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Russia’s United Nations General Assembly draft resolution for no deployment of weapons in space lays the groundwork of practical steps to keep space free of any weapons, the Russian Foreign Ministry said after the vote on Russia’s draft of the new resolution at a UN General Assembly session.

Rotten eggs, horse pee, alcohol and bitter almonds: this is the bouquet of odours you would smell if a comet in deep space could be brought back to Earth, European scientists said on Thursday.

Two Russian cosmonauts are continuing preparations ahead of this afternoon’s spacewalk as part of the Expedition 41 crew's mission from the International Space Station (ISS).

Two revolutionary events took place in 20th century Russia that changed the way we look at the world: the emergence of non-objective art and the founding of the Soviet Union’s space programme. A new exhibition, Beyond Zero,is a homage to these historic moments. Take a look at some of the images from the show.

The Russian Space Agency Roscosmos has denounced as "politically motivated" Canada's failure to issue its delegates with visas to attend the world's biggest space show in Toronto this week. The agency said it's not the first time this has happened, and that the Russian foreign ministry will be addressing the issue, particularly as the delegates' places were paid for.

NASA will partner with Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated "space taxis" to fly astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), officials have said.

Scientists on the International Space Station have found traces of sea plankton there, according to the chief of the Russian orbital mission has said. This confirms that some organisms can live on the surface of the ISS for years despite zero gravity, temperature conditions and hard cosmic radiation.

Hello Kitty has been sent on her first space mission, as Japan's global icon of cute celebrates its 40th birthday in extraterrestrial fashion. A Kitty figure is now circling the Earth aboard a small satellite launched in June from Russia equipped with a digital message board, part of government-funded project to attract private companies into the space business.

Russia, Space, Earth, Hello Kitty

MPs in the UK say they want to establish a commercial UK Spaceport, the first of its kind outside the United States by 2018. Eight aerodromes have been shortlisted by the government and Scotland happens to have six of the potential locations. VoR’s Simon Parker reports.

Edgar Martins is a Portuguese photographer who gained unparalleled access to training facilities for cosmonauts at Russia’s Star City, where Yuri Gagarin trained, as well as space centres all over Europe. Over a two-year period he travelled to 20 locations in the UK, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Kazakhstan and French Guiana to shoot in classified facilities such as test centres, robotics departments, space simulators, laboratories, launch sites and platforms, astronaut training centres and satellite assembly and integration rooms. VoR’s Alice Lagnado met Edgar while he was in London recently and started the interview by asking him where his interest in space had come from.

The British Government says it will back plans for an expansion of the UK space industry - increasing their input to £40 billion by 2030. The government has said they are also considering developing legal framework so that a spaceport could be built in the UK. VoR's Simon Parker reports.

Britain, Space, Satellite, Spaceship

This exhibition at the Moscow Museum of Modern art reflects how modern society is changing its attitude towards space - from the romantic approach during the period of the first space flights, through the indifference of the late-Soviet period to the current ironically philosophical perception. But space is still a great source of inspiration.

Space, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Galleries

Saturn could have another addition to its lunar family: recent images show that a new satellite could be forming from within its rings. Scientists have already come up with a name for the moon - 'Peggy'. VoR's Nima Green spoke to Carl Murray, professor of astronomy at Queen Mary's University London, who discovered Peggy.

Scientists in the United States say they've discovered a new addition to the solar system after observing a new 'dwarf planet'. We spoke to Nick Spall from the British Interplanetary Society to find out the significance of this discovery.

Space, Earth, Astronomy, Dwarf planet, Pluto

The Russian Space programme is of long-standing fascination to Brits and Russians alike. This autumn, London's Science Museum will open a new exhibition called Cosmonauts, which will bring spacecraft and many other artefacts over from Russia for the first time. VoR’s Alice Lagnado reports.

 

A new Expedition 39 trio launched for a mission to the International Space Station. However, a US-Russian three man crew on Wednesday faced an unprecedented two-day delay in their docking with the International Space Station (ISS) after their Russian Soyuz spacecraft suffered a technical glitch on its approach in orbit. This means that the trio will now orbit the Earth 34 times before their rendezvous with the international space laboratory, instead of the fast track route of four orbits originally envisaged. We bring you images of the extraordinary procedure that has to be completed before a space launch.

Space is apparently full of rubbish. Bits of old space stations, satellites and rockets are orbitting the earth in huge numbers and posing a danger to newly launched satellites and even space stations. Scientists at the Australian National University have been awarded a grant of more than £10 million to develop lasers which can target some debris and get rid of it. Professor Matthew Colless is director of the Research School in Astro Physics.

Space, Rubbish, Laser

Yuri Gagarin would have been 80 on March 9, 2014. He has become an iconic figure in the world, despite dying in an aircraft crash at the age of only 34. He was the first human in space when his to Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961. VoR’s Jim Ensom looks back at this notable feat in human history.

The comet-chasing probe Rosetta has woken up and is operational after a 31-month hibernation, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Monday. "Hello, world!" ESA said on Twitter, mimicking the signal sent back from deep space by the billion-dollar probe. Scientists had to wait more than eight hours before getting the precious signal, sent from a distance of more than 800 million km (500 million miles), to confirm that it had woken up. VoR talks to Rob Coppinger, an engineer and aerospace expert.

The European Space Agency has set a date for the first landing of a spacecraft on a comet. ESA says its Rosetta probe will wake up from hibernation in January before chasing down comet 67P/ Churyumov–Gerasimenko. VoR talks to Professor Andrew Coates of University College London's Mullard Space Laboratory.

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