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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, attends a government meeting on space development at his office in Tokyo Monday, June 29, 2020. Japan said Monday it will step up its defense capability in space and improve its ability to detect and track missiles, while cooperating with the United States in response to what it called a growing threat from North Korea and China.  (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan to boost space cooperation with US in revised policy

Jun. 29, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan said Monday it will step up its defense capability in space and improve its ability to detect and track missiles, while cooperating with the United States in response to what it called a growing threat from North Korea and China. A revised basic space policy adopted by the...

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 file photo, Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, poses for a photo outside the New York Stock Exchange as fireworks are exploded before his company's IPO. In 2020, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said space is currently a $400 billion market, including satellites. Opening up spaceflight to paying customers, he said, could expand the market to $1 trillion. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

SpaceX opens era of amateur astronauts, cosmic movie sets

Jun. 6, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s debut astronaut launch is the biggest, most visible opening shot yet in NASA’s grand plan for commercializing Earth’s backyard. Amateur astronauts, private space stations, flying factories, out-of-this-world movie sets — this is the future...