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Space hunter: Scientists pin alien exoplanet hopes to NASA’s latest sky scanner (VIDEO)

Mankind’s hunt for alien life and potentially habitable planets continues Monday, when a new rocket will push through the Earth’s atmosphere carrying precious NASA cargo. Instead of the regular care packages usually sent to NASA astronauts on the International Space Station, SpaceX hopes to fire an exoplanet satellite known as TESS into the great expanse. As it stands, US Air ...

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Between a defunct satellite & nuclear space towboat: Russia feels its way to profiting in space

The revival of space launches from a sea platform serves as a pilot project for Russia’s space agency’s ability to benefit from private capital. Neglecting the commercial aspects of spaceflight is no longer an option. Russian space agency Roscosmos has long ignored the arrival of private firms in the space industry, and the result has been the loss of international ...

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NASA sends bull & human sperm into space for reproduction study

NASA has sent vials of frozen bull and human sperm samples to the International Space Station as part of a study aiming to determine whether mammals can conceive in zero gravity. The frozen supplies for the experiment, dubbed Micro-11, were delivered to the ISS aboard SpaceX’s Dragon capsule. Astronauts will now thaw and chemically active the samples using a unique ...

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Space plane mystery: What is US Air Force X-37B doing in orbit? (POLL)

The US Air Force’s top secret X-37B space plane has spent the last 200 days in orbit whizzing around our pale blue dot. But what exactly is it, and why is it spending so long in space? This is the fifth time since first launching back in 2010 that the aircraft has passed the 200-day mark. All previous four missions ...

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First-ever luxury space hotel to be launched into orbit in 2021

Tourists will soon have a new travel destination as startup Orion Span plans to open a luxury hotel in orbit 200 miles above the Earth in late 2021. The single-module commercial space station will start accommodating guests in 2022. It will include “private suites for two, the most number of windows ever created for spaceflight, weightlessness, and the world’s only ...

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Incredible psychedelic phytoplankton bloom captured from space (PHOTO)

Spring has sprung in the ocean, and with an incredible psychedelic effect. NASA’s stunning snap of a vibrant phytoplankton bloom in the North Atlantic could pass for a Van Gogh masterpiece. NASA’s ocean division shared the awesome image, captured by the Earth orbiting Aqua satellite on March 27, which shows the microscopic marine plants in full fluorescent bloom. Also known ...

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72 baffling bright & fast explosions spotted in space

Baffled astronomers are struggling to explain their discovery of 72 exceptionally rapid flashes of light which are unlike anything previously observed in space. The events resemble a supernova – the explosion of huge stars at the end of their lives – but are far more fleeting, visible for only a week to a month. For comparison, supernova events last for ...

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Faulty Chinese space station burns in atmosphere as space-watchers guess its crash site

Chinese space station Tiangong-1, whose imminent crash space-watchers have awaited with bated breath, has pierced the Earth’s atmosphere over the South Pacific, Chinese state media says. Most of it has reportedly burned up. The space station made its long-awaited re-entry in the central region of the South Pacific at 8:15 am [00:15 GMT] on Monday, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported, ...

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Countdown to re-entry: Burning space station to hit Earth in ‘next 12 hours’ (VIDEO)

An out-of-control Chinese space station is expected to hit Earth in the next 12 hours. However, experts tracking the decaying orbiter admit they still have no idea exactly where the debris will land. Launched in 2011, the Tiangong-1 was China’s first space station. Ostensibly a pilot mission for the Tiangong-2 space laboratory, the first of China’s orbiters hosted two manned ...

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