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US Astronomers Discover Planet With Two Suns

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 5:57 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. astronomers say they have for the first time identified a planet circling two suns. The U.S. space agency NASA Thursday introduced a planet they are calling Kepler-16b, for the Kepler telescope used to sight the celestial body. Kepler-16b is inhospitable and cold — unlikely to be home sweet home for any extraterrestrials. But project […]

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NASA Unveils Plans for New Manned Spacecraft

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 1:07 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. space agency NASA has announced plans for its next line of rockets that will carry astronauts into space now that the space shuttles have been retired. NASA chief Charles Bolden unveiled plans for the $35 billion Space Launch System Wednesday, saying NASA is taking U.S. President Barack Obama’s challenge to “be bold and […]

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Russia Announces Next Manned Space Flights

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 11:51 am (UTC-5)
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Russia has announced the dates of its next manned space flights, after delaying previously scheduled missions following the crash of an unmanned Soyuz rocket carrying cargo to the International Space Station. In a statement Tuesday, Russia’s space agency Roskosmos said the next manned space flights are now set for November 12 and December 20. The […]

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NASA: Space Station May Be Evacuated

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. officials say the International Space Station may need to be temporarily evacuated unless Russia proceeds with the launching of its Soyuz rockets by November. NASA space station program manager Mike Suffredini said the six astronauts aboard the ISS may have to leave the craft unless Russian scientists discover what caused last week’s crash of […]

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Russia Delays Missions To and From Space Station

Posted August 29th, 2011 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s space agency has announced that it will delay the return of three crew members from the International Space Station and postpone the launch of three new crew members after an unmanned supply ship crashed last week. Alexei Krasnov, the head of Russia’s manned spaceflight program, said Monday the return of three astronauts from the […]

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Putin Orders Improved Oversight at Russian Space Agency

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian space agency to improve its oversight of spacecraft production after an unmanned rocket crashed shortly after launch Wednesday. Thursday’s comments were Mr. Putin’s first public response to the incident. It was the second failed launch for the Russian agency, know as Roscosmos, in less than a […]

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Search Underway for Remains of Russian Spacecraft

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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An aerial search is underway in Russia’s Siberia region for the remains of an unmanned Russian spacecraft that crashed shortly after the launch of a rocket that failed to send it into orbit. The Russian Progress M-12M was carrying supplies for the International Space Station when it went down Wednesday in Russia’s Altai province. The […]

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Unmanned Russian Supply Ship for Space Station Crashes

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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An unmanned Russian spacecraft carrying supplies for the International Space Station has crashed into Russia’s Siberia region shortly after the launch of a rocket that failed to send it into orbit. The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, says the Soyuz rocket suffered a failure Wednesday about five-and-a-half minutes into its flight from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur cosmodrome. The […]

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Space Shuttle Columbia Fuel Tank Found in Dried Up Texas Lake

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The severe drought in eastern Texas has exposed a grim artifact. A piece of the ill-fated Space Shuttle Columbia was found in a dried-up lake north of Houston, Texas. NASA engineers confirm that the large globe-shaped piece was one of 18 fuel tanks that plunged to Earth or disintegrated when Columbia broke apart upon reentry […]

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Atlantis Completes Final Landing of Shuttle Era

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The space shuttle Atlantis returned home Thursday, bringing NASA’s final shuttle mission to an end after three decades. Hundreds of well-wishers and onlookers welcomed the four astronauts aboard Atlantis as it touched down just before 10:00 UTC at the Kennedy Space Center in the southeastern state of Florida. Commander Christopher Ferguson said that after serving […]

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