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Emotion-sensing robot launches to assist space station astronauts

05 Dec 2019

WASHINGTON An intelligent robot equipped with emotion-sensing voice detectors was headed to the International Space Station after launching from Florida on Thursday, becoming the latest artificial intelligence-powered astronaut workmate in orbit.

NASA's probe soaring near sun reveals surprises about solar wind

05 Dec 2019

WASHINGTON Troves of new data from a NASA probe's close encounters with the sun are giving scientists unique insight about the solar wind and space weather more generally as the spacecraft zooms through the outermost part of the star's atmosphere. | Video

Boeing received 'unnecessary' contract boost for astronaut capsule, watchdog says

15 Nov 2019

WASHINGTON Boeing's multibillion dollar contract to build U.S. astronaut capsules received an "unnecessary" extension from NASA, a watchdog report said on Thursday, the latest management blunders in the agency's programme to restart domestic human spaceflight. NASA agreed to pay Boeing Co a $287 million (£224 million) premium for "additional flexibilities" to accelerate production of the company's Starliner crew vehicle and avoid an 18-month gap in flights to the International Space Station. NASA's inspector general called it an "unreasonable" boost to Boeing's fixed-priced $4.2 billion dollar contract.

NASA probe provides insight on solar system's border with interstellar space

05 Nov 2019

(This Nov 4 story corrects speed of cosmic rays in paragraph 10)

Boeing tests space taxi, one of three parachutes does not open

04 Nov 2019

SEATTLE/WASHINGTON Boeing Co said on Monday that one of three parachutes failed to deploy during an otherwise successful safety test of its unmanned CST-100 Starliner crew capsule, being developed to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

Boeing tests space taxi; one of three parachutes does not open

04 Nov 2019

SEATTLE/WASHINGTON, Nov 4 Boeing Co said on Monday that one of three parachutes failed to open during a crucial unmanned test of the CST-100 Starliner, which the company is developing to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

Secretive military spaceplane lands in Florida after record-long orbital flight

28 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON The Pentagon's secretive X-37B spaceplane landed in Florida on Sunday after a record-long orbital flight lasting more than two years, the U.S. Air Force said, capping the latest test mission for an array of military technologies.

U.S. denies China's claim of 'weaponizing' visa decisions for Washington space meeting

25 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON The United States on Friday rejected Chinese accusations that political motives were behind a top Beijing space official not receiving a visa in time to attend the start of an international conference in Washington this week.

U.S. denies China's claim of 'weaponizing' visa decisions for Washington space meeting

25 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON The United States on Friday rejected Chinese accusations that political motives were behind a top Beijing space official not receiving a visa in time to attend the start of an international conference in Washington this week.

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