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NASA marks 20 years since space shuttle Columbia disaster

Jan. 26, 2023 13:24 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA marked the 20th anniversary of the space shuttle Columbia tragedy with somber ceremonies and remembrances during its annual tribute to fallen astronauts on Thursday. More than 100 people gathered under a gray sky at Kennedy Space Center to remember...

First Native American woman in space steps out on spacewalk

Jan. 20, 2023 12:26 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first Native American woman in space ventured out on a spacewalk Friday to prep the International Space Station for more solar panels. NASA astronaut Nicole Mann emerged alongside Japan's Koichi Wakata, lugging an equipment bag. Their job was to...

Russia will launch new capsule to return space station crew

Jan. 11, 2023 13:55 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will send up a new capsule next month to bring back three space station crew members whose original ride home was damaged, officials said Wednesday. The two Russians and one American will stay several extra months at the International Space Station as a result...

Old NASA satellite falls harmlessly from sky off Alaska

Jan. 09, 2023 10:25 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After almost 40 years circling Earth, a retired NASA science satellite plunged harmlessly through the atmosphere off the coast of Alaska, NASA reported Monday. The Defense Department confirmed that the satellite — placed in orbit in 1984 by astronaut...

Old NASA satellite falling from sky this weekend, low threat

Jan. 06, 2023 21:28 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A 38-year-old retired NASA satellite is about to fall from the sky. NASA said Friday the chance of wreckage falling on anybody is “very low.” Most of the 5,400-pound (2,450-kilogram) satellite will burn up upon reentry, according to NASA. But some...

Brother of plane crash victim to aid review of Boeing safety

Jan. 06, 2023 13:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials have appointed a group of experts to examine safety practices at Boeing, including an aerospace engineer whose sister was killed in one of the crashes involving Boeing 737 Max jets. The Federal Aviation Administration said the panel – required...

Apollo 7 astronaut Walter Cunningham dead at 90

Jan. 03, 2023 19:08 PM EST

Walter Cunningham, the last surviving astronaut from the first successful crewed space mission in NASA's Apollo program, died Tuesday in Houston. He was 90. NASA confirmed Cunningham’s death in a statement but did not include its cause. His family said through a spokesman, Jeff...

NASA Mars lander InSight falls silent after 4 years

Dec. 20, 2022 11:03 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It could be the end of the red dusty line for NASA’s InSight lander, which has fallen silent after four years on Mars. The lander’s power levels have been dwindling for months because of all the dust coating its solar panels. Ground controllers at...

Russia may expedite launch of next space capsule after leak

Dec. 19, 2022 11:47 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's space corporation Roscosmos said Monday that a coolant leak from a Russian space capsule attached to the International Space Station doesn't require evacuation of its crew, but the agency kept open the possibility of launching a replacement capsule, if needed. ...

Space crew using robotic arm to inspect damaged capsule

Dec. 18, 2022 11:04 AM EST

The crew of the International Space Station on Sunday was inspecting an attached Russian space capsule that may have been damaged by a micrometeorite, while ground controllers considered whether to send up a replacement spaceship to ferry some of them home. Russia's space...