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Company that developed space cameras not affected by actions against Russia

MONTREAL - A top official with the Vancouver company behind two cameras on the International Space Station says it hasn't been affected by actions taken against Russia over its involvement in Ukraine. UrtheCast Corp. CEO Scott Larson says the situation is unsettling but hasn't had any impact on his firm. Except for co-operation related to the space station, NASA has severed ties with Russia and its employees are prohibited from travelling there.

Russian spacecraft docks at ISS after two-day delay

A Moscow-backed spacecraft carrying two Russians and a US astronaut on Friday docked successfully at the International Space Station after a technical hitch caused an unprecedented two-day delay. The Soyuz TMA-12M, carrying Russia's Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev and NASA's Steve Swanson, docked at 3:53 am Moscow time (1153 GMT Thursday), Russia's mission control said. Hours after the successful docking, Russian state media reported that the head of Moscow's mission control, Viktor Ivanov, had been sacked.

Russian-US crew docks at ISS two days late after technical glitch

A Russian spacecraft with two Russians and a NASA astronaut aboard on Friday docked successfully at the International Space Station after a technical hitch caused an unprecedented two-day delay. The Soyuz TMA-12M carrying Russia's Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev and NASA's Steve Swanson docked at 03:53 am Moscow time (1153 GMT Thursday), Russia's mission control said. Skvortsov was first to open the hatch into the ISS around 7:00 am Moscow time (0300 GMT), hugging the crewmembers already on board and grinning broadly.

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, 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.

Asia's year in space

Following are key dates this year highlighting Asia's involvement in space: January 30: South Korea joins the space club, placing its first satellite in orbit aboard a 140-tonne rocket, the Korea Space Launch Vehicle, KSLV-1. North Korea launched its own satellite on December 12 2012.

Quails in orbit: French cuisine aims for the stars

It's your 150th day in space, and life is starting to resemble the movie "Groundhog Day" -- a repetitive daily routine interspersed with tugs of longing for life back on Earth. Then, all of a sudden, things start to look up. Mission Control has declared that today will be a "special day," and you can look forward to a lip-smacking, finger-lickin'-good gourmet meal at the end of it. This is where France's space chefs come in.

China Focus: Chinese viewers remain high spirit for space explore

BEIJING, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Chinese audiences remain hungry for space movies with the film "Gravity" topping the box office last week. According to Tuesday's China Film News, "Gravity" remained top of the box office charts in the week ending Dec. 1, taking in 141 million yuan (23.1 million U.S. dollars), with a total box office of 368.8 million yuan. Hong Kong film "The White Storm" was second with 82.3 million yuan, and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" third with 69.3 million yuan.

Onward and upward as China marks 10 years of manned spaceflight

China marks 10 years since it first sent a human into space Tuesday, with its ambitious programme rocketing ahead while rival NASA is largely closed due to the US government shutdown. Yang Liwei orbited the Earth 14 times during his 21-hour flight aboard the Shenzhou 5 in 2003, blazing a trail into the cosmos for China. More than 40 years after Yuri Gagarin's groundbreaking journey, the mission made China only the third country after the former Soviet Union and the US to carry out an independent manned spaceflight.
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