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Science & Space15 hours ago

An artist's conception shows NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope as it begins its "Beyond" mission phase on Oct. 1, 2016.   NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (IPAC)/Handout via REUTERS

Direct observations from a NASA space telescope have for the first time revealed the atmospheric void of a rocky, Earth-sized world beyond our own solar system orbiting the most common type of star in the galaxy, according to a study released on Monday.

Science & Space20 hours ago

FILE PHOTO: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., August 8, 2019.  REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

The first American spacecraft expected to land on the moon in nearly 50 years will be an unmanned robotic lander built by closely held Astrobotic Technology Inc and launched in two years by United Launch Alliance's Vulcan rocket, the companies told Reuters on Monday.

Science & Space3 days ago

Smart Dragon-1 rocket, China's first rocket designed for commercial use, carrying three satellites lifts off from the launch pad at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu province, China August 17, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

A Chinese government space agency successfully launched on Saturday its first rocket meant for commercial use, state television CCTV reported, as firms in the country compete to join a commercial satellite boom.

Science & Space4 days ago

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine speaks to media during a visit to NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility where engineers are preparing to add the final section to the core stage of the rocket that will power NASA’s Artemis 1 lunar mission, in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., August 15, 2019.  REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Friday said Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama will anchor the U.S. space agency's program to build a spacecraft to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024, a boon for the state and a disappointment for Texas.

Science & Space5 days ago

The collision between a young Jupiter and a massive still-forming protoplanet in the early solar system is seen in this artist illustration, released on August 14, 2019.    Courtesy Kyosuke Suda and Yuki Akimoto/Mabuchi Design Office, Astrobiology Center, Japan/Handout via REUTERS

Jupiter, the solar system's largest planet, may have been smacked head-on by an embryonic planet 10 times Earth's mass not long after being formed, a monumental crash with apparent lasting effects on the Jovian core, scientists said on Thursday.

Environment5 days ago

The skull of an extinct cave bear from the Natural History Museum in Belgrade, Serbia, is seen in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters  August 15, 2019.    Rafal Kowalczyk/Handout via REUTERS

Genetic research that reconstructed the past population dynamics of the cave bear, a prominent prehistoric denizen of Europe, implicates Homo sapiens rather than climate cooling in the Ice Age extinction of these brawny plant-loving beasts.

Science & Space10 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Linkspace's engineers pack the reusable rocket RLV-T5, also known as NewLine Baby, onto a truck before a test launch on a vacant plot of land near the company's development site in Longkou, Shandong province, China, April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

Chinese startup LinkSpace on Saturday completed its third test of a reusable rocket in five months, stepping up the pace in China's race to develop a technology key to cheap space launches in an expected global boom in satellite deployment.

Science & Space4 days ago

Millions of years after the ancestors of humans evolved to lose their tails, a research team at Japan’s Keio University have built a robotic one they say could help unsteady elderly people keep their balance. Edward Baran reports.

Millions of years after the ancestors of humans evolved to lose their tails, a research team at Japan’s Keio University have built a robotic one they say could help unsteady elderly people keep their balance.

Science & Space12 days ago

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., August 8, 2019. Aboard is the fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite, designed to provide the U.S. military with highly-secure communications.  REUTERS/Joe Skipper

United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp, blasted off into space on Thursday morning, one of the final satellites for the U.S. Air Force's new secure communications network.

Science & Space11 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A seagull and a man look at each other on a warm spring day in the financial district of Canary Wharf in London, Britain May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

Britain's seaside towns are at war with their seagulls, urging visitors not to feed the birds in an effort to stop them snatching titbits like potato chips from tourists' hands.

Science & Space5 days ago

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine speaks to media during a visit to NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility where engineers are preparing to add the final section to the core stage of the rocket that will power NASA’s Artemis 1 lunar mission, in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., August 15, 2019.  REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

The head of NASA is set to announce plans on Friday to name the U.S. space agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama as headquarters for its human lunar lander program, signaling progress in its drive to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024, three people familiar with the plan said.

Science & Space13 days ago

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Israeli-owned Amos-17 commercial communications satellite, lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., August 6, 2019. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Space Communication said on Wednesday its Amos-17 communications satellite was launched into space and was enroute to its orbital position after separating from its SpaceX rocket.

Science & Space14 days ago

Small-satellite launch firm Rocket Lab announced on Tuesday a plan to recover the core booster of its Electron rocket using a helicopter, a bold cost-saving concept that, if successful, would make it the second company after Elon Musk's SpaceX to reuse an orbital-class rocket booster.

Business News18 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Starship prototype as seen on the day that SpaceX performs an untethered test of the company's Raptor engine mounted on a Starhopper rocket at their facility in Boca Chica, near Brownsville, Texas, U.S. July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Veronica G. Cardenas/File Photo

Elon Musk's SpaceX is expanding its facilities in Florida to make room for the space company's forthcoming super heavy-lift launch vehicle dubbed Starship, according to a draft of the plans seen by Reuters on Friday.

Science & Space18 days ago

The warped shape of the stellar disk of the Milky Way galaxy, determined by mapping the distribution of young stars called Cepheids with distances set out in light years, is seen in this illustration released on August 1, 2019.  Jan Skowron/University of Warsaw/Handout via REUTERS

Astronomers have created the most precise map to date of the Milky Way by tracking thousands of big pulsating stars spread throughout the galaxy, demonstrating that its disk of myriad stars is not flat but dramatically warped and twisted in shape.

Science & Space19 days ago

A Chinese government space agency is expected to launch its first rocket meant for commercial use in August, putting pressure on other domestic rocket firms to develop their own launch vehicles ahead of an expected commercial satellite boom.

Science & Space20 days ago

A small crowd-funded satellite promoted by TV host and science educator Bill Nye has been propelled into a higher orbit using only the force of sunlight blowing against its sail in space, a novel propulsion developers say could "democratize" spaceflight.

World News20 days ago

FILE PHOTO: The Hyperbola-1 rocket of Chinese space company iSpace is seen before its successful launch from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Gansu province, China July 25, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

Beijing-based startup iSpace is planning up to eight commercial rocket launches next year, after last week becoming China's first privately funded firm to put a satellite into orbit, its executives told Reuters.

Science & Space21 days ago

A complete fossil unearthed in Kootenay National Park in the Canadian Rockies of the marine creature Cambroraster falcatus, which lived 506 million years ago, showing the eyes and the body with paired swimming flaps below the large head carapace is seen in this image released by the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada,  July 30, 2019.  Jean-Bernard Caron/Royal Ontario Museum/Handout via REUTERS

Hundreds of fossils of a primordial sea creature with rake-like claws and a head resembling a famous fictional spaceship have been unearthed in Canada, providing a wealth of information about an important predator from a key time in the evolution of life on Earth.

Science & Space22 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Komodo dragons walk at the Komodo National Park in Indonesia's Komodo island October 4, 2011. REUTERS/Beawiharta/File Photo

Scientists have mapped the genome of the Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard, discovering intriguing secrets behind the impressive speed and endurance these cold-blooded predators muster by ratcheting up their metabolism to mammal-like levels.

Science & Space15 hours ago

An artist's conception shows NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope as it begins its "Beyond" mission phase on Oct. 1, 2016.   NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (IPAC)/Handout via REUTERS

Direct observations from a NASA space telescope have for the first time revealed the atmospheric void of a rocky, Earth-sized world beyond our own solar system orbiting the most common type of star in the galaxy, according to a study released on Monday.

Science & Space20 hours ago

FILE PHOTO: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., August 8, 2019.  REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

The first American spacecraft expected to land on the moon in nearly 50 years will be an unmanned robotic lander built by closely held Astrobotic Technology Inc and launched in two years by United Launch Alliance's Vulcan rocket, the companies told Reuters on Monday.

Science & Space3 days ago

Smart Dragon-1 rocket, China's first rocket designed for commercial use, carrying three satellites lifts off from the launch pad at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu province, China August 17, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

A Chinese government space agency successfully launched on Saturday its first rocket meant for commercial use, state television CCTV reported, as firms in the country compete to join a commercial satellite boom.

Science & Space4 days ago

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine speaks to media during a visit to NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility where engineers are preparing to add the final section to the core stage of the rocket that will power NASA’s Artemis 1 lunar mission, in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., August 15, 2019.  REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Friday said Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama will anchor the U.S. space agency's program to build a spacecraft to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024, a boon for the state and a disappointment for Texas.

Science & Space5 days ago

The collision between a young Jupiter and a massive still-forming protoplanet in the early solar system is seen in this artist illustration, released on August 14, 2019.    Courtesy Kyosuke Suda and Yuki Akimoto/Mabuchi Design Office, Astrobiology Center, Japan/Handout via REUTERS

Jupiter, the solar system's largest planet, may have been smacked head-on by an embryonic planet 10 times Earth's mass not long after being formed, a monumental crash with apparent lasting effects on the Jovian core, scientists said on Thursday.

Environment5 days ago

The skull of an extinct cave bear from the Natural History Museum in Belgrade, Serbia, is seen in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters  August 15, 2019.    Rafal Kowalczyk/Handout via REUTERS

Genetic research that reconstructed the past population dynamics of the cave bear, a prominent prehistoric denizen of Europe, implicates Homo sapiens rather than climate cooling in the Ice Age extinction of these brawny plant-loving beasts.

Science & Space10 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Linkspace's engineers pack the reusable rocket RLV-T5, also known as NewLine Baby, onto a truck before a test launch on a vacant plot of land near the company's development site in Longkou, Shandong province, China, April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

Chinese startup LinkSpace on Saturday completed its third test of a reusable rocket in five months, stepping up the pace in China's race to develop a technology key to cheap space launches in an expected global boom in satellite deployment.

Science & Space4 days ago

Millions of years after the ancestors of humans evolved to lose their tails, a research team at Japan’s Keio University have built a robotic one they say could help unsteady elderly people keep their balance. Edward Baran reports.

Millions of years after the ancestors of humans evolved to lose their tails, a research team at Japan’s Keio University have built a robotic one they say could help unsteady elderly people keep their balance.

Science & Space12 days ago

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., August 8, 2019. Aboard is the fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite, designed to provide the U.S. military with highly-secure communications.  REUTERS/Joe Skipper

United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp, blasted off into space on Thursday morning, one of the final satellites for the U.S. Air Force's new secure communications network.

Science & Space11 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A seagull and a man look at each other on a warm spring day in the financial district of Canary Wharf in London, Britain May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

Britain's seaside towns are at war with their seagulls, urging visitors not to feed the birds in an effort to stop them snatching titbits like potato chips from tourists' hands.

Science & Space5 days ago

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine speaks to media during a visit to NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility where engineers are preparing to add the final section to the core stage of the rocket that will power NASA’s Artemis 1 lunar mission, in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., August 15, 2019.  REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

The head of NASA is set to announce plans on Friday to name the U.S. space agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama as headquarters for its human lunar lander program, signaling progress in its drive to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024, three people familiar with the plan said.

Science & Space13 days ago

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Israeli-owned Amos-17 commercial communications satellite, lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., August 6, 2019. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Space Communication said on Wednesday its Amos-17 communications satellite was launched into space and was enroute to its orbital position after separating from its SpaceX rocket.

Science & Space14 days ago

Small-satellite launch firm Rocket Lab announced on Tuesday a plan to recover the core booster of its Electron rocket using a helicopter, a bold cost-saving concept that, if successful, would make it the second company after Elon Musk's SpaceX to reuse an orbital-class rocket booster.

Business News18 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Starship prototype as seen on the day that SpaceX performs an untethered test of the company's Raptor engine mounted on a Starhopper rocket at their facility in Boca Chica, near Brownsville, Texas, U.S. July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Veronica G. Cardenas/File Photo

Elon Musk's SpaceX is expanding its facilities in Florida to make room for the space company's forthcoming super heavy-lift launch vehicle dubbed Starship, according to a draft of the plans seen by Reuters on Friday.

Science & Space18 days ago

The warped shape of the stellar disk of the Milky Way galaxy, determined by mapping the distribution of young stars called Cepheids with distances set out in light years, is seen in this illustration released on August 1, 2019.  Jan Skowron/University of Warsaw/Handout via REUTERS

Astronomers have created the most precise map to date of the Milky Way by tracking thousands of big pulsating stars spread throughout the galaxy, demonstrating that its disk of myriad stars is not flat but dramatically warped and twisted in shape.

Science & Space19 days ago

A Chinese government space agency is expected to launch its first rocket meant for commercial use in August, putting pressure on other domestic rocket firms to develop their own launch vehicles ahead of an expected commercial satellite boom.

Science & Space20 days ago

A small crowd-funded satellite promoted by TV host and science educator Bill Nye has been propelled into a higher orbit using only the force of sunlight blowing against its sail in space, a novel propulsion developers say could "democratize" spaceflight.

World News20 days ago

FILE PHOTO: The Hyperbola-1 rocket of Chinese space company iSpace is seen before its successful launch from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Gansu province, China July 25, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

Beijing-based startup iSpace is planning up to eight commercial rocket launches next year, after last week becoming China's first privately funded firm to put a satellite into orbit, its executives told Reuters.

Science & Space21 days ago

A complete fossil unearthed in Kootenay National Park in the Canadian Rockies of the marine creature Cambroraster falcatus, which lived 506 million years ago, showing the eyes and the body with paired swimming flaps below the large head carapace is seen in this image released by the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada,  July 30, 2019.  Jean-Bernard Caron/Royal Ontario Museum/Handout via REUTERS

Hundreds of fossils of a primordial sea creature with rake-like claws and a head resembling a famous fictional spaceship have been unearthed in Canada, providing a wealth of information about an important predator from a key time in the evolution of life on Earth.

Science & Space22 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Komodo dragons walk at the Komodo National Park in Indonesia's Komodo island October 4, 2011. REUTERS/Beawiharta/File Photo

Scientists have mapped the genome of the Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard, discovering intriguing secrets behind the impressive speed and endurance these cold-blooded predators muster by ratcheting up their metabolism to mammal-like levels.

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