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Visiting asteroid had its own moon

Radar images show that ‘unusual’ near-Earth object was actually a ‘binary’ that won’t be back for two centuries.

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SpaceX drops Air Force lawsuit

Start up company says it will not contest the award of a lucrative contract to launch military satellites.

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Webbing out into the stratosphere

UKZN astrophysicist plays a leading role in ‘Spider’ project, studying the universe at beginning of time.

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SpaceX rocket recycle attempt ‘fails’
January 10 2015 at 13:27

SpaceX says it failed in a landmark attempt to recycle its Falcon 9 rocket, after the equipment collided with an ocean platform.

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Most ‘earthlike’ planet is 470 light years away
January 7 2015 at 18:26

Welcome to Kepler 438b, the first habitable planet found beyond our solar system.

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Earth’s second leap into 2015
January 7 2015 at 13:29

Slower rotation will add one more second to your year – and cause internet glitches, say time experts.

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SpaceX aims to blast into history
January 6 2015 at 12:56

Space transport company hoping for a world first by launching – and landing – a ‘reusable’ rocket.

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'Life detector’ senses alien movement
December 30 2014 at 08:19

European researchers have devised the first tiny motion detector that could help find microscopic life forms on distant planets.

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Russia test-launches new rocket
December 24 2014 at 07:57

The test launch of the light version of the Angara rocket ended in embarrassment in June due to a sudden automatic launch abort.

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ISS crew gets new toy to play with
December 23 2014 at 08:13

In a first, the space station crew was able to craft a new tool in space, using their specially designed Zero-G 3D printer.

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‘Significant day in India’s space history’
December 19 2014 at 07:38

India announced two more successes in its space program - launching its largest rocket and testing the re-entry of an unmanned crew module.

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SpaceX to attempt rocket landing at sea
December 18 2014 at 08:10

SpaceX says the landing is a vital step to prove its precision landing capabilities needed before it can gain a ground landing license.

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Rover finds organic molecules on Mars
December 17 2014 at 08:11

Mars rover Curiosity has found carbon-containing compounds in samples drilled out of an ancient rock.

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