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European ministers agree on Ariane 5 upgrade, Orion participation
Posted: Thu, Nov 22 12:13 PM ET (1713 GMT)
Ministers from the 20 member states of the European Space Agency (ESA) concluded their two-day meeting Wednesday, agreeing to develop an upgraded version of...

Proton launches EchoStar satellite
Posted: Wed, Nov 21 5:43 PM ET (2243 GMT)
A Proton rocket successfully launched an American communications satellite on the same day that the company that markets the Proton commercially replaced its president. The...

Astronomers directly image "super-Jupiter" exoplanet
Posted: Tue, Nov 20 6:08 AM ET (1108 GMT)
Astronomers announced Monday they had directly imaged a massive extrasolar planet orbiting another star. Kappa Andromedae b has a mass 12.8 times that of...

Soyuz returns three ISS crewmembers to Earth
Posted: Mon, Nov 19 5:37 AM ET (1037 GMT)
A Soyuz spacecraft carrying three returning International Space Station crewmembers safely landed early Monday in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft undocked from the ISS...

China launches environmental monitoring satellite
Posted: Mon, Nov 19 5:17 AM ET (1017 GMT)
A Long March rocket launched a Chinese environmental monitoring satellite on Monday. The Long March 2C rocket lifted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center...

Two NASA center directors to retire
Posted: Sat, Nov 17 9:18 AM ET (1418 GMT)
NASA announced Friday that the directors of the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland and the Johnson Space Center in Houston will retire at the end...

Curiosity ready to start moving again
Posted: Fri, Nov 16 1:01 PM ET (1801 GMT)
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, which has spent the last several weeks working at a single location on the Martian surface, will soon be on...

"Homeless" planet spotted in deep space
Posted: Thu, Nov 15 6:52 AM ET (1152 GMT)
Astronomers announced Wednesday the discovery of a "homeless" planet 100 light-years away not orbiting any star. Astronomers detected the object, designated CFBDSIR2149, using the...

Russia launches government communications satellite
Posted: Thu, Nov 15 6:25 AM ET (1125 GMT)
A Soyuz rocket launched a satellite designed to serve military and civil users on Wednesday. The Soyuz-2.1a rocket lifted off from the Plesetsk...

South Korean launch further delayed
Posted: Wed, Nov 14 6:29 AM ET (1129 GMT)
The launch of a South Korean rocket, already delayed because of a technical problem, has been pushed back again, officials said Wednesday. South Korea planned...



news in brief
Falcon 9 fails on cargo mission to ISS
Posted: Sun, Jun 28 3:24 PM ET (1924 GMT)

news links
Tuesday, June 30
How NASA's "Mohawk Guy" Will Search For Life On Europa
Fast Company — 8:26 pm ET (0026 GMT)
Foldable Airplane Could Ride a Cubesat to Mars in 2022
IEEE Spectrum — 8:24 pm ET (0024 GMT)
Becoming an Interstellar Species
The Huffington Post — 8:23 pm ET (0023 GMT)
For Astronomers' Sake, Some Drillers Cut Their Lights
Texas Tribune — 8:21 pm ET (0021 GMT)
SpaceX Won't Give Up
Bloomberg News — 8:16 pm ET (0016 GMT)


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