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Netflix delves into the 'human side' of Challenger disaster

Sep. 15, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Many Americans have vivid memories of Jan. 28, 1986. That was the day the space shuttle Challenger exploded over a chilly Florida, just seconds after liftoff. School children across the country had tuned in to see Christa McAuliffe become the first teacher in space. One person watching was...

FILE - In this  July 23, 2020, file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a Long March-5 rocket carrying the Tianwen-1 Mars probe lifts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan Province. China's Mars probe Tianwen-1, which blasted into space in July, is now more than 15 million kilometers (9 million miles) from Earth en route to the red planet, the National Space Administration said Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (Cai Yang/Xinhua via AP)

China says Mars probe stable; no word on reusable spacecraft

Sep. 12, 2020 7:31 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's Mars probe Tianwen-1, which blasted into space in July, is now more than 15 million kilometers (9 million miles) from Earth en route to the red planet, the National Space Administration said Saturday. The administration said that Tianwen-1 was in stable condition, having completed...

FILE - In this April 6, 2000 file photo, space shuttle Atlantis mission commander James Halsell Jr. speaks to reporters at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. A Tuscaloosa County judge ruled Alabama prosecutors can use evidence collected by police after the former NASA astronaut crashed into another car while driving on a rural road more than four years ago, killing two girls.  (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove, File)

Judge OKs evidence in deadly crash involving ex-astronaut

Sep. 9, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama prosecutors can use evidence collected by police after a former NASA astronaut crashed into another car while driving on a rural road more than four years ago, killing two girls, a judge ruled. Jurors can hear that one-time space shuttle pilot James Halsell told police about...

This August 2020 photo provided by Dr. Se-Jin Lee shows a normal mouse and a “twice-muscled” mouse developed at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. Findings published on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, show that muscle-bound mice, similar to the one pictured, held on to their bodybuilder-type physiques during a one month space mission. (Dr. Se-Jin Lee/University of Connecticut School of Medicine via AP)

'Mighty mice' stay musclebound in space, boon for astronauts

Sep. 8, 2020 10:50 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Bulked-up, mutant “mighty mice” held onto their muscle during a monthlong stay at the International Space Station, returning to Earth with ripped bodybuilder physiques, scientists reported Monday. The findings hold promise for preventing muscle and bone loss in...

China's first reusable spacecraft lands after 2-day flight

Sep. 6, 2020 6:10 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s first reusable spacecraft landed Sunday after two days in orbit, a possible step toward lower-cost space flight, the government announced. The secretive, military-run space program has released few details of the craft, which was launched Friday aboard a Long March 2F rocket...

Jakob van Zyl, key Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer, dies

Aug. 27, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Jakob van Zyl, an engineer who held crucial positions at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and was involved in numerous space exploration missions over decades, has died. He was 63. Van Zyl, who retired in 2019 after a 33-year career, suffered a heart attack on Monday and died...

Professor, NASA researcher accused of concealing China ties

Aug. 24, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A NASA researcher and Texas A&M University professor has been charged with accepting federal grant money while hiding work he was doing for a university established by the Chinese government as well as his affiliation with Chinese-owned companies. Zhengdong Cheng faces charges of wire...

This picture released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, is said to show the launching of the

State TV says Iran unveiled 2 new missiles

Aug. 20, 2020 5:16 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state TV is reporting the country has unveiled two new missiles amid heightened tensions between Iran and the United States. State TV said officials unveiled the two new missiles on Thursday — National Defense Industry Day in Iran. They are named after top Iranian...

This photo provided by SpaceX shows a prototype of its Mars ship, Starship, is launched on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2020 in south Texas. Tuesday night's flight lasted barely 45 seconds, but was an important first for SpaceX's Starship. SpaceX chief Elon Musk tweeted: “Mars is looking real.” Musk says several more short hops are planned before a test version of Starship aims for a high altitude. The latest prototype is relatively plain: It stands a full-scale 100 feet tall  and resembles a steel silo with a cap on top.  (SpaceX via AP)

SpaceX's Mars test rocket makes 1st flight, landing upright

Aug. 5, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched a prototype of its Mars rocketship hundreds of feet into the air, then landed it upright in a successful test flight. The flight lasted barely 45 seconds and reached just 500 feet (150 meters) Tuesday night at the southeastern tip of Texas near Brownsville, but...

In this frame grab from NASA TV video, astronauts Bob Behnken, left, and Doug Hurley wave during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Houston. The two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown carried out by Elon Musk's SpaceX company. (NASA TV via AP)

Astronauts: SpaceX Dragon capsule 'came alive' on descent

Aug. 4, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The astronauts on SpaceX’s first crew flight said Tuesday that their Dragon capsule “came alive” and sounded like a beast as it descended through the atmosphere to a smooth splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico. Two days after returning from the International...