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Blue Origin launches capsule to space with astronaut perks

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company launched a new capsule into space Thursday to test all the astronaut perks before...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Bad cabling blamed for failed launch of European satellites

BERLIN (AP) — Arianespace said Tuesday that wrong cabling was likely to blame for the failed launch of a rocket that was meant to...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

California Science

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two flight-worthy solid rocket boosters have been given to the California Science Center for display of the retired space shuttle...

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. ...

California-based Rocket Lab says latest launch successful

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP)...

Moscow announces advanced trials for new COVID-19 vaccine

MOSCOW (AP) — The...

Science and politics tied up in global race for a vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — No,...

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

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP)...

Virgin Orbit determines cause of rocket launch failure

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP)...

NASA astronauts aim for Florida coast to end SpaceX flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP)...

2020’s final Mars mission poised for blastoff from Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP)...

South Korea to have solid fuel rockets in major deal with US

SEOUL, South Korea (AP)...

US accuses Russia of testing anti-satellite weapon in space

WASHINGTON (AP) — The...

China launches ambitious attempt to land rover on Mars

BEIJING (AP) — China...

Russian cargo ship launched to International Space Station

An uncrewed Russian cargo...

China moves rocket into place for upcoming Mars mission

BEIJING (AP) — China...

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

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP)...

With a view toward Iran, Israel launches spy satellite

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel...

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

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP)...

SpaceX launches Air Force’s newest GPS satellite

SpaceX launched the military’s...

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