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New crew docks at space station

MOSCOW—A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying three new crew docked at the International Space Station today after a safe but unusually long two-day flight.

The arrival of Russia’s Sergei Volkov, Denmark’s Andreas Mogensen, and Kazakhstan’s Aidyn Aimbetov brings the number of astronauts on the orbiting space outpost to nine for the first time since November, 2013.

In Alaska, Obama depicts stark future without action on climate change by US, other countries

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Submerged countries, abandoned cities and floods of refugees await the world barring urgent action on climate change, President Barack Obama warned Monday, painting a doomsday scenario as he opened a historic visit to Alaska.

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).