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U.S. lawmakers discussing future of International Space Station

U.S. lawmakers discussing future of International Space Station

As the two-decade-old International Space Station (ISS) is facing key questions about its future, a key Republican representative has cautioned that long-term sponsorship of the space station could hamper the United States’ goal of sending humans to Mars.

The aging outpost requires the nation to spend $3 to $4 billion annually to maintain its operations. Some partner-nations may also step aside in the coming few years.

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Russia begins recruiting cosmonauts for Moon mission

Russia begins recruiting cosmonauts for Moon mission

In a bid to beat the United States in the race to the Moon, Russia has started recruiting cosmonauts for a new moon mission.

Russian space agency Roscosmos has announced an open contest for a team of cosmonauts for piloting the Federatsiya spacecraft which has been designed to be sent to the Moon.

Roscosmos First Deputy Chief Executive Aleksandr Ivanov told reporters, “The selection begins today and it will last till the end of the year. The results will be summarized at the end of December, and a group of six to eight trainees is to be selected.”

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Scientists get a peep into early universe

Scientists get a peep into early universe

An international team of scientists claimed to have discovered a stardust-filled galaxy dubbed A2744_YD4, which is expected to provide the scientific community with a peep into the formation of the first stars in the universe.

Led by University College London's Nicolas Laporte, the scientists observed the A2744_YD4 galaxy using the European Southern Observatory's Chile-based Atacama Large Millimeter/sub millimeter Array.

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China developing advanced lunar mission spacecraft

China developing advanced lunar mission spacecraft

Chinese scientists are working on an advanced new spaceship that would be capable of flying in low-Earth orbit as well as landing on the Moon, state media reported.

Zhang Bainan, the China Aerospace Science & Technology Cooperation’s chief designer of manned spacecraft, told reporters that the new spacecraft would be able to operate in both low orbit of Earth and Moon landing missions.

The Asian country lagged behind for nearly four decades in the field of first-generation manned spacecraft, but Zhang claimed that the country’s new spacecraft would be very competitive.

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