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Astronauts to step out on spacewalk for repairs to the International Space Station

Two US astronauts are preparing to step out on a brief spacewalk Wednesday to install a backup computer at the International Space Station after one failed earlier this month. Astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson are to embark on the 2.5 hour spacewalk beginning at 9:20 am (1320 GMT). The…

Soon heading to the International Space Station: A talking ‘companion’ robot

When the Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata arrives at the International Space Station in November, a companion will be waiting for him whose eyes will light up in recognition – literally. Kirobo, the world’s first talking humanoid space robot, has already taken off – in the nattiest red Wellingtons since Paddington…

China may send its first woman into space: Xinhua

China may send its first woman into space this year after including female astronauts in the team training for its first manned spacedocking, state media said Monday. Three astronauts will blast off on board Shenzhou (“Divine Vessel”) IX between June and August to conduct a manual docking with the Tiangong-1 module currently…

China to launch manned spacecraft this summer

China will launch a manned spacecraft between June and August on a mission to take three astronauts to the Tiangong-1 module currently orbiting the Earth, state media reported Friday. The trio will blast off on board the Shenzhou (“Divine Vessel”) IX which will manually dock with the module, Xinhua news…

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