Nasa to continue using Soyuz rockets despite breakdown

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe malfunction became apparent about 90 seconds into the flight US space agency Nasa says it will continue using Russian Soyuz rockets for missions after Thursday’s dramatic emergency landing following a booster failure shortly after lift-off. Speaking in Moscow, Nasa head Jim Bridenstine said he expected a […]

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Russian Rocket’s Failure Reminds Us That Spaceflight Is Still Dangerous

Six decades into the space age, exploring the final frontier remains a difficult and dangerous proposition. That basic truth was reinforced yesterday (Oct. 11) by the failure of a Russian Soyuz rocket during a crew launch toward the International Space Station (ISS).  The rocket experienced a serious anomaly a few minutes after liftoff, […]

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The reality and dangers of getting to space

Early Thursday morning, two astronauts aboard a Soyuz rocket heading to the International Space Station (ISS) had to make an emergency landing after an apparent booster failure. As a result, the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, is temporarily halting launch operations until the cause of the malfunction can be determined. And though the astronauts returned to […]

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Japan forced to delay touchdown of asteroid probe because it’s too darn rough

Japan’s Hayabusa-2 asteroid probe has already completed a number of scientific firsts. It successfully entered orbit around the Ryugu asteroid, deployed a pair of rovers and a sensor-packed instrument cube to send back data about the rock, and delivered the very first images snapped from the surface of an asteroid. Unfortunately, those anticipating the probe […]

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Japan delays touchdown of Hayabusa2 probe on asteroid

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency project manager Yuichi Tsuda say they needed more time to prepare the landing as the latest data shows the asteroid surface was more rugged than expected Published 4:00 AM, October 12, 2018 Updated 4:00 AM, October 12, 2018 ROUGH SURFACE. Artist’s impression of Hayabusa-2 probe during a rendezvous with the 1999JU3 […]

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Investigation starts into dramatic Soyuz rocket breakdown

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe malfunction became apparent about 90 seconds into the flight Russian officials are investigating the cause of a booster problem that forced a Soyuz rocket capsule to make an emergency landing just after launch. The two crew members, Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and American astronaut Nick Hague, […]

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Today’s failed Soyuz launch complicates the future of the International Space Station

This morning’s Russian Soyuz rocket launch turned dire just two and a half minutes after liftoff when an unknown failure forced the flight to abort and sent the two astronauts on the vehicle on an unexpected landing. The emergency maneuver was a success, but the aftermath puts NASA in a precarious situation: now, the space […]

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American, Russian crew members jettison to safety after rocket failure on mission to space station

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Japan delays touchdown of Hayabusa2 probe on asteroid: official

A Japanese probe sent to examine an asteroid in order to shed light on the origins of the solar system will now land on the rock several months later than planned, officials said Thursday. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) told reporters the Hayabusa2 probe is now expected to touch down on the Ryugu asteroid […]

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This is why there are ladybirds everywhere right now

If you’ve been noticing more ladybirds recently, there is a reason for it. And it’s all to do with the hot summer we experienced this year. Experts say numbers of the invasive Harlequin species have been boosted following the heatwave. (Image: James Burke) Read More And now that autumn has arrived and temperatures have cooled, […]

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