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India sends 31 satellites into space, some for foreign customers


NEW DELHI India fired a rocket carrying 31 small satellites into space on Friday, several of them for European countries, in a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambition to project the country as a global low-cost provider of services in space.

Bulgaria's first communications satellite launched into orbit 24 Jun 2017

SOFIA Bulgaria's first geostationary communications satellite has been launched into space, operator Bulsatcom said in a statement on Saturday.


Scientists rescue samples of melting Bolivian glacier for posterity 22 Jun 2017

ILLIMANI MOUNTAIN, Bolivia A team of international scientists are transporting samples of ice from a melting glacier in Bolivia to Antarctica, for study and preservation before the glacier disappears. | Video


U.S. total solar eclipse sparks spectator excitement 21 Jun 2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. The first total solar eclipse across the continental United States in a century is expected to spark watching parties and traffic jams as it darkens skies from Oregon to South Carolina, authorities said on Wednesday. | Video

British forest pumped full of CO2 to test tree absorption 22 Jun 2017

(This version of the June 21 story deletes final paragraph which incorrectly states remaining area is open to public) | Video


Kepler telescope finds 10 more possible life-friendly planets 19 Jun 2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Astronomers on Monday added 219 candidates to the growing list of planets beyond the solar system, 10 of which may be about the same size and temperature as Earth, boosting the chances for life.


Trump's coal plan sends U.S. energy "back to the past": Vatican 16 Jun 2017

OSLO U.S. President Donald Trump is sending U.S. energy production "back to the past" with disastrous decisions to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and to promote the coal industry, a senior Vatican official said on Friday.


Mars rover scientist, SpaceX engineer join NASA astronaut corps 07 Jun 2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. NASA named 12 astronauts on Wednesday to the U.S. space agency's first new class of space fliers in five years, chosen from a record 18,300 applicants, for a new era of space travel.

China's quantum satellite makes breakthrough in secure communications 16 Jun 2017

BEIJING A Chinese quantum satellite has dispatched transmissions over a distance of 1,200 km (746 miles), a dozen times further than the previous record, a breakthrough in a technology that could be used to deliver secure messages, state media said on Friday.

NASA experiment to color the skies over the U.S. East Coast 11 Jun 2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. A high-flying science experiment may color the skies above the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast with bluish green and red clouds on Sunday evening, as NASA seeks to learn more about charged particles at the top of Earth's atmosphere.

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