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‘Space taxis’ to ferry NASA astronauts by 2017

Jan 30, 15 ‘Space taxis’ to ferry NASA astronauts by 2017

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NASA astronauts could travel to the International Space Station in American-made “space taxis” no later than 2017, Boeing and SpaceX said. Both companies have said that they’re on pace to meet NASA’s projections and reduce U.S. dependence on Russian spacecraft.

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‘LightSail’ spacecraft to surf on sunlight

Jan 29, 15 ‘LightSail’ spacecraft to surf on sunlight

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The Planetary Society announced plans on Monday to test a new means of space travel using beams of sunlight. The aptly-named "LightSail" spacecraft would be launched for a test flight aboard an Atlas V rocket in May -- paving the way for a full-fledged flight in 2016 -- according to a statement released by the U.S.-based space advocacy and exploration group.

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Life skills: Stargazing for beginners

Jan 29, 15 Life skills: Stargazing for beginners

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Carl Sagan nailed it. "Even today, the most jaded city dweller can be unexpectedly moved upon encountering a clear night sky studded with thousands of twinkling stars," he wrote. "When it happens to me after all these years it still takes my breath away." The magic that dazzled Sagan can be enjoyed by anyone with just a modicum of planning, expense and effort.

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Boeing, SpaceX will beat Russia on price for astronaut rides

Jan 28, 15 Boeing, SpaceX will beat Russia on price for astronaut rides

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NASA expects to save millions of dollars sending astronauts to the International Space Station, once its commercial crew program starts flying in a couple of years. SpaceX and Boeing said Monday that they are on track to carry out their first manned test flights to the space station in 2017.

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Rosetta comet ‘pouring’ more water into space

Jan 26, 15 Rosetta comet ‘pouring’ more water into space

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New details provided by the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft has revealed a significant increase in the amount of water “pouring” out of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, on which the mission’s Philae lander touched down in November.

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New frictionless technology could secure future of space

Jan 25, 15 New frictionless technology could secure future of space

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What if a planetary exploration mission were jeopardised by a stuck axle or a misaligned gear cog? What if grease clogged up a delicate sensor on a lunar rover? These are some of the nightmare scenarios researchers in Madrid claim to have banished with the successful development of a drive mechanism in which none of the mechanical parts actually touch each other.

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Rosetta probe sends back amazing new photos of Comet 67P

Jan 25, 15 Rosetta probe sends back amazing new photos of Comet 67P

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The European Space Agency has released its first research findings, and a tranche of new photographs of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which the Rosetta probe has been photographing since its Philae lander was lost on the surface of the comet last year.

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Google invests big in SpaceX

Jan 23, 15 Google invests big in SpaceX

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Google Inc. and Fidelity Investments have invested $1 billion into SpaceX, valuing the private spaceflight company at more than $10 billion. Google is reportedly interested in CEO Elon Musk’s plan for a fleet of Internet-broadcasting satellites after its own satellite project fell through.

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Scientists observe ‘fast radio burst’ in real time

Jan 22, 15 Scientists observe ‘fast radio burst’ in real time

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The latest astronomy milestone lasted only a matter of milliseconds. A team of scientists led by Emily Petroff of Swinburne University of Technology revealed in the most recent issue of “Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society” it had observed a “fast radio burst” in real time in May using the Parkes Radio Telescope in eastern Australia.

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Dawn closes in on dwarf planet Ceres

Jan 21, 15 Dawn closes in on dwarf planet Ceres

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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has taken new images of dwarf planet Ceres. The photos show the planet at 27 pixels across, three times better than the calibration images the spacecraft took in early December. These images will be the first in a series that will be taken for navigation purposes during the approach to Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

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