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SpaceX capsule suffers 'anomaly,' smoke seen for miles

Apr. 20, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Officials say SpaceX's new capsule for astronauts suffered an "anomaly" during a routine engine test firing in Florida, causing smoke to be seen for miles. Forty-fifth Space Wing Spokesman Jim Williams tells Florida Today that the anomaly happened Saturday at Cape Canaveral Air...

Private cargo ship brings Easter feast to the space station

Apr. 19, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A private cargo ship brought the makings of an Easter feast to the International Space Station on Friday, along with mice and little flying robots. Space station astronaut Anne McClain used a robot arm to capture Northrop Grumman's Cygnus capsule as they soared 258 miles (415...

American astronaut's dreams of seeing space becoming reality

Apr. 19, 2019 6:06 AM EDT

CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — A Mainer who's headed to the International Space Station says she's always dreamed of being in space and "seeing this giant blue ball below me." NASA astronaut Jessica Meir is scheduled to launch in September with a Russian cosmonaut and an astronaut from the United Arab Emirates....

America's 1st female astronaut candidate, Jerrie Cobb, dies

Apr. 18, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — America's first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb, who pushed for equality in space but never reached its heights, has died. Cobb died in Florida at age 88 on March 18 following a brief illness. News of her death came Thursday from journalist Miles O'Brien, serving...

Israeli team investigating 'chain of events' in lunar crash

Apr. 18, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli start-up behind last week's failed lunar landing said Thursday that it is still investigating a malfunction that caused the spacecraft to plummet to the moon's surface. SpaceIL, the non-profit that undertook the lunar mission, said that engineers in mission control received a...

Space station shipment launched from Virginia seashore

Apr. 17, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A fresh grocery shipment rocketed toward the International Space Station on Wednesday after launching from Virginia's seashore. Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket blasted off from Wallops Island. The company's Cygnus capsule should arrive at the space station Friday, just in time...

US astronaut to spend 11 months in space, set female record

Apr. 17, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA astronaut will spend nearly a year at the International Space Station, setting a record for women. Station astronaut Christina Koch will remain on board for about 11 months, until February — approaching but not quite breaking Scott Kelly's 340-day U.S. record. "One...

Former astronaut Owen Garriott dies, flew on Skylab station

Apr. 16, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Former astronaut Owen Garriott, who flew on America's first space station, Skylab, and whose son followed him into orbit, has died at age 88. He died Monday at his home in Huntsville, Alabama, according to NASA. "Dad had a great 88 orbits around the sun!" tweeted son Richard, a...

SpaceX's recovered core booster damaged in rough seas

Apr. 16, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX rocket booster that landed on an ocean platform after last week's launch has been damaged in rough seas. For the first time, all three first-stage boosters landed upright following Thursday's launch of the company's Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket in use. Both...

Israeli nonprofit vows new moon mission after 1st crashes

Apr. 15, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli start-up behind last week's failed lunar landing has vowed to create a second mission to steer a privately funded spacecraft onto the moon. Morris Kahn, Israeli billionaire and chairman of SpaceIL, the nonprofit that undertook the botched lunar mission, says he's already formed...