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Private capsule to launch cargo to space station


September 21st, 2012 - 2:12 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 21 (IANS) A private capsule is scheduled to fly to the International Space Station on a cargo mission Oct 7, US space agency NASA announced. The SpaceX's robotic ... Read more...

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Russia to spend $21 bn on space industry


September 11th, 2012 - 2:42 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Sep 11 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia will spend 670 billion rubles ($21 billion) to develop its space industry in the coming years, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday."This is big ... Read more...

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First man on moon to be buried at sea


September 7th, 2012 - 1:49 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 7 (IANS) US astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, will be buried at sea, family spokesperson Rick Miller said.Miller said Thursday that no other details ... Read more...

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Neil Armstrong is dead


August 26th, 2012 - 6:44 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 26 (IANS) Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, has died at the age of 82, his family said."We are heartbroken to share the ... Read more...

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I’m safely on Mars, says rover tweet


August 6th, 2012 - 1:14 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 6 (IANS) A string of tweets on behalf of US space agency Nasa's rover Curiosity tracks the tense moments before the spacecraft landed on Mars."I'm safely on the ... Read more...

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Russian freighter re-docks with ISS


July 29th, 2012 - 9:11 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, July 29 (IANS) A Russian cargo spacecraft has successfully re-docked with the International Space Station (ISS) early Sunday after a failed attempt five days ago.The unmanned Progress M-15M, which ... Read more...

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Giant ocean found on Saturn’s moon


June 30th, 2012 - 8:37 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, June 30 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Around 100 km beneath the rocky crust on Saturn's largest moon Titan is an ocean of water spanning the entirety of the celestial body, scientists ... Read more...

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Chinese astronauts return to Earth


June 29th, 2012 - 12:49 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, June 29 (IANS) Three astronauts who completed China's first manned space docking safely returned to Earth Friday morning.The return capsule of Shenzhou-9 spacecraft touched down in north China's Inner ... Read more...

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Private US spacecraft lands in Pacific Ocean


June 1st, 2012 - 3:03 am ICT by IANS
Washington, June 1 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The first private spaceship, the Dragon, undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) Thursday, and landed in the Pacific Ocean.The Dragon's bell-shaped capsule plunged into ... Read more...

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NASA hails new era in space


May 23rd, 2012 - 5:59 am ICT by IANS
Washington, May 23 (IANS) NASA head Charles Bolden has hailed a "new era" in exploration after the launch of the first cargo delivery to the space station Tuesday by a ... Read more...

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US private firm aborts launch to space station


May 19th, 2012 - 5:32 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 19 (IANS) Private American spaceflight company SpaceX Saturday aborted the lift-off of its Falcon rocket and Dragon capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) due to technical problems.A ... Read more...

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Russia folds Soyuz-U launch programme


May 19th, 2012 - 1:39 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, May 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The launch of a Soyuz-U carrier rocket from the Russia's Plesetsk Space Center Thursday was the last in its 40-year history, said a spokesperson for ... Read more...

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Life on Mars found but destroyed by mistake


April 14th, 2012 - 9:15 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 14 (IANS) Bungling NASA scientists are believed to have found tiny live microbes on Mars - but mistakenly killed them by boiling them alive, a media report said ... Read more...

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NASA to clear space junk with gas puffs


April 13th, 2012 - 6:26 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 13 (IANS) NASA hopes to sweep away more than half a million pieces of space junk, adrift in the skies, with a radical solution.It is looking at ... Read more...

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Round-trip flights to Mars within a decade


March 22nd, 2012 - 10:46 pm ICT by IANS
London, March 22 (IANS) The first commercial round-trips to Mars will blast off within 10 years, says a rocket entrepreneur.The trip will cost $500,000, payable through PayPal, Daily Mail reported ... Read more...

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China to get lunar soil


March 16th, 2012 - 3:06 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, March 16 (IANS) Preparations are on in China to launch a moon mission and bring about two kilogram of lunar soil samples to Earth, People's Daily reported Friday.The mission ... Read more...

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Space travel could thrill but also kill


March 13th, 2012 - 12:54 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, March 13 (IANS) Space travel could be the ultimate in human adventure but there's a catch - it could thrill but also kill and destroy everything within sight.It could ... Read more...

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China to launch 100 satellites during 2011-15


March 10th, 2012 - 9:54 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, March 10 (IANS) China has set a target of completing a space mission of "100 rockets, 100 satellites" between 2011 and 2015, according to a space official.According to Zhang ... Read more...

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NASA plans Mars landing in August


March 6th, 2012 - 7:33 pm ICT by IANS
London, March 6 (IANS) NASA will attempt to lower a probe onto the surface of Mars for the first time as it continues its search for signs of life on ... Read more...

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China to launch moon-landing craft


March 5th, 2012 - 6:36 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, March 5 (IANS) China will launch a moon-landing craft next year as part of its third lunar exploration programme, an official said Monday.Chang'e-3 has "legs" to support the spacecraft ... Read more...

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China prepares for manned space docking this year


March 1st, 2012 - 5:16 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, March 1 (IANS) China's first unmanned space module, the Tiangong-1, is now capable of accommodating astronauts, and it may be possible for China to carry out its first manned ... Read more...

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Unidentified metal from space startles Brazilians


February 25th, 2012 - 5:03 pm ICT by IANS
Sao Paulo, Feb 25 (IANS/EFE) An unidentified metal object that may have come from a spacecraft caused a huge commotion when it fell to the Earth in a small town ... Read more...

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Russia may spend $12 bn on satellite navigation system


February 8th, 2012 - 2:30 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Feb 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia may spend 346.5 billion rubles (almost $12 billion) on its Glonass satellite navigation system in 2012-20, the Kommersant daily said Wednesday.Glonass is Russia's answer ... Read more...

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Iran to launch new generation of satellites


February 6th, 2012 - 1:30 pm ICT by IANS
Tehran, Feb 6 (IANS) Iran is planning to send a new generation of satellites into orbit to mark the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic republic's establishment, Defence Minister Brigadier General ... Read more...

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Russia launches space freighter to ISS


January 26th, 2012 - 10:59 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Jan 26 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A Russian Soyuz-U rocket carrying the Progress M-14M cargo spacecraft was launched just after midnight Wednesday for the International Space Station (ISS) now in orbit.The ... Read more...

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Satellites to track down people in distress


January 26th, 2012 - 4:02 am ICT by IANS
Jerusalem, Jan 26 (IANS) Israeli scientists are developing miniature satellites that can identify people in distress.Experts at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology aim to launch three small satellites weighing six ... Read more...

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China plans to launch 30 satellites in 2012


January 18th, 2012 - 6:00 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Jan 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) China plans to launch 21 rockets with 30 satellites in 2012, the China Aerospace and Technology Corporation (CASC) said Wednesday.The country's ambitious space programme will ... Read more...

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Russia’s troubled Mars probe to hit earth


January 13th, 2012 - 3:41 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Jan 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia's troubled Phobos Grunt spacecraft is expected to fall back to earth between Sunday and Monday morning, the US Strategic Command said Friday.Phobos Grunt, Russia's ... Read more...

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Russia launches manned mission to ISS (Lead)


December 21st, 2011 - 10:18 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Dec 21 (IANS) Russia Wednesday launched a manned mission to the International Space Sation (ISS) from its Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan.The Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft carrying three astronauts blasted ... Read more...

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Russia launches two telecom satellites


December 11th, 2011 - 7:17 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Dec 11 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia Sunday launched two telecommunications satellites --Luch-5A and Amos-5 -- from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan.A Proton-M carrier rocket with two telecommunications satellites onboard ... Read more...

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Simulated manned flight to Mars completed


November 4th, 2011 - 6:02 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Nov 4 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The unique Mars 500 experiment simulating a manned flight to the Red Planet has been successfully completed.The metal door of the spacecraft, sealed July 3, ... Read more...

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Russian cargo spacecraft docks with ISS


November 2nd, 2011 - 10:38 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Nov 2 (IANS) Russian cargo spacecraft Progress M-13M docked Wednesday with the International Space Station (ISS) after three days of flight, the Russian Mission Control Centre said.The Progress M-13M ... Read more...

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China mulls sending female astronauts into space


October 31st, 2011 - 4:57 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Oct 31 (IANS) China is considering sending female astronauts into space during its space docking missions next year, a chief designer for the astronaut programme said Monday.Two female astronauts ... Read more...

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Russian space freighter undocks from ISS


October 30th, 2011 - 3:10 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Oct 30 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia's unmanned Progress M-10M spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) Saturday for its return to Earth.The freighter detached from the platform at 09:04 ... Read more...

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China to launch spacecraft


October 26th, 2011 - 2:04 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Oct 26 (IANS) China will launch a spacecraft that will perform the country's first docking with a space lab module.The country will launch the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft in early November ... Read more...

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