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Solar system’s most distant object is ‘Farout’ pink dwarf planet

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have discovered the most distant object known in our solar system, so remote and unusual they chose the...

SpaceX to launch U.S. spy satellite in first national security mission

By Joey Roulette ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – Elon Musk’s SpaceX was poised on Tuesday to launch a new spy satellite for the U.S. military, marking...

Wondrous extinct flying reptiles boasted rudimentary feathers

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A microscopic examination of fossils from China has revealed that the fur-like body covering of pterosaurs, the remarkable flying...

Israeli spacecraft gets final element before 2019 moon launch

By Ari Rabinovitch YEHUD, Israel (Reuters) – Israeli engineers on Monday added the final element to a spacecraft destined for the moon – a digital...

New Zealand’s Rocket Lab shoots 13 tiny cube satellites into orbit

By Alison Bevege SYDNEY (Reuters) – Rocket Lab, a rocket propulsion company backed by investors in Silicon Valley, has launched a batch of 13 tiny...

A-maize-ing genetic sleuthing rewrites history of corn

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The history of corn, one of humankind’s indispensable staple crops, is far more complicated that previously known, according to...

Virgin Galactic crew aims for space in key flight milestone

By Eric M. Johnson MOJAVE, Calif. (Reuters) – A Virgin Galactic spacecraft is slated to launch from California on Thursday in a test mission that...

Russian cosmonauts take spacewalk to probe mystery of craft hole

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Two Russian cosmonauts took a spacewalk on Tuesday seeking to resolve the mystery of a small hole found in the side...

NASA probe finds signs of water on nearby asteroid Bennu

By Joey Roulette ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has discovered ingredients for water on a relatively nearby skyscraper-sized asteroid, a rocky acorn-shaped object...

NASA’s intrepid Voyager 2 probe crosses into interstellar space

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Voyager 2, a NASA probe launched in 1977 and designed for just a five-year mission, has become only the...
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