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Rare comet to fly by Mars

A fast‑moving comet is about to fly by Mars for a one‑in‑a-million‑year encounter with the Red Planet, photographed and documented by a flurry of spacecraft, NASA said. The comet,...

Europe gives green light for comet landing site

The European Space Agency (ESA) confirmed Wednesday its choice of the site for a historic unmanned landing next month on a comet in deep space. A...

Humans may only survive 68 days on Mars

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UAE launches project to send unmanned probe to Mars

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Deep space 'snowball' nears close shave with Mars

A comet the size of a small mountain is about to skim past Mars, and NASA hopes its spacecraft will be able to photograph the...

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...

Astronauts Replace Power Unit During Spacewalk

Spacewalking astronauts replaced a failed electrical unit at the International Space Station on Wednesday, restoring full power to the orbiting lab. It was...

US astronauts conduct spacewalk to repair ISS

A pair of American astronauts stepped outside the International Space Station Wednesday for a spacewalk to do repairs and upkeep at the orbiting outpost,...

Rocket fuel freeze caused EU satellite mislaunch: probe

Fuel that froze on a Russian Soyuz rocket caused two satellites from Europe's troubled Galileo navigation system to be placed into the wrong orbit in...