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AFP

Boeing, SpaceX to build next spacecraft

Nasa awarded a total of $6.8-billion to the two companies for their respective spacecraft.

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REUTERS

Hunt for dangerous asteroids falls short

Since 1998, Nasa has spent about $100-million on programs to find, assess and mitigate potentially threatening space neighbours.

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J marks spot for historic comet landing

The European Space Agency unveiled the spot on a comet in deep space where it will attempt a high-stakes landing.

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Space

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Asteroid to make close flyby Earth
September 7 2014 at 11:54

Experts calculate the asteroid, known as 2014 RC, will be nearest to Earth when it passes about 40 000 kilometres above New Zealand.

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The great trek to catch a comet
September 5 2014 at 14:05

Over six billion kilometres and 10 years later, scientists came a step closer to a great scientific achievement, writes John Yeld.

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ESA announces comet landing date
September 5 2014 at 08:37

The European Space Agency will on September 15 unveil which of five sites it has chosen for the first-ever landing of a probe on a comet.

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Milky Way ‘lives in Laniakea galaxy’
September 4 2014 at 08:45

The Milky Way galaxy resides on the outskirts of a massive, previously unknown galaxy super-cluster scientists have named Laniakea.

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SKA looking to co-exist with fracking
September 4 2014 at 08:44

The existence of 'buffer zones' around the SKA had to be taken into account when it came to fracking licences, says chief director for astronomy Val Munsami.

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Space puts strain on Russia's coffers
September 3 2014 at 09:03

President Vladimir Putin has ordered construction sped up on a multi-billion-dollar spaceport in Russia's Far East.

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Rocket launch tests new technology
August 29 2014 at 08:27

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

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Heavy-lift rocket debut ‘not likely until 2018’
August 28 2014 at 14:11

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
August 28 2014 at 08:31

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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SpaceX delays rocket launch
August 27 2014 at 08:36

Space Exploration Technologies will delay the launch of its next Falcon 9 rocket by up to two weeks following an explosion of a related prototype vehicle.

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