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NASA astronauts Robert Behnken, left, and Douglas Hurley are seen inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft onboard the SpaceX GO Navigator recovery ship shortly after having landed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. The Demo-2 test flight for NASA's Commercial Crew Program was the first to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station and return them safely to Earth onboard a commercially built and operated spacecraft. Behnken and Hurley returned after spending 64 days in space. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

SpaceX capsule and NASA crew make 1st splashdown in 45 years

Aug. 3, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk's SpaceX company. It was the first splashdown by U.S. astronauts in 45 years, with the...

FILE - This May 25, 2020 file photo shows a Virgin Orbit Boeing 747-400 aircraft named Cosmic Girl taking off from Mojave Air and Space Port in the desert north of Los Angeles. Virgin Orbit says it's determined what caused the failure of its debut rocket launch and is working toward a second flight that will carry small satellites for NASA. The company experienced a premature shutdown of its main rocket engine on Memorial Day moments after the launch vehicle was released from beneath the wing of a modified Boeing 747 off the Southern California coast. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman, File)

Virgin Orbit determines cause of rocket launch failure

Aug. 3, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Orbit said Monday it has determined what caused the failure of its debut rocket launch and is working toward a second flight that will carry small satellites for NASA. The Long Beach, California, company founded by Richard Branson, experienced a premature shutdown of its...

In this image from video made available by NASA, astronauts Doug Hurley, left, and Bob Behnken prepare for undocking from the International Space Station, aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (NASA via AP)

NASA astronauts aim for Florida coast to end SpaceX flight

Aug. 1, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first astronauts launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company departed the International Space Station on Saturday night for the final and most important part of their test flight: returning to Earth with a rare splashdown. NASA’s Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken bid...

"Save Space Camp" drive pulls in more than $1M in days

Aug. 1, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A fundraising drive launched to help the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and Space Camp through the coronavirus pandemic has pulled in more than $1.1 million in just a few days. The online effort that began Tuesday had brought in nearly $620,000 by Friday afternoon, and officials said...

FILE - The Amazon DTW1 fulfillment center is shown in Romulus, Mich.  Amazon is heading to space. The online shopping giant received government approval to put more than 3,200 satellites into orbit that would beam down internet service to earth. Amazon said the satellites could provide internet to parts of the world that don’t have it.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Amazon closer to launching satellites, upping internet reach

Jul. 31, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com is one step closer to space. The company received government approval to put more than 3,200 satellites into orbit with the goal of beaming internet service to earth. Amazon said the satellites could provide internet to parts of the world that don't have it. It could also become...

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifts off from pad 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The mission will send a Mars rover to the Red Planet to search for signs of life, explore the planet's geology and much more. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

'On our way to Mars': NASA rover will look for signs of life

Jul. 30, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The biggest, most sophisticated Mars rover ever built — a car-size vehicle bristling with cameras, microphones, drills and lasers — blasted off for the red planet Thursday as part of an ambitious, long-range project to bring the first Martian rock samples back to...

NASA launches Mars rover to mine the red planet's rocks for evidence of ancient life

Jul. 30, 2020 7:50 AM EDT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA launches Mars rover to mine the red planet's rocks for evidence of ancient life.
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket that will launch to Mars arrives at Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The rocket scheduled to launch on Thursday will land on Mars in February 2021 and the Mars 2020 rover, named Perseverance, will study Martian geology. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

2020's final Mars mission poised for blastoff from Florida

Jul. 29, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The summer’s third and final mission to Mars — featuring NASA's most elaborate life-hunting rover — is on the verge of liftoff. The rover Perseverance will follow China’s rover-orbiter combo and a United Arab Emirates orbiter, both launched last week....

Alaska spaceport plans rocket launch after virus slowdown

Jul. 28, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A rocket will be sent into space from Alaska next week with more launches later after the launch schedule was delayed because of the coronavirus. The Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak has scheduled its commercial rocket launch for between Aug. 2 and Aug. 7, depending on weather...

FILE - In this July 29, 2017, file photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, South Korea's Hyunmoo II Missile system, left, and a U.S. Army Tactical Missile System, right, fire missiles during a combined military exercise between the two countries against North Korea at an undisclosed location in South Korea. South Korea said Tuesday, July 28, 2020, it has won U.S. consent to use solid fuel for space launch vehicles, a move that experts say would enable Seoul to launch its first surveillance satellites and accumulate technology to build more powerful missiles. (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP, File)

South Korea to have solid fuel rockets in major deal with US

Jul. 28, 2020 7:17 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Tuesday it has won U.S. consent to use solid fuel for space launch vehicles, a move that is expected to enable Seoul to launch its first surveillance satellites and acquire technology to build more powerful missiles. Solid fuel offers greater mobility for...