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Planetary Society's solar sail appears to deploy properly

Jul. 23, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tiny spacecraft orbiting Earth appeared to successfully unfurl a solar sail Tuesday to test the potential of using only sunlight for propulsion, mission officials said. Deployment commands were sent to the Planetary Society's LightSail 2 from mission control at California Polytechnic...

New Mexico's 'moon trees' planted after Apollo 14 are lost

Jul. 23, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Five trees planted in New Mexico from seeds taken to the moon during the Apollo 14 mission and given to the state by NASA have all died or been forgotten, according to officials at the locations where the trees were planted decades ago. Officials at New Mexico sites where the trees...

Las Vegas man's Apollo 11 film reels auctioned for $1.8M

Jul. 23, 2019 2:31 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Film footage of the original mission to the moon has been auctioned for over $1.8 million, a report said. Gary George earned 8,000 times the price he paid for the three film reels of the Apollo 11 mission, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Sunday. Auction house Sotheby's handled the...

India launches spacecraft to explore water deposits on moon

Jul. 22, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India sent a spacecraft to explore water deposits on the far side of the moon in a successful launch Monday after a technical problem caused a week's delay. Scientists at the mission control center burst into applause as the rocket lifted off in clear weather as scheduled at 2:43 p.m. from...

Chris Kraft, 1st flight director for NASA, dies at 95

Jul. 22, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Behind America's late leap into orbit and triumphant small step on the moon was the agile mind and guts-of-steel of Chris Kraft, making split-second decisions that propelled the nation to once unimaginable heights. Kraft, the creator and longtime leader of NASA's Mission Control, died...

Chris Kraft, 1st flight director for NASA, dies at 95

Jul. 22, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Kraft, the founder of NASA's mission control, died Monday, just two days after the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. He was 95. Kraft made key decisions on launches as the U.S. was learning how to put a man into space. Astronaut Neil Armstrong once called him "the man...

India's space agency says it has launched unmanned mission to moon's south pole after aborted attempt last week

Jul. 22, 2019 5:19 AM EDT
SRIHARIKOTA, India (AP) — India's space agency says it has launched unmanned mission to moon's south pole after aborted attempt last week.

Senators want to rename NASA facility after Neil Armstrong

Jul. 21, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's two U.S. senators plan on asking Congress to rename a NASA research facility in northern Ohio after astronaut Neil Armstrong. Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown want to honor the Ohio native by renaming the NASA Plum Brook Station in Sandusky. Portman says he...

Moon back in NASA's court 50 years after 1st lunar landing

Jul. 21, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Fifty years after humanity's first lunar footsteps, the moon is back in NASA's court. The White House wants U.S. astronauts on the moon pronto — by 2024, a scant five years from now. The moon will serve as a critical proving ground, the thinking goes, for the real prize...

The Latest: Pence marks Apollo 11 anniversary at launch site

Jul. 21, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (all times local): 2 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence is marking the 50th anniversary of humanity's first moon landing at the Apollo 11 launch site. Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin accompanied Pence to Florida's Kennedy Space...