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First satellites for Musk's Starlink internet venture launched into orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - SpaceX, the private rocket company of high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched the first batch of 60 small satellites into low-Earth orbit on Thursday for Musk's new Starlink internet service. Read More

 

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NASA executive quits weeks after appointment to lead 2024 moon landing plan

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A top NASA executive hired in April to guide strategy for returning astronauts to the moon by 2024 has resigned, the space agency said on Thursday, the culmination of internal strife and dwindling congressional support for the lunar initiative. More »

 

NASA chooses technology firm Maxar for lunar platform project

MELBOURNE, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA has picked space technology company Maxar Technologies Inc as the first contractor to help build its Gateway platform in lunar orbit, a crucial outpost for America's mission to relay astronauts to the moon in 2024, the U.S. agency said on Thursday. More »

 

Old mold: Fossil of world's earliest fungus unearthed in Canada

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microfossils of a globular spore connected to a T-shaped filament excavated in an Arctic region of northwestern Canada represent the oldest-known fungus, a discovery that sheds light on the origins of an important branch in Earth's tree of life. More »

 

SpaceX postpones Starlink satellite launch again, for 'about a week'

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A SpaceX launch already scrubbed once due to inclement weather was postponed again nearly 24 hours later on Thursday, this time for "about a week," in order to update satellite software and "triple-check everything," Elon Musk's rocket company said. More »

 

Brazil seeks China's OK for genetically modified sugarcane

BEIJING (Reuters) - Brazil's agriculture minister will ask Chinese officials on Thursday to greenlight exports to the Asian nation of sugar made from genetically modified (GM) sugarcane, which is expected to be widely used in Brazil in coming years. More »

 

Quakes show that moon, gradually shrinking, is tectonically active

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The moon may be dynamic and tectonically active like Earth - not the inert world some scientists had believed it to be - based on a new analysis disclosed on Monday of quakes measured by seismometers in operation on the moon from 1969 and 1977. More »

 

Trump seeks extra $1.6 billion in NASA spending to return to moon by 2024

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration asked Congress on Monday to increase NASA spending next year by an extra $1.6 billion as a "down payment" to accommodate the accelerated goal of returning Americans to the surface of the moon by 2024. More »

 

In crisis-hit Argentina, cancer researcher turns to game show for funds

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Amid a swirling economic crisis and protests over budget cuts for research in Argentina, one scientist has found a novel way to fundraise: winning money on a television game show. More »

 

Billionaire Bezos unveils moon lander mockup, embraces Trump's lunar timetable

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Bezos unveiled on Thursday a mockup of a lunar lander being built by his Blue Origin rocket company and touted his moon goals in a strategy aimed at capitalizing on the Trump administration's renewed push to establish a lunar outpost in just five years. More »

 

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