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Humans will be living & working on the Moon by the end of this decade thanks to Artemis 1, says NASA
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Humans will be living & working on the Moon by the end of this decade thanks to Artemis 1, says NASA

NASA is confident that if the Artemis 1 Mission is successful, they will be able to put astronauts on the moon for a long-term basis who are going to be living on the surface and do research by as early as 2024-2025.

China plans to send monkeys to the Tiangong space station to study how they reproduce in space
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China plans to send monkeys to the Tiangong space station to study how they reproduce in space

Believing that long-term space exploration will require such experiments, a team of Chinese scientists are planning to send macaque monkeys to the Tiangong Space Station and study how the reproduce.

NASA plans on testing crash landing space module on Mars to make inter-planetary exploration cheaper
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NASA plans on testing crash landing space module on Mars to make inter-planetary exploration cheaper

In a bid to make inter-planetary travel cheaper and more far-reaching, NASA is planning to test out crash landing onto the planet Mars with their newly designed SHIELD experimental lander.

Explained: NASA's 'save the world' experiment which will see a spacecraft crash into an asteroid
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Explained: NASA's 'save the world' experiment which will see a spacecraft crash into an asteroid

NASA plans to crash a small, harmless asteroid millions of miles away. The aim is just to nudge the asteroid into a slightly tighter orbit around its companion space rock — demonstrating that if a killer asteroid ever heads our way, we'd stand a fighting chance of diverting it

NASA's new space telescope 'hunky-dory' after ground controllers fixed a pair of problems
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NASA's new space telescope 'hunky-dory' after ground controllers fixed a pair of problems

The $10 billion telescope — the largest and most powerful astronomical observatory ever launched — rocketed away Christmas Day from French Guiana

Language of space exploration rhetoric can affect public perception of space activities
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Language of space exploration rhetoric can affect public perception of space activities

Would we want futuristic Mars settlements to operate like modern-day Earth towns, or could we do better?

Japan scientists to study asteroid Ryugu samples for source of heat, clues of life on Earth
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Japan scientists to study asteroid Ryugu samples for source of heat, clues of life on Earth

JAXA is continuing an initial examination of the asteroid samples ahead of fuller studies next year.

Space exploration in 2021 to see missions to Mars, the Moon, views from beyond 'deep space'
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Space exploration in 2021 to see missions to Mars, the Moon, views from beyond 'deep space'

An eclipse in May overlaps with a period when the moon is close to Earth, in what is known by some as a 'super blood moon'.

NASA underestimating the time, money needed to bring Mars rocks back to Earth: Report
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NASA underestimating the time, money needed to bring Mars rocks back to Earth: Report

NASA and the ESA should consider moving the next sample-return efforts from 2026 to 2028, due to the technological challenges, the panel said.

Voyager missions find sharp increase in density of space beyond our solar system
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Voyager missions find sharp increase in density of space beyond our solar system

Voyager 1 entered interstellar space in 2012, while Voyager 2 finally crossed the boundary marking the beginning of outer space in November 2018.

Back to Venus: Rocket Lab looks to beat NASA in search for life on Venus, other worlds
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Back to Venus: Rocket Lab looks to beat NASA in search for life on Venus, other worlds

Rocket Lab will need help from leading scientists, and has already recruited MIT astronomer and planetary scientist Sara Seager.

UAE's Mars orbiter mission seeks to bring Hope to more places than just the red planet
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UAE's Mars orbiter mission seeks to bring Hope to more places than just the red planet

Despite being the third-richest country in the world, the UAE’s scientific and engineering community is still small.

EU to get serious about its space ventures; will plough in more money in order to keep up with Chinese, US ambitions
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EU to get serious about its space ventures; will plough in more money in order to keep up with Chinese, US ambitions

The EU budget will be used to support new technology to launch rockets, including reusable ones, said European Commissioner Thierry Breton.

Russian space research startup StartRocket plans to remove space debris using foam
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Russian space research startup StartRocket plans to remove space debris using foam

Decades of space exploration has led to a build-up of more than five lakh pieces of useless artificial objects in space.

Chinese space agency reveals Tianwen-1 is the name of the first unmanned mission to Mars
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Chinese space agency reveals Tianwen-1 is the name of the first unmanned mission to Mars

The name comes from “Tianwen”, or “Questions to Heaven”, a poem written by Qu Yuan who lived more than two millennia ago.

Coronavirus delays work on NASA’s moon rocket and capsule for the Artemis mission
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Coronavirus delays work on NASA’s moon rocket and capsule for the Artemis mission

There are two confirmed cases at NASA centres: Ames Research Center in California and Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.

Space and Astronomy in 2019: Unforgettable findings and events in space exploration, the universe
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Space and Astronomy in 2019: Unforgettable findings and events in space exploration, the universe

We saw the first black hole photo, many moon landings, the most distant asteroid ever imaged beyond Pluto among other spectacular wonders.

NASA announces graduating class of 11 astronauts for upcoming missions to space, Moon and Mars
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NASA announces graduating class of 11 astronauts for upcoming missions to space, Moon and Mars

After 2 years of basic astronaut training, the new batch is ready to train at the ISS and for the Artemis program after graduating 10 January 2020.

Space Week 2019: After Chandrayaan 2, ISRO's upcoming interplanetary missions to Mars, Venus, the Sun
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Space Week 2019: After Chandrayaan 2, ISRO's upcoming interplanetary missions to Mars, Venus, the Sun

Among these missions is a mission to the Sun's corona, a second Mars orbiter, and a third mission to the Moon.

NASA researchers take to the lava fields in Iceland to prep the Mars 2020 rover
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NASA researchers take to the lava fields in Iceland to prep the Mars 2020 rover

The Lambahraun lava field in Iceland has been chosen to prepare the rover for Mars' surface.