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U.S. tests nuclear power system to sustain astronauts on Mars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Initial tests in Nevada on a compact nuclear power system designed to sustain a long-duration NASA human mission on the inhospitable surface of Mars have been successful and a full-power run is scheduled for March, officials said on Thursday. Officials from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and U.S. Department of Energy, […]

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Dinosaur tail to be auctioned for Mexico quake reconstruction

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A fossilized dinosaur tail discovered in Morocco will be auctioned on Tuesday night in Mexico to raise funds for the reconstruction of thousands of schools damaged by two earthquakes that struck the Latin American nation in September. The fossilized tail of a sauropod of the Atlasaurus imelakei species, that will be […]

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Chinese ‘rainbow dinosaur’ had iridescent feathers like hummingbirds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There’s not a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There’s an iridescent dinosaur. Artist’s impression of two Diluvicursor pickeringi foraging on the bank of a high-energy river within the Australian-Antarctic rift valley are seen in this image provided January 11, 2018. Peter Trusler/Handout via REUTERS Scientists on Monday announced […]

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India sends its 100th satellite into space to watch borders

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India launched its 100th satellite on Friday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to project the country as a global low-cost provider of services in space. A total of 31 small satellites were launched into space on Friday. More than half of the micro and nano satellites were for the Unites […]

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Martian ice deposits could sustain human outposts in the future

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists using images from an orbiting NASA spacecraft have detected eight sites where huge ice deposits near the Martian surface are exposed on steep slopes, a potential source of water that could help sustain future human outposts. A cross-section of a thick sheet of underground ice is exposed at the steep slope […]

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Fossil of dinosaur swept away in ancient Australian river found

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In sandstone next to the high tide mark at the edge of Bass Strait in southeastern Australia, scientists have unearthed fossils of a two-legged, turkey-sized, plant-eating dinosaur apparently swept away in a large, powerful ancient river. Artist’s impression of two Diluvicursor pickeringi foraging on the bank of a high-energy river within the […]

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Japanese astronaut apologizes for ‘fake news’ of height increase

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai, on a mission to the International Space Station, apologized on Wednesday for saying he had grown 9 cm (3.5 inches) while in space and expressing concern about whether he’d be safe on his return to Earth. FILE PHOTO: Members of the International Space Station expedition 54/55, Norishige Kanai […]

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SpaceX defends rocket performance after loss of U.S. spy satellite

(Reuters) – SpaceX on Tuesday defended the performance of one of its rockets used to launch a U.S. spy satellite that is believed to have been lost after failing to reach orbit, adding that no changes were anticipated to its upcoming launch schedule. Elon Musk, founder, CEO and lead designer at SpaceX and co-founder of […]

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China’s Tiangong-1 space lab is not out of control: top Chinese engineer

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Tiangong-1 space station is not out of control and does not pose a safety threat, a top Chinese spaceflight engineer said on Monday, after reports that the station was falling toward earth. FILE PHOTO: A monitoring screen at the Beijing Aerospace Flight Control Center shows China’s Tiangong (Heavenly Palace) 1 module […]

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Sorry, sci-fi fans: star’s oddness not due to alien mega-structure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It was too good to be true. Scientists have ruled out the most exotic explanation — an orbiting alien mega-structure — for the behavior of a celestial oddity dubbed Tabby’s Star that has been puzzling scientists with its sporadic dimming and brightening. An illustration depicts a hypothetical uneven ring of dust orbiting […]

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Alaskan ‘sunrise’ girl sheds light on how humans populated Americas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ancient DNA extracted from the skull of a six-week-old baby girl whose 11,500-year-old remains were unearthed in a burial pit in central Alaska is helping scientists resolve long-standing controversies about how humans first populated the Americas. An illustration released January 3, 2018 depicts the Upward Sun River base camp site in central […]

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Israel’s Spacecom expands deal for satellite service to Nepal

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israel’s Space Communication Ltd, operator of the Amos satellites, said on Tuesday Nepal’s Dish Media Network has contracted for more capacity on the Amos-4 satellite starting in the fourth quarter. The additional capacity will increase Spacecom’s revenue from Dish Media Network by $16.7 million, bringing total future revenue expected from the […]

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Kremlin says Russian satellite launch failures being investigated

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Thursday that Russia was analysing its space sector after two failed satellite launches in as many months. A spokeswoman for Russia’s space corporation Energiya confirmed on Thursday that Moscow had lost contact with Angola’s first national telecoms satellite, AngoSat-1, which was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome on Tuesday. […]

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Russia says satellite launch failure due to programming error

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday the failed launch of a 2.6 billion-rouble ($44.95 million) satellite last month was due to an embarrassing programming error. FILE PHOTO: The Souyz-2 spacecraft with Meteor-M satellite and 18 additional small satellites launches from Russia’s new Vostochny cosmodrome, near the town of Tsiolkovsky […]

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SpaceX-launched Iridium satellites functioning normally

(Reuters) – Iridium Communications Inc said on Wednesday its 10 satellites, launched last week by tech billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX, are functioning as expected. FILE PHOTO: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifts off in the air, as seen from Santa Monica, California, U.S., in this December 22, 2017 picture obtained from social media. Twitter/Joshua Berson/@bersonphoto/via REUTERS […]

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Israel’s NRGene maps genome for three types of potatoes

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israel’s NRGene said on Tuesday it was working with a team of researchers from Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands as well as commercial partners to create multi-genome mapping of potatoes. FILE PHOTO: Gil Ronen, Co-founder and CEO of NRGene, an Israeli genomic big data company, gestures during his interview […]

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U.S., Russian, Japanese crew arrive at space station

(Reuters) – A trio of U.S., Japanese and Russian astronauts arrived at the International Space Station on Tuesday, a NASA TV broadcast showed. Members of the International Space Station expedition 54/55, Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov (C), NASA astronaut Scott Tingle (R) and Norishige Kanai (L) of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) during the send-off […]

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ArianeGroup to start building first Ariane 6 launcher

PARIS (Reuters) – ArianeGroup, the space-launchers joint-venture between Airbus and Safran, has passed an industrial milestone allowing it to move ahead with production of the first Ariane 6, Europe’s next-generation rocket, the company said on Monday. The first flight of the replacement for the Ariane 5 government and commercial launcher is scheduled for mid-2020. It […]

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U.S., Russian, Japanese crew blasts off for space station

(Reuters) – A trio of U.S. and Japanese astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut blasted off from Kazakhstan on Sunday for a two-day trip to the International Space Station, a NASA TV broadcast showed. Members of the International Space Station expedition 54/55, Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov (C), NASA astronaut Scott Tingle (R) and Norishige Kanai (L) […]

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Does Pentagon still have a UFO program? The answer is a bit mysterious

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon acknowledged on Saturday that its long-secret UFO investigation program ended in 2012, when U.S. defense officials shifted attention and funding to other priorities. The Pentagon is shown with the Air Force Memorial in the foreground in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts But as to whether the Advanced […]