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Japan eyes sending humanoid robot into orbit

A bot may watch over sleeping astronauts orbiting Earth if Japan's space agency JAXA moves ahead with its plans for 2013.

By February 17, 2011


Amazing light paintings -- in space!

The Spiral Top, a spinning gadget mounted with LEDs for gorgeous light paintings, brings a touch of artistry to the International Space Station.

By January 8, 2014


Light painting in space

By January 7, 2014


NASA satellite gets a 3D view of Sandy's eye

With tropical-storm force winds about 1,000 miles across, Sandy is a monster. NASA's radar view of its eyewall shows "remarkable vigor" for its Category 1 status.

By October 29, 2012


Japan sends adorable chat bot into space

A humanoid robot designed to alleviate the isolation of astronauts by having conversations has been deployed to the International Space Station.

By August 4, 2013


Probe returns to Earth after asteroid landing

Japan's Hayabusa space probe returns to Earth after landing on an asteroid. It landed in Australia and may carry asteroid material.

By June 13, 2010


Fiery annular solar eclipse to be broadcast live on Internet

Most of Earth's inhabitants won't be able to directly watch the moon pass in front of the sun on Thursday -- leaving only a golden ring around its edges -- but anyone can catch the action online.

By May 8, 2013


Scientists find asteroid probe, need can opener

Japanese and other scientists have recovered part of a space probe that returned to Earth after landing on a distant asteroid on a sample recovery mission. Do they dare open it?

By June 16, 2010


Russians say they intend to establish permanent moon bases

At Washington meeting between heads of national space agencies, Russia puts down a moon marker.

By May 23, 2012


Japan sees moonwalking humanoids by 2015

Japanese consortium has promised to send humanoid bots to the moon by 2015 and is developing a bipedal humanoid that could make one giant leap for droidkind.

By April 29, 2010