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Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin complains about current U.S. lunar ability

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When President Donald Trump asked Buzz Aldrin, the second human ever to walk on the moon, what he thought about the United States' current ability to operate in space 50 years after the Apollo 11 mission, the ex-astronaut had a ready response. Read More


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Gulp! Jurassic mammal was the first one able to eat politely

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A shrew-like primitive mammal that inhabited China 165 million years ago represents a milestone in mammalian evolution, scientists said on Thursday, boasting a key anatomical trait in its throat that helped usher in the era of polite table manners. More »


'The Dish' still beaming signals from Australia 50 years after moon walk

PARKES, Australia (Reuters) - It's known as "The Dish" and it soars above a nondescript paddock in rural Australia. Without it, hundreds of millions of people would never have seen all of the generation-defining footage of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon 50 years ago. More »


India to launch second lunar mission on July 22 after delay

BENGALURU (Reuters) - India's space agency said on Thursday it would launch the country's second lunar mission on July 22, after the original launch was called off due to a 'technical snag' earlier this week. More »


Apollo 11's astronauts snapped photos for science. Then came MTV

(Reuters) - The Apollo 11 astronauts who made mankind's first visit to the moon 50 years ago were trained in how to take pictures for science. Back on Earth, some of those photos became pop culture touchstones. More »


Shaken or stirred: robotic bartender serves up cocktails for Prague clubbers

PRAGUE (Reuters) - For revelers at one Prague megaclub, gone are the days of being squashed at the bar waiting to get a watered-down cocktail. More »


Explainer: NASA aims to build on moon as a way station for Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Unlike the Apollo program that put astronauts on the moon 50 years ago, NASA is gearing up for a long term presence on Earth's satellite that the agency says will eventually enable humans to reach Mars. More »


'Artificial snow' could save stricken Antarctic ice sheet - study

LONDON (Reuters) - Governments could stop the West Antarctic Ice Sheet from sliding into the ocean and submerging coastal cities by launching a last-ditch engineering project to blanket its surface with "artificial snow", according to a study released on Wednesday. More »


Buzz Aldrin, second man on moon, recalls 'magnificent desolation'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fifty years after their history-making voyage to the moon, Buzz Aldrin recalls the first moments of the Apollo 11 launch being so smooth that he and his two crewmates, Neil Armstrong and Mike Collins, were unsure precisely when they left the ground. More »


Apollo moon rocks shed new light on Earth's volcanoes

OXFORD, England (Reuters) - Fifty years after humans first set foot on the moon, scientists believe rock samples collected by Apollo astronauts could help predict volcanic eruptions on Earth more accurately. More »


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