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SpaceX launches 60 more mini satellites for global internet

Nov. 11, 2019 11:49 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched 60 mini satellites Monday, the second batch of an orbiting network meant to provide global internet coverage. The Falcon rocket blasted into the morning sky, marking the unprecedented fourth flight of a booster for SpaceX. The compact flat-panel satellites...

4 'Hidden Figures' women to be honored with Congress medals

Nov. 10, 2019 4:50 PM EST

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Four black women who gained national attention in a recent book and movie for groundbreaking NASA work in Virginia during space-race years will receive special awards from Congress. The Daily Press of Newport News reports President Donald Trump signed into law on Friday the "Hidden...

There will be 2 Mainers aboard ISS in April

Nov. 8, 2019 10:48 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is going to be well represented aboard the International Space Station. Caribou native Jessica Meir is already aboard the ISS and took part in an all-women space walk. In April, she'll be joined by Chris Cassidy, who went to high school in York. It'll be the first time two...

Boeing: Pin problem caused parachute issue in capsule test

Nov. 7, 2019 3:44 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing says a problem with a pin caused its Starliner capsule to land with two instead of three parachutes earlier this week. The crew capsule underwent a safety test flight Monday, soaring nearly a mile into the New Mexico sky. Only two main parachutes deployed. Boeing's vice...

Mississippi editorial roundup

Nov. 6, 2019 2:49 PM EST

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ Nov. 6 The (Tupelo) Daily Journal on Mississippi test scores: While the latest scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, (NAEP) don't reflect well for the country's young readers as a whole, Mississippi ranked No. 1 for score gains in reading...

Astronaut casts Pennsylvania absentee ballot from space

Nov. 5, 2019 2:49 PM EST

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — An election official in Pennsylvania didn't think anything of the absentee ballot application until he saw the out-of-this-world voting location. The New Castle News reports that the application to Lawrence County's voter services department listed the location as "International...

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...

3-2-1-Cookoff! Astronauts to bake cookies with new test oven

Oct. 31, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Forget reheated, freeze-dried space grub. Astronauts are about to get a new test oven for baking chocolate chip cookies from scratch. The next delivery of supplies for the International Space Station — scheduled for liftoff this weekend — includes the Zero G Oven....