Russia races to salvage stranded Mars probe

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia raced on Thursday to salvage a spacecraft bound for a moon of Mars that is stranded in the Earth’s orbit, with just days left before the window closes on its first interplanetary mission in 15 years.

Big asteroid has close encounter with Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – A black asteroid as big as an aircraft carrier zoomed past Earth on Tuesday, delighting astronomers who trained telescopes on the ancient body in hopes of learning more about its composition and origin.

NASA adds test flight for deep-space capsule

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – NASA plans to add a $370 million unmanned test flight of a new deep-space capsule designed to send astronauts to asteroids, the moon, Mars and other destinations in the inner solar system, officials said on Tuesday.

"Mars crew" played Counter-Strike to cool tempers

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The all-male crew of a mock spaceship played a video action game to cool down when tensions rose during a 17-month isolation study simulating a voyage to Mars.

Brain analysis can help predict psychosis: study

LONDON (Reuters) – Computer analysis of brain scans could help predict how serious or long term a psychotic patient’s illness may become and help doctors make more accurate decisions about how best to treat them, researchers said on Monday.

Mars crew "lands" after 520 days in isolation

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Pale-faced but smiling, the crew of a long-duration isolation study emerged bleary-eyed to daylight and applause on Friday after 520 days locked away in windowless, cramped cells to simulate the length of a journey to Mars.

Huge asteroid headed for close encounter with Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) – A huge asteroid will pass closer to Earth than the moon Tuesday, giving scientists a rare chance for study without having to go through the time and expense of launching a probe, officials said.

Pale-faced Mars crew "lands" after 520 days in isolation

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Pale-faced but smiling, the crew of a long-duration isolation study emerged bleary-eyed to a flood of daylight and applause on Friday after 520 days locked away in windowless, cramped cells to simulate the length of a journey to Mars.