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'Life in space' as scientists discover plankton on ISS

Scientists believe they could have discovered 'life in space' after finding traces of sea plankton on the surface of NASA's International Space Station.

The discovery of plankton, shown here on earth, could prove there is also life in space.
The discovery of plankton, shown here on earth, could prove there is also life in space. Credit: Reuters/NASA handout

Following detailed experiments of the samples, experts confirmed organisms can live in space for a number of years despite zero gravity, harsh temperatures and hard cosmic radiation.

Vladimir Solovyev, chief of the orbital mission on Russia's ISS wing, told Russian news agency ITAR-TASS it was not quite clear how the microscopic particles appeared on the surface of the space station.

He said more research was needed but added: "The results of the experiment are absolutely unique."

Read more: Astronaut captures amazing images of aurora from space

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Astronaut tweets picture of super typhoon from space

Nasa astronaut Reid Wiseman took this picture from the International Space Station of Super Typhoon Neoguri as it headed towards Japan:

NASA's 'flying saucer' for Mars landing splashes down

A saucer-shaped NASA vehicle testing new technology for Mars landings made a successful rocket ride over the Pacific, but its massive descent parachute only partially unfurled.

The Low Density Supersonic Decelerator was lifted by balloon 120,000 feet into the air from the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The vehicle then rocketed even higher before deploying a novel inflatable braking system.

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Up, up & away, our balloon with the 'flying saucer' shaped #LDSD Mars test vehicle! Watch: http://t.co/2A5oHALCGx   http://t.co/n2JC6K7bE9

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Our 'flying saucer' shaped #LDSD Mars test vehicle is still climbing. Balloon drop ~5pm ET: http://t.co/2A5oHALCGx  http://t.co/XMjswSzWvj

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But cheers rapidly died as a gigantic chute designed to slow its fall to splashdown in the ocean emerged tangled. Still, NASA officials said it is a pretty good test of technology that might one day be used to deliver heavy spacecraft - and eventually astronauts - to Mars.

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LDSD approx. drop time is 4:51pm EDT. Seen here is balloon inflation earlier today. Updates - http://t.co/PVHtNWavla. http://t.co/YRMvE3ZZaS

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Nasa sends message to USA ahead of Ghana game

Nasa has sent a good luck message to the United States football team ahead of their World Cup match with Ghana tonight.

The space agency captured a satellite image of South America, showing the cloudy conditions over the match's venue in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte.

Nasa said there was a 50 per cent chance of rain in the next few hours in Nasal. Credit: Nasa

The post ended with the message: "Good luck team USA!"

Germany produced a stunning display to thrash Portugal 4-0 in the earlier game in Group G.

USA face Portugal on June 22nd before taking on Germany four days later as they aim to progress to the last 16.

For all the build-up to the USA's clash with Ghana, visit the ITV World Cup site

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Cornish radio enthusiasts get message from outer space

Members of a Cornish radio who sent a morse code message to a Jupiter-bound satellite were surprised to receive a reply from Nasa.

Enthusiasts from the Poldhu Amateur Radio Club, sent the word 'hi' into space and they were amazed to hear that it was intercepted by the Juno spacecraft before it began its five-year mission to Jupiter.

Juno spacecraft above Jupiter's North Pole Credit: NASA

In 2011 radio clubs around the globe were asked to try to contact Juno on its orbit around the Earth.

Three years on, a letter was sent to enthusiasts Cliff Malcolm, Keith Matthew, Les Jones and Dave Usher thanking them for their contact

Read: Nasa's latest spacesuit revealed

Nasa's latest spacesuit revealed

Nasa's new Z-2 suit will be used one day to explore Mars Credit: Nasa

Nasa has finalised the look of its newest spacesuit, thanks to a public vote.

The US space exploration agency revealed this week the prototype Z-2 spacesuit which sports a hard cover-layer with glow-in-the-dark patterns, similar to those seen in sci-fi movie 'Tron'.

Future variations of this suit will be used to allow astronauts to explore the surface of Mars.

This layer, dubbed 'Technology', won Nasa's spacesuit design challenge with 147,354 votes, just over 63% of the total votes cast.

Kepler-186f planet 'could support life'

An Earth-like planet confirmed by Nasa in the habitable zone around the Kelper-186 star has 'potential' to host liquid water - one of the pre-requisites for life as we know it to exist.

Watch: Discovery demonstrates Earth-like planets 'are out there'

An artist's impression of the Kepler-186f planet. Credit: Nasa

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