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NASA telescope discovers two new planets five months after launch


ORLANDO, Fla. A planet-hunting orbital telescope designed to detect worlds beyond our solar system discovered two distant planets this week five months after its launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, officials said on Thursday.


Deep sea robots reveal mineral riches in the abyss 20 Sep 2018

BERGEN, Norway From the safety of their research vessel, scientists are exploring one of Earth's last frontiers - the sea floor - to discover more about valuable minerals vital in the manufacture of smartphones. | Video


Japan fashion guru Maezawa lands first SpaceX moon flight 20 Sep 2018

HAWTHORNE, Calif./TOKYO SpaceX, Elon Musk's space transportation company, on Monday named its first private passenger on a voyage around the moon as Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, the founder and chief executive of online fashion retailer Zozo. | Video


SpaceX signs first private passenger to fly around the moon 14 Sep 2018

Elon Musk's space transportation company SpaceX said it has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the moon aboard its BFR launch vehicle. | Video


Brazil space station open for small satellite business 15 Sep 2018

ALCANTARA SPACE CENTER, Brazil Brazil is ready to launch small commercial rockets from its space base near the equator as soon as it agrees to safeguard U.S. technology that is dominant in the industry, the Brazilian Air Force officer managing the space program said on Friday.


Scientists investigate icy streams for survival clues 13 Sep 2018

FURKA, Switzerland A team of scientists has embarked on a four-year quest to discover what beyond water the world loses when glaciers melt.

British companies, academics excluded from EU Galileo space project if no-deal Brexit 13 Sep 2018

LONDON British companies and academics will be excluded from the future development of the European Union's Galileo space project if the country leaves the bloc without a deal in March 2019, according to a series of technical notices published on Thursday.


Roche boss says Brexit and curbs on drug use pose threat to UK science 13 Sep 2018

LONDON Uncertainty over drug regulation and a reluctance by Britain's health service to use certain pricey modern medicines pose a threat to the country's respected life sciences sector, the head Swiss drugmaker Roche said on Thursday.


NASA tests foldable heat shield that could help human Mars landing 12 Sep 2018

SPACEPORT AMERICA, New Mexico The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched and tested a new umbrella-like heat shield on Wednesday, opening the door to landing humans on Mars.


Stone in South African cave boasts oldest-known human drawing 12 Sep 2018

WASHINGTON A small stone flake marked with intersecting lines of red ochre pigment some 73,000 years ago that was found in a cave on South Africa's southern coast represents what archaeologists on Wednesday called the oldest-known example of human drawing.


Uganda to deploy Ebola vaccine if virus spreads from Congo

DAKAR Uganda will vaccinate against Ebola should it spread from Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been hit twice this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.