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Three stunning high-res space images from Chile

By John Bowman, CBCNews.ca. The European Southern Observatory has released three high-resolution images of the night sky in Chile as part of its celebration of the International Year of Astronomy.

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Is this you? In search of a little girl with modest moon ambitions

By Tara Kimura, CBCNews.ca

"Would you like to go to the moon?" CBC reporter Walt Lacosta asks a young girl in a charming 1969 interview.

"Yes," she responds without hesitation.

When questioned if she thinks she'll ever make it there, the young girl smiles and responds with a simple "no."

"Why not?" Lacosta asks.

"Because I'm not a boy," she says shyly but definitively.

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Astronaut hits new height

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca.

Jeremy Hansen was all smiles when he stepped to the microphone on Wednesday, after he and David Saint-Jacques were named Canada's newest astronauts.

But when I spoke with Hansen in March, he was one of many prospective astronauts concerned about, of all things, his height.

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Why it’s a good thing NASA didn’t buy Canadian

by Emily Chung, CBCNews.ca. Sadly, a NASA satellite designed to track global carbon dioxide emissions ended up in the ocean instead of in orbit last week.

The $280 million US Orbiting Carbon Observatory landed in the waters near Antarctica after failing to separate properly from the moulded structure surrounding it. On board were instruments designed to identify gases emitted into the atmosphere and measure how much was being released.

In fact, Canadian engineers have designed a key component of such an instrument for an orbiting satellite. But fortunately, their instrument is safely in orbit around the Earth, on board the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Ibuki satellite, also known as GOSAT (Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite). That satellite launched successfully on Jan. 23.

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Who wants tickets to space?

by Paul Jay, CBC News

Former Microsoft software geek Charles Simonyi is planning to head back to space, having booked a 2nd flight aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station.

At first blush, this appears to be nothing more than the story of a man with waaaay too much idle money, especially given the $25 million US price tag for the last 13 day-trip. (That works out to a cost of roughly $22 per second he was either strapped in a chair or floating around the ISS checking out the view.) Another possibility quickly comes to mind, however: perhaps the market for $25 million jaunts to a fading space station isn't what it used to be.

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Space, the final frontier of superstition

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

The head of the Russian space agency wants to rename the next mission to the International Space Station to avoid the number 13, according to the AFP news agency.

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What's in a name? More money, evidently

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

The European Space Agency is still basking in the glow of the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis, which sent ESA's Columbus laboratory to the international space station over the weekend. As I wrote earlier this year, the launch of Columbus marks the beginning of a new, more prominent role for the agency.

Armed with this newfound ambition, the ESA is now looking at revitalizing its long-planned ExoMars rover mission, which is scheduled to launch in 2013.

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Boomerang in space idea: Return to sender

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

Astronauts will be carrying important equipment to the International Space Station aboard the space shuttle Endeavour when it launches some time in March, including the first component of the $3-billion Kibo science module and the Canadian-built Dextre remote manipulator, the last piece of the Canadarm 2 and likely Canada's last major contribution to the space station.

And oh yes, they'll be bringing a boomerang.

Japanese officials said astronaut Takao Doi will be travelling aboard the shuttle with a boomerang to see if a paper version of the traditionally wooden instrument will return to its sender in zero gravity conditions, according to AFP.

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Return of the X-Files

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca

Where are Mulder and Scully when you need them? NASA agreed over the weekend to go back and search its archives for information about a UFO incident in 1965 in Pennsylvania as a result of a journalist's lawsuit. New York-based Leslie Kean sued the space agency four years ago for information pertaining to the crash, saying the public had a right to know. It now looks like a judge agrees with Kean.

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Mr. Sulu can't steer clear of this asteroid

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

An asteroid has been named after George Takei, the actor best known for his role as Mr. Sulu in the original Star Trek television series.

As the Associated Press reports, an asteroid in the belt between Mars and Jupiter has been renamed 7307 Takei.

"I am now a heavenly body," Takei, 70, joked Tuesday.

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