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China details plans for own orbital space station

BEIJING (AFP) – China will attempt its first space docking between two unmanned vehicles this year, the first step in efforts to build a Chinese space station, a senior official said Friday. Yang Liwei detailed the next stages of China’s human spaceflight programme during a press visit to Space City…

Astronauts install Italian-built module at space lab

WASHINGTON – Astronauts at the orbiting International Space Station on Tuesday installed a permanent Italian-built storage module, while Russia nixed plans to fly around and take pictures of the crowded lab. The flyabout by Russia’s Soyuz capsule would have provided new camera angles on the ISS as well as an…

US astronauts to ‘bottle’ space for Japan

WASHINGTON – Two American astronauts began on Monday the first of two spacewalks to install a permanent spare closet on the orbiting International Space Station and also to bottle some outer space for Japan. The unusual project is part of a team effort with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA,…

Discovery to dock today with International Space Station

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US space shuttle Discovery was approaching the International Space Station on Saturday as part of its final mission, carrying a new module and a robot to the orbiting research lab. The shuttle, which blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center on Thursday, is set to dock…

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