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Distant asteroid calamity shaped life on Earth 466 million years ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The cataclysmic asteroid impact off Mexico's coast that doomed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago was not the only time an astronomical event shaped the history of life on Earth. Read More


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Newfound comet likely an 'interstellar visitor,' scientists say

(Reuters) - A newly discovered comet hurtling toward the orbit of Mars has scientists scurrying to confirm whether it came from outside the solar system, a likely prospect that would make it the second such interstellar object observed in our planetary neighborhood. More »


U.S. builds alliances in 'wild, wild west' of space: general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new U.S. Space Command is working with allies in the “wild, wild west” of space and will harden future satellite networks against attacks, the unit’s top general said, as the Trump administration reorganizes its military space bureaucracy. More »


Who calls the tunes in space? Brad Pitt asks NASA astronaut

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Brad Pitt traded laughs on Monday in a call to the International Space Station with a NASA astronaut, who somersaulted during the zero-gravity interview ahead of this week's release of the actor's new film, the space thriller "Ad Astra." More »


Water found in atmosphere of planet beyond our solar system

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists for the first time have detected water in the atmosphere of an Earth-like planet orbiting a distant star, evidence that a key ingredient for life exists beyond our solar system, according to a study published on Wednesday. More »


India's moon mission locates landing craft, no communication yet

BENGALURU (Reuters) - India has located the spacecraft it was trying to land on the moon but has not been able to establish communication with it yet, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said on Tuesday. More »


Japan resupply mission to space station delayed by launch pad fire

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan said it halted a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday because of a launch pad fire that grounded the rocket. More »


Loch Ness monster might just be a giant eel, say scientists

LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland's fabled Loch Ness monster could possibly be a giant eel, scientists said on Thursday after an intensive analysis of traces of DNA in the Loch's icy waters. More »


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