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China state agency successfully launches rocket for commercial use: CCTV

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese government space agency successfully launched on Saturday its first rocket meant for commercial use, state television CCTV reported, as firms in the country compete to join a commercial satellite boom. Read More


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NASA chief announces Alabama facility as moon spacecraft headquarters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Friday said Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama will anchor the U.S. space agency's program to build a spacecraft to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024, a boon for the state and a disappointment for Texas. More »


Planet 10 times Earth's mass may have smacked Jupiter long ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jupiter, the solar system's largest planet, may have been smacked head-on by an embryonic planet 10 times Earth's mass not long after being formed, a monumental crash with apparent lasting effects on the Jovian core, scientists said on Thursday. More »


Genetic study implicates humans in demise of prehistoric cave bear

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Genetic research that reconstructed the past population dynamics of the cave bear, a prominent prehistoric denizen of Europe, implicates Homo sapiens rather than climate cooling in the Ice Age extinction of these brawny plant-loving beasts. More »


Chinese space startup revs up for reusable rocket race

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese startup LinkSpace on Saturday completed its third test of a reusable rocket in five months, stepping up the pace in China's race to develop a technology key to cheap space launches in an expected global boom in satellite deployment. More »


Japanese researchers build robotic tail to keep elderly upright

TOKYO (Reuters) - Millions of years after the ancestors of humans evolved to lose their tails, a research team at Japan’s Keio University have built a robotic one they say could help unsteady elderly people keep their balance. More »


United Launch Alliance rocket blasts off from Florida carrying Air Force communications satellite

(Reuters) - United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp, blasted off into space on Thursday morning, one of the final satellites for the U.S. Air Force's new secure communications network. More »


Staring at seagulls can stop them stealing food, research shows

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's seaside towns are at war with their seagulls, urging visitors not to feed the birds in an effort to stop them snatching titbits like potato chips from tourists' hands. More »


Israel's Amos-17 satellite enroute to target orbit after SpaceX launch

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Space Communication said on Wednesday its Amos-17 communications satellite was launched into space and was enroute to its orbital position after separating from its SpaceX rocket. More »


'Moving fast:' Musk's SpaceX eyes Florida for launch site for Mars rocket

ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Elon Musk's SpaceX is expanding its facilities in Florida to make room for the space company's forthcoming super heavy-lift launch vehicle dubbed Starship, according to a draft of the plans seen by Reuters on Friday. More »


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