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SpaceX wins launch of U.S. Air Force X-37B space plane

SpaceX wins launch of U.S. Air Force X-37B space plane

Published 06/06/2017

FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Airforce's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle mission 4 after landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., May 7, 2017. U.S. Air Force/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp will fly its first mission for the U.S. Air Force in August when it launches the military's X-37B miniature spaceplane, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said on Tuesday.

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Scientists hope to show humankind originated in Mediterranean

Scientists hope to show humankind originated in Mediterranean

Published 06/06/2017

Professor Nikolai Spassov shows a model of an isolated tooth of Graecopithecus freybergi in his office in Bulgaria's National Museum of Natural History in Sofia, Bulgaria May 29, 2017. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

A team of excavators in Bulgaria has resumed a search for fossils of an ape-like creature which may be the oldest-known direct ancestor of man and whose discovery has challenged the central hypothesis that humankind originated in Africa.

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With a sloppy `kiss,` intrepid fish enjoys perilous feast

With a sloppy `kiss,` intrepid fish enjoys perilous feast

Published 05/06/2017

A colorful reef fish called a tubelip wrasse is seen feeding on coral in this undated photo released by James Cook University researchers in Townsville, Queensland, Australia on June 5, 2017. Courtesy Victor Huertas and David Bellwood/Handout via REUTERS

A kiss from a colorful reef fish called a tubelip wrasse is no one's idea of romance, being so full of slime and suction, but it is perfectly suited for eating a hazardous diet using one of the animal kingdom's most unique feeding strategies.

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India’s most powerful rocket launches satellite into orbit

India’s most powerful rocket launches satellite into orbit

Published 05/06/2017

India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) carrying an Mk III communication satellite blasts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, India June 5, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

India launched a communication satellite using its most powerful rocket on Monday, improving its prospects of winning a bigger share of the more than $300 billion global space industry and its hopes of a manned mission.

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Russian, French astronauts return from space station stint

Russian, French astronauts return from space station stint

Published 02/06/2017

The Soyuz MS-03 capsule carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of Oleg Novitskiy of Russia and Thomas Pesquet of France descends beneath a parachute just before landing in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan June 2, 2017. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

A Russian cosmonaut and a French astronaut returned to Earth on Friday aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule after six months at the International Space Station, while their U.S. crewmate remained on the orbiting laboratory for an extended stay, a NASA television broadcast showed.

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U.S. probe to make unprecedented plunge into sun`s atmosphere

U.S. probe to make unprecedented plunge into sun`s atmosphere

Published 02/06/2017

A long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the Sun's atmosphere, the corona, erupts out into space. REUTERS/NASA/GSFC/SDO

A U.S. spacecraft set to launch next year will make a series of unprecedented dives into the sun’s scorching atmosphere to see how the star works and what can be done to better predict space weather events on Earth, scientists said on Wednesday.

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Inmarsat orders new satellite as Qatar Airways takes its broadband service

Inmarsat orders new satellite as Qatar Airways takes its broadband service

Published 02/06/2017

Britain's Inmarsat said on Friday it had ordered a satellite from Thales Alenia Space to increase capacity on its broadband network as Qatar Airways signed up to use the service to provide in-flight connectivity.

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Scientists detect Einstein gravitational waves for a third time

Scientists detect Einstein gravitational waves for a third time

Published 01/06/2017

An artist's rendering showing two merging black holes similar to those detected by Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in this handout provided June 1. 2017. Courtesy of Caltech/MIT/LIGO Laboratory/Handout via REUTERS

Scientists have for a third time detected ripples in space from black holes that crashed together billions of light years from Earth, a discovery that confirms a new technique for observing cataclysmic events in the universe, research published on Thursday shows.

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Japan launches its version of GPS satellite to improve location positioning

Japan launches its version of GPS satellite to improve location positioning

Published 01/06/2017

A H-IIA rocket, carrying a Michibiki 2 satellite, one of four satellites that will augment regional navigational systems, lifts off from the launching pad at Tanegashima Space Center on the southwestern island of Tanegashima, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo June 1, 2017. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

Japan launched a rocket carrying a satellite with a local version of the U.S. global positioning system (GPS) on Thursday, which is expected to increase the precision of location information used in smartphones and car navigation system.

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UK space firms may need EU units after Brexit: space chief in FT

UK space firms may need EU units after Brexit: space chief in FT

Published 31/05/2017

FILE PHOTO: Jan Woerner the European Space Agency (ESA) Director General speaks at ESA headqauters in Darmstadt, Germany, October 19, 2016 as the Schiaparelli lander touch down on Mars. REUTERS/Uwe Anspach/POOL

British companies may need to set up subsidiaries in continental Europe to take part in multibillion-euro space programs funded by the European Union after Britain leaves the EU, the head of Europe's space agency told the Financial Times.

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