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NASA hopes to capture ‘first interplanetary photobomb’

Two NASA spacecraft are about to take pictures of the Earth for planetary science research, and the US space agency is encouraging people worldwide to jump into the shot. “Consider it the first interplanetary photobomb,” NASA said. The first chance is on Friday, July 19, from 21:27 to 21:47 GMT,…

Neptune has a fourteenth moon, NASA says

A tiny new moon has been spotted circling Neptune — the 14th known to be orbiting the faraway planet, the US space agency said on Monday. The moon is the smallest ever glimpsed around Neptune and measures just about 12 miles (19 kilometers) across, based on observations from the Hubble…

European space agency enlists Russia to search for life on Mars

By Irene Klotz PARIS (Reuters) – The European Space Agency signed final contracts with Thales Alenia Space Italy for work on a pair of missions to assess if the planet Mars has or ever had life, officials said at the Paris Airshow this week. Until last year, the ExoMars program…

New U.S. astronaut class is half female

The US space agency announced the appointment of eight new astronauts on Monday, and a record half of NASA’s first astronaut class since 2009 are women. The astronauts will earn between $64,000 and $141,000 per year, and will be part of the team that lays the groundwork for NASA missions…

NASA data reveal high risk of harmful radiation exposure on any manned Mars missions

New Nasa data shows radiation doses would be so high on a manned Mars mission that we must now debate the ethics of deep space exploration – or wait decades to develop safer technology It is time for idealism about missions to Mars to end. Going there with current technology…

International trio take Russian Soyuz rocket to space station

An international trio blasted off Wednesday on top of a Russian Soyuz rocket for the International Space Station with a busy schedule full of space walks and a docking with a pioneering US cargo craft. The six-month mission of Russian commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and his two flight engineers — Karen…

Experts now agree: Humans could walk on Mars within 20 years

AFP – NASA and private sector experts now agree that a man or woman could be sent on a mission to Mars over the next 20 years, despite huge challenges. The biggest names in space exploration, among them top officials from the US space agency and Buzz Aldrin, the second…

How NASA dodged a derelict Soviet spy satellite

This computer simulation created by the Institute for Air and Space systems at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, shows the distribution and movement of space debris at present and in future. (TU Braunschweig/AP/File) Thanks to an emergency maneuver in March…  …

Orbital Sciences Corp. takes first step to becoming NASA’s freight carrier

AFP - Orbital Sciences, one of two private US firms chosen by NASA to shuttle cargo to the International Space Station, launched a first test flight of its Antares rocket Sunday. The launch of the two-stage launch vehicle — 131 feet (40 meters) tall and 12.8 feet in diameter — took…

NASA-approved U.S. firm to launch ‘Antares’ rocket Saturday

Orbital Sciences, one of two private US firms chosen by NASA to shuttle cargo to the International Space Station, will make a new attempt Saturday to launch a first test flight of its Antares rocket. The new planned launch, which the company announced on Friday, came after an attempt was…

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