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Living bacteria found on the outside of the Russian portion of the International Space Station is believed to have originated in outer space, Russian scientists claim. Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov said he discovered the bacteria on spacewalks several years ago. "And now it turns out that somehow these swabs reveal bacteria that were absent during the launch of the ISS module. That is, they have come from outer space and settled along the external surface. They are being studied so far and it seems that they pose no danger," Shkaplerov said. NASA scientists have yet to make a statement on the Russian findings. Terrestrial bacteria previously survived on the external surface of the space station, Shkaplerov said. — CNET

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Russian scientists said they lost contact with Meteor-M, a weather satellite on Tuesday. The satellite had not reached its designated orbit, Russian space agency Roscosmos said. Russia had planned for the satellite to begin a five-year mission of collecting data and imagery for the country's weather agency known as Roshydromet. The Meteor-M and 18 other, smaller satellites were launched from the country's new Vostochny space port. The smaller satellites belonged to science, commercial and research companies from around the world, including the United States and Canada. — U.S. NEWS

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A planet — known as "55 Cancri e" — circling a star in the Cancer constellation could have an atmosphere similar to Earth, scientists said. But the planet, which is about 41 light-years from the sun, has a dayside temperature of 4,200 degrees and a nightside temperature of about 2,400 to 2,600 degrees. "Scientists have been debating whether this planet has an atmosphere like Earth and Venus, or just a rocky core and no atmosphere, like Mercury. The case for an atmosphere is now stronger than ever," said NASA astronomer Renyu Hu. A year on the planet is 18 hours. — SPACE

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With sounds from Bach and Chuck Berry to humpback whales and a baby crying, an album used by NASA in the 1970s is set to be publicly released. The phonograph album — known as "Voyager Golden Record" — originally was launched into space on Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecrafts in 1977. NASA officials at the time hoped the record would be picked up by alien life. The original album likely still is floating in space as it was made from copper and coated in gold to protect it from space conditions. The soundtrack has been available on SoundCloud, and a CD was released in the early 1990s. Through a Kickstarter campaign, record label Ozma Records gave album copies to those who helped to reach the $1.4 million goal. The album is expected to be released in January. — HUFFINGTON POST

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A new prediction from a French space agency research suggests China's Tiangong-1 space station could fall to Earth on March 11. The re-entry date has a margin of error of 18 days, researcher Stéphane Christy said. He estimates the rogue space station could fall near the Middle East, Africa or Western Europe. China lost control of the space station in 2016. Earlier this month, the European Space Agency estimated the space station would come down somewhere in Europe or the United States. — NEWSWEEK

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Need to crack open a cold one once you've reached Mars?

Earlier this year, Anheuser-Busch said beer would be available for humans on the red planet.

Now, they're taking action to make that promise.

On Dec. 4, the company behind the "Great American Lager" will launch 20 barley seeds on SpaceX's Dragon resupply mission to the International Space Station. The company wants to see how the seeds react to microgravity for 30 days. Then they'll see if the seeds can germinate.

So, does that make Budweiser the official beer of Mars?

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