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Europe's Mars probe destroyed after plunging to surface

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:24:25 -0400

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Images taken by a NASA Mars orbiter indicate that a missing European space probe was destroyed on impact after plummeting to the surface of the Red Planet from a height of 2-4 km (1.2 to 2.5 miles), the European Space Agency said on Friday.(image)

Spaceship carrying three-man crew docks with ISS, NASA TV reports

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:04:18 -0400

(Reuters) - A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying an American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts docked with the International Space Station on Friday, NASA TV reported, two days after blasting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.(image)

Smart mouth: Chinese fish fossil sheds light on jaw evolution

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:03:05 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bottom-dwelling, mud-grubbing, armored fish that swam in tropical seas 423 million years ago is fundamentally changing the understanding of the evolution of an indisputably indispensable anatomical feature: the jaw.(image)

Spiders can 'tune' webs for good vibrations, researchers say

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:45:23 -0400

OXFORD, England (Reuters) - Spiders can control the tension and stiffness of their webs to optimize their sensory powers, helping them locate and identify prey as well as partners, according to researchers at Oxford University.(image)

NASA spacecraft loses computer before close encounter with Jupiter

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:09:26 -0400

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA's Juno spacecraft lost its main computer and science instruments shortly before it was due to make an orbital pass near Jupiter on Wednesday, scuttling highly anticipated close-up observations of the largest planet in the solar system.(image)

U.S.-Russian crew blasts off for space station

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:33:13 -0400

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (Reuters) - A U.S. astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts blasted off from Kazakhstan on Wednesday for a two-day journey to the International Space Station.(image)

Chinese manned space mission docks with space station: Xinhua

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:48:22 -0400

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's Shenzhou 11 manned spacecraft has successfully docked with China's Tiangong 2 space lab, and two astronauts have entered the lab, China's official news agency Xinhua said Wednesday.(image)

Orbital rocket blasts off on space station cargo run

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:20:59 -0400

(Reuters) - An unmanned Antares rocket owned by Orbital ATK Inc blasted off from Virginia on Monday with a cargo ship for the International Space Station, marking the booster's return to flight two years after a previous version exploded at liftoff.(image)

Maggots under microscope for superbug-killing secretions

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:49:34 -0400

Maggots could help tackle the looming crisis of antibacterial resistance, according to researchers from Swansea University, who found that certain molecules in the secretions of green bottle fly maggots are highly effective at killing some species of bacteria.(image)

Blast from the past: comet may have hit Earth 56 million years ago

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:41:23 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Droplets of glass dug up in New Jersey and from the Atlantic seabed indicate a comet or some other extraterrestrial object may have smacked Earth 56 million years ago, roughly 10 million years after the asteroid impact that doomed the dinosaurs.(image)