U.S. tests nuclear power system to sustain astronauts on Mars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Initial tests in Nevada on a compact nuclear power system designed to sustain a long-duration NASA human mission on the inhospitable surface of Mars have been successful and a full-power run is scheduled for March, officials said on Thursday.

Dinosaur tail to be auctioned for Mexico quake reconstruction

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A fossilized dinosaur tail discovered in Morocco will be auctioned on Tuesday night in Mexico to raise funds for the reconstruction of thousands of schools damaged by two earthquakes that struck the Latin American nation in September.

Chinese ‘rainbow dinosaur’ had iridescent feathers like hummingbirds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There’s not a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There’s an iridescent dinosaur.

India sends its 100th satellite into space to watch borders

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India launched its 100th satellite on Friday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to project the country as a global low-cost provider of services in space.

Martian ice deposits could sustain human outposts in the future

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists using images from an orbiting NASA spacecraft have detected eight sites where huge ice deposits near the Martian surface are exposed on steep slopes, a potential source of water that could help sustain future human outposts.

Fossil of dinosaur swept away in ancient Australian river found

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In sandstone next to the high tide mark at the edge of Bass Strait in southeastern Australia, scientists have unearthed fossils of a two-legged, turkey-sized, plant-eating dinosaur apparently swept away in a large, powerful ancient river.

SpaceX defends rocket performance after loss of U.S. spy satellite

(Reuters) – SpaceX on Tuesday defended the performance of one of its rockets used to launch a U.S. spy satellite that is believed to have been lost after failing to reach orbit, adding that no changes were anticipated to its upcoming launch schedule.

China’s Tiangong-1 space lab is not out of control: top Chinese engineer

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Tiangong-1 space station is not out of control and does not pose a safety threat, a top Chinese spaceflight engineer said on Monday, after reports that the station was falling toward earth.