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Jeff Bezos will blast into space on rocket's 1st crew flight

Jun. 07, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Outdoing his fellow billionaires in daredevilry, Jeff Bezos will blast into space next month when his Blue Origin company makes its first flight with a crew. The 57-year-old Amazon founder and richest person in the world by Forbes' estimate...

Work on SpaceX launch pad being done in Mississippi

Jun. 06, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Elon Musk is converting two oil rigs into floating launch pads for his SpaceX program — and work on one is being done in Mississippi. The Sun Herald reports that ST Engineering Halter Marine & Offshore Inc. in...

Today in History

May. 30, 2021 00:32 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, May 30, the 150th day of 2021. There are 215 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 30, 1431, Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic, was burned at the stake in Rouen...

Virgin Galactic rocket ship ascends from New Mexico

May. 22, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Virgin Galactic on Saturday made its first rocket-powered flight from New Mexico to the fringe of space in a manned shuttle, as the company forges toward offering tourist flights to the edge of the Earth's atmosphere. High above the desert in a...

Japanese tycoon planning space station visit, then moon trip

May. 13, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Japanese fashion tycoon who’s booked a SpaceX ride to the moon is going to try out the International Space Station first. "Going to the ISS before the Moon," Yusaku Maezawa announced Thursday via Twitter. Maezawa...

Elon Musk shows humility and hubris as 'SNL' host

May. 10, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

Elon Musk showed a combination of humility and hubris as he opened his highly anticipated hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live.” The 49-year-old Tesla CEO, SpaceX founder and one of the world’s richest men opened his monologue by mocking his monotonal speaking style,...

China defends handling of rocket that fell to Earth

May. 10, 2021 06:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government defended its handling of a rocket booster that burned up over the Indian Ocean and said Monday it was unfairly being held to different standards than the U.S. and other space programs. The administrator of the American space agency...

China says most rocket debris burned up during reentry

May. 09, 2021 07:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's space agency said a core segment of its biggest rocket reentered Earth’s atmosphere above the Maldives in the Indian Ocean and that most of it burned up early Sunday. Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, who tracked the tumbling rocket...

String of satellites baffles residents, bugs astronomers

May. 08, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A string of lights that lobbed across the night sky in parts of the U.S. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday had some people wondering if a fleet of UFOs was coming, but it had others— mostly amateur stargazers and professional astronomers— lamenting the...

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,...