Latest National Aeronautics and Space Administration News

Startup is developing tools to treat astronauts in space

Jun. 16, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Space flight has been a lifelong passion for Dr. C. Marsh Cuttino. As a child growing up in Richmond, he had ambitions of becoming an astronaut. "I have always been interested in space. I am a classic child of the Apollo era," said Cuttino, referring to the NASA program that sent...

California company to build and test rockets in Mississippi

Jun. 11, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — A California rocket company announced Tuesday that it plans to build and test rockets at a NASA facility in Mississippi, part of its bid to use three-dimensional metal printing to reduce the complexity of rocket building. Los Angeles-based Relativity said that it would invest...

Long-distance trip: NASA opening space station to visitors

Jun. 7, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — You've heard about the International Space Station for years. Want to visit? NASA announced Friday that the orbiting outpost is now open for business to private citizens, with the first visit expected to be as early as next year. There is a catch, though: You'll need to raise your own cash,...

Warren builder helps construct NASA rocket to the moon

Jun. 3, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Houston, NASA is ready for liftoff — well, almost, thanks to a Warren-based design and build business. Futuramic Tool & Engineering contributed more than 100 parts to the creation of a National Aeronautics and Space Administration rocket. Under an accelerated timeline, the...

Virginia students to chat live with space station astronaut

May. 31, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Young space enthusiasts in Virginia will be able to chat live with NASA astronaut Christina Koch about what it's like to live in space. The Slover Library in Norfolk will be the host site for a live downlink event from the International Space Station on Aug. 9. Koch is set to be in...

Report: NASA's major projects busting budgets, schedules

May. 30, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's major projects are busting budgets and schedules like never before, according to a congressional watchdog agency. The U.S. Government Accountability Office reported Thursday that NASA's major projects are more than 27 percent over baseline costs and the average launch...

Trump faces backlash over plan to dip into Pell reserves

May. 14, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

Education advocates say a Trump administration plan to use federal Pell Grant money to fund space exploration would jeopardize aid for future college students and could trigger a budgeting crisis within just a few years. The plan aims to redirect $1.9 billion from a Pell Grant surplus to jumpstart other projects,...

NASA: Budget boost 'good start' to put astronauts on moon

May. 14, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's chief said Tuesday that the Trump administration's proposed $1.6 billion budget boost is a "good start" for getting astronauts back on the moon within five years. Administrator Jim Bridenstine addressed employees a day after the White House introduced the budget...

Amazon's Bezos says he'll send a spaceship to the moon

May. 9, 2019 11:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos said Thursday he's going to send a spaceship to the moon, joining a resurgence of lunar interest half a century after people first set foot there. Bezos said his space company Blue Origin will land a robotic ship the size of a small house, capable of carrying four...

SpaceX launches supplies to space station after power delays

May. 4, 2019 5:25 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched a load of supplies to the International Space Station on Saturday following a pair of unusual power delays. A Falcon rocket raced into the pre-dawn darkness, carrying a Dragon capsule with 5,500 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of goods. This recycled Dragon —...