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Space

Pentagon needs Russian rocket engines to guarantee access to space till alternative is found
​Until a viable alternative is available to bring “sensitive” US satellites into orbit, the US military does not envisage a speedy abandonment of the Russian RD-180 rocket engines as sought by politicians motivated by US national interests.

20.11.2014 02:09

Mysterious Russian satellite sparks ‘orbital weapon’ speculations
A mysterious Russian satellite orbiting Earth has global media in a bit of a spin after the object, thought to be space debris, conducted suspicious manoeuvres in space sparking rumors of little less than a revival of old Soviet satellite-killer program.

19.11.2014 09:24

Satellite sex-cess: Experiment confirms meteorite may have brought life to Earth
Russian scientists experimentally confirmed a possibility that life might have been brought to Earth from space, traveling 'on board' a meteorite. Using a satellite, scientists proved bacteria can survive landing through our planet's dense atmosphere.

19.11.2014 16:06

Crowdfunded lunar mission offers to store donors’ memory boxes on moon
Take your best selfie and send it to the moon…along with your DNA code. For an earthly £60, you can get a personal 'memory box' in a time capsule buried beneath the lunar surface in "the most inspirational moon project since the Apollo landings.”

19.11.2014 09:13

Philae lander ‘sniffed’ organic molecules on comet before hibernation
The Philae lander has managed to discover carbon-based organic molecules on a Comet 67P some 500 million kilometers from Earth before going into hibernation mode to preserve remaining power after extensive drilling on the surface and a rough landing.

19.11.2014 01:59

Made in Space: Zero-gravity 3D printer installed on ISS
NASA astronauts on board the International Space Station have installed the first-ever 3D printer capable of creating three-dimensional objects in zero gravity conditions. The 3D printer is expected to become a reliable piece of in-space technology.

18.11.2014 10:27

556 asteroids size of washing machine hit Earth over past 20 years - NASA report
Asteroids of about a meter and larger in size invade our planet's atmosphere every other week, a study released by NASA shows. According to data gathered over the past 20 years, at least 556 such asteroids collided with Earth over this period.

17.11.2014 18:09

Out of ISS: Russia going solo with space station?
The Russian space agency is reportedly considering construction of a high-altitude orbital station starting from 2017. This means that Moscow may walk away from the ISS after 2020, when its obligations under the current project are fulfilled.

17.11.2014 05:46

'Game-changer info': Philae lander sends back key data before battery burnout
The little lander that could has done it again! Surfing on the distant comet 67P, Philae managed to dispatch one more stream of key scientific data before its depleted battery put it on standby.

15.11.2014 10:55

Black hole at Milky Way center may be emitting mysterious neutrinos, NASA says
The massive black hole at the heart of our milky galaxy may be churning out peculiar particles called neutrinos, NASA satellites have revealed. If verified, it would be the first time neutrinos have been traced to the darkest regions of spacetime.

15.11.2014 08:46

First photo! Rosetta’s historic Philae lander sends pic of new comet home
The Philae lander from the Rosetta space mission is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, says the European Space Agency (ESA), releasing the first image taken by the robotic module.

13.11.2014 11:07

‘Rosetta mission could unlock key to alien life,’ says lead Philae lander scientist
The Rosetta mission’s historic landing of a robotic spacecraft on a comet has brought to a head one of humankind’s timeless questions: are we alone in the universe? For the project’s leading land scientist, that answer may soon be on the horizon.

13.11.2014 08:48