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Pence speaks at memorial service for Yeager in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager was remembered at a memorial service Friday as a hero, legend and friend...

RIP: Mars digger bites the dust after 2 years on red planet

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA declared the Mars digger dead Thursday after failing to burrow deep into the red planet to take its...

Hot again: 2020 sets yet another global temperature record

Earth’s rising fever hit or neared record hot temperature levels in 2020, global weather groups reported Thursday. ...

Cheers! French wine, vines headed home after year in space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station bid adieu Tuesday to 12 bottles of French Bordeaux wine and hundreds of snippets of...

Virgin Galactic says test flight problem identified

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virgin Galactic said Thursday it has completed analysis of why its spacecraft’s rocket failed to ignite during a test flight...

European Space Agency appoints Austrian scientist new chief

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian scientist Josef Aschbacher has been appointed to head the European Space Agency as the organization grapples with the fallout from...

Moon rocks in hand, China prepares for future moon missions

BEIJING (AP) — Following the successful return of moon rocks by its Chang’e 5 robotic probe, China is preparing for future missions that could...

Chinese capsule returns to Earth carrying moon rocks

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese lunar capsule returned to Earth on Thursday with the first fresh rock samples from the moon in more than...

World’s space achievements a bright spot in stressful 2020

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts blasted into orbit from the U.S. for the first time in nearly a decade, three countries sent spacecraft...

Japan’s space agency finds ample soil, gas from asteroid

TOKYO (AP) — Officials from Japan's space agency said Tuesday they have found more than the anticipated amount of soil and gases inside a...

It’s close but 2020 likely to end up hottest year on record

Just how warm Earth stays this December will determine if 2020 goes down as the hottest year on record. And it’s looking a lot...

Chinese capsule with moon rocks begins return to Earth

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese space capsule bringing back the first moon rocks in more than four decades started its three-day return to Earth...

‘Lost connection’ hampers Virgin Galactic’s test flight

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Virgin Galactic test flight Saturday ended prematurely as the spacecraft's rocket motor failed to ignite and it then glided...

AP Interview: India vaccine maker sees virus as wake-up call

NEW DELHI (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is a “wake up call” for governments to invest more in health care, says Adar Poonawalla, CEO...

Window opens for Virgin Galactic test flight from spaceport

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The window opened Friday for Virgin Galactic’s first rocket-powered test flight from Spaceport America in southern New Mexico as the...

European-US sea level tracking satellite sends 1st readings

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A newly launched European-U.S. satellite designed to continue a decades-long record of tracking global sea levels has sent back its...

SpaceX launches Starship on highest test flight, crash-lands

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched its shiny, bullet-shaped, straight-out-of-science fiction Starship several miles into the air from a remote corner of Texas...

First woman, next man on moon will come from these NASA 18

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA has named the 18 astronauts — half of them women — who will train for its Artemis moon-landing...

A year after crash, Israel unveils new plan for moon landing

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is again aiming for the moon. ...

Test flight of SpaceX’s Starship aborted at last second

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first high-altitude test flight of SpaceX’s futuristic Starship was aborted at the last second in Texas on Tuesday....

Capsule with asteroid samples arrives in Japan for research

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese space agency officials were delighted Tuesday by the return of a small capsule containing asteroid soil samples obtained by their...

SpaceX capsules parked side-by-side at station for 1st time

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX supply ship bearing Christmas goodies arrived at the International Space Station on Monday, parking alongside another Dragon...

EXPLAINER: What has Japanese space mission accomplished?

TOKYO (AP) — A small capsule containing asteroid soil samples that was dropped from 136,700 miles (220,000 kilometers) in space by Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft...

Double Dragons: SpaceX launches space station supplies

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched a newer, bigger version of its Dragon supply ship to the International Space Station on Sunday, marking...

Japanese space officials eager to analyze asteroid samples

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese space officials said they are excited about the return of a capsule that landed safely in the Australian Outback on...

Japan’s capsule with asteroid samples retrieved in Australia

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese capsule carrying the first samples of asteroid subsurface shot across the night atmosphere early Sunday before successfully landing in...

Chinese spacecraft carrying lunar rocks lifts off from moon

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese spacecraft lifted off from the moon Thursday night with a load of lunar rocks, the first stage of its...

NASA: Mystery object is 54-year-old rocket, not asteroid

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A mysterious object temporarily orbiting Earth is a 54-year-old rocket, not an asteroid after all, astronomers confirmed Wednesday. ...

China: Moon probe preparing to return rock samples to Earth

BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday its latest lunar probe has finished taking samples of the moon’s surface and sealed them within the spacecraft...

Virgin Galactic gets NASA contract, prepares for test flight

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Virgin Galactic has been selected to provide regular access to flights for NASA payloads as the space agency conducts...

China’s space ambitions: Robot on Mars, a human on the moon

BEIJING (AP) — China’s landing of its third probe on the moon is part of an increasingly ambitious space program that has a robot...

China spacecraft collects moon samples to take back to Earth

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese spacecraft took samples of the moon's surface Wednesday as part of a mission to bring lunar rocks back to...

China spacecraft lands on moon to bring rocks back to Earth

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese spacecraft sent to return lunar rocks to Earth collected its first samples Wednesday after landing on the moon, the...

Japan spacecraft carrying asteroid soil samples nears home

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese spacecraft is nearing Earth after a yearlong journey home from a distant asteroid with soil samples and data that...

Europe signs $102M deal to bring space trash home

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says it is signing a 86 million-euro ($102 million) contract with a Swiss start-up company to bring...

Lunar mission is latest milestone in China’s space ambitions

WENCHANG, China (AP) — China’s latest trip to the moon is another milestone in the Asian powerhouse’s slow but steady ascent to the stars. ...

China launches mission to bring back material from moon

WENCHANG, China (AP) — China launched an ambitious mission on Tuesday to bring back rocks and debris from the moon’s surface for the first...

US-European ocean monitoring satellite launches into orbit

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A U.S.-European satellite designed to extend a decades-long measurement of global sea surface heights was launched into...

Europe, US ‘climate guardian’ satellite to monitor oceans

BERLIN (AP) — A "climate guardian" satellite set for launching this weekend will greatly help scientists keep track of the rise in sea levels,...

Astronaut: SpaceX Dragon beats shuttle, Soyuz for launching

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The most experienced astronaut on SpaceX’s newly launched crew said Thursday that riding a Dragon capsule to orbit is...

Spacewalking astronauts prep for 2021 arrival of Russian lab

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station’s two Russian astronauts began spacewalking work Wednesday to prepare for next year’s arrival of a...

China positions rocket ahead of ambitious lunar mission

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday moved a massive rocket into place in preparation for launching a mission to bring back materials from the...

SpaceX capsule with 4 astronauts reaches space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s newly launched capsule with four astronauts arrived Monday at the International Space Station, their new home until spring....

SpaceX launches 2nd crew, regular station crew flights begin

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched four astronauts to the International Space Station on Sunday on the first full-fledged taxi flight for NASA...

SpaceX flying ex-football players, flight controller, Scout

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s second crew has two military officers who played college football, a former space shuttle flight controller, and the...

SpaceX crew flight delayed; Musk gets mixed COVID-19 results

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX delayed its second astronaut flight by a day because of high wind and weather conditions that could jeopardize...

Report: NASA needs more time, money to bring back Mars rocks

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is underestimating the amount of time and money it will take to bring Mars rocks back to Earth...

Astronauts arrive at launch site for 2nd SpaceX crew flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Four astronauts arrived at Kennedy Space Center on Sunday for SpaceX’s second crew launch, coming up next weekend. ...

Virgin Galactic plans 1st New Mexico space launch this month

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virgin Galactic said Thursday that it expects to launch its first manned test flight into space from New Mexico this...

Senate Latest: Kelly win gives Arizona 2 Democratic senators

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Senate races in the 2020 election (all times local): ...

Space station marking 20 years of people living in orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station was a cramped, humid, puny three rooms when the first crew moved in. Twenty years...

Asteroid samples tucked into capsule for return to Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft tucked more than 2 pounds of asteroid samples into a capsule for return to Earth after...

Red coating contaminates SpaceX rockets, delays crew launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s second astronaut flight is off until mid-November because red lacquer dripped into tiny vent holes in two rocket...

Europe to send modules, astronauts to NASA moon station

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says it has agreed to provide several modules for NASA's planned outpost around the moon, in return...

Moon holds more water in more places than ever thought

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The moon’s shadowed, frigid nooks and crannies may hold frozen water in more places and in larger quantities than...

Asteroid samples escaping from jammed NASA spacecraft

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft is stuffed with so much asteroid rubble from this week’s grab that it’s jammed open and...

Trio who lived on space station return to Earth safely

MOSCOW (AP) — A trio of space travelers safely returned to Earth on Thursday after a six-month mission on the International Space Station. ...

NASA spacecraft sent asteroid rubble flying in sample grab

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft crushed rocks and sent rubble flying as it briefly touched an asteroid, a strong indication that...

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...

Russian, US astronauts launch to International Space Station

MOSCOW (AP) — A trio of space travelers has launched successfully to the International Space Station, for the first time using a fast-track maneuver...

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...

‘Empire’ star Taraji P. Henson hailed for mental health work

“Empire” star Taraji P. Henson has enjoyed wealth, celebrity, a Golden Globe win and an Academy Award nomination. But behind the scenes, she's battled...

Astronaut chooses daughter’s wedding over space test flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The commander of Boeing’s first astronaut flight has pulled himself off the crew so he’s on Earth — not...

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...

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...

NASA astronaut plans to cast her ballot from space station

ATLANTA (AP) — NASA astronaut Kate Rubins told The Associated Press on Friday that she plans to cast her next vote from space –...

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...

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...

‘Mighty mice’ stay musclebound in space, boon for astronauts

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Bulked-up, mutant “mighty mice” held onto their muscle during a monthlong stay at the International Space Station, returning to...

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. ...

Jakob van Zyl, key Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer, dies

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Professor, NASA researcher accused of concealing China ties

WASHINGTON (AP) — A...

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

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Astronauts: SpaceX Dragon capsule ‘came alive’ on descent

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SpaceX capsule and NASA crew make 1st splashdown in 45 years

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Virgin Orbit determines cause of rocket launch failure

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Isaias strengthens slightly as it crawls up Florida coast

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NASA astronauts aim for Florida coast to end SpaceX flight

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Isaias weakens; may strengthen on path to virus-hit Florida

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US astronauts pack up for rare splashdown in SpaceX capsule

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Tropical storm may delay 1st SpaceX crew’s return to Earth

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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...

Russian cargo ship launched to International Space Station

An uncrewed Russian cargo...

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Astronauts squeeze in last spacewalk before SpaceX departure

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China moves rocket into place for upcoming Mars mission

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

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