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China to send three astronauts to Tiangong space station, part of its ambitious program

Apr. 24, 2024 04:59 AM EDT

JIUQUAN SATELLITE LAUNCH CENTER, China (AP) — China's space agency is making final preparations to send the Shenzhou-18 crew into low-Earth orbit on Thursday as part of its ambitious space program that aims to put people on the moon by 2030. In a press conference on Wednesday, the...

Japan's moon lander wasn't built to survive a weekslong lunar night. It's still going after 3

Apr. 24, 2024 04:25 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s first moon lander has survived a third freezing lunar night, Japan’s space agency said Wednesday after receiving an image from the device three months after it landed on the moon. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said the lunar probe responded to a...

NASA leaders discuss global challenges, solutions with Mexico president, lawmakers and students

Apr. 23, 2024 21:12 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In a frequently tense relationship often defined by a shared border, the United States sent two officials with a different perspective to Mexico this week for a bit of space diplomacy. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and Deputy Administrator Pamela Melroy – both...

The first glow-in-the-dark animals may have been ancient corals deep in the ocean

Apr. 23, 2024 19:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many animals can glow in the dark. Fireflies famously blink on summer evenings. But most animals that light up are found in the depths of the ocean. In a new study, scientists report that deep-sea corals that lived 540 million years ago may have been the first...

NASA hears from Voyager 1, the most distant spacecraft from Earth, after months of quiet

Apr. 23, 2024 16:04 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA has finally heard back from Voyager 1 again in a way that makes sense. The most distant spacecraft from Earth stopped sending back understandable data last November. Flight controllers traced the blank communication to a bad computer chip and...

European Space Agency adds 5 new astronauts in only fourth class since 1978. Over 20,000 applied

Apr. 23, 2024 08:05 AM EDT

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — For the past year, five fit, academically superior men and women have been spun in centrifuges, submerged for hours, deprived temporarily of oxygen, taught to camp in the snow, and schooled in physiology, anatomy, astronomy, meteorology, robotics, and Russian. ...

US advances review of Nevada lithium mine amid concerns over endangered wildflower

Apr. 23, 2024 00:07 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Biden administration has taken a significant step in its expedited environmental review of what could become the third lithium mine in the U.S., amid anticipated legal challenges from conservationists over the threat they say it poses to an endangered Nevada wildflower. ...

In Vietnam, farmers reduce methane emissions by changing how they grow rice

Apr. 22, 2024 22:16 PM EDT

LONG AN, Vietnam (AP) — There is one thing that distinguishes 60-year-old Vo Van Van’s rice fields from a mosaic of thousands of other emerald fields across Long An province in southern Vietnam’s Mekong Delta: It isn’t entirely flooded. That and the giant drone, its wingspan...

When red-hot isn't enough: New government heat risk tool sets magenta as most dangerous level

Apr. 22, 2024 16:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forget about red hot. A new color-coded heat warning system relies on magenta to alert Americans to the most dangerous conditions they may see this summer. The National Weather Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday — Earth Day —...

Prehistoric lake sturgeon is not endangered, US says despite calls from conservationists

Apr. 22, 2024 10:04 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Lake sturgeon don't need Endangered Species Act protections, federal wildlife officials announced Monday, saying that stocking programs have helped the prehistoric fish return to areas where they had vanished. The decision ends the Arizona-based Center of...