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North Korea appears to be preparing to launch its 2nd spy satellite, South Korean military says

May. 24, 2024 05:52 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea appears to be preparing to launch its second military spy satellite into space, South Korea’s military said Friday, as animosities remain high over the North’s continued weapons tests. Last November, North Korea placed its first military...

Massive cradle of baby stars revealed in new space telescope images

May. 23, 2024 16:15 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A massive cradle of baby stars has been observed in new detail by a European space telescope, adding to its celestial collection of images. The European Space Agency released the photos from the Euclid observatory on Thursday. They were taken following...

UN Security Council rejects Russia-backed resolution on banning weapons in space

May. 21, 2024 01:06 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States said Monday that Russia last week launched a satellite that could be part of weaponizing space, a possible future global trend that members of the United Nations Security Council condemned even as they failed to pass a measure against it. The...

What a blast to work at NASA. Space agency is sky-high again in latest survey of federal employees

May. 20, 2024 09:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Exploring the cosmos makes for happy employees, federal workers like to work from home like everyone else, and an agency that has struggled with low morale is showing improvement. Those are some of the highlights of a survey released Monday of more than a million...

Ed Dwight, America's first Black astronaut candidate, finally goes to space 60 years later

May. 20, 2024 04:08 AM EDT

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — Ed Dwight, America’s first Black astronaut candidate, finally rocketed into space 60 years later, flying with Jeff Bezos’ rocket company on Sunday. Dwight was an Air Force pilot when President John F. Kennedy championed him as a candidate for NASA’s...

China sanctions Boeing, two U.S. defense contractors for Taiwan arms sales

May. 19, 2024 23:00 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's Ministry of Commerce announced sanctions against Boeing and two other defense companies Monday for arms sales to Taiwan, on the day of Taiwan's presidential inauguration. The move is the latest in a series of sanctions Beijing has announced in recent years...

Webb telescope uncovers merger of two massive black holes from early universe

May. 16, 2024 11:17 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Webb Space Telescope has discovered the earliest known merger of black holes. These two gigantic black holes and their galaxies consolidated just 740 million years after the universe-forming Big Bang. It's the most distant detection ever made of...

Sun shoots out biggest solar flare in almost 2 decades, but Earth should be out of the way this time

May. 14, 2024 20:49 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The sun produced its biggest flare in nearly two decades Tuesday, just days after severe solar storms pummeled Earth and created dazzling northern lights in unaccustomed places. “Not done yet!” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

Book Review: 'Challenger' is definitive account of shuttle disaster and missteps that led to tragedy

May. 13, 2024 11:33 AM EDT

When the Challenger space shuttle exploded a little over a minute after its launch in 1986, it pierced the dreams of millions about who watched the tragedy unfold live on television. It also eventually exposed the weaknesses of a space program that had been revered by many. In...

Solar storm hits Earth, producing colorful light shows across Northern Hemisphere

May. 11, 2024 09:45 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An unusually strong solar storm hitting Earth produced stunning displays of color in the skies across the Northern Hemisphere early Saturday, with no immediate reports of disruptions to power and communications. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric...