Latest Space exploration News

Kansas museum sends restored NASA consoles home to Texas

May. 24, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Mission control consoles used by NASA to guide trips to the moon are being restored by experts in Kansas and will soon be returned to the control room in Houston, Texas, where they were used from the 1960s through the 1990s. SpaceWorks specializes in the restoration and replication...

NASA's first-of-kind tests look to manage drones in cities

May. 24, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the operator's line of sight as businesses look in the future to unleash the unmanned devices in droves above busy streets...

2020 hopeful Inslee says $9T climate plan will boost economy

May. 16, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee is pitching a $9 trillion-plus climate action plan that he touts as an economic renaissance and scientific necessity, putting the Washington governor at the forefront of White House hopefuls pushing for sweeping action to combat the causes and effects of a warming...

Trump faces backlash over plan to dip into Pell reserves

May. 14, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

Education advocates say a Trump administration plan to use federal Pell Grant money to fund space exploration would jeopardize aid for future college students and could trigger a budgeting crisis within just a few years. The plan aims to redirect $1.9 billion from a Pell Grant surplus to jumpstart other projects,...

Trump targets Pell Grant money for NASA's budget boost

May. 13, 2019 11:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration wants to shift money for Pell Grants for college education to fund new spending, including a $1.6 billion bump for NASA to return American astronauts to the moon by 2024. Under a budget amendment sent to Congress Monday evening, the administration would use an...

Space exploration exhibit for Apollo 11 opens at Ohio museum

May. 12, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A new permanent exhibit focusing on space exploration and the Ohio native who was the first person to walk on the moon has opened at a Cincinnati museum. The Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery opened May 6 in the Cincinnati Museum Center. It celebrates the legacy of Apollo 11 and...

Amazon's Bezos says he'll send a spaceship to the moon

May. 9, 2019 11:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos said Thursday he's going to send a spaceship to the moon, joining a resurgence of lunar interest half a century after people first set foot there. Bezos said his space company Blue Origin will land a robotic ship the size of a small house, capable of carrying four...

Today in History

May. 5, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, May 5, the 125th day of 2019. There are 240 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 5, 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte, 51, died in exile on the island of St. Helena. On this date: In 1494, during his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus...

Space station power shortage delays SpaceX supply run

Apr. 30, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A major power shortage at the International Space Station has delayed this week's SpaceX supply run. SpaceX was supposed to launch a shipment Wednesday. But an old power-switching unit malfunctioned at the space station Monday and knocked two power channels offline. The six...

Be wary of robot emotions; 'simulated love is never love'

Apr. 26, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When a robot "dies," does it make you sad? For lots of people, the answer is "yes" — and that tells us something important, and potentially worrisome, about our emotional responses to the social machines that are starting to move into our lives. For Christal White, a 42-year-old...