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Mars Spacecraft's First Missions Face Delays, NASA Says

NASA will probably delay the first two missions of its Orion deep-space capsule, being developed to send astronauts beyond earth's orbit and eventually to Mars, the US space agency said on Thursday.

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France, Japan Aim to Land Probe on Mars Moon

France and Japan want to recover pieces of a Martian Moon and bring them back to Earth, the head of France's National Center for Space Studies (CNES) said Thursday.

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Two Russians, One American Land Back on Earth from ISS

Two Russian cosmonauts and a U.S. astronaut touched down safely in central Kazakhstan Monday following a 173-day mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS). 

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Chile Desert Combed for Clues to Life on Mars

Chile's Atacama desert may seem to contain little besides red-grey rocks and sand -- but scientists are busy searching here for clues to life in a place it much resembles: Mars.

This desert in northern Chile, like the red planet, is hot, dusty and extremely dry.

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Japan Scientist Eyes Energy Burst from 'Typhoon Turbine'

Most people look for a place to hide when a typhoon is on the horizon, but Atsushi Shimizu hopes that the fury of nature may one day help resource-poor Japan tackle its energy woes.

As thousands of Australians seek shelter from a "monster" cyclone battering the country's northern coast, the Tokyo-based engineer believes that his bladeless wind turbine can not only stand up to the raw force of these destructive storms, but also harness that power to generate electricity.

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'Unparalleled' Number of Dinosaur Tracks Found in Australia

An "unprecedented" 21 different types of dinosaur tracks have been found on a stretch of Australia's remote coastline, scientists said Monday, dubbing it the nation's Jurassic Park. 

Palaeontologists from the University of Queensland and James Cook University said it was the most diverse such discovery in the world, unearthed in rocks up to 140 millions years old in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

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Spacewalking French, U.S. Astronauts Begin Upgrade to Orbiting Lab

A French and an American astronaut floated outside the International Space Station Friday for a spacewalk to upgrade the orbiting outpost for the arrival of future space crews.

The spacewalk by France's Thomas Pesquet, 39, and American Shane Kimbrough, 49, officially began at 7:24 am (1124 GMT) when the duo switched their spacesuits to internal battery power.

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Trump, NASA and a Rare Consensus: Mission to Mars

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a law that said manned missions to deep space, including to Mars, would be the U.S. space agency's main goal in the decades to come.

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Great Barrier Reef May Never Recover from Bleaching

Australia's Great Barrier Reef may never recover from last year's warming-driven coral bleaching, said a study that called for urgent action in the face of ineffective conservation efforts.

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SpaceX Launches Communications Satellite into Orbit

SpaceX on Thursday successfully launched a communications satellite into space from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The company's Falcon 9 rocket blasted off at 2 am (0600 GMT) carrying the EchoStar XXIII, a commercial communications satellite for EchoStar Corporation.

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