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SpaceX Dragon capsule reaches space station

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CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - A Space Exploration Technologies cargo ship carrying an experimental 3-D printer and a habitat with 20 mice arrived at the International Space Station on Tuesday, ending a two-day journey.

TV dwells on disaster in covering climate science: study

OSLO - Television news tends to focus on disasters such as droughts or floods in covering scientific findings about climate change, an approach that may exaggerate pessimism about the subject, according to a new study.

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India's Mars mission a step closer to success with engine test

NEW DELHI - Indian scientists successfully tested the main engine of a spacecraft bound for Mars on Monday and performed a course correction that puts the low-cost project on track to enter the red planet's orbit.

22 Sep 2014

Aireon to offer satellite tracking free to help search for missing planes

NEW YORK - Aireon LLC, a provider of satellite-based aircraft monitoring, said on Monday it will offer its tracking data for free to help authorities search for future missing planes.

22 Sep 2014

NASA robotic probe slips into orbit around Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla - A NASA robotic spacecraft fired its braking rockets on Sunday, ending a 10-month journey to put itself into orbit around Mars and begin a hunt for the planet’s lost water.

22 Sep 2014

No quick fix in U.S. bid to end reliance on Russian rocket engines

WASHINGTON - The U.S. drive to end its reliance on Russian rocket motors got a boost this week when Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos unveiled a new engine project, but officials and industry insiders say it will take years and hundreds of millions of dollars to develop a locally built alternative.

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NASA spacecraft approaches Mars to seek answers to lost water

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla - A NASA spacecraft designed to investigate how Mars lost its water is expected to put itself into orbit around the Red Planet on Sunday after a 10-month journey.

20 Sep 2014

U.N. aviation body to mull space safety as space taxis ready for flight

MONTREAL - The United Nation's civil aviation body, currently wrestling with how to help airlines maintain safety over conflict zones, is taking first steps toward protection for commercial vessels in space.

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It's not a small world after all: world population will soar

WASHINGTON - Contrary to some earlier projections, the world's population will soar through the end of the 21st century thanks largely to sub-Saharan Africa's higher-than-expected birth rates, United Nations and other population experts said on Thursday.

18 Sep 2014

SpaceX breaks ground on Texas orbital launch facility

SAN ANTONIO - Privately owned SpaceX started construction in south Texas on Monday for what the company said will be the first private commercial orbital launch facility in the world.

22 Sep 2014
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U.S. forecasts more than 500,000 Ebola cases in West Africa

NEW YORK/GENEVA - Global experts issued stark new warnings of the scale of West Africa's Ebola outbreak on Tuesday, with the U.S. government estimating between 550,000 and 1.4 million people might be infected in the region by January. | Video