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'Commencing countdown' astronauts prepare for blast off

French ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is going for a swim, but this is one dip with a difference. Pesquet is taking his last training session in NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at Johnson Space Cente

French ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is going for a swim, but this is one dip with a difference. Pesquet is taking his last training session in NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at Johnson Space Cente

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Philae: a space odyssey with a happy end

After nearly two years missing in action, Rosetta's small lander Philae has finally been located in a shadowed spot on the comet 67-P - also known as Churyumov Gerasimenko - just three weeks before th

After nearly two years missing in action, Rosetta's small lander Philae has finally been located in a shadowed spot on the comet 67-P - also known as Churyumov Gerasimenko - just three weeks before th

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Is anyone out there? Mysterious radio signal sparks alien speculation

A mysterious radio signal picked up by a Russian telescope was probably not sent by aliens but astronomers in California are checking it out, anyway.

A mysterious radio signal picked up by a Russian telescope was probably not sent by aliens but astronomers in California are checking it out, anyway.

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NASA's latest launch - to bring back 'scientific treasure'

NASA is counting down to their OSIRIS-REx mission (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer), aimed at bringing samples back from a near-Earth…

NASA is counting down to their OSIRIS-REx mission (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer), aimed at bringing samples back from a near-Earth…

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Meet Canada's robot masters

Behind the scenes at the Canadian Space Agency to meet the team that controls the Canadarm 2, trains astronauts to use space robots, and develops rovers for the Moon and Mars.

Behind the scenes at the Canadian Space Agency to meet the team that controls the Canadarm 2, trains astronauts to use space robots, and develops rovers for the Moon and Mars.

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E.T. phone home: China eyes hunt for alien life with giant telescope

China on Sunday hoisted the final piece into position on what will be the world’s largest radio telescope, which it will use to explore space and help in the hunt for extraterrestrial life, state medi

China on Sunday hoisted the final piece into position on what will be the world’s largest radio telescope, which it will use to explore space and help in the hunt for extraterrestrial life, state medi

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Reusable rocket survives "Apollo 15 test"

The American firm Blue Origin has safely launched and landed its New Shephard rocket for the fourth time, describing the mission test as ‘impeccable’.

The American firm Blue Origin has safely launched and landed its New Shephard rocket for the fourth time, describing the mission test as ‘impeccable’.

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Couture in Orbit: from spacewalk to catwalk

Fashion inspired by space was the subject of an event to mark the European Space Agency’s five missions to the International Space Station over the past five…

Fashion inspired by space was the subject of an event to mark the European Space Agency’s five missions to the International Space Station over the past five…

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Russia launches rocket from new Vostochny cosmodrome

Russia has launched its first rocket from a new cosmodrome 24-hours after a technical glitch forced lift off to be put back, much to the annoyance of President Vladimir Putin.

Russia has launched its first rocket from a new cosmodrome 24-hours after a technical glitch forced lift off to be put back, much to the annoyance of President Vladimir Putin.

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Technical hitch delays first rocket launch at Russian cosmodrome

Russia’s space agency has been left red faced, after a last-minute technical hitch forced it to delay the inaugural launch of a Soyuz rocket from its

Russia’s space agency has been left red faced, after a last-minute technical hitch forced it to delay the inaugural launch of a Soyuz rocket from its

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ESA successfully launches "environment data" satellite

A Russian Soyuz rocket has blasted off from Kourou in French Guiana carrying a satellite aimed at increasing our understanding of the environment

A Russian Soyuz rocket has blasted off from Kourou in French Guiana carrying a satellite aimed at increasing our understanding of the environment

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'Houston, We Have a Problem!' - docu-fiction explores space race

The cold war, the space race, and NASA’s moon landing. They were all landmark events that defined an era. Docu-fiction “Houston, We Have a Problem!”

The cold war, the space race, and NASA’s moon landing. They were all landmark events that defined an era. Docu-fiction “Houston, We Have a Problem!”

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International Space Station gears up for new 'space hotel'

Every few months the crew on board the International Space Station are used to receiving food, clothes, scientific and computer material, and other

Every few months the crew on board the International Space Station are used to receiving food, clothes, scientific and computer material, and other

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Cygnus spacecraft reaches ISS

The Cygnus capsule, developed by Orbital ATK, is delivering 8,000 pounds of groceries and gear.

The Cygnus capsule, developed by Orbital ATK, is delivering 8,000 pounds of groceries and gear.

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ExoMars mission leaves Earth's orbit heading for Mars

After a successful launch, the joint European-Russian mission to sniff out signs of life on Mars has left Earth’s orbit and is heading for the Red

After a successful launch, the joint European-Russian mission to sniff out signs of life on Mars has left Earth’s orbit and is heading for the Red

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High hopes Japanese satellite will unravel mysteries of Universe

A rocket carrying an astronomy observation satellite has been successfully launched from southern Japan. ASTRO-H is equipped with four telescopes

A rocket carrying an astronomy observation satellite has been successfully launched from southern Japan. ASTRO-H is equipped with four telescopes

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UN condemns North Korean rocket launch

UN Security Council condemns North Korea rocket launch United States calls it “a threat to global peace” Pyongyang to expect “serious consequence”

UN Security Council condemns North Korea rocket launch United States calls it “a threat to global peace” Pyongyang to expect “serious consequence”

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Two Koreas, two reactions after illegal rocket launch

In central Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, the news of the successful space shot was greeted with public pride and enthusiasm. Giant screens

In central Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, the news of the successful space shot was greeted with public pride and enthusiasm. Giant screens

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S Korea denounces N Korea rocket launch as 'unacceptable provocation'

North Korea has launched a long-range rocket, in defiance of international warnings. Pyongyang’s neighbours, along with Washington, have denounced

North Korea has launched a long-range rocket, in defiance of international warnings. Pyongyang’s neighbours, along with Washington, have denounced

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North Korea launches rocket, defying international warnings

North Korea has defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket. Pyongyang had notified UN agencies that it planned to carry out the

North Korea has defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket. Pyongyang had notified UN agencies that it planned to carry out the

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Challenger disaster: space crew remembered 30 years on

Hundreds have gathered at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida to remember the victims of the Challenger shuttle disaster, 30 years on. Six

Hundreds have gathered at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida to remember the victims of the Challenger shuttle disaster, 30 years on. Six

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Destination Mars, episode 1: Searching for signs of life

This year on Space we’ll be following a mission called ExoMars. It’s the first to look for direct signs of life on the red planet. The first of two

This year on Space we’ll be following a mission called ExoMars. It’s the first to look for direct signs of life on the red planet. The first of two