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International Space Station thrown out of control by misfire of Russian module -NASA

(Reuters) -The International Space Station (ISS) was thrown briefly out of control on Thursday when jet thrusters of a newly arrived Russian research module inadvertently fired a few hours after it was docked to the orbiting outpost, NASA officials said. Read More

 

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Russia blames software failure after space station briefly thrown off course

MOSCOW (Reuters) -Russia on Friday blamed a software failure for an incident that briefly knocked the International Space Station (ISS) off course and said it was pressing ahead with work to activate a newly-attached module at the centre of the episode. More »

 

Space station mishap prompts NASA to postpone launch of Boeing Starliner

(Reuters) - NASA on Thursday postponed a planned launch of a Boeing CST-100 Starliner capsule to the International Space Station after the orbiting outpost was briefly thrown out of control by jet thrusters inadvertently activated on a newly docked Russian module, NASA said. More »

 

Sponge-like Canadian fossils may be earliest sign of animal life

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fossils found in rugged mountainous terrain in Canada's Northwest Territories may give a glimpse at the humble dawn of animal life on Earth - sea sponges that inhabited primordial reefs built by bacteria roughly 890 million years ago. More »

 

Bezos offers NASA $2 billion in exchange for moon mission contract

SEATTLE (Reuters) -Fresh off his trip to space, billionaire businessman Jeff Bezos on Monday offered to cover up to $2 billion in NASA costs if the U.S. space agency awards his company Blue Origin a contract to make a spacecraft designed to land astronauts back on the moon. More »

 

Father builds exoskeleton to help wheelchair-bound son walk

PARIS (Reuters) - "Robot, stand up" - Oscar Constanza, 16, gives the order and slowly but surely a large frame strapped to his body lifts him up and he starts walking. More »

 

SpaceX lands NASA launch contract for mission to Jupiter's moon Europa

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Elon Musk's private rocket company SpaceX was awarded a $178 million launch services contract for NASA's first mission focusing on Jupiter's icy moon Europa and whether it may host conditions suitable for life, the space agency said on Friday. More »

 

Dutch teen on space flight told Bezos he had never ordered from Amazon

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch teenager who became the world's youngest space traveller this week surprised billionaire Jeff Bezos on the flight by telling him he'd never ordered anything on Amazon.com. More »

 

Former Virgin Galactic CEO to fly to space - CNBC

(Reuters) - Former chief executive officer of Virgin Galactic Holdings, George Whitesides, will fly to space on the aerospace company's next test spaceflight, CNBC reported on Friday. More »

 

Modern crocodile's 'grandfather,' 150 million years old, discovered in Chile fossil

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - A 150-million-year-old fossilized skeleton discovered in the mountains of southern Chile was determined to be the ancestor of the modern crocodile, the Argentine Museum of Natural Sciences announced on Friday. More »

 

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