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Docking aborted for Russia’s first humanoid robot in space

Russia's space industry has suffered a series of setbacks from accidents and corruption scandals in recent years.

Elon Musk’s ‘Starman’ makes its first complete orbit around the Sun

At the time of orbit completion, Starman and his Roadster had reportedly travelled over 1.22 billion kilometres.

‘Indestructible’ tardigrades may be alive on the Moon

Tardigrades can revive from being dried out to a lifeless husk for decades, and withstand near-zero pressure in outer space.

Pakistan aims to send first astronaut into space by 2022

Pakistan's programme is announced 50 years after the US Apollo 11 mission put the first man on the moon.

France to develop anti-satellite laser weapons

The United States, Russia and China have been heavily investing in technology for space, which is seen as a new military frontier.

India launches spacecraft on Moon-landing mission

The launch comes a week after a fuel leak forced a previous attempt to be scrubbed 56 minutes before the scheduled blast-off.

Apollo moon rocks shed new light on Earth’s volcanoes

By examining samples from the moon, scientists are analysing how gravity affects the magma within rocky bodies billions of years ago.

France’s Macron announces creation of a new space force command

France's declared interest in boosting its military readiness in space follows increased spending and interest in the area by the United States, China and Russia.

Russia launches space telescope

Russia launches a space telescope in a joint mission with Germany intended to map X-rays across the sky and replace a project lost in January.

The Moon now has hundreds of artifacts. Should they be protected?

Experts are calling to grant heritage status to lunar sites marked with NASA artefacts to protect them from future tourists and human activity.

Japan’s asteroid probe Hayabusa2 set for final touchdown

Japan's Hayabusa2 probe began descending for its final touchdown on a distant asteroid, hoping to collect samples that could shed light on the evolution of the solar system.

How visions of the Moon inspired centuries of storytellers

The Moon continues to capture the imagination of storytellers, as it has for centuries.

The mission of a lifetime: A drone on Titan in 2034

Nasa scientist Elizabeth Turtle gets her project to send a drone quadcopter to Titan, Saturn's largest moon, approved.

Centuries of Moon depictions on display in New York

Some 400 years of depictions of the Moon, particularly via photography, are going on display at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing.

Guardians of Apollo: The curators preserving the Moon mission’s legacy

Curators at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's annex in Washington DC help to preserve the relics of the historic NASA moon landing missions.

A Martian methane belch melts away

NASA's Curiosity Rover detects the highest-ever levels of methane gas over the course of its seven-year mission on the Red Planet, raising hopes it could be evidence of the existence of microbial life.

Costs, delays mount for Boeing’s NASA launch system, audit finds

NASA's flagship space launch system which is being built by Boeing is taking longer than expected with cost overruns of nearly US$2 billion.

What happened to the Apollo goodwill moon rocks?

While some hold pride of place in museums and scientific institutions, many others are unaccounted for.

SpaceX postpones Starlink satellite launch again, for ‘about a week’

SpaceX's latest launch has been postponed for a week due to weather conditions, in addition to necessary checks and software updates conducted by the Elon Musk-owned company.

Musk gets head start on Bezos launching SpaceX’s satellites

Elon Musk's SpaceX poised to launch orbital constellation which beams broadband to areas on Earth with limited access to the internet, a wager fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos is also betting on.

Trump seeks extra US$1.6 bln in Nasa spending under goal of...

Trump administration is requesting Congress to increase NASA spending by nearly US$2 billion to move closer towards its goal of returning American astronauts to the moon by 2024.

Single Indian rocket puts satellites in three orbits, in first for...

The launch came less than a week after India used an anti-satellite missile to take down one of its own satellites.

NASA publishes images of the meteor no one saw

A powerful meteor which appeared just above the Bering Sea on Dec 18, exploded releasing around 173 kilotonnes of energy, more than 10 times that of the atomic bomb blast over Hiroshima in WW2.

SpaceX capsule on big mission begins return to Earth

It represents the first private mission to the International Space Station, as well as the first time a space vessel capable of carrying people was launched by the US in eight years.

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