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China to launch manned space mission Shenzhou 11 on Monday

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will launch its two-man space mission Shenzhou 11 on Monday at 7:30 a.m., the state-owned Xinhua news agency said. The two astronauts will dock with the Tiangong 2 space laboratory and spend about a month there, testing systems and processes for mid-term stays in space and refueling, besides conducting medical and other experiments. (Reporting by Jake Spring; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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European-led Mars lander to start descent to red planet

A Mars lander is due to leave its mothership on Sunday and head toward the red planet's surface to test technologies for Europe's planned first Mars rover, which will search for signs of past and present life. After a seven-month journey from Earth as part of the European-Russian ExoMars program, the Schiaparelli lander is expected to separate from spacecraft Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) at 1442 GMT (10:42 a.m. EDT) and start a three-day descent to the surface. Schiaparelli represents only the second European attempt to land a craft on Mars, after a failed mission by the British landing craft Beagle 2 in 2003.

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Twin Hurricanes Matthew and Nicole Could Herald More Storms to Come

When Hurricane Nicole formed in the Atlantic Ocean right on the heels of Hurricane Matthew, which tore across Haiti and the Bahamas last week before lashing the southeastern United States, it was the first time on record that two major Atlantic hurricanes have occurred in the month of October. Hurricane Nicole battered Bermuda yesterday afternoon (Oct. 13) with torrential rain and winds of up to 130 miles per hour (209 km/h), causing widespread property damage and leaving thousands of homes without power.


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BMW's Futuristic Motorcycle Balances on Its Own

The motorcycle of the future is so smart that it could eliminate the need for protective gear, according to automaker BMW. To mark its 100th birthday, BMW has unveiled a number of concept vehicles that imagine the future of transportation. Possibly its most daring revelation, the so-called Motorrad Vision Next 100 concept motorcycle is so advanced that BMW claims riders wouldn't need a helmet.


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