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Comet Siding Spring whizzes past Mars

A comet the size of a small mountain whizzed past Mars on Sunday, dazzling space enthusiasts with the once‑in‑a-million‑years encounter.

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China launches experimental moon orbiter

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China to send orbiter to moon and back

China will launch its latest lunar orbiter in the coming days, state media said Wednesday, in its first attempt to send a spacecraft around the moon and...

UAE launches project to send unmanned probe to Mars

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Deep space 'snowball' nears close shave with Mars

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US military's robot space plane lands back on Earth

A top secret US robot space plane landed back on Earth on Friday after a 22-month orbit, officials said, although the craft's mission remains shrouded...