Latest National Aeronautics and Space Administration News

NASA spacecraft begins 2-year trip home with asteroid rubble

May. 10, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — With rubble from an asteroid tucked inside, a NASA spacecraft fired its engines and began the long journey back to Earth on Monday, leaving the ancient space rock in its rearview mirror. The trip home for the robotic prospector, Osiris-Rex,...

AP Interview: NASA chief big on climate, hedges on moon date

May. 07, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s new administrator is big on tackling climate and diversifying the agency's workforce, but hedging on whether the U.S. can put astronauts on the moon by 2024. In his first interview since becoming NASA’s top official this week,...

SpaceX launches, lands Starship in 1st successful flight

May. 05, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched and successfully landed its futuristic Starship on Wednesday, finally nailing a test flight of the rocketship that Elon Musk intends to use to land astronauts on the moon and send people to Mars. The previous four tests...

60 years since 1st American in space: Tourists lining up

May. 05, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Sixty years after Alan Shepard became the first American in space, everyday people are on the verge of following in his cosmic footsteps. Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin used Wednesday's anniversary to kick off an auction for a seat on the...

Latin America looks to space, despite limitations on ground

May. 02, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mars missions, astronauts coming and going at the International Space Station, China’s increasingly ambitious space program. Space-related news is flowing, and not just from the world’s richest, biggest nations. Take Latin America. On Feb. 17, the...

SpaceX returns 4 astronauts to Earth; rare night splashdown

May. 02, 2021 06:12 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX safely returned four astronauts from the International Space Station on Sunday, making the first U.S. crew splashdown in darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot. The Dragon capsule parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of...

SpaceX capsule departs station with 4 astronauts, heads home

May. 01, 2021 20:55 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX capsule carrying four astronauts departed the International Space Station late Saturday, aiming for a rare nighttime splashdown to end the company’s second crew flight. It would be the first U.S. splashdown in darkness since Apollo...

SpaceX making 1st US crew splashdown in dark since Apollo 8

Apr. 30, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX this weekend will attempt the first U.S. splashdown of returning astronauts in darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot in 1968. Elon Musk’s company is targeting the predawn hours of Sunday to bring back three NASA astronauts and one...

Senate confirms former Florida Sen. Bill Nelson to lead NASA

Apr. 29, 2021 20:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed former Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, who once flew on the space shuttle, to be the next NASA administrator. Lawmakers agreed to President Joe Biden’s choice to lead the space agency by consensus late Thursday, without a roll call...

Astronaut Michael Collins, Apollo 11 pilot, dead of cancer

Apr. 28, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, who orbited the moon alone while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made their historic first steps on the lunar surface, died Wednesday. He was 90. Collins died of cancer in Naples, Florida. “Mike always faced the challenges of life...