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A SpaceX Falcon 9, with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in the Dragon crew capsule, lifts off from Pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Saturday, May 30, 2020. For the first time in nearly a decade, astronauts blasted towards orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil, a first for a private company.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

'Back in the game': SpaceX ship blasts off with 2 astronauts

May. 30, 2020 10:25 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A rocket ship built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company thundered away from Earth with two Americans on Saturday, ushering in a new era in commercial space travel and putting the United States back in the business of launching astronauts into orbit from home soil for the first...

Spectators watch from a bridge in Titusville, Fla., as SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts off with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in the Dragon crew capsule, Saturday, May 30, 2020, from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. The two astronauts are on the SpaceX test flight to the International Space Station. For the first time in nearly a decade, astronauts blasted toward orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil, a first for a private company. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Launch gives spectators pride, reprieve from troubled times

May. 30, 2020 8:42 PM EDT

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — For many spectators who filled parks, beaches and roads along Florida's Space Coast, the launch of two astronauts into orbit Saturday was a welcome accomplishment and a reprieve from the coronavirus pandemic, economic worries and now unrest in the streets. “With everything...

President Donald Trump views the SpaceX flight to the International Space Station, at Kennedy Space Center, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Launch provides Trump moment to relish during difficult week

May. 30, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump celebrated on Saturday the first launch of American astronauts from U.S. soil in nearly a decade, marveling at the power of the rocket ship and the danger faced by its passengers as they soared into the stratosphere and provided a moment of triumph as the...

This combination of undated photos made available by SpaceX shows NASA astronauts Doug Hurley, left, and Bob Behnken in their spacesuits at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, They are scheduled to board a SpaceX Dragon capsule atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and, equipment and weather permitting, shoot into space. It will be the first astronaut launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center since the last shuttle flight in 2011. (SpaceX via AP)

Dragon-riding astronauts join exclusive inner circle at NASA

May. 30, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken join NASA’s exclusive inner circle by catching a ride on a SpaceX rocket and capsule. It’s only the fifth time that NASA has put people aboard a brand new spacecraft line for liftoff. And it’s the first time the...

A SpaceX capsule carrying NASA astronauts reaches orbit on its way to the International Space Station.

May. 30, 2020 3:38 PM EDT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — A SpaceX capsule carrying NASA astronauts reaches orbit on its way to the International Space Station.

NASA astronauts blast off into space on a SpaceX rocket, heralding a new era in human spaceflight.

May. 30, 2020 3:23 PM EDT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — NASA astronauts blast off into space on a SpaceX rocket, heralding a new era in human spaceflight.

NASA astronauts head to the launch pad for a second liftoff attempt from Florida.

May. 30, 2020 12:07 PM EDT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — NASA astronauts head to the launch pad for a second liftoff attempt from Florida.
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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 29, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Video appears to show presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe...

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, left, and Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana, right, walk toward the stage for a countdown clock briefing for the SpaceX Demo-2 mission Friday, May 29, 2020, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Falcon 9, with the Crew Dragon spacecraft on top of the rocket, is scheduled to liftoff from Launch Pad 39-A Saturday. Two astronauts will fly on the mission to the International Space Station. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Take 2 for SpaceX's 1st astronaut launch with more storms

May. 29, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX pressed ahead with its second attempt to launch astronauts for NASA — a historic first for a private company — but more stormy weather threatened more delays. Elon Musk’s company came within 17 minutes Wednesday of launching a pair of NASA astronauts...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020 file photo Washington State Department of Agriculture entomologist Chris Looney displays a dead Asian giant hornet, a sample brought in from Japan for research in Blaine, Wash. A dead Asian giant hornet has been found in Washington state, and officials said Friday, May 29, 2020, they were trying to learn if the honey bee predators have established colonies. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, Pool,File)

Another Asian giant hornet found in northwestern Washington

May. 29, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A dead Asian giant hornet has been found in Washington state, and officials said Friday they were trying to learn if the honey bee predators have established colonies here. The Washington state Department of Agriculture said it was the first confirmed sighting of an Asian giant hornet...