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NASA launches space probe to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids

MIAMI: NASA launched a first-of-its-kind mission to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, two large clusters of space rocks that scientists believe are remnants of primordial material that formed the solar system’s outer planets. The space probe, dubbed Lucy and packed inside

NASA postpones launch of Boeing Starliner after space station mishap

WASHINGTON: NASA postponed a planned launch of a Boeing CST-100 Starliner capsule to the International Space Station after the orbiting outpost was briefly thrown out of control by jet thrusters inadvertently activated on a newly docked Russian module. The Starliner

World’s richest man Bezos set to blast off into space

WASHINGTON: Jeff Bezos, the richest person in the world, is set to join the astronaut club on the first crewed launch by Blue Origin, another key moment in a big month for space tourism industry. The mission comes days after

Branson set to fly to space aboard Virgin Galactic rocket plane

LOS ANGELES: Decades after burnishing his reputation as a wealthy daredevil mogul in a series of boating and hot-air balloon expeditions, Richard Branson is poised to promote his burgeoning astro-tourism venture by launching himself to the final frontier. Branson’s Virgin

First astronauts arrive at Chinese space station

BEIJING: The first astronauts arrived at China’s new space station in the country’s longest crewed mission to date, a landmark step in establishing Beijing as a major space power. The trio blasted off on a Long March-2F rocket from the

Space trip with Jeff Bezos sells for $28 million

WASHINGTON: A mystery bidder paid $28 million at auction for a seat alongside Jeff Bezos on board the first crewed spaceflight of Blue Origin next month. The Amazon founder revealed this week that both he and his brother Mark would

Coldplay releases new single ‘Higher Power’ in space

LONDON (Reuters): British band Coldplay chose has released their latest single “Higher Power” by beaming up into space. The rock group, known for hit songs “Paradise” and “Hymn For The Weekend”, linked up with the International Space Station (ISS) to speak

Blue Origin will fly first crew to space in July

LOS ANGELES: Jeff Bezos company Blue Origin will send its first crew to space on July 20 and is offering one of the seats to the winner of an online auction. The trip will last a total of ten minutes,

Four astronauts return from ISS aboard SpaceX capsule

WASHINGTON: Four astronauts returned safely to Earth from the International Space Station early in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, parachuting to splash-down in the Gulf of Mexico, NASA said. Their return marked the end of the first crew rotation mission

SpaceX Crew Dragon brings new crew to ISS

WASHINGTON: A recycled SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying four astronauts docked with the International Space Station on Saturday, the third time Elon Musk’s company has safely delivered humans to the orbital outpost. The spacecraft named Endeavour, piloting herself autonomously, locked

SpaceX rocket launches 4 astronauts on NASA mission to space station

WASHINGTON: NASA and Elon Musk’s commercial rocket company SpaceX launched a new four-astronaut team on a flight to the International Space Station, making it the first crew ever propelled into orbit by a rocket booster recycled from a previous spaceflight.

Fawad to lay foundation stone of Islamabad Space Observatory today

ISLAMABAD: The federal capital  is all set to get an observatory and a space museum to take the stargazers on a spectacular journey through the universe. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry will lay the foundation stone of

Russia, China to collaborate on joint lunar space station

MOSCOW: Russia and China have agreed to build a lunar space station, as Moscow seeks to modernise its extraterrestrial might and catch up with the United States in the space race. Russia, which sent the first man into space during

Pakistani space scientist denies presence of UFO in Karachi

LAHORE: A Pakistani space scientist has denied the existence of an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) in Karachi, saying the object viewed in the sky was a type of cloud. Javed Sami, a space scientist and professor at Punjab University, reacting

Pakistani space scientist at Cambridge University wins Young Leaders Award

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan space scientist Dr Yarjan Abdul Samad who works at the prestigious University of Cambridge has been announced as the winner of this year’s Young Leaders Award. He has the distinction as the first space scientist hailing from Pakistan

China becomes second country to unfurl its flag on moon

BEIJING: China has become the second country in history to unfurls its flag on the moon more than 50 years after the United States. The pictures from China’s National Space Administration show the five-starred Red Flag holding still on the

SpaceX launches second crew of astronauts into space

CAPE CANAVERAL: Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX launched four astronauts on a flight to the International Space Station,  NASA’s first full-fledged mission sending a crew into orbit aboard a privately owned spacecraft. SpaceX’s newly designed Crew Dragon capsule, which the

Three-man US-Russian crew returns to Earth from ISS

MIAMI (AFP): An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts touched down on the Kazakhstan steppe on Thursday, completing a 196-day mission that began with the first launch under lockdown conditions. NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and

Microsoft teams up with Elon Musk’s SpaceX for space initiative

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft is partnering with billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk-led SpaceX and others as it expands its cloud-computing platform into space. The partnership would allow Microsoft to connect its Azure cloud computing platform to SpaceX’s network of low-Earth orbiting satellites,

NASA probe touches down on asteroid Bennu in historic mission

MIAMI (AFP): After a four-year journey, NASA’s robotic spacecraft Osiris-Rex briefly touched down on asteroid Bennu’s boulder-strewn surface to collect rock and dust samples in a precision operation 200 million miles (330 million kilometers) from Earth. The so-called “Touch-And-Go” or

Astronauts on SpaceX craft depart ISS for Earth

WASHINGTON: The two astronauts on board the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft at the International Space Station have begun their journey back to Earth. NASA footage showed the capsule drifting slowly away from the ISS in the darkness of space, ending

Russia rejects US accusations over firing space weapon

MOSCOW: Russia has dismissed accusations from the United States and Britain that it had tested an anti-satellite weapon in space. The United States Space Command on Thursday accused Russia of test-firing an anti-satellite weapon in space and warned against “real,

UAE set to make history with launch of Mars probe

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) plans to make history on Wednesday with the scheduled launch of the ‘Hope’ mission, which will make it the first Arab nation to send a probe to Mars. A rocket carrying the unmanned spacecraft

UAE to launch first Mars mission with weeks

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will become the first Arab country to send a mission to Mars with the next forty days that will reach the red planet within seven months. “This mission is not just about the UAE

Landing on Moon: China successfully launches new space rocket

BEIJING: China has successfully launched its own rocket that will be sent astronauts to the Moon. China aims at completing the space station of the rocket by 2022. The Long March-5B carrier rocket took off at the Wenchang Space Launch

Tom Cruise to film aboard International Space Station

LOS ANGELES: Tom Cruise is partnering with NASA to shoot a movie, at least in part, aboard the International Space Station, making it the action film to be shot in space. The head of NASA confirmed that the space agency

Iran’s satellite mission fails in blow to space program

TEHRAN: Iran said that launched satellite on Sunday as “successfully,” but failed to put it in orbit, in a blow to its space program that the US claims to be a front for missile production. Long-standing animosity between Tehran and

Christina Koch to return to earth after one year of space mission

ALMATY: U.S. astronaut Christina Koch is expected to return to Earth on Thursday, having broken the space flight record for female astronauts after spending nearly a year at the International Space Station. The 41-year-old Michigan research engineer broke the previous

Space unite us: First Iranian-US astronaut reaches for stars

HOUSTON: During her time, Jasmin “Jaws” Moghbeli earned her fierce nickname as a decorated gunship pilot who flew more than 150 missions in Afghanistan. She said, “I’d love to be inspired by everyone, but it’s a little simpler to be

Fawad Chaudhry demands strict international framework for space

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has demanded a strict international framework on space missions. In his tweet, Fawad Chaudhry posted that protecting the space was as important as protecting the environment. Space belongs to every human,its