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Snooze cruise: Study sees future for hibernating astronauts

Nov. 18, 2019 7:55 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says putting astronauts into a state of suspended animation could make it easier to reach other planets. The agency said Monday that its researchers examined how hibernation would affect the design of a crewed mission to Mars and concluded that it could help to...

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...

China tests Mars lander in international cooperation push

Nov. 14, 2019 11:35 AM EST

HUAILAI, China (AP) — China showed off its Mars spacecraft during a landing test Thursday as the country pushes for inclusion in more global space projects. The demonstration of hovering, obstacle avoidance and deceleration capabilities was conducted at a site outside Beijing simulating conditions on the...

Japan spacecraft starts yearlong journey home from asteroid

Nov. 13, 2019 8:03 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese spacecraft left a distant asteroid on Wednesday, starting its yearlong journey home after successfully completing its mission to gather soil samples and data that could provide clues to the origins of the solar system, the country's space agency said. The Japan Aerospace Exploration...

Wine cellar in space: 12 bottles arrive for year of aging

Nov. 4, 2019 6:11 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A dozen bottles of fine French wine arrived at the space station Monday, not for the astronauts, but for science. The red Bordeaux wine will age for a year up there before returning to Earth. Researchers will study how weightlessness and space radiation affect the aging process....

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...

Billy Porter, TLC, Ozuna set for Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Nov. 1, 2019 3:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Emmy-winning "Pose" actor Billy Porter, Latin singer Ozuna and Grammy-winning performers Black Eyed Peas, TLC, Chicago and Kelly Rowland will be among the stars celebrating at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Macy's said Friday that Ciara, Idina Menzel, Lea Michele, Debbie...

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...