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  • NASA's Mars InSight probe pierces planet's atmosphere to begin descent

    November 26, 2018 8:31 PM 59

    PASADENA, Calif. (Reuters) - The NASA Mars science probe InSight streaked into the planet’s thin atmosphere on Monday and began its descent to the surface in a make-or-break landing attempt that was expected to end in a touchdown within seven minutes, mission controllers said. Engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) near Los Angeles said they hoped

  • Arianespace launches Morocco's second earth observation satellite

    November 21, 2018 8:43 AM 68

    RABAT (Reuters) - Arianespace on Wednesday launched a rocket from French Guiana carrying Morocco’s second earth observation satellite, the European launch company said. The satellite, named Mohammed VI-B, was developed by Thales Alenia Space and Airbus, Arianespace said in a statement on its website. It will be mainly used for mapping, land surveying

  • Baby mountain lion discovered at Colorado home was fed bratwurst, became sick, officials say

    November 18, 2018 2:09 PM 247

    The cub became sick after being fed bratwurst. Colorodo Parks and Wildlife says you should never feed wild animals. That's the message from Colorado officials, who cautioned residents and tourists on Thursday about the dangers of interfering with baby wildfire. Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a news release a baby mountain lion had to be removed

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

    November 16, 2018 7:22 PM 61

    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 56

    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 59

    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

  • Russia reveals nuclear spaceship that will fly to Mars ‘in very near future’

    November 14, 2018 3:01 PM 248

    Russia has revealed a "spacecraft of the future" that could one day put humans on Mars. Roscosmos showed off concept designs for the sci-fi spacecraft – but failed to say exactly when it would launch. The spaceship is currently in development at Russia's Keldysh Research Centre, which is racing to create the nuclear propulsion engine. "Today, the Keldysh

  • Neil Armstrong collection commands $5.2 million at auction

    November 7, 2018 3:30 PM 75

    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. (collectSPACE.com) 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 87

    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 85

    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