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Space elevator in works

PEMBROKE, Ont.—Blasting off into space may never look the same if one Canadian company has its way.

Thoth Technology of Pembroke, Ont., is developing a 20-km-high free-standing space elevator that would allow astronauts to launch into space from a platform high above the Earth.

In July, Thoth was granted a U.S. patent for the technology.

Comet 67P, where a European spacecraft landed last year, makes closest approach to the sun

BERLIN — The comet where a European spacecraft landed last year has made the closest approach to the sun of its 6 1/2-year orbit.

The European Space Agency said comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko reached its closest point to the sun, known as perihelion, at 0203 GMT Thursday.

A good chance to wish upon a shooting star: Moonlight won’t mess up this week’s meteor shower

WASHINGTON — Want to wish upon a shooting star? The skies over the United States are likely to co-operate for a meteor shower overnight Wednesday.

Astronomers say the lack of moonlight will help people see more of the oldest meteor shower known to Earth, the Perseids (pur-SEE’-uhdz).

NOAA announces draft management plan for endangered Hawaiian monk seal

HONOLULU — Federal fisheries authorities want to more than double the small population of endangered Hawaiian monk seals in the state’s main islands.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service on Tuesday released a draft management plan for the endangered species, of which approximately 200 live in the main Hawaiian Islands.