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China schedules first automated lunar sampling mission for November

China has scheduled the launch of lunar probe Chang'e-5 for November this year, in a mission marking several new accomplishments for the nation's space programme.

Last man on the moon, US astronaut Gene Cernan, dies

The US astronaut Gene Cernan, the last astronaut to leave footprints on the moon, has died at the age of 82, the US space agency NASA said on Monday.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket makes first launch since September explosion

An unmanned SpaceX rocket blasted off from a California launch pad on Saturday and delivered 10 satellites into low Earth orbit.

China launches first commercial rocket mission

A Chinese rocket successfully sent three satellites into space in the country's first commercial mission on Monday.

Weather forces postponement of SpaceX launch from California

Bad weather in California forced a postponement of the launch of a SpaceX rocket that is to carry a satellite into space, the satellite company said.

Europe's satellite navigation system goes online

Europes's satellite navigation system and the bloc's bid to compete with the US-based Global Positioning System (GPS) went online Thursday, offering initial navigation services.

China launches record-breaking 20th rocket into high orbit

China launched the first of a new generation of weather satellites on Sunday, registering a record-breaking 20th launched rocket this year, state media reported.

US astronaut John Glenn - "ultimate hometown hero" - dies at age 95

Former astronaut and US senator John Glenn, who shot to fame in 1962 as the first American to orbit the Earth, died Thursday at age 95, the governor of Ohio, Glenn's home state, announced on ...

Lost Russian space freighter sought in Siberia, near Mongolian border

Search teams on Friday were looking for a missing Russian space freighter believed to have crashed in southern Siberia, close to Russia's border with Mongolia.

European Space Agency lacks 400 million euros for Mars programme

The European Space Agency (ESA) plans to ask member states for about 400 million euros (420 million dollars) in additional funding for its Mars programme at a conference next week, spaceflight...

Three astronauts arrive at International Space Station

Three astronauts from the triumvirate of the world's leading space agencies - NASA, Russia's Roscosmos and the European Space Agency (ESA)- have arrived at the International Space Station

Chinese spaceship Shenzhou 11 lands back on earth

China's longest manned space flight returned to earth on Friday after more than a month in orbit, local media reported.

Brightest moon in 68 years to light up skies as supermoon

The full moon on Monday will be the largest ever seen since 1948 as the satellite reaches its closest point to Earth to form what is known as a supermoon.

Europe approves new cheaper space rocket as competition for US

Funding has been fully approved for developing the new Ariane 6 launch rocket, the European Space Agency (ESA) said in Paris on Wednesday.

Astronaut casts ballot from International Space Station

A US astronaut floating above Earth on the International Space Station (ISS) has cast his vote in the US presidential election, NASA said Monday.