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NASA's moon rocket moved to launch pad for 1st test flight

Aug. 17, 2022 12:23 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s new moon rocket arrived at the launch pad Wednesday ahead of its debut flight in less than two weeks. The 322-foot (98-meter) rocket emerged from its mammoth hangar late Tuesday night, drawing crowds of Kennedy Space Center workers, many of...

South Korean spacecraft launched to the moon, country's 1st

Aug. 05, 2022 07:03 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — South Korea joined the stampede to the moon Thursday with the launch of a lunar orbiter that will scout out future landing spots. The satellite launched by SpaceX is taking a long, roundabout path to conserve fuel and will arrive in December. ...

NASA to launch 2 more choppers to Mars to help return rocks

Jul. 27, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is launching two more mini helicopters to Mars in its effort to return Martian rocks and soil samples to Earth. Under the plan announced Wednesday, NASA’s Perseverance rover will do double duty and transport the cache to the rocket that will...

Russia to drop out of International Space Station after 2024

Jul. 26, 2022 19:08 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will pull out of the International Space Station after 2024 and focus on building its own orbiting outpost, the country's new space chief said Tuesday amid high tensions between Moscow and the West over the fighting in Ukraine. The announcement, while not...

Buzz Aldrin flight-to-moon jacket sells at auction for $2.8M

Jul. 26, 2022 17:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Buzz Aldrin's jacket worn on his historic first mission to the moon's surface in 1969 has been auctioned off to a bidder for nearly $2.8 million. The $2,772,500 paid for the Apollo 11 Inflight Coverall Jacket is the highest for any American space-flown artifact sold...

Italian, Russian share rare spacewalk amid Ukraine tensions

Jul. 21, 2022 18:00 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An Italian astronaut joined a Russian cosmonaut in a rare spacewalking show of unity Thursday, as tensions over Ukraine continued to ricochet back home. Italy’s Samantha Cristoforetti teamed up with Russia’s Oleg Artemyev to work on the International...

New lunar rover in the works as NASA moon mission advances

Jul. 21, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

A new lunar rover is under development by Lockheed Martin and Goodyear as NASA gears up for a return to the moon. Unlike the rover first used during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971, built to last only a few days and for short trips, the new lunar vehicle is being built for extended...

NASA aiming for late August test flight of giant moon rocket

Jul. 20, 2022 14:17 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — On the 53rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, NASA announced Wednesday it’s shooting for a late August launch of its giant, new moon rocket. NASA will attempt the more than month-long lunar test flight with three mannequins, but no...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Jul. 20, 2022 14:14 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: July 15 The Washington Post on access to birth control after the SCOTUS ruling on abortion: The French company that has asked for permission to sell birth control pills over the counter in...

High-flying experiment: Do stem cells grow better in space?

Jul. 17, 2022 10:24 AM EDT

Researcher Dhruv Sareen’s own stem cells are now orbiting the Earth. The mission? To test whether they’ll grow better in zero gravity. Scientists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles are trying to find new ways to produce huge batches of a type of stem cell that can...