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U.S. tests nuclear power system to sustain astronauts on Mars

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WASHINGTON Initial tests in Nevada on a compact nuclear power system designed to sustain a long-duration NASA human mission on the inhospitable surface of Mars have been successful and a full-power run is scheduled for March, officials said on Thursday.

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Chinese 'rainbow dinosaur' had iridescent feathers like hummingbirds 16 Jan 2018

WASHINGTON There's not a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There's an iridescent dinosaur.

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Dinosaur tail to be auctioned for Mexico quake reconstruction 16 Jan 2018

MEXICO CITY A fossilized dinosaur tail discovered in Morocco will be auctioned on Tuesday night in Mexico to raise funds for the reconstruction of thousands of schools damaged by two earthquakes that struck the Latin American nation in September.

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Martian ice deposits could sustain human outposts in the future 11 Jan 2018

WASHINGTON Scientists using images from an orbiting NASA spacecraft have detected eight sites where huge ice deposits near the Martian surface are exposed on steep slopes, a potential source of water that could help sustain future human outposts.

India sends its 100th satellite into space to watch borders 12 Jan 2018

NEW DELHI India launched its 100th satellite on Friday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to project the country as a global low-cost provider of services in space.

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Fossil of dinosaur swept away in ancient Australian river found 11 Jan 2018

WASHINGTON In sandstone next to the high tide mark at the edge of Bass Strait in southeastern Australia, scientists have unearthed fossils of a two-legged, turkey-sized, plant-eating dinosaur apparently swept away in a large, powerful ancient river.

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SpaceX defends rocket performance after loss of U.S. spy satellite 09 Jan 2018

SpaceX on Tuesday defended the performance of one of its rockets used to launch a U.S. spy satellite that is believed to have been lost after failing to reach orbit, adding that no changes were anticipated to its upcoming launch schedule.

U.S. spy satellite believed destroyed after failing to reach orbit: officials 09 Jan 2018

WASHINGTON A U.S. spy satellite that was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a SpaceX rocket on Sunday failed to reach orbit and is assumed to be a total loss, two U.S. officials briefed on the mission said on Monday.

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Japanese astronaut apologizes for 'fake news' of height increase 10 Jan 2018

TOKYO Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai, on a mission to the International Space Station, apologized on Wednesday for saying he had grown 9 cm (3.5 inches) while in space and expressing concern about whether he'd be safe on his return to Earth. | Video

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China's Tiangong-1 space lab is not out of control: top Chinese engineer 08 Jan 2018

BEIJING China's Tiangong-1 space station is not out of control and does not pose a safety threat, a top Chinese spaceflight engineer said on Monday, after reports that the station was falling toward earth.

U.S. government to shield health workers under 'religious freedom'

WASHINGTON The U.S. government is seeking to further protect the "conscience and religious freedom" of health workers whose beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures, in an effort likely to please conservative Christian activists and other supporters of President Donald Trump.