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Rocket launch tests new technology

Nasa is reviewing data from a rocket launch that tested a new sub-payload deployment method for suborbital rockets.

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iol scitech aug 28 Space Launch System
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Heavy-lift rocket debut ‘not likely until 2018’

Nasa's new heavy-lift rocket, designed to fly astronauts to the moon and asteroids, likely will not have its debut test flight until 2018.

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Underground lab glimpses ‘soul’ of Sun

A lab sited under 1.4km of rock has detected particles from the Sun that help to measure activity at the very heart of our star, scientists said.

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Astronauts release baby satellite
August 19 2014 at 09:21

Spacewalking astronauts have launched a tiny Peruvian research satellite, setting it loose on a mission to observe Earth.

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Star dust likely from beyond solar system
August 15 2014 at 08:29

A spacecraft dispatched 15 years ago to collect samples from a comet also snared what scientists suspect are the first dust specks from interstellar space.

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Satellite has zoom view of Earth
August 14 2014 at 08:26

An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base to put a sharp-eyed, Earth-watching satellite into orbit.

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Europe’s last cargo ship reaches ISS
August 13 2014 at 08:45

The Automated Transfer Vehicle 5, known as ATV-5, blasted off two weeks ago with more than seven tons of cargo for the station.

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A rare celestial sight
August 11 2014 at 14:10

Earth's closest celestial neighbour came by on its closest visit this year, much to the delight of astronomy enthusiasts.

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Video: Supermoon lights up night skies
August 11 2014 at 11:45

Earthlings were treated to glowing supermoon over the weekend.

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China to send orbiter to moon and back
August 11 2014 at 09:33

The mission will be launched before the end of the year and will travel to the moon before returning to Earth.

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Sleeping pills in space? That's a no
August 8 2014 at 13:59

Widespread use of sleeping pills by sleep-deprived astronauts could hamper vigilance in the high-risk environment, a study warned.

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Nasa practices retrieving Orion craft
August 8 2014 at 08:40

The Orion spacecraft is designed to bring humans to the moon, asteroids and, eventually, to Mars.

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Alma telescope sizes up Pluto’s orbit
August 7 2014 at 09:06

Scientists have been able to measure Pluto's orbit precisely, to help with navigation as a US probe nears the planet in 2015.

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