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NASA

Lack of sleep a worry for astronauts

Astronauts on board the ISS sleep on average six hours and five minutes a night - shorter than the recommended eight and a half hours.

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AP

Astronauts release baby satellite

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

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REUTERS

Star dust likely from beyond solar system

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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Rosetta catches up to comet
August 7 2014 at 09:06

Spacecraft Rosetta became the first ever to catch up with a comet, a landmark stage in a decade-long space mission.

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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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SpaceX launches Falcon rocket
August 6 2014 at 08:51

A Falcon 9 rocket thundered off its coastal launch pad to put a commercial communications satellite into orbit.

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Comet-chaser nears end of trek
August 6 2014 at 08:50

Scientists are preparing for a historic rendezvous between a comet and a space probe after a 10-year chase.

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Japan space force to monitor debris
August 4 2014 at 08:53

Japan is planning to launch a military space force that would initially be tasked with protecting satellites from dangerous debris orbiting the Earth.

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Video: Nasa tests 'impossible' engine
August 4 2014 at 08:52

An engine thought not to be possible was tested by Nasa researchers who found that surprisingly, it actually worked.

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Preparing for the next big solar storm
August 1 2014 at 14:13

We cannot stop a big solar storm arriving, but we can prepare and try to avoid its worst effects, writes John Kemp.

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Mars rover to carry tools to make O2
August 1 2014 at 08:30

Nasa hopes to have people exploring the surface of Earth's neighbouring planet by the 2030s.

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Living on Mars - without leaving Earth
July 30 2014 at 14:17

A team of researchers have been living in a mockup Mars habitat on a Hawaiian volcano practicing isolated living on the Red Planet.

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Mars rover clocking up the mileage
July 30 2014 at 08:50

Nasa's Mars rover Opportunity that landed on the Red Planet in 2004 has now set an extraterrestrial distance record.

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