Leonardo Oosthuizen

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Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos' Space Company Safely Lands a Rocket

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ space transportation company, Blue Origin, successfully landed a suborbital rocket back at its launch site, a key step in its drive to make reusable rockets, the company said on Tuesday.<p>The New Shepard rocket, which is designed to carry six passengers, blasted off from a …

Centuries-old Incan mummy's DNA reveals untold story of ancient lineage

Sequenced genome of boy who was sacrificed by the Inca 500 years ago points to extent of genetic diversity in the Andes before the Spanish arrived<p>Archaeologists and geneticists have sequenced the genome of a boy sacrificed 500 years ago during an Incan ritual in the Andes, finding a previously …

Anthropology

Virgin Galactic pilot describes terrifying freefall after SpaceShipTwo broke up

Peter Siebold struggled through crippling injuries to turn on his oxygen and just to stay conscious after test flight went badly wrong<p>Free-falling miles above the desert, his test spaceship ripped to pieces and the frigid air hard to breathe, pilot Peter Siebold struggled through crippling injuries …

The Square Kilometre Array: radio silence in Western Australia for most powerful telescope in history

In outback Western Australia, around 350k northeast of the small town of Geraldton, lies an area of land about the size of the Netherlands, but with only 100 humans living in it: the shire of Murchison.<p>The land looks beautiful but far from unusual as you head up the long red road north – mostly …

Astronomy

Nasa test out engine for world's most powerful rocket

Nasa has completed a test of an RS-25 engine, which will power the Space Launch System to make it the most powerful rocket ever built<p>Nasa calls it the Clark Kent of rocket engines because of its commonplace exterior yet ferocious power, and it hopes that one day the RS-25 engine will power its <b>Space</b> …

All systems go for Europa mission

Jupiter’s moon Europa is a promising place to look for life beyond Earth. A new mission to Europa is now moving forward from concept review to …

Astronomy

Pluto: Nasa probe set for fly-past of frozen ‘dwarf planet’

With much skill – and some luck – the New Horizons spacecraft is about to provide our closest glimpse yet of the frozen and little-understood world of Pluto<p>Pluto is so far away (4.8bn km) and so small (about two-thirds the size of the Earth’s moon) that we’ve never had a good look at it, not even …

Solar System

Millions Of Mummified Dogs Found In Ancient Egyptian Catacombs

In catacombs south of Cairo, researchers have discovered burial sites filled with huge numbers of mummified animals — nearly 8 million of them, mostly dogs.<p>The catacombs, at a site called Saqqara, are dedicated to Anubis, the jackal-headed god of the afterlife. Archaeologist and Egyptologist Salima …

Ancient History