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FILE PHOTO: A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, carrying the U.S. Air Force’s Space Test Program-2 mission, is shown during launch preparation at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., June 24, 2019. REUTERS/Steve Nesius/File Photo

As Elon Musk's SpaceX closes in on the possible cause of a fiery explosion in April that destroyed one of its astronaut capsules, a company executive said on Monday its plan to launch humans into space this year looked "increasingly difficult."

Science & Spacein a day

Spectators leave a viewing gallery after India's second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, was called off, in Sriharikota, India, July 15, 2019. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar

India's space agency said it delayed the launch of its second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, in the early hours of Monday due to a "technical snag" which was observed less than an hour before the scheduled liftoff.

World Newsin 3 days

FILE PHOTO: A model of Tiangong 2 space laboratory by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation is displayed at China Beijing International High-tech Expo in Beijing, China June 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Lee

China's manned space lab Tiangong-2 has finished experiments and will re-enter Earth's atmosphere on July 19, authorities said on Saturday.

Science & Spacein 5 days

FILE PHOTO: Bill Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator, NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA  Headquarters, speaks during a press conference announcing that NASA is opening the International Space Station for commercial business so U.S. industry innovation and ingenuity can accelerate a commercial economy in low-Earth orbit at the NASDAQ Market site, at Times Square in New York City, U.S., June 7, 2019.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

As NASA scrambles to meet U.S. President Donald Trump's mandate to return humans to the moon by 2024, two longtime heads of NASA's human exploration wing were demoted Wednesday in a slew of administrative shakeups, officials said in an internal memo.

Science & Spacein 5 days

Virgin Orbit's chief engineer Kevin Sagis kisses the tip of a test rocket underneath the wing of a modified Boeing 747 jetliner prior to its takeoff and drop test of its high-altitude launch system for satellites from Mojave, California, U.S. July 10, 2019.       REUTERS/Mike Blake

Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit on Wednesday released a rocket from the wing of a modified Boeing 747 jetliner in mid-air in a key test of its high-altitude launch system for satellites, the company said.

Science & Spacein an hour

University of Colorado Boulder director of NASA/NLSI Lunar University Network for Astrophysics Research Jack Burns, who is working with NASA to put telescopes on the moon by using telerobotic technology, stands for a portrait at the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder, Colorado, U.S., June 24, 2019.  REUTERS/Michael Ciaglo

As the United States races to put humans back on the moon for the first time in nearly 50 years, a NASA-funded lab in Colorado aims to send robots there to deploy telescopes that will look far into our galaxy, remotely operated by orbiting astronauts.

Environmentin 20 hours

Employees work in a laboratory at Aleph Farms, an Israeli company producing lab-grown steak from cow cells, in Rehovot, Israel June 26, 2019. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Diners in some upmarket restaurants will soon be able to tuck into laboratory-grown steak, thanks to an Israeli startup that seeks to tap into consumer concerns about health, the environment and animal welfare.

Science & Spacein 5 days

An investigation is under way after a European Vega rocket failed after take-off, destroying a military observation satellite as it was about to be placed in orbit for the United Arab Emirates, European space authorities said on Thursday.

ESGin 6 days

Mercedes Vila, co-founder of Biotech Foods, works in the company's laboratory in San Sebastian, Spain, June 19, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent West

(This July 9 story corrects to change company name to Biotech Foods in paragraph five.)

Science & Spacein 13 days

FILE PHOTO: An American archaeology student unearths a skeleton during excavation works at the first-ever Philistine cemetery at Ashkelon National Park in southern Israel June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo

The ancient Philistines, the Biblical villains whose origins have puzzled scholars for decades, came to the Middle East from southern Europe more than 3,000 years ago, new DNA testing has shown.

Science & Spacein 21 hours

University of Colorado Boulder director of NASA/NLSI Lunar University Network for Astrophysics Research Jack Burns points out locations on a lunar globe at the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder, Colorado, U.S., June 24, 2019. REUTERS/Michael Ciaglo

As countries and companies rush to build infrastructure on the moon, some researchers are planning to dig under its rocky soil to unlock mysteries about Earth that have eluded scientists since astronauts first stepped foot on its surface a half century ago.

Business Newsin 5 days

Logo of Bayer AG is pictured at the annual results news conference of the German drugmaker in Leverkusen, Germany February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Brazilian cotton producers in the state of Mato Grosso on Thursday sued Bayer AG <BAYGn.DE>, seeking to cancel the chemical company's patent protection for its Bollgard II RR Flex genetically modified cotton seed, according to a statement sent to Reuters.

ESGin 13 days

July 3, 2019; Lyon, FRA; The United States players warm up during a Team USA training session in preparation for the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 at Lyon Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports

With the United States preparing to play in the women's World Cup final the team's fight for pay equity resurfaced on Wednesday with the Democratic Women's Caucus demanding answers from U.S. Soccer chief Carlos Cordeiro.

Science & Spacein 13 days

A solar eclipse is observed at Coquimbo, Chile, July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido

Hundreds of thousands of tourists scattered across the north Chilean desert on Tuesday to experience a rare, and irresistible combination for astronomy buffs: a total eclipse of the sun viewed from beneath the world's clearest skies.

Science & Spacein 14 days

People watch the solar eclipse near ESO Observatory at Coquimbo, Chile July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido

In the minutes before a solar eclipse plunged Chile into darkness, a loudspeaker projected a deep baritone to a group of blind men and women who had traveled to the Atacama desert to "hear" what hundreds of thousands of others had come to see.

Science & Spacein 14 days

 The Ascent Abort-2 flight test of NASA's Orion spacecraft's emergency launch abort system lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Thom Baur

An unmanned full-scale NASA crew capsule blasted off from a Florida launchpad on Tuesday in a successful test of the spacecraft's abort thrusters, an astronaut safety device that will be key as the agency works to return humans to the moon by 2024. 

World Newsin 14 days

FILE PHOTO: People march in Budapest during a protest against government plans to overhaul the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, June 2, 2019. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo/File Photo

Hungarian lawmakers passed legislation on Tuesday to tighten state control of research bodies run by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA), overriding protests against the latest step to expand the government's role in public life.

Science & Spacein 15 days

This artist's impression shows the first-known interstellar object to visit the solar system, 'Oumuamua, which was discovered on October 19, 2017, by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii, U.S., with subsequent observations from ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile and other observatories around the world. European Southern Obervatory/M. Kornmesser/Handout via REUTERS

After investigating the nature of a mysterious and apparently cigar-shaped object called 'Oumuamua spotted in 2017 speeding through our solar system, astronomers remain uncertain over how to classify it, but are confident it is not an alien spaceship.

Science & Spacein 18 days

Three video tapes bought by a NASA intern in 1976, which according to Sotheby's is said to be the only surviving original Apollo 11 recording of man's first steps on the moon, are shown in this handout photo taken June 14, 2019, and obtained by Reuters June 27, 2019. Courtesy Sotheby's/Handout via REUTERS.

A one-time NASA intern who bought a truckload of videotapes to resell them may end up a millionaire next month when Sotheby's auctions what it says is the only surviving original recording of man's first steps on the moon 50 years ago.

Science & Spacein 19 days

FILE PHOTO: Titan, Saturn's largest moon appears before the planet as it undergoes seasonal changes in this natural color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft in this handout released by NASA August 29, 2012.    REUTERS/ NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

NASA plans to send a drone named Dragonfly to Saturn's biggest moon, Titan, the agency said Thursday, announcing the space agency's latest high-profile mission to explore the solar system for clues on humanity's origins. "Today I am proud to announce that our next New Frontiers mission, Dragonfly, will explore Saturn's largest moon, Titan," NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a video teleconference.

Science & Spacein 17 hours

FILE PHOTO: A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, carrying the U.S. Air Force’s Space Test Program-2 mission, is shown during launch preparation at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., June 24, 2019. REUTERS/Steve Nesius/File Photo

As Elon Musk's SpaceX closes in on the possible cause of a fiery explosion in April that destroyed one of its astronaut capsules, a company executive said on Monday its plan to launch humans into space this year looked "increasingly difficult."

Science & Spacein a day

Spectators leave a viewing gallery after India's second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, was called off, in Sriharikota, India, July 15, 2019. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar

India's space agency said it delayed the launch of its second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, in the early hours of Monday due to a "technical snag" which was observed less than an hour before the scheduled liftoff.

World Newsin 3 days

FILE PHOTO: A model of Tiangong 2 space laboratory by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation is displayed at China Beijing International High-tech Expo in Beijing, China June 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Lee

China's manned space lab Tiangong-2 has finished experiments and will re-enter Earth's atmosphere on July 19, authorities said on Saturday.

Science & Spacein 5 days

FILE PHOTO: Bill Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator, NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA  Headquarters, speaks during a press conference announcing that NASA is opening the International Space Station for commercial business so U.S. industry innovation and ingenuity can accelerate a commercial economy in low-Earth orbit at the NASDAQ Market site, at Times Square in New York City, U.S., June 7, 2019.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

As NASA scrambles to meet U.S. President Donald Trump's mandate to return humans to the moon by 2024, two longtime heads of NASA's human exploration wing were demoted Wednesday in a slew of administrative shakeups, officials said in an internal memo.

Science & Spacein 5 days

Virgin Orbit's chief engineer Kevin Sagis kisses the tip of a test rocket underneath the wing of a modified Boeing 747 jetliner prior to its takeoff and drop test of its high-altitude launch system for satellites from Mojave, California, U.S. July 10, 2019.       REUTERS/Mike Blake

Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit on Wednesday released a rocket from the wing of a modified Boeing 747 jetliner in mid-air in a key test of its high-altitude launch system for satellites, the company said.

Science & Spacein an hour

University of Colorado Boulder director of NASA/NLSI Lunar University Network for Astrophysics Research Jack Burns, who is working with NASA to put telescopes on the moon by using telerobotic technology, stands for a portrait at the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder, Colorado, U.S., June 24, 2019.  REUTERS/Michael Ciaglo

As the United States races to put humans back on the moon for the first time in nearly 50 years, a NASA-funded lab in Colorado aims to send robots there to deploy telescopes that will look far into our galaxy, remotely operated by orbiting astronauts.

Environmentin 20 hours

Employees work in a laboratory at Aleph Farms, an Israeli company producing lab-grown steak from cow cells, in Rehovot, Israel June 26, 2019. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Diners in some upmarket restaurants will soon be able to tuck into laboratory-grown steak, thanks to an Israeli startup that seeks to tap into consumer concerns about health, the environment and animal welfare.

Science & Spacein 5 days

An investigation is under way after a European Vega rocket failed after take-off, destroying a military observation satellite as it was about to be placed in orbit for the United Arab Emirates, European space authorities said on Thursday.

ESGin 6 days

Mercedes Vila, co-founder of Biotech Foods, works in the company's laboratory in San Sebastian, Spain, June 19, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent West

(This July 9 story corrects to change company name to Biotech Foods in paragraph five.)

Science & Spacein 13 days

FILE PHOTO: An American archaeology student unearths a skeleton during excavation works at the first-ever Philistine cemetery at Ashkelon National Park in southern Israel June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo

The ancient Philistines, the Biblical villains whose origins have puzzled scholars for decades, came to the Middle East from southern Europe more than 3,000 years ago, new DNA testing has shown.

Science & Spacein 21 hours

University of Colorado Boulder director of NASA/NLSI Lunar University Network for Astrophysics Research Jack Burns points out locations on a lunar globe at the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder, Colorado, U.S., June 24, 2019. REUTERS/Michael Ciaglo

As countries and companies rush to build infrastructure on the moon, some researchers are planning to dig under its rocky soil to unlock mysteries about Earth that have eluded scientists since astronauts first stepped foot on its surface a half century ago.

Business Newsin 5 days

Logo of Bayer AG is pictured at the annual results news conference of the German drugmaker in Leverkusen, Germany February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Brazilian cotton producers in the state of Mato Grosso on Thursday sued Bayer AG <BAYGn.DE>, seeking to cancel the chemical company's patent protection for its Bollgard II RR Flex genetically modified cotton seed, according to a statement sent to Reuters.

ESGin 13 days

July 3, 2019; Lyon, FRA; The United States players warm up during a Team USA training session in preparation for the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 at Lyon Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports

With the United States preparing to play in the women's World Cup final the team's fight for pay equity resurfaced on Wednesday with the Democratic Women's Caucus demanding answers from U.S. Soccer chief Carlos Cordeiro.

Science & Spacein 13 days

A solar eclipse is observed at Coquimbo, Chile, July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido

Hundreds of thousands of tourists scattered across the north Chilean desert on Tuesday to experience a rare, and irresistible combination for astronomy buffs: a total eclipse of the sun viewed from beneath the world's clearest skies.

Science & Spacein 14 days

People watch the solar eclipse near ESO Observatory at Coquimbo, Chile July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido

In the minutes before a solar eclipse plunged Chile into darkness, a loudspeaker projected a deep baritone to a group of blind men and women who had traveled to the Atacama desert to "hear" what hundreds of thousands of others had come to see.

Science & Spacein 14 days

 The Ascent Abort-2 flight test of NASA's Orion spacecraft's emergency launch abort system lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Thom Baur

An unmanned full-scale NASA crew capsule blasted off from a Florida launchpad on Tuesday in a successful test of the spacecraft's abort thrusters, an astronaut safety device that will be key as the agency works to return humans to the moon by 2024. 

World Newsin 14 days

FILE PHOTO: People march in Budapest during a protest against government plans to overhaul the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, June 2, 2019. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo/File Photo

Hungarian lawmakers passed legislation on Tuesday to tighten state control of research bodies run by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA), overriding protests against the latest step to expand the government's role in public life.

Science & Spacein 15 days

This artist's impression shows the first-known interstellar object to visit the solar system, 'Oumuamua, which was discovered on October 19, 2017, by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii, U.S., with subsequent observations from ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile and other observatories around the world. European Southern Obervatory/M. Kornmesser/Handout via REUTERS

After investigating the nature of a mysterious and apparently cigar-shaped object called 'Oumuamua spotted in 2017 speeding through our solar system, astronomers remain uncertain over how to classify it, but are confident it is not an alien spaceship.

Science & Spacein 18 days

Three video tapes bought by a NASA intern in 1976, which according to Sotheby's is said to be the only surviving original Apollo 11 recording of man's first steps on the moon, are shown in this handout photo taken June 14, 2019, and obtained by Reuters June 27, 2019. Courtesy Sotheby's/Handout via REUTERS.

A one-time NASA intern who bought a truckload of videotapes to resell them may end up a millionaire next month when Sotheby's auctions what it says is the only surviving original recording of man's first steps on the moon 50 years ago.

Science & Spacein 19 days

FILE PHOTO: Titan, Saturn's largest moon appears before the planet as it undergoes seasonal changes in this natural color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft in this handout released by NASA August 29, 2012.    REUTERS/ NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

NASA plans to send a drone named Dragonfly to Saturn's biggest moon, Titan, the agency said Thursday, announcing the space agency's latest high-profile mission to explore the solar system for clues on humanity's origins. "Today I am proud to announce that our next New Frontiers mission, Dragonfly, will explore Saturn's largest moon, Titan," NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a video teleconference.

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