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The Associated Press picks the top moments on TV from 2019

Dec. 10, 2019 2:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Many have noticed how fragmented our TV viewing is, with multiple competing streaming services and dozens of channels pulling us in different directions. But the year also saw some jaw-dropping moments that found huge audiences, whether it was a royal interview or a viral alien. The...

NASA chief gets latest look at new moon rocket

Dec. 9, 2019 6:28 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and the media got an up-close look Monday at a huge, newly completed rocket for the program aimed at putting a man and woman on the moon as early as 2024. Bridenstine was in New Orleans to see the first of the “core stage" rockets for NASA's...

Up to 13 feared dead in volcanic eruption off New Zealand

Dec. 9, 2019 5:33 PM EST

TAURANGA, New Zealand (AP) — A volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted Monday with a towering blast of ash and scalding steam as dozens of tourists were exploring its moon-like surface, killing five people and leaving eight others missing and feared dead, authorities said. Helicopter crews landed on...

Nobel laureate: Face up to climate change, no escaping Earth

Dec. 7, 2019 11:12 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — An astronomer who shares this year's Nobel physics prize for discovering a planet outside the Earth's solar system is taking issue with people who shrug off climate change on the grounds that humans will eventually leave for distant planets. Didier Queloz was one of several Nobel laureates...

Surprising 1st results from NASA's sun-skimming spacecraft

Dec. 4, 2019 4:54 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's sun-skimming spacecraft, the Parker Solar Probe, is surprising scientists with its unprecedented close views of our star. Scientists released the first results from the mission Wednesday. They observed bursts of energetic particles never seen before on such a small scale...

NASA locates debris from India moon lander that crashed

Dec. 3, 2019 4:23 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — NASA said Tuesday that it has found the debris from India's moon lander, which crashed on the lunar surface in September. The U.S. space agency released a photo showing the site of the lander's impact and the debris field, crediting an Indian engineer for helping locate the site. The...

UN: ‘Quick wins’ needed to keep climate goals within reach

Nov. 26, 2019 9:53 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Countries need to begin making steep cuts to their greenhouse gas emissions immediately or risk missing the targets they’ve agreed for limiting global warming, with potentially dire consequences, senior United Nations officials said Tuesday. A report by the U.N. Environment Program,...

Possible meteor outburst this week worth a look up

Nov. 20, 2019 12:45 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Scientists are predicting a rare meteor outburst this week that may be brief but incredibly intense. A brilliant flurry in the sky near the Unicorn constellation is expected Thursday night over the eastern half of North America and all South America. The action should unfold...

Spain has permits to build giant telescope blocked in Hawaii

Nov. 20, 2019 8:43 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The director of a Spanish research center said Wednesday that a giant telescope, costing $1.4 billion, is one step nearer to being built on the Canary Islands in the event an international consortium gives up its plans to build it in Hawaii. Canary Islands Astrophysics Institute...

Snooze cruise: Study sees future for hibernating astronauts

Nov. 18, 2019 7:55 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says putting astronauts into a state of suspended animation could make it easier to reach other planets. The agency said Monday that its researchers examined how hibernation would affect the design of a crewed mission to Mars and concluded that it could help to...