientists and funded in part by NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Ahmanson Foundation, around 80 percent of the universe’s light is nowhere to be found. “It’s as if... 

China plans to land rover on Mars by 2020

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China is planning to land a rover on Mars by 2020 and bring back samples from the Red Planet a decade later, according to a top scientist with the country’s Lunar Exploration Program. The Mars probe will be launching an orbiter and a landing rover, Ouyang Ziyuan of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and one of the chief scientists of China’s Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP) said on Monday at the... 

NASA tests new technology for Mars landing

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This handout photo provided June 3, 2014 by NASA/JPL/Caltech shows the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) in the Missile Assembly Building at the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kaua‘i, Hawaii. The US space agency has conducted a launch test on a saucer-shaped flying object to see whether it can land the vehicle properly in circumstances simulating landing conditions on Mars. On... 

Earth thunderstorms as seen from ISS

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Lightning storms over Malaysia NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman is at it again, posting another mesmerizing Vine video from space. This one, taken from the International Space Station, shows lightning flashes during a thunderstorm above Houston, Texas. The Firestation instrument, launched to the ISS in August 2013, is used to observe and dissect lightning bolts from space. The instrument includes ways to... 
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