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Russian-US crew blast off for ISS from Kazakhstan

A crew of two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut blasted off Tuesday from Kazakhstan on a Russian Soyuz rocket for the International Space Station, with US-Russia space cooperation pressing on despite the diplomatic standoff over Ukraine. Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev along with Steve Swanson of NASA took off in a spectacular night-time launch at the start of a fast-track six-hour journey to the orbiting laboratory involving just four orbits of the Earth. pho-sjw/jhb

You've got mail: Clinton-to-space laptop up for auction

A more than 15-year old laptop doesn't go for much on eBay -- unless it's the one Bill Clinton used to send the first ever US presidential email. The still-functional laptop -- with Clinton's cheerful exchange with Space Shuttle astronaut John Glenn in November 1998 still on the hard drive -- is the featured item in an online sale by Massachusetts-based RR Auction.

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.

Virgin Galactic denies plans for spaceport in Puerto Rico

San Juan, Mar 11 (EFE).- Virgin Galactic says it has made no investment in a former U.S. Navy base in eastern Puerto Rico, denying a press account that it was planning to build a spaceport on the island. "FYI: There is no truth to reports about us buying land or renting hangars in Puerto Rico (though we're sure it's lovely there)," Virgin Galactic said on its official Twitter account. Caribbean Business reported last week that the owner of Virgin Galactic, British billionaire Richard Branson, had acquired 11 hangars at the Roosevelt Roads Naval Station in Ceiba, Puerto Rico.

First Japanese astronaut takes command of space station

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata assumed command of the International Space Station on Sunday, the first Japanese national to oversee a manned space mission. Wakata, 50, had been a space station flight engineer since he and two crewmates arrived on November 7. "I am humbled to assume the command of the space station," Wakata said during a change-of-command ceremony broadcast on NASA Television.

Former Puerto Rico navy base a possible launch pad for space flights

San Juan, Mar 8 (EFE).- A former U.S. navy base in eastern Puerto Rico could be the place where Virgin Galactic chooses to build a launch pad for future commercial space flights, an option being considered that neither party denies. This week's publication of an article in the daily Caribbean Business saying that the owner of Virgin Galactic, British entrepreneur Richard Branson, has acquired 11 hangars at the Roosevelt Roads Naval Station in Ceiba, on the eastern end of the U.S. commonwealth, was what sparked the rumors and conjectures.

Winklevoss twins use bitcoins to book space trip

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - You can't spend bitcoins at Amazon.com or to pay your mortgage but, as the Winklevoss twins showed on Wednesday, you can use the digital currency to book a trip into suborbital space. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who famously accused Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg of stealing their idea, said they used bitcoins to buy tickets for a high-altitude voyage on billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic commercial spaceflight venture.

Business as usual for Americans and Russians on International Space Station

Washington, Mar 5 (EFE).- The three Russian cosmonauts, two American astronauts and one Japanese astronaut aboard the International Space Station, or ISS, are doing their jobs while traveling around the Earth at 27,000 kph (16,777 mph) in spite of the tensions between Washington and Moscow over Ukraine. The ISS's Expedition 38 is under the command of Russia's Oleg Kotov, with Russians Mikhail Tyurin and Sergei Ryazanskiy; Americans Rick Mastracchio and Michael Hopkins; and Japan's Koichi Wakata rounding out the crew.

Business as usual for Americans and Russians on International Space Station

Washington, Mar 5 (EFE).- The three Russian cosmonauts, two American astronauts and one Japanese astronaut aboard the International Space Station, or ISS, are doing their jobs while traveling around the Earth at 27,000 kph (16,777 mph) in spite of the tensions between Washington and Moscow over Ukraine. The ISS's Expedition 38 is under the command of Russia's Oleg Kotov, with Russians Mikhail Tyurin and Sergei Ryazanskiy; Americans Rick Mastracchio and Michael Hopkins; and Japan's Koichi Wakata rounding out the crew.
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