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China to launch lunar lighting in outer space
China is planning to launch its own 'artificial moon' by 2020 to replace streetlamps and lower electricity costs in urban areas, state media reported on Friday.
Japan space tourist says moon training 'shouldn't be too hard'
Billionaire Japanese tycoon and future space tourist Yusaku Maezawa's training to go the moon should not be too tricky, he joked on Tuesday, adding that he planned to use free time from his six-hour work day to squeeze it in.
Apollo program: First steps into space, 50 years on
Fifty years ago this week, the first Apollo spacecraft to carry humans into space was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Touchdown! Japan space probe lands new robot on asteroid
A Japanese probe landed a new observation robot on an asteroid on Wednesday as it pursues a mission to shed light on the origins of the solar system.
Climate researchers: More green space, less biofuel
The chorus of biofuel critics is getting louder. In an opinion article published in the journal PNAS, a pair climate scientists argued continued support for biofuel production will make it more difficult to protect the climate.
NASA's Orion craft perfectly touches down during final test before Moon
Practice makes perfect, especially for spacecraft. NASA's Orion space capsule is no different.
Artist wants to send a 'star' to space
An artist has plans to launch an artificial 'star' into space via a SpaceX rocket and it seems astronomers are not happy.
Japanese space agency to land Hayabusa-2 spacecraft on asteroid and carry samples back to Earth
The Japanese space agency will land two robots on an asteroid next month — the latest step in historic plans to explore its surface and bring samples back to Earth.
North America treated to dazzling display because of rare space weather phenomenon
A gaping fissure opened in the Earth’s magnetic field, causing an epic geomagnetic storm of almost biblical proportions as solar winds induced a scintillating display of otherworldly green light.
China readying for space station era
Yang Liwei, director of the China Manned Space Engineering Office and the country's first astronaut, said, “China is accelerating its timetable for a space station, with the core capsule expected to be launched in 2020.”
Space tourists could be struck down by astro-sickness
The dream of boldly going where only a few have gone before has inspired hundreds of people to sign up with space tourism companies like Virgin Galactic.
Are octopuses aliens from outer space?
Octopuses are aliens. That’s the claim being made by a team of 33 researchers published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
Space tourism becomes virtual reality astronaut for people
It’s the dream of any would-be space tourist: Seeing our home planet from above. First you see the Earth’s horizon curve away, and then the luminous thin envelope of atmosphere that keeps us all alive comes into focus.
Australia set to create nation’s first space agency
Australia is set to announce the country’s first space agency. Although the emphasis will apparently be on the commercial utilization of space, researchers are hoping there will be purely scientific efforts as well.

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