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NASA administrator explains Twitter spat with SpaceX

Oct. 10, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Thursday that a recent Twitter statement critical of SpaceX was a signal to all the space agency's contractors about realistic development timelines. Bridenstine addressed the issue during a press conference with SpaceX founder Elon Musk...

NASA lander captures marsquakes, other Martian sounds

Oct. 1, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's InSight lander on Mars has captured the low rumble of marsquakes and a symphony of other otherworldly sounds. Scientists released an audio sampling Tuesday. The sounds had to be enhanced for humans to hear. InSight's seismometer has detected more than 100 events, but only...

Musk unveils SpaceX rocket designed to get to Mars and back

Sep. 28, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

BOCA CHICA VILLAGE, Texas (AP) — Elon Musk has unveiled a SpaceX spacecraft designed to carry a crew and cargo to the moon, Mars or anywhere else in the solar system and land back on Earth perpendicularly. In a livestreamed speech from SpaceX's launch facility near the southern tip of Texas, Musk said...

Authorities identify 2 killed in crash of home-built plane

Sep. 21, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a former Air Force pilot and a retired businessman were killed when a small plane crashed in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains this week. But it's still not clear which one was piloting the aircraft. The wreckage of the home-built plane, a two-seater called a Van's...

Wreckage of home-built plane found, 2 dead

Sep. 18, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say two people were killed in a small plane crash in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains. The wreckage of a home-built plane was found in a swampy, wooded area. The plane, a two-seater called a Van's RV-8, was discovered around 9 a.m. Wednesday in Monroe County, about 90...

Ohio senators propose renaming NASA site for Neil Armstrong

Sep. 14, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

SANDSUKY, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's U.S. senators want Congress to rename a NASA research facility in Ohio after astronaut Neil Armstrong. Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown introduced legislation Thursday to honor the Ohio native by renaming the NASA Plum Brook Station in Sandusky. Portman says he...

European probe dodges SpaceX satellite after missed message

Sep. 3, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A European space probe has performed an evasive maneuver to avoid a possible collision with another satellite after its operator, private firm SpaceX, failed to receive a warning message. Officials at the European Space Agency said Tuesday that engineers decided to move the Aeolus satellite...

Trump declares new Space Command key to American defense

Aug. 29, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring space crucial to the nation's defense, President Donald Trump said Thursday the Pentagon has established U.S. Space Command to preserve American dominance on "the ultimate high ground." "This is a landmark day," Trump said in a Rose Garden ceremony, "one that recognizes the...

Russian capsule carrying robot docks at space station

Aug. 27, 2019 4:06 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian space capsule carrying a humanoid robot has successfully docked at the International Space Station after a failed attempt last week. Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Tuesday that the capsule carrying the robot and other cargo docked at the orbiting lab early morning Moscow...

Russian capsule carrying robot fails space station docking

Aug. 24, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian space capsule carrying a humanoid robot has failed to dock as planned with the International Space Station. A statement from the Russian space agency Roscosmos said the failure on Saturday was because of problems in the docking system. It said the space station itself and the...