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Science & Space2 days ago

India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk III-M1 blasts off carrying Chandrayaan-1 from the Satish Dhawan space centre at Sriharikota, India, July 22, 2019. Indian Space Research Organisation/Handout via REUTERS

India launched a rocket into space on Monday in an attempt to safely land a rover on the moon, its most ambitious mission yet in the effort to establish itself as a low-cost space power.

World Newsa day ago

India plans to buy rocket engines from Russia for its national space program, RIA news agency cited Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov as saying during a visit to New Delhi on Monday.

Science & Spacea day ago

The merger of the Milky Way progenitor galaxy and the dwarf galaxy Gaia-Enceladus roughly 10 billion years ago (L) and the current appearance of the Milky Way galaxy (R) are shown in this artist's conception released by Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias in La Laguna, Spain on July 22, 2019.   Courtesy Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias/Handout via REUTERS

The Milky Way, home to our sun and billions of other stars, merged with another smaller galaxy in a colossal cosmic collision roughly 10 billion years ago, scientists said on Monday based on data from the Gaia space observatory.

Science & Space3 days ago

Buzz Aldrin applauds during a ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, U.S., July 20, 2019. REUTERS/Joey Roulette

Capping a week of celebrations over the historic Apollo 11 mission, Vice President Mike Pence joined astronaut Buzz Aldrin on Saturday at the launch pad in Florida that sent the moonwalker and his two crew mates to space for humankind's first steps on the lunar surface 50 years ago.

Science & Space3 days ago

U.S. President Donald Trump greets Apollo 11 Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin as first lady Melania Trump and guests look on during an Apollo 11 50th anniversary commemoration event in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 19, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

When President Donald Trump asked Buzz Aldrin, the second human ever to walk on the moon, what he thought about the United States' current ability to operate in space 50 years after the Apollo 11 mission, the ex-astronaut had a ready response.

Science & Space5 days ago

A life reconstruction of the newly discovered primitive Jurassic mammal Microdocodon gracilis is shown in this undated handout image obtained by Reuters July 18, 2019. April Neander/University of Chicago/Handout via REUTERS

A shrew-like primitive mammal that inhabited China 165 million years ago represents a milestone in mammalian evolution, scientists said on Thursday, boasting a key anatomical trait in its throat that helped usher in the era of polite table manners.

Science & Space6 days ago

The radio telescope at the Parkes Observatory is pictured at sunset near the town of Parkes, Australia July 15, 2019.  REUTERS/Stefica Nicol Bikes

It's known as "The Dish" and it soars above a nondescript paddock in rural Australia. Without it, hundreds of millions of people would never have seen all of the generation-defining footage of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon 50 years ago.

Science & Space7 days ago

U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong, the Apollo 11 Mission Commander, standing next to the Lunar Module "Eagle" on the moon July 20, 1969. REUTERS/Buzz Aldrin-NASA/Handout

The Apollo 11 astronauts who made mankind's first visit to the moon 50 years ago were trained in how to take pictures for science. Back on Earth, some of those photos became pop culture touchstones.

Science & Space2 days ago

A waiter takes a drink prepared by a robotic bartender in Karlovy Lazne Music Club in Prague, Czech Republic, July 17, 2019. REUTERS/David W Cerny

For revelers at one Prague megaclub, gone are the days of being squashed at the bar waiting to get a watered-down cocktail.

Science & Space4 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Tourists take pictures of a NASA sign at the Kennedy Space Center visitors complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida April 14, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

Unlike the Apollo program that put astronauts on the moon 50 years ago, NASA is gearing up for a long term presence on Earth's satellite that the agency says will eventually enable humans to reach Mars.

Science & Space6 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientists work on various modules of lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 at ISRO Satellite Integration and Test Establishment (ISITE) in Bengaluru, India, June 12, 2019. Picture taken through a green glass window. REUTERS/Chris Thomas/File Photo

India's space agency said on Thursday it would launch the country's second lunar mission on July 22, after the original launch was called off due to a 'technical snag' earlier this week.

Environment6 days ago

FILE PHOTO: An iceberg floats in Andvord Bay, Antarctica, February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Governments could stop the West Antarctic Ice Sheet from sliding into the ocean and submerging coastal cities by launching a last-ditch engineering project to blanket its surface with "artificial snow", according to a study released on Wednesday.

Science & Space7 days ago

Fifty years after humans first set foot on the moon, the rock samples collected by Apollo astronauts are being studied by volcanologists who believe they could help predict eruptions on Earth more accurately. Joe Davies reports.

Fifty years after humans first set foot on the moon, scientists believe rock samples collected by Apollo astronauts could help predict volcanic eruptions on Earth more accurately.

Science & Space7 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot for Apollo 11, poses for a photograph besides the deployed United States flag during an extravehicular activity (EVA) on the moon, July 20, 1969. The lunar module (LM) is on the left, and the footprints of the astronauts are visible in the soil. Neil Armstrong/NASA/Handout via REUTERS

Fifty years after their history-making voyage to the moon, Buzz Aldrin recalls the first moments of the Apollo 11 launch being so smooth that he and his two crewmates, Neil Armstrong and Mike Collins, were unsure precisely when they left the ground.

Science & Space7 days ago

Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins speaks at a panel discussion on the 50th anniversary of the launch, in Cocoa Beach, Florida, U.S., July 16, 2019. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins returned to the launch pad Tuesday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida where he flew to the moon 50 years ago along with the late Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

Science & Space7 days ago

Neil Armstrong's Pressure Suit, A7-L, Apollo 11, that he wore to walk on the moon July 20, 1969 is displayed in its new case at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, U.S., July 12, 2019.  Smithsonian Air and Space Museum/Jim Preston/Handout via REUTERS.

The spacesuit astronaut Neil Armstrong wore during his mission to the moon went on public display for the first time in 13 years on Tuesday, at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum exactly 50 years to the day when Apollo 11 launched into space.

Science & Space8 days ago

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.

Science & Space8 days ago

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."

Environment8 days ago

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 & Space8 days ago

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.

Science & Space2 days ago

India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk III-M1 blasts off carrying Chandrayaan-1 from the Satish Dhawan space centre at Sriharikota, India, July 22, 2019. Indian Space Research Organisation/Handout via REUTERS

India launched a rocket into space on Monday in an attempt to safely land a rover on the moon, its most ambitious mission yet in the effort to establish itself as a low-cost space power.

World Newsa day ago

India plans to buy rocket engines from Russia for its national space program, RIA news agency cited Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov as saying during a visit to New Delhi on Monday.

Science & Spacea day ago

The merger of the Milky Way progenitor galaxy and the dwarf galaxy Gaia-Enceladus roughly 10 billion years ago (L) and the current appearance of the Milky Way galaxy (R) are shown in this artist's conception released by Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias in La Laguna, Spain on July 22, 2019.   Courtesy Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias/Handout via REUTERS

The Milky Way, home to our sun and billions of other stars, merged with another smaller galaxy in a colossal cosmic collision roughly 10 billion years ago, scientists said on Monday based on data from the Gaia space observatory.

Science & Space3 days ago

Buzz Aldrin applauds during a ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, U.S., July 20, 2019. REUTERS/Joey Roulette

Capping a week of celebrations over the historic Apollo 11 mission, Vice President Mike Pence joined astronaut Buzz Aldrin on Saturday at the launch pad in Florida that sent the moonwalker and his two crew mates to space for humankind's first steps on the lunar surface 50 years ago.

Science & Space3 days ago

U.S. President Donald Trump greets Apollo 11 Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin as first lady Melania Trump and guests look on during an Apollo 11 50th anniversary commemoration event in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 19, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

When President Donald Trump asked Buzz Aldrin, the second human ever to walk on the moon, what he thought about the United States' current ability to operate in space 50 years after the Apollo 11 mission, the ex-astronaut had a ready response.

Science & Space5 days ago

A life reconstruction of the newly discovered primitive Jurassic mammal Microdocodon gracilis is shown in this undated handout image obtained by Reuters July 18, 2019. April Neander/University of Chicago/Handout via REUTERS

A shrew-like primitive mammal that inhabited China 165 million years ago represents a milestone in mammalian evolution, scientists said on Thursday, boasting a key anatomical trait in its throat that helped usher in the era of polite table manners.

Science & Space6 days ago

The radio telescope at the Parkes Observatory is pictured at sunset near the town of Parkes, Australia July 15, 2019.  REUTERS/Stefica Nicol Bikes

It's known as "The Dish" and it soars above a nondescript paddock in rural Australia. Without it, hundreds of millions of people would never have seen all of the generation-defining footage of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon 50 years ago.

Science & Space7 days ago

U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong, the Apollo 11 Mission Commander, standing next to the Lunar Module "Eagle" on the moon July 20, 1969. REUTERS/Buzz Aldrin-NASA/Handout

The Apollo 11 astronauts who made mankind's first visit to the moon 50 years ago were trained in how to take pictures for science. Back on Earth, some of those photos became pop culture touchstones.

Science & Space2 days ago

A waiter takes a drink prepared by a robotic bartender in Karlovy Lazne Music Club in Prague, Czech Republic, July 17, 2019. REUTERS/David W Cerny

For revelers at one Prague megaclub, gone are the days of being squashed at the bar waiting to get a watered-down cocktail.

Science & Space4 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Tourists take pictures of a NASA sign at the Kennedy Space Center visitors complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida April 14, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

Unlike the Apollo program that put astronauts on the moon 50 years ago, NASA is gearing up for a long term presence on Earth's satellite that the agency says will eventually enable humans to reach Mars.

Science & Space6 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientists work on various modules of lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 at ISRO Satellite Integration and Test Establishment (ISITE) in Bengaluru, India, June 12, 2019. Picture taken through a green glass window. REUTERS/Chris Thomas/File Photo

India's space agency said on Thursday it would launch the country's second lunar mission on July 22, after the original launch was called off due to a 'technical snag' earlier this week.

Environment6 days ago

FILE PHOTO: An iceberg floats in Andvord Bay, Antarctica, February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Governments could stop the West Antarctic Ice Sheet from sliding into the ocean and submerging coastal cities by launching a last-ditch engineering project to blanket its surface with "artificial snow", according to a study released on Wednesday.

Science & Space7 days ago

Fifty years after humans first set foot on the moon, the rock samples collected by Apollo astronauts are being studied by volcanologists who believe they could help predict eruptions on Earth more accurately. Joe Davies reports.

Fifty years after humans first set foot on the moon, scientists believe rock samples collected by Apollo astronauts could help predict volcanic eruptions on Earth more accurately.

Science & Space7 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot for Apollo 11, poses for a photograph besides the deployed United States flag during an extravehicular activity (EVA) on the moon, July 20, 1969. The lunar module (LM) is on the left, and the footprints of the astronauts are visible in the soil. Neil Armstrong/NASA/Handout via REUTERS

Fifty years after their history-making voyage to the moon, Buzz Aldrin recalls the first moments of the Apollo 11 launch being so smooth that he and his two crewmates, Neil Armstrong and Mike Collins, were unsure precisely when they left the ground.

Science & Space7 days ago

Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins speaks at a panel discussion on the 50th anniversary of the launch, in Cocoa Beach, Florida, U.S., July 16, 2019. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins returned to the launch pad Tuesday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida where he flew to the moon 50 years ago along with the late Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

Science & Space7 days ago

Neil Armstrong's Pressure Suit, A7-L, Apollo 11, that he wore to walk on the moon July 20, 1969 is displayed in its new case at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, U.S., July 12, 2019.  Smithsonian Air and Space Museum/Jim Preston/Handout via REUTERS.

The spacesuit astronaut Neil Armstrong wore during his mission to the moon went on public display for the first time in 13 years on Tuesday, at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum exactly 50 years to the day when Apollo 11 launched into space.

Science & Space8 days ago

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.

Science & Space8 days ago

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."

Environment8 days ago

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 & Space8 days ago

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.

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