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    Scientists Discover Exoplanet Twice as Big as Earth

    Using data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, an international team of scientists has discovered a new exoplanet twice the size of Earth and about 145 light years away. The exoplanet Wolf 503b is in the Virgo constellation and it orbits its star every six days and is thus very close to it, about 10 times closer […]

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    ISS Leak: Russia Weighs Possibility of Sabotage

    Russia’s space agency said on Wednesday it hopes to announce the origin of a small hole found on a Russian module docked at the International Space Station in the coming weeks, including addressing whether the damage was deliberate. Crew members last week found the hole – roughly 2 millimetres in diameter – on the inner wall of Russia’s Soyuz […]

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    NASA Exploring Product Endorsements, Rocket Naming Rights

    NASA is exploring the feasibility of commercialising the agency’s operations in low Earth orbit to lower its costs while its eyes turn toward the Moon and Mars. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine has unveiled an ‘Advisory Council committee’ that will explore some of these plans, which could include product endorsements from astronauts and even selling the naming rights to […]

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    NASA Says ISS Cabin Pressure Holding Steady After Leak Repaired

    Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS)are safe after having traced the source of a leak that resulted in loss of cabin pressure, and fixed it, NASArevealed on Thursday. Three spaceships are docked at the ISS including the Progress 70 resupply ship and the Soyuz MS-08 and MS-09 crew ships. On Wednesday night, flight controllers detected a […]

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    ISRO Keen to Outsource PSLV, SSLV Manufacturing to Concentrate on Human Spaceflight

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and its commercial wing Antrix on Wednesday said they are willing to outsource manufacturing of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) so that the space agency could focus on the proposed human space programme. ISRO held discussions a week ago with a consortium of industries regarding PSLV […]

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    Experts Assemble for UN-Hosted Meeting on ‘Killer Robots’

    Experts from scores of countries are meeting to discuss ways to define and deal with “killer robots” – futuristic weapons systems that could conduct war without human intervention. The weeklong gathering that opened Monday is the second at UN offices in Geneva this year to focus on such lethal autonomous weapons systems and to explore possibilities […]