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Why is a NASA spacecraft crashing into an asteroid?

Sep. 22, 2022 17:11 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — In the first-of-its kind, save-the-world experiment, NASA is about to clobber a small, harmless asteroid millions of miles away. A spacecraft named Dart will zero in on the asteroid Monday, intent on slamming it head-on at 14,000 mph (22,500 kph). The...

Russia successfully launches Iranian satellite

Aug. 09, 2022 04:32 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian rocket on Tuesday successfully launched an Iranian satellite into orbit. The Soyuz rocket lifted off as scheduled at 8:52 a.m. Moscow time (0552 GMT) Tuesday from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan. About nine minutes...

Rocket explodes moments after launch from California base

Jul. 07, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A Minotaur II+ rocket exploded moments after takeoff from California's Vandenberg Space Force Base , officials said Thursday. Base officials said there were no injuries after the rocket exploded at 11:01 p.m. Wednesday, raining debris...

Contact restored with NASA spacecraft headed to lunar orbit

Jul. 06, 2022 18:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA said Wednesday that contact has been restored with its $32.7 million spacecraft headed to the moon to test out a lopsided lunar orbit. Contact was lost after one successful communication and a second partial one on Monday, after the spacecraft left Earth's...

NASA: Contact lost with spacecraft on way to test moon orbit

Jul. 05, 2022 14:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA said Tuesday it has lost contact with a $32.7 million spacecraft headed to the moon to test out a lopsided lunar orbit, but agency engineers are hopeful they can fix the problem. After one successful communication and a second partial one on Monday, the space...