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Cutting-edge satellite built by UW students

Nov. 16, 2019 10:06 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Just be thankful there are students like Paige Northway and Nathan Wacker, two University of Washington students who think it’s neat to work on stuff like a satellite the size of a shoebox. For most of us, all that is beyond our comprehension. But that’s how things move forward...

1st University of Minnesota small satellite now in space

Nov. 16, 2019 1:05 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota senior Jenna Burgett was on bleachers two miles from the NASA Virginia launching site on Nov. 2, watching a rocket launch into space that carried a small satellite she and other students helped create. “The sound hits you and from two miles away ... the...

Ex-astronaut set for trial in wreck that killed 2 girls

Nov. 15, 2019 2:41 PM EST

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A former space shuttle commander is set for trial next month in Alabama on reckless murder charges in a wreck that killed two girls. Court records show the trial of one-time NASA astronaut James Halsell Jr. is scheduled for Dec. 9. The 63-year-old Halsell was arrested after a wreck...

Astronauts start spacewalk series to fix cosmic ray detector

Nov. 15, 2019 1:41 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts launched an extraordinarily complicated series of spacewalks Friday to fix a cosmic ray detector at the International Space Station. Armed with dozens of dissecting tools, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano removed two protective covers to gain access to the inside of...

NASA warned of safety risks in delayed private crew launches

Nov. 14, 2019 5:33 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA auditors warned Thursday the space agency faces “significant safety and technical challenges” that need to be solved before astronauts fly in private capsules. In its report, NASA’s inspector general office noted Boeing and SpaceX are several years late...

Boeing crew capsule completes major flight test in desert

Nov. 4, 2019 12:22 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing's capsule for astronauts underwent its first major flight test Monday, shooting a mile into the air then parachuting back to the New Mexico desert. The Starliner capsule carried no crew, just a test dummy for the 1 ½-minute shakedown of the launch abort system. Only...

Space shipment launched with sports car parts, cookie oven

Nov. 2, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

A supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Saturday with sports car parts, an oven for baking cookies and a vest to protect against radiation. Northrop Grumman launched its Cygnus capsule for NASA from Wallops Island, Virginia. The 8,200-pound shipment (3,700 kilograms) should reach the...

Astronaut participates in Earth-to-space call with school

Oct. 29, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — The first Maine woman to travel to space used a rare Earth-to-space call to tell students from her alma mater to never stop dreaming big. The astronaut is Jessica Meir, a native of Caribou, who became the 15th woman to walk in space when she recently participated in the first...

Astronaut checks spacewalk off list; new dream is the moon

Oct. 27, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

A Maine native who wrote in her high school yearbook that she dreamed of going on a spacewalk has checked that off her list. Jessica Meir, along with Christina Koch, stepped outside the International Space Station on Oct. 18 for the first all-women spacewalk. Meir, the valedictorian of Caribou High School's Class...

Female spacewalking duo uplifted by excitement below

Oct. 21, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The astronauts who took part in the first all-female spacewalk are still uplifted by all the excitement down on Earth. International Space Station resident Jessica Meir said Monday that when she floated outside last week, she wasn't thinking about whether she was going out with...