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Atlantis heads to space station on final flight

Atlantis headed to the International Space Station Saturday after rocketing off its launch pad for a final time, marking the last liftoff of the US space shuttle program. The space shuttle, which lifted off shortly before noon Friday local time, is carrying a crew of four US astronauts on a…

New dinosaur exhibit probes their mysteries

Dinosaurs have captivated the public for decades, but a new US exhibit aims to show that there is still much about the giant reptiles that baffles experts and amateurs alike. The 1,300 square meter (14,000 square foot) gallery at the Los Angeles natural history museum is set to open on…

Montana governor threatens lawsuit over oil spill

BILLINGS, Montana (Reuters) – Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer continued on Friday to press Exxon Mobil over an oil spill into the Yellowstone River and threatened to take the company to court as clean-up continued a week after the leak. Schweitzer has been increasingly critical of Exxon in the days since…

Atlantis blasts off on end-of-era spaceflight

Atlantis blazed a path into history Friday as it rocketed off the launch pad for a final time, marking the last-ever liftoff of the 30-year-old American space shuttle program. The storied spacecraft is carrying a crew of four US astronauts toward the International Space Station on a 12-day mission to…

WATCH LIVE: NASA to launch final shuttle at 11:30 ET

Watch live as NASA and the astronauts prepare and then launch the shuttle Atlantis, which will be the final shuttle flight of the U.S. space program, courtesy of MSNBC: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

NASA prepares for space shuttle’s final mission

Atlantis is poised to blaze a path into history on Friday when it propels toward the heavens on the last-ever mission of the 30-year-old American space shuttle program. With the launch scheduled for 11:26 am (1526 GMT) despite a gloomy weather forecast, the storied spacecraft will tote four US astronauts…

Obama: NASA needs to revamp its mission

WASHINGTON — NASA needs new technology breakthroughs to revitalize its mission to explore the universe, President Barack Obama said Wednesday as the shuttle Atlantis was preparing for its final mission. Asked during his first-ever Twitter town hall meeting about where America stands in terms of space exploration with the shuttle…

Aboriginals fear spill from Canada’s first pipeline to the Pacific Coast

Aboriginals fearing a spill are threatening to try again to block Canada’s first pipeline connecting the rich oil fields of Alberta to the Pacific Coast aiming to reach new markets in Asia. Pipeline giant Enbridge has hinted in recent months it would soon receive a nod from the federal government…

Iceland’s Hekla volcano ‘ready to erupt’

One of Iceland’s most feared volcanoes, Hekla, looks ready to erupt, with measurement instruments showing likely magma movement, an Icelandic geophysicist told AFP on Wednesday. “The movements around Hekla have been unusual in the last two to three days and have been recorded in five very precise metres placed around…

‘Mega-wombat’ unearthed in Australia

The fossil of a car sized mega-wombat has been unearthed in northern Australia, scientists said Wednesday — the most complete skeleton of its kind. Weighing in at a whopping three tonnes, the herbivorous diprotodon was the largest marsupial to ever roam the earth and lived between two million and 50,000…

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