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Israeli spacecraft gets final element before 2019 moon launch

YEHUD, Israel (Reuters) - Israeli engineers on Monday added the final element to a spacecraft destined for the moon - a digital time capsule - and said they aimed to land the craft early next year, somewhere between the landing sites of Apollo 15 and 17. Read More

 

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Virgin Galactic completes crewed space test, more flights soon

MOJAVE, Calif. (Reuters) - A Virgin Galactic rocket plane reached space on Thursday and returned safely to the California desert, capping years of testing to become the first U.S. commercial human flight to breach Earth's atmosphere since America's shuttle program ended in 2011. More »

 

New Zealand's Rocket Lab shoots 13 tiny cube satellites into orbit

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Rocket Lab, a rocket propulsion company backed by investors in Silicon Valley, has launched a batch of 13 tiny probes from New Zealand to study space. More »

 

A-maize-ing genetic sleuthing rewrites history of corn

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The history of corn, one of humankind's indispensable staple crops, is far more complicated that previously known, according to scientists who conducted a comprehensive genetic and archeological analysis of its domestication. More »

 

Curry agrees to lunar lab visit: NASA

(Reuters) - Three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry will take space agency NASA up on its offer to tour its lunar lab after he sparked controversy by saying he did not believe humans had ever been to the Moon, comments he later called a joke. More »

 

Russian cosmonauts take samples on sixth hour of spacewalk to crack mystery

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two Russian cosmonauts have taken samples of their capsule's exterior in the sixth hour of a spacewalk seeking to resolve the mystery of a small hole found in the craft docked at the International Space Station, a live broadcast by Russian space agency Roscosmos showed early on Wednesday. More »

 

NASA probe finds signs of water on nearby asteroid Bennu

ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has discovered ingredients for water on a relatively nearby skyscraper-sized asteroid, a rocky acorn-shaped object that may hold clues to the origins of life on Earth, scientists said on Monday. More »

 

NASA's intrepid Voyager 2 probe crosses into interstellar space

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Voyager 2, a NASA probe launched in 1977 and designed for just a five-year mission, has become only the second human-made object to enter interstellar space as it continues its marathon trek billions of miles (km) from Earth, scientists said on Monday. More »

 

China launches probe to explore dark side of Moon: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Saturday launched a first probe ever to explore the dark side of the Moon, marking another milestone in its ambitious space program, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. More »

 

NASA deep space probe reaches asteroid deemed potential Earth threat

(Reuters) - NASA's deep space explorer Osiris-Rex flew on Monday to within a dozen miles of its destination, a skyscraper-sized asteroid believed to hold organic compounds fundamental to life as well as the potential to collide with Earth in about 150 years.  More »

 

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