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FILE PHOTO: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (in center, in a horizontal position), is readied for launch on a supply mission to the International Space Station on historic launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

A SpaceX launch already scrubbed once due to inclement weather was postponed again nearly 24 hours later on Thursday, this time for "about a week," in order to update satellite software and "triple-check everything," Elon Musk's rocket company said.

Science & Spacein 5 days

Brazil's agriculture minister will ask Chinese officials on Thursday to greenlight exports to the Asian nation of sugar made from genetically modified (GM) sugarcane, which is expected to be widely used in Brazil in coming years.

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A prominent lunar thrust fault scarp, one of thousands of such cliffs on the moon’s landscape, discovered in Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) images, (left-pointing white arrows) formed when the near-surface crust is pushed together, breaks and is thrust upward along a fault as the Moon contracts is shown in this photo taken August 15, 2018. NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University/Smithsonian/Handout via REUTERS

The moon may be dynamic and tectonically active like Earth - not the inert world some scientists had believed it to be - based on a new analysis disclosed on Monday of quakes measured by seismometers in operation on the moon from 1969 and 1977.

Politicsin 7 days

FILE PHOTO: Astronaut James Irwin, lunar module pilot, gives a military salute while standing beside the U.S. flag during Apollo 15 lunar surface extravehicular activity (EVA) at the Hadley-Apennine landing site on the moon, August 1, 1971. NASA/David Scott/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

The Trump administration asked Congress on Monday to increase NASA spending next year by an extra $1.6 billion as a "down payment" to accommodate the accelerated goal of returning Americans to the surface of the moon by 2024.

Science & Spacein 10 days

Marina Simian, a medical researcher, poses for a picture in Buenos Aires, Argentina May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

Amid a swirling economic crisis and protests over budget cuts for research in Argentina, one scientist has found a novel way to fundraise: winning money on a television game show.

Business Newsin 11 days

Founder, Chairman, CEO and President of Amazon Jeff Bezos unveils his space company Blue Origin's space exploration lunar lander rocket called Blue Moon during an unveiling event in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Bezos unveiled on Thursday a mockup of a lunar lander being built by his Blue Origin rocket company and touted his moon goals in a strategy aimed at capitalizing on the Trump administration's renewed push to establish a lunar outpost in just five years.

Science & Spacein 8 days

Czech speleologists have come up with a way to explore flooded cave systems without strapping on scuba gear, wet suits, helmets and water-proof lamps: 3D mapping.

Czech speleologists have come up with a way to explore flooded cave systems without strapping on scuba gear, wet suits, helmets and water-proof lamps: 3D mapping.

Science & Spacein 10 days

The deep-sea lanternfish (Myctophiformes) is seen in this undated image released in Prague, Czech Republic on May 9, 2019. Zuzana Musilova/Charles University/Handout via REUTERS

While people and other vertebrates are color blind in dim light, some deep-sea fish may possess keen color vision to thrive in the near total darkness of their extreme environment thanks to a unique genetic adaptation, scientists said on Thursday.

Science & Spacein 12 days

FILE PHOTO: A Jurassic Period dinosaur Ambopteryx longibrachium, which flew with bat-like membranous wings, is shown in this image of a 3-D reconstruction, released from Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China on May 8, 2019.  Courtesy Min Wang/Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology/Chinese Academy of Sciences/Handout via REUTERS

A fossil unearthed in northeastern China of a feathered dinosaur a bit bigger than a blue jay that possessed bat-like wings represents a remarkable but short-lived detour in the evolution of flight and the advent of birds, scientists said on Wednesday.

Science & Spacein 5 days

FILE PHOTO: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (in center, in a horizontal position), is readied for launch on a supply mission to the International Space Station on historic launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

Billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX postponed a planned Wednesday night blastoff of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the first 60 satellites for his new Starlink internet service, citing excessive winds over the Florida launch site.

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FILE PHOTO: May 14, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA;  A general view of the straight away in front of the seating coming out of turn four at Pimlico Race Course. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

A three-year-old filly collapsed and died after racing at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Friday, a day before the Preakness Stakes.

Science & Spacein 4 days

FILE PHOTO: Pigs are seen in Changtu county, Liaoning province, China January 17, 2019. Picture taken January 17, 2019. REUTERS/Ryan Woo

British livestock genetics firm Genus agreed on Thursday to license its know-how on virus-resistant pigs to Beijing Capital Agribusiness Co Ltd, which will seek regulatory approval for the pigs in the world's biggest pork market.

Science & Spacein 5 days

Elon Musk's SpaceX postponed its planned Wednesday night blastoff of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the first cluster of satellites for his new Starlink internet service, citing excessive winds over the Florida launch site.

Science & Spacein 13 days

GV, Alphabet Inc's venture capital arm, led a $58.5 million investment to launch Verve Therapeutics, a new biotech focused on developing therapies that edit the human genome to treat heart diseases.

Science & Spacein 17 days

The Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book flown aboard the Lunar Module "Eagle" and annotated by Neil Armstrong and "Buzz" Aldrin as they landed on the moon is shown in this photo provided April 30, 2019. Christie's Images 2019/Handout via REUTERS

The detailed manual used by U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to land on the moon in 1969 is going up for auction in July and could fetch up to $9 million, New York auctioneers Christie's said on Wednesday.

Science & Spacein 18 days

Nearly two weeks after a fiery explosion during a ground test of its new crew capsule, SpaceX confirmed on Thursday that the vehicle was destroyed, but neither the company nor NASA, its primary customer, have publicly acknowledged the nature of the mishap.

Science & Spacein 18 days

Photographer Joe Skipper sets up remote cameras near launch pad 39A prior to the uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., March 1, 2019. Picture taken March 1, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake

“It’s a challenge to describe that noise,” says Reuters senior photographer Mike Blake, after witnessing his first rocket launch.

Science & Spacein 19 days

A fossil of the right half of the lower jaw of a Denisovan, an extinct human species, that was found in Xiahe County, Gansu Province, China, is seen in this picture released from Lanzhou University on May 1, 2019. Courtesy Dongju Zhang/Lanzhou University/Handout via REUTERS

A jawbone found in a cave on the Tibetan Plateau in China is providing surprising insights into Denisovans, the enigmatic extinct cousins to Neanderthals and our own species, including that they were pioneers at enduring high-altitude environments.

Science & Spacein 21 days

Scientists in the United States say they have taken a step toward developing a possible diagnostic test for chronic fatigue syndrome, a condition characterized by exhaustion and other debilitating symptoms.

World Newsin 21 days

Employees chat at a production line of Airbus' European Service Module (ESM), which is delivered for NASA's Orion Spaceship, at the Airbus plant in Bremen, Germany, February 19, 2019. Picture taken February 19,2019. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

BERLIN Reuters) - Facing tough competition from China, the United States and even tiny Luxembourg, Germany is racing to draft new laws and attract private investment to secure a slice of an emerging space market that could be worth $1 trillion a year by the 2040s.

Science & Spacein 4 days

FILE PHOTO: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (in center, in a horizontal position), is readied for launch on a supply mission to the International Space Station on historic launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

A SpaceX launch already scrubbed once due to inclement weather was postponed again nearly 24 hours later on Thursday, this time for "about a week," in order to update satellite software and "triple-check everything," Elon Musk's rocket company said.

Science & Spacein 5 days

Brazil's agriculture minister will ask Chinese officials on Thursday to greenlight exports to the Asian nation of sugar made from genetically modified (GM) sugarcane, which is expected to be widely used in Brazil in coming years.

Science & Spacein 7 days

A prominent lunar thrust fault scarp, one of thousands of such cliffs on the moon’s landscape, discovered in Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) images, (left-pointing white arrows) formed when the near-surface crust is pushed together, breaks and is thrust upward along a fault as the Moon contracts is shown in this photo taken August 15, 2018. NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University/Smithsonian/Handout via REUTERS

The moon may be dynamic and tectonically active like Earth - not the inert world some scientists had believed it to be - based on a new analysis disclosed on Monday of quakes measured by seismometers in operation on the moon from 1969 and 1977.

Politicsin 7 days

FILE PHOTO: Astronaut James Irwin, lunar module pilot, gives a military salute while standing beside the U.S. flag during Apollo 15 lunar surface extravehicular activity (EVA) at the Hadley-Apennine landing site on the moon, August 1, 1971. NASA/David Scott/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

The Trump administration asked Congress on Monday to increase NASA spending next year by an extra $1.6 billion as a "down payment" to accommodate the accelerated goal of returning Americans to the surface of the moon by 2024.

Science & Spacein 10 days

Marina Simian, a medical researcher, poses for a picture in Buenos Aires, Argentina May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

Amid a swirling economic crisis and protests over budget cuts for research in Argentina, one scientist has found a novel way to fundraise: winning money on a television game show.

Business Newsin 11 days

Founder, Chairman, CEO and President of Amazon Jeff Bezos unveils his space company Blue Origin's space exploration lunar lander rocket called Blue Moon during an unveiling event in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Bezos unveiled on Thursday a mockup of a lunar lander being built by his Blue Origin rocket company and touted his moon goals in a strategy aimed at capitalizing on the Trump administration's renewed push to establish a lunar outpost in just five years.

Science & Spacein 8 days

Czech speleologists have come up with a way to explore flooded cave systems without strapping on scuba gear, wet suits, helmets and water-proof lamps: 3D mapping.

Czech speleologists have come up with a way to explore flooded cave systems without strapping on scuba gear, wet suits, helmets and water-proof lamps: 3D mapping.

Science & Spacein 10 days

The deep-sea lanternfish (Myctophiformes) is seen in this undated image released in Prague, Czech Republic on May 9, 2019. Zuzana Musilova/Charles University/Handout via REUTERS

While people and other vertebrates are color blind in dim light, some deep-sea fish may possess keen color vision to thrive in the near total darkness of their extreme environment thanks to a unique genetic adaptation, scientists said on Thursday.

Science & Spacein 12 days

FILE PHOTO: A Jurassic Period dinosaur Ambopteryx longibrachium, which flew with bat-like membranous wings, is shown in this image of a 3-D reconstruction, released from Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China on May 8, 2019.  Courtesy Min Wang/Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology/Chinese Academy of Sciences/Handout via REUTERS

A fossil unearthed in northeastern China of a feathered dinosaur a bit bigger than a blue jay that possessed bat-like wings represents a remarkable but short-lived detour in the evolution of flight and the advent of birds, scientists said on Wednesday.

Science & Spacein 5 days

FILE PHOTO: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (in center, in a horizontal position), is readied for launch on a supply mission to the International Space Station on historic launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

Billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX postponed a planned Wednesday night blastoff of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the first 60 satellites for his new Starlink internet service, citing excessive winds over the Florida launch site.

Science & Spacein 3 days

FILE PHOTO: May 14, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA;  A general view of the straight away in front of the seating coming out of turn four at Pimlico Race Course. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

A three-year-old filly collapsed and died after racing at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Friday, a day before the Preakness Stakes.

Science & Spacein 4 days

FILE PHOTO: Pigs are seen in Changtu county, Liaoning province, China January 17, 2019. Picture taken January 17, 2019. REUTERS/Ryan Woo

British livestock genetics firm Genus agreed on Thursday to license its know-how on virus-resistant pigs to Beijing Capital Agribusiness Co Ltd, which will seek regulatory approval for the pigs in the world's biggest pork market.

Science & Spacein 5 days

Elon Musk's SpaceX postponed its planned Wednesday night blastoff of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the first cluster of satellites for his new Starlink internet service, citing excessive winds over the Florida launch site.

Science & Spacein 13 days

GV, Alphabet Inc's venture capital arm, led a $58.5 million investment to launch Verve Therapeutics, a new biotech focused on developing therapies that edit the human genome to treat heart diseases.

Science & Spacein 17 days

The Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book flown aboard the Lunar Module "Eagle" and annotated by Neil Armstrong and "Buzz" Aldrin as they landed on the moon is shown in this photo provided April 30, 2019. Christie's Images 2019/Handout via REUTERS

The detailed manual used by U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to land on the moon in 1969 is going up for auction in July and could fetch up to $9 million, New York auctioneers Christie's said on Wednesday.

Science & Spacein 18 days

Nearly two weeks after a fiery explosion during a ground test of its new crew capsule, SpaceX confirmed on Thursday that the vehicle was destroyed, but neither the company nor NASA, its primary customer, have publicly acknowledged the nature of the mishap.

Science & Spacein 18 days

Photographer Joe Skipper sets up remote cameras near launch pad 39A prior to the uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., March 1, 2019. Picture taken March 1, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake

“It’s a challenge to describe that noise,” says Reuters senior photographer Mike Blake, after witnessing his first rocket launch.

Science & Spacein 19 days

A fossil of the right half of the lower jaw of a Denisovan, an extinct human species, that was found in Xiahe County, Gansu Province, China, is seen in this picture released from Lanzhou University on May 1, 2019. Courtesy Dongju Zhang/Lanzhou University/Handout via REUTERS

A jawbone found in a cave on the Tibetan Plateau in China is providing surprising insights into Denisovans, the enigmatic extinct cousins to Neanderthals and our own species, including that they were pioneers at enduring high-altitude environments.

Science & Spacein 21 days

Scientists in the United States say they have taken a step toward developing a possible diagnostic test for chronic fatigue syndrome, a condition characterized by exhaustion and other debilitating symptoms.

World Newsin 21 days

Employees chat at a production line of Airbus' European Service Module (ESM), which is delivered for NASA's Orion Spaceship, at the Airbus plant in Bremen, Germany, February 19, 2019. Picture taken February 19,2019. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

BERLIN Reuters) - Facing tough competition from China, the United States and even tiny Luxembourg, Germany is racing to draft new laws and attract private investment to secure a slice of an emerging space market that could be worth $1 trillion a year by the 2040s.

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