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Russia test-fires ICBM amid tension over Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said it had successfully test-fired an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) on Tuesday, with tensions high over its seizure of control in the Crimea and its threat to send more forces to its neighbor Ukraine. The Strategic Rocket Forces launched an RS-12M Topol missile from the southerly Astrakhan region and the dummy warhead hit its target at a proving ground in Kazakhstan, Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Yegorov told state-run news agency RIA.

N. Korea fires seven additional short-range projectiles

SEOUL, March 4 (Yonhap) -- North Korea fired seven short-range projectiles from its east coast Tuesday using a multiple rocket launcher, Seoul's defense ministry said, the latest in a series of provocations by the communist country as the U.S. and South Korea entered the second week of joint military drills. The North fired off three short-range projectiles using a 240 mm multiple rocket launchers at around 6 a.m from Wonsan on its southeastern coast, the ministry said. They flew about 55 kilometers in the northeast direction.

Fear of losing tech edge factors into Pentagon budget plans

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Concerns that cuts in defense spending could erode the U.S. military's technological edge over rivals such as Russia and China are in part driving the Pentagon's plans to slash troop levels and retire aging weapons. U.S. defense officials have watched in recent years as Moscow and Beijing have tested a string of sophisticated weapons, from radar-evading aircraft and anti-ship missiles that fly many times the speed of sound, to integrated air defenses.

Pentagon plans work on new missile defense interceptor

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The next U.S. military budget will include funds to overhaul Boeing Co's ground-based missile defense system and develop a replacement for an interceptor built by Raytheon Co, the Pentagon's chief weapons buyer said Tuesday, citing "bad engineering" on the existing system. "We've got to get to more reliable systems," Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told a conference sponsored by McAleese and Associations and Credit Suisse.

Cygnus cargo spacecraft undocks from International Space Station

Washington, Feb 18 (EFE).- The unmanned Cygnus cargo spacecraft departed Tuesday from the International Space Station after a five-week resupply mission and is now headed for destruction in Earth's atmosphere, NASA announced. Cygnus, built by the Orbital Sciences company, undocked from the ISS at 1140 GMT after deploying in orbit more than 30 mini-satellites, including one from Peru.

NASA solves mystery of Mars 'doughnut' rock

NASA scientists were finally able to explain the origin of the mysterious rock shaped like a jelly doughnut that appeared near the rover Opportunity in early January. The small, round object suddenly popped up in pictures taken 12 days apart by the US space agency's decade-old Opportunity rover. On December 26, 2013, it was not there. On January 8, it was. But what is it?

Calgary artist behind Mars One habitat and illustrations of future space station

MONTREAL - Bryan Versteeg hasn't stopped drawing ever since he got his first crayons and left marks all over the walls as a child — all the while dreaming of someday living in space. He still remembers that sketch books and drawing pencils were the predominant gifts on his fifth and sixth birthdays. So began the career of the 38-year-old Calgary space artist who's becoming known for his futuristic out-of-this-world illustrations. "I've always been seeking out the future of engineering," Versteeg said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

Calgary artist behind Mars One habitat and illustrations of future space station

MONTREAL - Bryan Versteeg hasn't stopped drawing ever since he got his first crayons and left marks all over the walls as a child — all the while dreaming of someday living in space. He still remembers that sketch books and drawing pencils were the predominant gifts on his fifth and sixth birthdays. So began the career of the 38-year-old Calgary space artist who's becoming known for his futuristic out-of-this-world illustrations. "I've always been seeking out the future of engineering," Versteeg said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

China's Jade Rabbit rover comes 'back to life'

China's troubled Jade Rabbit lunar rover has survived a bitterly cold 14-day lunar night, officials said Thursday, prompting hopes it can be repaired after suffering a malfunction last month. The problem was a setback for Beijing's ambitious military-run space programme, which includes plans for a permanent orbiting station by 2020 and eventually sending a human to the moon. "The rover stands a chance of being saved as it is still alive," Pei Zhaoyu, spokesman for China's lunar probe programme told the official news agency Xinhua.

China's Jade Rabbit rover comes 'back to life'

China's troubled Jade Rabbit lunar rover has survived a bitterly cold 14-day lunar night, officials said Thursday, prompting hopes it can be repaired after suffering a malfunction last month. The problem was a setback for Beijing's ambitious military-run space programme, which includes plans for a permanent orbiting station by 2020 and eventually sending a human to the moon. "The rover stands a chance of being saved as it is still alive," Pei Zhaoyu, spokesman for China's lunar probe programme told the official news agency Xinhua.
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