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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...

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...

Japan spacecraft starts yearlong journey home from asteroid

Nov. 13, 2019 8:03 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese spacecraft left a distant asteroid on Wednesday, starting its yearlong journey home after successfully completing its mission to gather soil samples and data that could provide clues to the origins of the solar system, the country's space agency said. The Japan Aerospace Exploration...

Japan's Softbank posts big losses after WeWork debacle

Nov. 6, 2019 12:51 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — SoftBank, the Japanese technology conglomerate famous for seismic and visionary bets, has lost $4.7 billion in the WeWork debacle, the company said Wednesday. SoftBank posted losses of 700 billion yen ($6.4 billion) in the July-September quarter, with the damage coming largely from its Vision...

Air Force space squadron to operate out of Hawaii facility

Nov. 6, 2019 9:25 AM EST

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Air Force has approved a naval facility and airport as the preferred alternative site for a technical squadron tasked with monitoring satellites in support of the national security space mission. The Space Control Squadron would operate out of the Barking Sands Pacific Missile...

Wine cellar in space: 12 bottles arrive for year of aging

Nov. 4, 2019 6:11 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A dozen bottles of fine French wine arrived at the space station Monday, not for the astronauts, but for science. The red Bordeaux wine will age for a year up there before returning to Earth. Researchers will study how weightlessness and space radiation affect the aging process....

US rejects China claim of weaponizing visas

Oct. 25, 2019 6:23 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. has rejected Chinese accusations of using the withholding of visas as a weapon following the reported inability of a top Chinese space program official to obtain permission to travel to a major conference in Washington. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement...

Japan's SoftBank shaken by WeWork, but committing billions

Oct. 25, 2019 6:11 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese technology giant SoftBank has committed billions of dollars to bailing out office-space sharing startup WeWork in a daring vote of confidence from its intrepid founder Masayoshi Son. WeWork's woes are substantial enough that some analysts say they could derail the investment ambitions...

China says US has 'weaponized' visas to target exchanges

Oct. 23, 2019 7:37 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday accused the U.S. of having "weaponized" the issuance of visas following the reported inability of a top Chinese space program official to obtain permission to travel to a key conference in Washington. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters that the head...

Feds: Man sentenced in attempt to send technology to China

Oct. 19, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Federal authorities say a man accused of conspiring to export military and space-grade technology to China without a license has been sentenced to more than three years in prison. A U.S. attorney's spokesman said Friday that 39-year-old Tao Li was sentenced Wednesday after previously...