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The moon man who believed in aliens has died

Edgar Mitchell, who walked on the moon during the Apollo 14 mission, has died on the 45th anniversary of his landing with Alan Shepard on the Fra Mauro site on the lunar highlands.

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Boeing’s new NASA space pilots try out Starliner simulator

Aerospace isn’t just Boeing versus Airbus, but versus SpaceX as the new order in privately owned manned orbital supply rockets moves closer to taking over the risks and rewards of servicing space outposts like the International Space Station (ISS).

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SpaceX’s Falcon brings ‘disruptive’ technology down to Earth

Elon Musk is ‘disrupting’ more than the satellite launching game in making his SpaceX enterprise the second to have vertically landed a reusable liquid fuelled largish rocket after lift-off.

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NASA shows off a stunning Farside Earthrise

NASA’s various sites often include near or real time images from space of incredible beauty as well as scientific interest, but this one, of the Earth rising above a crater on the Moon’s farside, was a bit more difficult to achieve.

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Media airbrushes first UK astronaut into background in today’s news

After almost a quarter of a  century of neglect the UK returned to manned spaceflight today with the launch of Timothy Peake to the International Space Station.

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Those bright spots on micro planet Ceres most likely salt pans

It’s been causing speculation since space probe Dawn began closing in on micro-planet Ceres early this year, but those dazzling bright spots on its surface now seem to be made of salt or ammonia rich clay.

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Follow the last moon men on their incredible journey

The longest, and last Apollo moon mission took off on its incredible journey nearly 43 years ago, and you can follow every minute of it, and see rarely displayed photos, and hear the raw audios on a remarkable interactive website here.

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Cosmic Girl gives Virgin Galactic a new space ride to riches

A likely shift away from the risks of space joy flights by Virgin Galactic was given another nudge overnight by Richard Branson taking re-delivery of an ex-Virgin Atlantic 747 to become an airborne launch pad for its satellite business.

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Blue skies and red ice found on Pluto

What is it that uncovers red coloured areas of water ice under the blue skies of Pluto? NASA scientists have offered only a few partial answers to these questions in the latest briefing on the results of its New Horizons fly past of the distant micro-planet in July.

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Pluto’s locked binary partner Charon reveals its finer details

NASA’s space probe New Horizons has now downloaded the most striking and high definition view of Pluto’s large companion Charon.

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NBN satellite launch may not deliver what it promises

Commentary One of the most powerful forces in the world today, disruptive new technology, will destroy all of the hopes that rode into space this morning on the rocket that launched the first of two NBN National Broadband Network satellites toward geostationary orbits.

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Saving the space station just made easier by Boeing deal

That background chattering about the chances of the International Space Station being abandoned in the near future may be turned down by Monday’s extension by five years of Boeing’s contract to provide engineering support services, resources and personnel to the program until 30 September 2020.

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NASA prostitutes Mars in dreadful PR fail over water discovery

Opinion The important scientific evidence that water is able to flow short distances on the frigid and very low atmospheric pressure surface of Mars because of dissolved salts was thoroughly prostituted in an embarrassing NASA media conference overnight.

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Latest Pluto images add colour as well as complexity to micro-planet

Amid the latest haul of images from the July flypast of Pluto by NASA space probe New Horizons is a glimpse of material seemingly oozing out of fractures in the vast nitrogen ice plains called Sputnik Planum.

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Under a low distant sun, Pluto shows off new marvels

The slow drip of data from the 14 July flypast of Pluto by NASA’s New Horizons space probe has now produced images of a many layered atmosphere over a complex glacial landscape.

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Latest Pluto images cause ‘excited bewilderment’ at NASA

Speeding ever further away from its July encounter with Pluto, the slow stream of data from the NASA New Horizons probe has shocked scientists analysing the latest downloaded images and data.

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Ceres bright spots are … even more mysterious closer up

Those bright spots on micro-planet (or macro-asteroid) Ceres are not giving up their secrets easily. The latest image release from NASA’s Dawn mission is the closest view yet of the crater floor that houses them, and ‘everything’ has just become more complicated as a result.

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Dreamliners, Starliners, will Boeing do a Stratoliner?

Boeing’s forthcoming reusable manned space craft were retitled Starliners this last week, a name that immediately identifies the airliner maker’s illustrious legacy with the impending second space age of large scale orbital industrial and research oriented activity.

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