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NASA probe finds signs of water on nearby asteroid Bennu

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 that may hold clues to the origins of life on Earth, scientists said on Monday. Read More

 

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NASA's intrepid Voyager 2 probe crosses into interstellar space

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Voyager 2, a NASA probe launched in 1977 and designed for just a five-year mission, has become only the second human-made object to enter interstellar space as it continues its marathon trek billions of miles (km) from Earth, scientists said on Monday. More »

 

China launches probe to explore dark side of Moon: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Saturday launched a first probe ever to explore the dark side of the Moon, marking another milestone in its ambitious space program, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. More »

 

NASA deep space probe reaches asteroid deemed potential Earth threat

(Reuters) - NASA's deep space explorer Osiris-Rex flew on Monday to within a dozen miles of its destination, a skyscraper-sized asteroid believed to hold organic compounds fundamental to life as well as the potential to collide with Earth in about 150 years.  More »

 

'Cheating' gorillas show clever puzzle-solving

BRISTOL, England (Reuters) - Gorillas at a zoo in England have demonstrated a distinctly human trait while attempting to solve a new puzzle game - cheating. More »

 

World's first baby born via womb transplant from dead donor

LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) - A woman in Brazil who received a womb transplanted from a deceased donor has given birth to a baby girl in the first successful case of its kind, doctors reported. More »

 

SpaceX launches biggest U.S. 'rideshare' mission with 64 satellites

(This story corrects to delete incorrect information that rocket carried a University of Illinois satellite) More »

 

Russia launches first manned voyage to ISS since rocket accident

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan (Reuters) - A Russian-made Soyuz rocket blasted a three-man crew into orbit on Monday, beginning the first manned voyage to the International Space Station since a mission in October was aborted in midair because of a rocket malfunction. More »

 

NASA selects nine U.S. companies to vie for moon program funding

ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA on Thursday named nine U.S. companies, including Lockheed Martin Corp, that will compete for funding under the space agency's renewed long-term moon program, a private-public undertaking to develop technology that will explore the lunar surface. More »

 

China orders halt to gene-editing after outcry over babies

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The Chinese government on Thursday ordered a temporary halt to research activities for people involved in the editing of human genes, after a Chinese scientist said he had edited the genes of twin babies. More »

 

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