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NASA telescope discovers two new planets five months after launch

ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A planet-hunting orbital telescope designed to detect worlds beyond our solar system discovered two distant planets this week five months after its launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, officials said on Thursday. Read More


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Russia throws doubt on joint lunar space station with U.S.: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow may abandon a project to build a space station in lunar orbit in partnership with U.S. space agency NASA because it does not want a "second fiddle role," a Russian official said on Saturday. More »


Argentina bets on $600 million satellite to boost agriculture sector

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina is launching a new microwave imaging satellite to monitor natural disasters and soil moisture, in a long-term bid to bolster the farm sector, an industry that has historically been the backbone of the country's economy. More »


Deep sea robots reveal mineral riches in the abyss

BERGEN, Norway (Reuters) - From the safety of their research vessel, scientists are exploring one of Earth's last frontiers - the sea floor - to discover more about valuable minerals vital in the manufacture of smartphones. More »


Japan fashion guru Maezawa lands first SpaceX moon flight

HAWTHORNE, Calif./TOKYO (Reuters) - SpaceX, Elon Musk's space transportation company, on Monday named its first private passenger on a voyage around the moon as Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, the founder and chief executive of online fashion retailer Zozo. More »


SpaceX signs first private passenger to fly around the moon

(Reuters) - Elon Musk's space transportation company SpaceX said it has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the moon aboard its BFR launch vehicle. More »


Brazil space station open for small satellite business

ALCANTARA SPACE CENTER, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazil is ready to launch small commercial rockets from its space base near the equator as soon as it agrees to safeguard U.S. technology that is dominant in the industry, the Brazilian Air Force officer managing the space program said on Friday. More »


Scientists investigate icy streams for survival clues

FURKA, Switzerland (Reuters) - A team of scientists has embarked on a four-year quest to discover what beyond water the world loses when glaciers melt. More »


British companies, academics excluded from EU Galileo space project if no-deal Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - British companies and academics will be excluded from the future development of the European Union's Galileo space project if the country leaves the bloc without a deal in March 2019, according to a series of technical notices published on Thursday. More »


Roche boss says Brexit and curbs on drug use pose threat to UK science

LONDON (Reuters) - Uncertainty over drug regulation and a reluctance by Britain's health service to use certain pricey modern medicines pose a threat to the country's respected life sciences sector, the head Swiss drugmaker Roche said on Thursday. More »


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