Space Exploration

‘UFO’ in Congo jungle turns out to be internet balloon

‘UFO’ in Congo jungle turns out to be internet balloon

Published 25/08/2020

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - An unidentified flying object parachuted into dense Congo jungle to the confusion of local authorities, who detained two [more…]

Mystery of the dimming of massive star Betelgeuse explained

Mystery of the dimming of massive star Betelgeuse explained

Published 14/08/2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Astronomers have determined the cause of the dramatic dimming observed last year and earlier this year of one of the brightest stars [more…]

Dwarf planet Ceres is ‘ocean world’ with salty water deep underground

Dwarf planet Ceres is ‘ocean world’ with salty water deep underground

Published 10/08/2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, is an “ocean world” with a big reservoir of salty [more…]

Abu Dhabi’s Tawazun to build satellite centre with Airbus

Abu Dhabi’s Tawazun to build satellite centre with Airbus

Published 05/08/2020

DUBAI (Reuters) - Abu Dhabi state defence and security entity Tawazun is to build a satellite assembly, integration and testing centre with Airbus in the [more…]

‘It came alive:’ Astronauts recount wild ride home on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon

‘It came alive:’ Astronauts recount wild ride home on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon

Published 05/08/2020

(Reuters) - U.S. astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, home two days from a landmark mission as NASA’s first crew to fly a privately built [more…]

Virgin Galactic’s Branson to fly into space in early 2021

Virgin Galactic’s Branson to fly into space in early 2021

Published 03/08/2020

(Reuters) - Billionaire Richard Branson will fly into space on a Virgin Galactic rocketship early next year, the space tourism company he founded said on [more…]

NASA astronauts cap historic ‘odyssey’ aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule

NASA astronauts cap historic ‘odyssey’ aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule

Published 03/08/2020

(Reuters) - U.S. astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who flew to the International Space Station in SpaceX’s new Crew Dragon, splashed down in the [more…]

NASA astronauts riding SpaceX capsule poised for Sunday return

NASA astronauts riding SpaceX capsule poised for Sunday return

Published 02/08/2020

(Reuters) - The two NASA astronauts who rode to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX’s new Crew Dragon are heading home for a Sunday splashdown [more…]

NASA launches new rover to search for signs of past Martian life

NASA launches new rover to search for signs of past Martian life

Published 31/07/2020

(This July 30 story refiles to add details on previous NASA rovers, landers) By Joey Roulette (Reuters) - NASA’s next-generation Mars rover Perseverance blasted off [more…]

NASA set to launch robotic rover to seek signs of past Martian life

NASA set to launch robotic rover to seek signs of past Martian life

Published 30/07/2020

(Reuters) - NASA is set to launch an ambitious mission to Mars on Thursday with the liftoff of its next-generation Perseverance rover, a six-wheeled robot [more…]