India sends 31 satellites into space, some for foreign customers

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India fired a rocket carrying 31 small satellites into space on Friday, several of them for European countries looking for high resolution earth images, underlining its strength as a low-cost provider of services in space.

Two-month countdown begins to total solar eclipse across U.S.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – Two months before the first total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States in a century, NASA on Wednesday is expected to detail its plans to study and promote a celestial show that will darken skies from Oregon to South Carolina.

British forest pumped full of CO2 to test tree absorption

STAFFORD, England (Reuters) – Researchers at a British University have embarked on a decade-long experiment that will pump a forest full of carbon dioxide to measure how it copes with rising levels of the gas – a key driver of climate change.

Scientists rescue samples of melting Bolivian glacier for posterity

ILLIMANI MOUNTAIN, Bolivia (Reuters) – A team of international scientists are transporting samples of ice from a melting glacier in Bolivia to Antarctica, for study and preservation before the glacier disappears.

Kepler telescope finds 10 more possible life-friendly planets

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – Astronomers on Monday added 219 candidates to the growing list of planets beyond the solar system, 10 of which may be about the same size and temperature as Earth, boosting the chances for life.

Trump’s coal plan sends U.S. energy “back to the past”: Vatican

OSLO (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump is sending U.S. energy production “back to the past” with disastrous decisions to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and to promote the coal industry, a senior Vatican official said on Friday.

China’s quantum satellite makes breakthrough in secure communications

BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese quantum satellite has dispatched transmissions over a distance of 1,200 km (746 miles), a dozen times further than the previous record, a breakthrough in a technology that could be used to deliver secure messages, state media said on Friday.

NASA experiment to color the skies over the U.S. East Coast

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – A high-flying science experiment may color the skies above the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast with bluish green and red clouds on Sunday evening, as NASA seeks to learn more about charged particles at the top of Earth’s atmosphere.