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Professor works with NASA to design better tires for Mars

Sep. 20, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Nine years ago, NASA's Mars rover Spirit sent its last signal from the Red Planet. The rover had ground to a halt on the sands of Mars, its tires sinking and spinning futilely in the fine-grained particles. "Spirit got stuck (and it) ended its mission," said Heather Oravec, a mechanical...

NASA recognizes work of 3 Kentucky businesses

Sep. 20, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — NASA has recognized three Kentucky companies for supplying critical elements and tools for the rocket boosters of the Space Launch System rocket. A statement from NASA says the companies were awarded a Space Launch System Program Manager's Commendation award to recognize excellence...

Prosecutor son's job prompts turning over telescope arrests

Sep. 18, 2019 10:26 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — To avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, the Hawaii attorney general's office will take over prosecution of protesters arrested for blocking construction of a giant telescope. Big Island prosecutor Mitch Roth said Wednesday he turned over the cases in response to an Associated...

NASA manager casts doubt on 2024 moon landing by astronauts

Sep. 18, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A top NASA manager cast doubt Wednesday on the space agency's ability to land astronauts on the moon by 2024. Kenneth Bowersox, acting associate administrator for human exploration and operations, told a Congressional subcommittee that NASA is doing its best to meet the White...

Brad Pitt asks astronaut: Who was better? Clooney or me?

Sep. 16, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Brad Pitt, star of the new space movie "Ad Astra," had a burning question for a real-life astronaut. "Who was more believable? Clooney or Pitt?" In a televised call Monday, NASA astronaut Nick Hague answered Pitt — "absolutely" — getting a big laugh. Pitt's...

Man seeks out his mural before demolition of Arkansas school

Sep. 15, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Jacksonville High School alumnus is hoping to get a look at a mural he painted there in 1978, but he may never get the chance because the school is currently being demolished. Troy Heron, who graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1979, said he has tried calling school...

Ohio senators propose renaming NASA site for Neil Armstrong

Sep. 14, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

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

New comet likely visitor from another solar system

Sep. 13, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The solar system may have another foreign guest. Both NASA and the European Space Agency are reporting that a newly discovered comet zooming toward the sun is likely from another star. Astronomers said Thursday it's traveling 93,000 mph (150,000 kph), so fast it likely...

Water, temperature right for life at another star's planet

Sep. 11, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — In a tantalizing first, scientists have discovered water at a planet outside our solar system that has temperatures suitable for life. Two research groups announced this week that they've found water vapor in the atmosphere of a planet 110 light-years away in the constellation...

NASA mission scheduled to blast off from Virginia

Sep. 10, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — NASA has announced plans to launch a rocket from Virginia to the International Space Station next month. A news release says Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft will take off from Wallops Island as early as the afternoon of Oct. 21. NASA says the goal is to deliver science...