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US spacecraft touches asteroid surface for rare rubble grab

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft descended to an asteroid Tuesday and, dodging boulders the size of buildings, momentarily touched the surface...

NASA’s new moonshot rules: No fighting or littering, please

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s new moonshot rules: No fighting and littering. And no trespassing at historic lunar landmarks like Apollo 11′s Tranquility...

NASA moon-landing tech hitches ride to space on Bezos rocket

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space company launched a New Shepard rocket for a seventh time from a remote corner...

Fake asteroid? NASA expert IDs mystery object as old rocket

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The jig may be up for an “asteroid” that’s expected to get nabbed by Earth’s gravity and become a...

3 scientists win Nobel physics prize for black hole research

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for establishing the all-too-weird reality of black holes — the straight-out-of-science-fiction cosmic...

Nobel Prizes and COVID-19: Slow, basic science may pay off

While the world wants flashy quick fixes for everything, especially massive threats like the coronavirus and global warming, next week's Nobel Prizes remind us...

Radish seeds, meats and cheeses launched to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space station cargo ship rocketed into orbit Friday carrying a 360-degree camera for spacewalking, radish seeds for growing...

Potty training: NASA tests new $23M titanium space toilet

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s first new space potty in decades — a $23 million titanium toilet better suited for women — is...

Flash in dark sky was probably random meteor, expert says

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A flash that lit up the skies over parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio in the wee hours of Wednesday was probably...

United Arab Emirates to launch spacecraft to moon in 2024

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates plans to send an unmanned spacecraft to the moon in 2024, a top Emirati...

Salty lake, ponds may be gurgling beneath South Pole on Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A network of salty ponds may be gurgling beneath Mars’ South Pole alongside a large underground lake, raising the...

New measurements show moon has hazardous radiation levels

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Future moon explorers will be bombarded with two to three times more radiation than astronauts aboard the International Space...

Bus-size asteroid to zoom by Earth, ducking below satellites

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An asteroid the size of a school bus is headed our way, but NASA says the space rock will...

Jupiter, enticing moon Europa star in new Hubble photo

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Jupiter and its enticing moon Europa shine in a new photo by the Hubble Space Telescope. ...

Wildfire kept away from historic California observatory

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters have prevented a California wildfire from damaging the historic Mount Wilson Observatory, which played a pivotal role in confirming...

The Latest: Downed power lines sparked 13 Oregon fires

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): ...

California firefighters work to protect historic observatory

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters burned off vegetation in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles on Tuesday to protect historic Mount Wilson...

Astronomers see possible hints of life in Venus’s clouds

Astronomers have found a potential sign of life high in the atmosphere of neighboring Venus: hints there may be bizarre microbes living in the...

China says Mars probe stable; no word on reusable spacecraft

BEIJING (AP) — China's Mars probe Tianwen-1, which blasted into space in July, is now more than 15 million kilometers (9 million miles) from...

China’s first reusable spacecraft lands after 2-day flight

BEIJING (AP) — China’s first reusable spacecraft landed Sunday after two days in orbit, a possible step toward lower-cost space flight, the government announced. ...

Cosmic Legos: Black holes merge into never before seen size

Black holes are getting...

Jakob van Zyl, key Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer, dies

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) —...

Science foundation discusses funding giant Hawaii telescope

HONOLULU (AP) — The...

Tesla boosts turbocharged stock with plan for 5-for-1 split

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SpaceX’s Mars test rocket makes 1st flight, landing upright

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2020’s final Mars mission poised for blastoff from Florida

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NASA’s next Mars rover is brawniest and brainiest one yet

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China launches ambitious attempt to land rover on Mars

BEIJING (AP) — China...

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Telescope snaps family portrait of 2 planets around baby sun

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China moves rocket into place for upcoming Mars mission

BEIJING (AP) — China...

NASA’s Hubble successor delayed again by virus, other issues

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Giant Hawaii telescope builders say no construction in 2020

HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists...

UAE Mars mission from Japan delayed again by weather

TOKYO (AP) — The...

Look out, Mars: Here we come with a fleet of spacecraft

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Comet streaking past Earth, providing spectacular show

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Launch of NASA Mars rover delayed again, 2 weeks left to fly

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Firm to offer balloon rides from Alaska to the edge of space

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) —...

Biggest Explosion Seen In Universe Came From Black Hole

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronomers have discovered the biggest explosion seen...

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