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Astronauts say look forward to space launch after Soyuz accident

BAIKONUR:  Astronauts set to board the first manned space mission since an unprecedented accident aboard Russia's Soyuz, on Sunday brushed aside safety concerns, saying they were ready to take risks. Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency will launch to the International Space Station (ISS) from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on Monday. They will head to the ISS after a Soyuz rocket carrying Russia's Aleksey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague failed on October…

Pakistan decides to send astronauts into space with Chinese help

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided in principle to send its astronauts on a space mission with assistance of China, ARY News reported. The decision to this regard will be taken during the Federal Cabinet meeting today with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair. The Cabinet will also ratify the space mission proposal soon after discussion on the matter. The meeting will also approve agreement between Pakistan and China on joint anti-narcotics task force. In December last year, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman had…

ISS astronauts return to Earth amid US-Russia tensions

Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut returned to Earth on Thursday wrapping up a six-month mission at the International Space Station as tensions between Washington and Moscow threaten a rare area of cooperation. NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos touched down on steppe land southeast of the Kazakh town of Dzhezkazgan at the expected time of 1145 GMT. The landing came with Russian and US officials investigating the appearance of a mysterious hole in a Russian space…

SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon

SpaceX on Thursday announced a new plan to launch a tourist around the Moon using its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), a massive launch vehicle that is being designed to carry people into deep space. "SpaceX has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle -- an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space," the company said on Twitter. SpaceX gave no further details, but said more information would follow on Monday. This is not…

Astronauts give Pope Francis personalized space suit, add white cape

VATICAN CITY: Astronauts from the International Space Station gave Pope Francis his own blue jumpsuit on Friday but to distinguish him from ordinary planetary pilgrims like themselves they added a white cape. “Since clothes make the man, we thought we’d have a flight suit like ours made for you,” Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli told the pope at a meeting in the Vatican also attended by four other Space Station veterans - three Americans and one Russian. “OK, and you will plan my trip,” joked the 81-year-old pontiff,…

NASA astronauts watch ‘Star Wars’ in space

Astronauts at the International Space Station saw their wish come true after they got a private screening of the new Star Wars movie earlier this week. Disney sent “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” into space using an uplink at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, according to a NASA press release. The company did the same for "The Force Awakens" two years ago. Seeing the six-member team all snuggled up in their “bungee cord chairs”, drink bags in hand, the scientists watched the science fiction on a temporary…

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship reaches space station

MIAMI: SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo ship arrived on Sunday at the International Space Station, carrying supplies and experiments for the astronauts in orbit. "Capture confirmed," a NASA commentator said at 5:57 am (10:57 GMT), when the space station's robotic arm, operated by one of its astronauts, attached itself to the cargo ship as it floated over Australia and Papua New Guinea. "It's a great day to see Dragon back at ISS again," said another NASA commentator. The recycled spaceship blasted off on Friday…

WATCH: Here’s how astronauts wash their hair in space

It’s a routine practice of most of us to wash our hair regularly, but have you ever thought how astronauts do the same in space? It will be fascinating for you to discover. It's totally a different story. Washing hair in zero gravity is a precarious business - but it needs to be done. On a trip to the International Space Station in 2012, Expedition 36 astronaut Karen Nyberg demonstrated just how she and her colleagues keep their hair clean while floating around in orbit. As you can see in this video from Nasa, it's…

Space group lodges ‘first space protest’ against Trump

WASHINGTON: The first protest of its kind has taken place in space when an astronaut group Autonomous Space Agency Network (ASAN), sent an insulting ‘tweet’ into orbit on a weather balloon early this week against Donald Trump.  The tweet was inspired from astronaut Edgar Mitchell who was the sixth person to walk on the moon, and had said that international politics look so petty. He famously said of viewing the earth from space. “You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a…