Science

Lunar robots put to the test on Sicily`s Mount Etna

Lunar robots put to the test on Sicily`s Mount Etna

Published 04/07/2017

A robot is seen on Mount Etna, Italy, July 2, 2017. Picture taken July 2, 2017. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello

A robot wheels across a rocky, windswept landscape that looks like the surface of some distant planet from a science fiction film. But it is not in outer space, it's on the slopes of Europe's most active volcano.

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China`s new heavy-lift rocket launch fails in flight

China`s new heavy-lift rocket launch fails in flight

Published 02/07/2017

The Long March-5 Y2 rocket takes off from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Wenchang, Hainan Province, China July 2, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

China's launch of a new heavy-lift rocket, the Long March-5 Y2, carrying what the government said was its heaviest ever satellite, failed on Sunday, official news agency Xinhua said.

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Tower of human skulls in Mexico casts new light on Aztecs

Tower of human skulls in Mexico casts new light on Aztecs

Published 02/07/2017

Abel Guzman, a biological anthropologist from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), examines a skull discovered at a site where more than 650 skulls caked in lime and thousands of fragments were found in the cylindrical edifice near Templo Mayor, one of the main temples in the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, which later became Mexico City, Mexico June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Henry Romero

A tower of human skulls unearthed beneath the heart of Mexico City has raised new questions about the culture of sacrifice in the Aztec Empire after crania of women and children surfaced among the hundreds embedded in the forbidding structure.

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United Launch Alliance beats SpaceX to win Air Force launch

United Launch Alliance beats SpaceX to win Air Force launch

Published 30/06/2017

United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co , for the first time beat Elon Musk's SpaceX in competition for an Air Force satellite launch, both launch companies said on Friday.

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Bulgaria`s first communications satellite launched into orbit

Bulgaria`s first communications satellite launched into orbit

Published 24/06/2017

Bulgaria's first geostationary communications satellite has been launched into space, operator Bulsatcom said in a statement on Saturday.

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India sends 31 satellites into space, some for foreign customers

India sends 31 satellites into space, some for foreign customers

Published 23/06/2017

India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C38, carrying Cartosat-2 and 30 other satellites, lifts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India, June 23, 2017. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar

India fired a rocket carrying 31 small satellites into space on Friday, several of them for European countries looking for high resolution earth images, underlining its strength as a low-cost provider of services in space.

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Kepler telescope finds 10 more possible life-friendly planets

Kepler telescope finds 10 more possible life-friendly planets

Published 19/06/2017

FILE PHOTO: An artist's composite of the Kepler telescope is seen in this undated NASA handout image. REUTERS/NASA/Handout/File Photo via Reuters

Astronomers on Monday added 219 candidates to the growing list of planets beyond the solar system, 10 of which may be about the same size and temperature as Earth, boosting the chances for life.

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China`s quantum satellite makes breakthrough in secure communications

China`s quantum satellite makes breakthrough in secure communications

Published 16/06/2017

A Chinese quantum satellite has dispatched transmissions over a distance of 1,200 km (746 miles), a dozen times further than the previous record, a breakthrough in a technology that could be used to deliver secure messages, state media said on Friday.

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NASA experiment to color the skies over the U.S. East Coast

NASA experiment to color the skies over the U.S. East Coast

Published 11/06/2017

A high-flying science experiment may color the skies above the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast with bluish green and red clouds on Sunday evening, as NASA seeks to learn more about charged particles at the top of Earth's atmosphere.

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Mars rover scientist, SpaceX engineer join NASA astronaut corps

Mars rover scientist, SpaceX engineer join NASA astronaut corps

Published 07/06/2017

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence poses for a group photograph with NASA's 12 new astronaut candidates at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, U.S., June 7, 2017. NASA astronaut candidates, standing from L-R, Robb Kulin, Jonathan Kim, Robert Hines, Warren Hoburg, Matthew Dominick, Kayla Barron, Jessica Watkins, from L-R kneeling, Francisco Rubio, Loral O’Hara, Jasmin Moghbeli, Zena Cardman, and Raja Chari. Bill Ingalls/Courtesy NASA/Handout via REUTERS

NASA named 12 astronauts on Wednesday to the U.S. space agency's first new class of space fliers in five years, chosen from a record 18,300 applicants, for a new era of space travel.

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