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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 takes off, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  Airlines are continuing to pile up billions of dollars in losses as the pandemic causes a massive drop in air travel. Southwest Airlines on Thursday, Oct. 22, lost $1.16 billion in the normally strong third quarter, which includes most of the summer vacation season.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

American, Southwest, Alaska add to airline loss parade in 3Q

Oct. 22, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines are piling up billions of dollars in additional losses as the pandemic chokes off air travel, but a recent uptick in passengers, however modest, has provided some hope. American Airlines on Thursday reported a loss of $2.4 billion and Southwest Airlines lost $1.16 billion in the...

In this photo released by Roscosmos Space Agency, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy sits in a chair shortly after landing near town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The Soyuz MS-16 capsule carrying Cassidy and Roscosmos' Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner landed on the steppes of Kazakhstan southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan on Thursday. After a brief medical checkup, the three will be taken by helicopters to Dzhezkazgan from where they will depart home. (Roscosmos Space Agency, via AP)

Trio who lived on space station return to Earth safely

Oct. 22, 2020 4:30 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A trio of space travelers safely returned to Earth on Thursday after a six-month mission on the International Space Station. The Soyuz MS-16 capsule carrying NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, and Roscosmos’ Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner landed on the steppes of Kazakhstan southeast of...

Russian-US crew has landed safely after six-month mission on International Space Station

Oct. 21, 2020 10:57 PM EDT
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian-US crew has landed safely after six-month mission on International Space Station.
In this image taken from video released by NASA, the Osiris-Rex spacecraft touches the surface of asteroid Bennu on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (NASA via AP)

NASA spacecraft sent asteroid rubble flying in sample grab

Oct. 21, 2020 10:09 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft crushed rocks and sent rubble flying as it briefly touched an asteroid, a strong indication that samples were collected for return to Earth, officials said Wednesday. Scientists won't know until next week how much was gathered at asteroid Bennu...

This 2016 photo provided by the University of California, Irvine, shows a diabolical ironclad beetle, which can withstand being crushed by forces almost 40,000 times its body weight and are native to desert habitats in Southern California. Scientists say the armor of the seemingly indestructible beetle could offer clues for designing stronger planes and buildings. In a study published Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in the journal Nature, a group of scientists explains why the beetle is so squash-resistant.  (Jesus Rivera, Kisailus Biomimetics and Nanostructured Materials Lab, University of California Irvine via AP)

Can't crush this: Beetle armor gives clues to tougher planes

Oct. 21, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a beetle that can withstand bird pecks, animal stomps and even being rolled over by a Toyota Camry. Now scientists are studying what the bug’s crush-resistant shell could teach them about designing stronger planes and buildings. “This beetle is super tough," said Purdue...

Boeing mulls relocating division headquarters to Everett

Oct. 21, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Boeing is considering relocating its commercial airplane division headquarters in Washington state in an effort to reduce costs during the coronavirus pandemic. Boeing Executive Bill McSherry confirmed earlier reports that the company was mulling whether to vacate the Boeing...

This undated image made available by NASA shows the asteroid Bennu from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. After almost two years circling the ancient asteroid, OSIRIS-REx will attempt to descend to the treacherous, boulder-packed surface and snatch a handful of rubble on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/CSA/York/MDA via AP)

US spacecraft touches asteroid surface for rare rubble grab

Oct. 20, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft descended to an asteroid Tuesday and, dodging boulders the size of buildings, momentarily touched the surface to collect a handful of cosmic rubble for return to Earth. It was a first for the United States — only Japan has scored asteroid samples....

NASA spacecraft touches surface of asteroid, aiming to scoop up rubble and return it to Earth.

Oct. 20, 2020 6:12 PM EDT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA spacecraft touches surface of asteroid, aiming to scoop up rubble and return it to Earth.
This image released Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, by the USS Constitution Museum in Boston shows a document of private signals used between the U.S. Navy and the Navy of Great Britain. It is part of a collection of documents related to the early years of the USS Constitution acquired by the museum that will be unveiled during a virtual celebration for the ship's 223rd birthday on Wednesday. (USS Constitution Museum via AP)

Papers shed light on early years of 'Old Ironsides,' Navy

Oct. 20, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

The U.S.S. Constitution Museum has acquired more than 150 documents, including correspondence from President George Washington's secretary of war and the leader of the Haitian Revolution, that shed light on the warship's early years and the young United States' first international conflict. The collection...

This photo provided by Virgin Galactic shows SpaceShipTwo Unity being released from the carrier mothership, VMS Eve for second successful glide flight in New Mexico on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Virgin Galactic is celebrating the second successful glide flight of its spaceship over Spaceport America in southern New Mexico. (Virgin Galactic via AP)

Window opens for Virgin Galactic's final round of testing

Oct. 20, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The window for the final round of testing of Virgin Galactic’s rocket-powered spacecraft opens later this week as the company inches toward commercial flights. Virgin Galactic President Mike Moses updated New Mexico lawmakers on the progress during a meeting Monday. He said...