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  • Russian Soyuz blasts off for ISS in first launch since accident

    November 16, 2018 7:22 PM 23

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - An unmanned rocket carrying cargo blasted off into space on Friday in the first launch of a Russian-made Soyuz-FG rocket from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur cosmodrome since a dramatic aborted launch in October. The rocket took off with a Progress MS-10 spacecraft at 18:14 GMT (00:14 local time) carrying supplies to the International Space

  • NASA prepares to ‘light up the sky' on the East Coast with space station rocket launch

    November 14, 2018 8:49 PM 18

    Northrop Grumman Antares rocket sits atop its launch pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) NASA is set to launch an Antares rocket on a resupply mission to the International Space Station from the space agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia this week. Weather permitting

  • Pink Legacy diamond sells for whopping $50 million: It's 'pretty much unreal'

    November 14, 2018 5:29 PM 22

    The pink legacy diamond. Fancy vivid pink cut-cornered rectangular-cut diamond of 18.96 carats, fancy-cut diamonds, platinum, ring size 6 (Credit: Christie's) A rare pink diamond known as the Pink Legacy sold at auction Wednesday for a whopping $50 million (50,375,000 Swiss Francs). The diamond, which is an incredible 18.96 carats, is a rare sight because

  • Neil Armstrong collection commands $5.2 million at auction

    November 7, 2018 3:30 PM 36

    A spacecraft ID plate from the Apollo lunar module "Eagle" led the sale of the Armstrong Family Auction with a sale price of $468,500 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas on Nov. 1, 2018. ( DALLAS, Texas — A bumper sticker from Wapakoneta, Ohio, advertising the city as the hometown of the "First Man to Step on the Moon" sold for $250. The vintage

  • Soyuz rocket failure: Russia blames botched launch on mistake during assembly

    November 2, 2018 2:47 PM 49

    A US-Russia mission to the International Space Station hit a snag on Thursday when a Russian Soyuz rocket carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin malfunctioned during its ascent and the two-person crew made an emergency landing. A Russian space investigation has blamed a damaged sensor for forcing a Soyuz rocket to abort

  • Russia plans first manned space mission since rocket failure

    October 31, 2018 11:59 AM 55

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The first manned mission to the International Space Station since a Russian rocket failed to launch earlier this month may take off on Dec. 3, space agency Roscosmos said on Wednesday. A Russian cosmonaut and U.S. astronaut were forced to abort their mission on Oct. 11 and perform an emergency landing after a launch accident that Roscomos

  • Krakatoa puts on incredible display of volcanic lightning

    October 30, 2018 4:46 PM 56

    Krakatoa. It’s a name you’ve probably heard before. It’s a volcano. And when it blew in 1883, it sent shockwaves around the globe. Now, it’s erupting again. It’s not the beast it once was. But it is producing some rare effects. A new mound of ash and lava has been steadily growing in the caldera left behind by the enormous explosion which killed some 36,000 people

  • NASA’s Parker Solar Probe breaks record, becomes closest spacecraft to the Sun

    October 29, 2018 7:26 PM 60

    NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has clinched the record for closest approach to the Sun by a man-made object, the space agency confirmed Monday. Scientists calculated that the spacecraft surpassed the current record of 26.55 million miles from the Sun's surface at about 1:04 p.m. EDT Monday. The previous record was set in April 1976 by the Helios 2 spacecraft

  • China's private satellite-carrying rocket fails after launch

    October 28, 2018 2:38 PM 167

    China’s first private carrier rocket ZQ-1 blasts off in Jiuquan, Gansu province, before failing. (VCG via Getty Images) China's first attempt to launch a privately developed rocket capable of carrying a satellite into space was a failure. Beijing-based Landspace said that the first and second stage of its ZQ-1 rocket worked normally on Saturday, but something

  • Chinese privately developed rocket fails to reach orbit

    October 28, 2018 12:07 PM 59

    BEIJING (Reuters) - A privately developed Chinese carrier rocket failed to reach orbit after lifting off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Saturday, in a blow to the country’s nascent attempts by private companies to rival Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The three-stage rocket, Zhuque-1, was developed by Beijing-based Landspace. The company said in a microblog