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Gene Cernan, last person to walk on the moon, dies at 82


Former U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan, who became the last astronaut to walk on the moon in an experience that he said made him one with the universe, died on Monday at 82, the U.S. space agency said.


Japan space agency fails to launch mini rocket 15 Jan 2017

TOKYO Japan's space agency said on Sunday it failed to launch a mini rocket carrying a satellite into space due to failure of the communications systems.


SpaceX returns to flight, sending satellites into orbit 14 Jan 2017

A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off from California on Saturday, returning the company to flight for the first time since a fiery launchpad explosion in September. The 230-foot (70-meter) rocket launched from VandenbergAir Force Base at 9:54 a.m. PST (1754 GMT) to deliver 10satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications Inc.


Astronauts upgrade station power system in six-hour spacewalk 13 Jan 2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Two astronauts floated outside the International Space Station on Friday for a six-hour spacewalk to replace aging batteries for the laboratory's solar power system, an upgrade needed to keep the outpost running into the next decade, NASA said. | Video


Giant telescope in Chile to seek habitable planets in Alpha Centauri 10 Jan 2017

SANTIAGO The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile will be modified in order to allow it to search more effectively for potentially habitable planets in Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to Earth.


Scientists find clues to why binge-drinking causes binge-eating 10 Jan 2017

LONDON Scientists have found that the brain cells in mice that stimulate the urge to eat can be activated by alcohol as well as by hunger - a discovery that could help explain why binge drinking often leads to binge eating.

Japan space agency postpones launch of mini rocket because of wind 11 Jan 2017

TOKYO Japan's space agency postponed on Wednesday the launch of a mini rocket that will put a satellite into space because of strong wind, an agency spokeswoman said.


U.S. lists first bumble bee species as endangered 10 Jan 2017

The rusty patched bumble bee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once familiar to much of North America, was listed on Tuesday as an endangered species, becoming the first wild bee in the continental United States to gain such federal protection.


London museum bids farewell to Dippy the dinosaur 05 Jan 2017

LONDON Britain's Natural History Museum bids farewell to its most famous exhibit, Dippy the diplodocus, on Wednesday after almost four decades of greeting visitors before being dismantled ahead of a national tour.


SpaceX aims for Jan. 8 return to flight with Falcon rocket 02 Jan 2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Elon Musk’s SpaceX plans to resume flying rockets next week following an investigation into why one of them burst into flames on a launch pad four months ago, the company said on Monday.


Trump vows 'insurance for everybody' in replacing Obamacare

WASHINGTON U.S. President-elect Donald Trump aims to replace Obamacare with a plan that would envisage "insurance for everybody," he said in an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday night.