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China: Chinese plane spots object in southern Indian Ocean search for missing Malaysian plane

BEIJING, China - China's state news agency says a Chinese plane crew has spotted a white, square-shaped object in an area identified by satellite imagery as containing possible debris from the missing Malaysian airliner. Xinhua News agency says the crew aboard the IL-76 plane spotted the object in the southern Indian Ocean search area on Monday. Satellite images from Australia and China have identified possible debris in the area that may be linked to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on March 8 with 239 people aboard.

How astronauts survive diplomatic tensions in space

While the United States and Russia traded sanctions this week in a burgeoning crisis over Crimea, astronauts from both nations rose above the discord in their sanctuary hundreds of miles from Earth. Experts say mounting political and economic tensions between the old Cold War foes are unlikely to upset cooperation in space at the moment -- something which would be damaging to both sides.

NASA says US-Russia space ties 'normal'

NASA chief Charles Bolden said Tuesday the US space agency's relationship with Russia remained normal despite the ongoing international crisis in Ukraine. Russia is a key nation at the International Space Station, and US astronauts rely on Soyuz spacecraft to get to the orbiting outpost and back, having lost direct access since the US space shuttle fleet retired in 2011.

Aging ISS a space lab of 'unlimited' opportunity

It may be 350 kilometers (215 miles) above Earth and a place that only a privileged few will ever visit, but the International Space Station is crucial to advances in science, health and technology, experts say. Earlier this month, NASA said the life of the $100 billion ISS would be extended by four years, or until at least 2024, allowing for more global research and scientific collaboration.

San Francisco officials approve pilot plan to charge tech companies for worker shuttles

SAN FRANCISCO - City transportation officials approved a new pilot plan Tuesday to regulate private employee shuttles operated by tech giants such as Facebook and Google and charge a fee for the vehicles to use public bus stops. The shuttles, which transport thousands of workers each day around the city and to Silicon Valley, have for some become a symbol of economic inequality and rising housing costs and evictions in San Francisco.

China, US move toward cooperation in space

China -- which until now has worked alone as it pursues an ambitious space program -- seems more open to international cooperation, especially with the United States, European and American experts say. "There is a change in the Chinese attitude, with a call for cooperation in space. And Americans aren't reticent -- on the contrary," said Jean-Yves Le Gall, head of the French space agency CNES.

Britain's Channel 4 to air 1st live TV show from space

London, Jan 10 (EFE).- Britain's Channel 4 said it will air the first-ever live television show from space, tracking the International Space Station though a complete orbit around the Earth. "Live from Space" will be broadcast on National Geographic Channel in 170 other countries. Besides glimpses of daily life aboard the ISS, the program will offer high-definition images of the Earth from orbit.

Earthly politicians seek roadmap for space exploration

Seeking to boldly go where few politicians have gone before, more than 30 space-faring nations gathered Thursday to map out ways to pool mankind's efforts to explore the stars. The US State Department hosted the talks, bringing together high-level envoys both from American allies and from countries traditionally seen as rivals in the race to conquer space.

Earthly politicians seek roadmap for space exploration

Seeking to boldly go where few politicians have gone before, ministers and officials from more than 30 space-faring nations gathered here Thursday to draw up a map to explore the stars. The US State Department hosted the talks, bringing together high-level envoys from both American allies and from countries traditionally seen as rivals in the race to conquer space.

Orbital to attempt launch to space station Thursday

Orbital Sciences Corporation is aiming to launch its unmanned Cygnus cargo ship Thursday on the company's first regular supply mission to the International Space Station. The decision to go ahead with a launch -- its third attempt -- was confirmed late Wednesday, hours after turbulent space weather caused by potent solar flares forced the delay of a planned liftoff.
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