Latest National Aeronautics and Space Administration News

Feds: Worker falsified pollution test results at NASA site

Apr. 23, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — Federal authorities say an employee for a NASA contractor falsified pollution test results at a NASA facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Court documents filed Monday identified the now ex-employee as Monica Borowicz. The contractor wasn't named. Borowicz had worked at NASA's...

SpaceX suffers serious setback with crew capsule accident

Apr. 22, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has suffered a serious setback in its effort to launch NASA astronauts into orbit this year, with the fiery loss of its first crew capsule during testing. Over the weekend, the company's recently flown Dragon crew capsule was engulfed in smoke and flames on an engine test...

American astronaut's dreams of seeing space becoming reality

Apr. 19, 2019 6:06 AM EDT

CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — A Mainer who's headed to the International Space Station says she's always dreamed of being in space and "seeing this giant blue ball below me." NASA astronaut Jessica Meir is scheduled to launch in September with a Russian cosmonaut and an astronaut from the United Arab Emirates....

America's 1st female astronaut candidate, Jerrie Cobb, dies

Apr. 18, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — America's first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb, who pushed for equality in space but never reached its heights, has died. Cobb died in Florida at age 88 on March 18 following a brief illness. News of her death came Thursday from journalist Miles O'Brien, serving...

Space station shipment launched from Virginia seashore

Apr. 17, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A fresh grocery shipment rocketed toward the International Space Station on Wednesday after launching from Virginia's seashore. Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket blasted off from Wallops Island. The company's Cygnus capsule should arrive at the space station Friday, just in time...

US astronaut to spend 11 months in space, set female record

Apr. 17, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA astronaut will spend nearly a year at the International Space Station, setting a record for women. Station astronaut Christina Koch will remain on board for about 11 months, until February — approaching but not quite breaking Scott Kelly's 340-day U.S. record. "One...

Former astronaut Owen Garriott dies, flew on Skylab station

Apr. 16, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Former astronaut Owen Garriott, who flew on America's first space station, Skylab, and whose son followed him into orbit, has died at age 88. He died Monday at his home in Huntsville, Alabama, according to NASA. "Dad had a great 88 orbits around the sun!" tweeted son Richard, a...

Israeli spacecraft crashes in attempt to land on moon

Apr. 12, 2019 5:52 AM EDT

YEHUD, Israel (AP) — An Israeli spacecraft crashed into the moon just moments before touchdown, failing in an ambitious attempt to make history Thursday as the first privately funded lunar landing. The spacecraft lost communication with ground control during its final descent. Moments later, the mission...

SpaceX launches mega rocket, lands all 3 boosters

Apr. 11, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched its second supersized rocket and for the first time landed all three boosters Thursday, a year after sending up a sports car on the initial test flight. The new and improved Falcon Heavy thundered into the early evening sky with a communication satellite called...

NASA launch to help study health, carry students' satellites

Apr. 11, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — Officials say the next launch from Virginia's spaceport to the International Space Station will help with more than 40 scientific investigations including into Alzheimer's, hearts, atmospheric carbon dioxide and free-flying robots. News outlets report Northrop Grumman's...