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China launches crewed spacecraft Shenzhou-12 in historic mission

China launched a spacecraft on Thursday carrying three astronauts to part of a space station still under construction for the longest stay in low Earth orbit by any Chinese national.

China to launch high-stakes crewed mission to space

China will send three astronauts into orbit on Thursday in a high-stakes mission, the first of four crewed space flights to complete the country’s space station by the end of next year.

Photos show Chinese rover on dusty, rocky Martian surface

The dusty, rocky Martian surface and a Chinese rover and lander bearing small national flags were seen in photos released Friday that the rover took on the red planet.

American astronaut Michael Collins of Apollo 11 fame dies at 90

American astronaut Michael Collins, who stayed behind in the command module of Apollo 11 on July 20, 1969, while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin traveled to the lunar surface to become the first...

Nasa extracts breathable oxygen from thin Martian air

Nasa has logged another extraterrestrial first on its latest mission to Mars: converting carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere into pure, breathable oxygen, the US space agency said on Wednesday.

Nasa successfully flies small helicopter on Mars

Nasa successfully flew the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars yesterday, according to data and images sent back to Earth. “Altimeter data confirms that Ingenuity has performed its first flight -- the...

May 8, 2021
May 8, 2021

Chinese rocket debris set for re-entry by early Sunday

Remnants of China's largest rocket launched last week are expected to plunge back through the atmosphere late Saturday or early Sunday, a US federally funded space-focused research and...

May 6, 2021
May 6, 2021

US Space Command tracks Chinese rocket for uncontrolled re-entry from orbit

Remnants of a large Chinese rocket launched last week are expected to plunge back through the atmosphere this weekend in an uncontrolled re-entry being tracked by US Space Command, the US military...

April 28, 2021
April 28, 2021

American astronaut Michael Collins of Apollo 11 fame dies at 90

American astronaut Michael Collins, who stayed behind in the command module of Apollo 11 on July 20, 1969, while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin traveled to the lunar surface to become the first...

April 22, 2021
April 22, 2021

Nasa extracts breathable oxygen from thin Martian air

Nasa has logged another extraterrestrial first on its latest mission to Mars: converting carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere into pure, breathable oxygen, the US space agency said on Wednesday.

April 20, 2021
April 20, 2021

Nasa successfully flies small helicopter on Mars

Nasa successfully flew the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars yesterday, according to data and images sent back to Earth. “Altimeter data confirms that Ingenuity has performed its first flight -- the...

April 11, 2021
April 11, 2021

UAE selects first Arab woman for astronaut training

The United Arab Emirates has selected the first Arab woman to train as an astronaut, as the Gulf country rapidly expands into the space sector to diversify its economy.

March 17, 2021
March 17, 2021

Mars' 'missing' water is buried beneath surface: study

Billions of years ago, Mars was home to lakes and oceans -- but where all the water went to transform the planet into the desolate rock we know today has been something of a mystery.

March 6, 2021
March 6, 2021

Mars rover Perseverance takes first spin on surface of red planet

NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance has taken its first, short drive on the surface of the red planet, two weeks after the robot science lab’s picture-perfect touchdown on the floor of a massive crater,...

March 4, 2021
March 4, 2021

SpaceX Starship lands upright, then explodes in latest test

SpaceX’s futuristic Starship looked like it aced a touchdown Wednesday, but then exploded on the landing pad with so much force that it was hurled into the air.

February 23, 2021
February 23, 2021

Nasa releases first audio, video of Perseverance rover landing on Mars

The US space agency Nasa on Monday (February 22) released the first audio from Mars, a faint wind sound captured by the Perseverance rover.