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'Easter Dragon' makes delivery to International Space Station

Irene Klotz A cargo ship owned by Space Exploration Technologies arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, with a delivery of supplies and science experiments for the crew and a pair of legs for the...

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NASA robotic spacecraft ends mission with crash into the moon

Irene Klotz A robotic US spacecraft ended a pioneering mission to map dust and gases around the moon with a planned, kamikaze crash into the lunar surface early on Friday, NASA officials said.

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SpaceX making Easter delivery of mating flies, food, germs, a spacesuit and replacement parts

A rocket carrying the SpaceX Dragon ship lifts off from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Marcia Dunn A SpaceX supply ship rocketed towards the International Space Station, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery and urgent spacewalking repairs later in the week.

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Astronomers discover Earth-like planet

Exoplanet Kepler-186f is roughly the same size as Earth and orbits its star in the habitable zone.

Nicky Phillips Scientists have discovered a planet outside our solar system that is, so far, the closest contender for Earth 2.0.

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This app uses a mathematical model to cure your jet lag

Jet lag image.

Deborah Netburn Scientists try to move getting over jet lag beyond your grandmother's advice - and they want your help.

How flies evade the swat

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Nicky Phillips If you’ve ever attempted to swat a fly, you may have puzzled over how easily their agile little bodies evade death. Well wonder no longer.

Space

Vast ocean found beneath ice of Saturn moon Enceladus

Marcia Dunn Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of Saturn's little moon Enceladus.

Moon of Saturn has sea, could hold life: scientists

NASA illustration shows the possible interior of Saturn's moon Enceladus.

Kenneth Chang Inside a moon of Saturn, beneath its icy veneer and above its rocky core, is a sea of water the size of Lake Superior, scientists say.

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Hubble spots comet heading towards Mars, spewing space dust

Siding Spring comet.

Deborah Netburn The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a comet spewing gas and dust into space as it zooms to a close encounter with Mars in October.

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NASA spacecraft to crash on moon soon

NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft is pictured orbiting near the surface of the moon, in this artist's illustration.

Martin Weil The science spacecraft launched from Virginia's coast last year has been orbiting the moon for months and is about to conclude its mission with a crash into the lunar surface, authorities said.

Astronomy

Bad moon rising

Many faces: This combination photo shows the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse.

Perry Vlahos Most of us have watched a sunrise. Few have seen a moon rise. Even fewer have witnessed a bad moon rising such as will be able to be seen at sunset on Tuesday, April 15.

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Send your own satellite into space for $1000

Satellite in space.

Quentin Hardy As the size and cost of satellites shrink, data from the heavens could be opened up.

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Malaysia Airlines search pushing satellite technology to limits

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Mahesh Sharma The search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 is pushing satellite technology to its limits, says an Australian satellite expert.

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Scientists use Van Gogh's sunsets to understand climate

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Shweta Iyer Sunset at Montmajour may provide vital clues about the Earth's atmosphere when Van Gogh painted it.

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Rising Japanese scientist faked heralded stem cell research, lab says

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Terrence McCoy The images of DNA fragments, the lab says, were either doctored or entirely fabricated.

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Humans can sniff more than a trillion different smells, research shows

Nose

Will Dunham What does your nose know? A lot more than you might expect.

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Scientists find echoes of the Big Bang

In this 2007 photo provided by Steffen Richter, the sun sets behind the BICEP2 telescope, foreground, and the South Pole Telescope in Antarctica. In the faint glowing remains of the Big Bang, scientists found

Joel Achenbach An experiment at the South Pole leads to what is potentially one of the biggest scientific discoveries of the past two decades.

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NASA cost-cutting panics staff at space centre

To mark 50th anniversary of Deep Space Network, the head of NASA Mr Charles Bolden visits the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Tidbinbilla.

Noel Towell There were plenty of smiles for the cameras this week as Canberra's Deep Space Communication Complex celebrated its 50th birthday.

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How astronauts survive diplomatic tensions

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While the US and Russia traded sanctions this week over Crimea, astronauts from both nations rose above the discord in their sanctuary hundreds of kilometres from Earth.

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Move asteroids first, then Mars: NASA

Rebekah Ison How do you prepare for a mission to Mars? By redirecting asteroids of course.