Latest National Aeronautics and Space Administration News

Boeing crew capsule completes major flight test in desert

Nov. 4, 2019 12:22 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing's capsule for astronauts underwent its first major flight test Monday, shooting a mile into the air then parachuting back to the New Mexico desert. The Starliner capsule carried no crew, just a test dummy for the 1 ½-minute shakedown of the launch abort system. Only...

Space shipment launched with sports car parts, cookie oven

Nov. 2, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

A supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Saturday with sports car parts, an oven for baking cookies and a vest to protect against radiation. Northrop Grumman launched its Cygnus capsule for NASA from Wallops Island, Virginia. The 8,200-pound shipment (3,700 kilograms) should reach the...

Astronaut participates in Earth-to-space call with school

Oct. 29, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — The first Maine woman to travel to space used a rare Earth-to-space call to tell students from her alma mater to never stop dreaming big. The astronaut is Jessica Meir, a native of Caribou, who became the 15th woman to walk in space when she recently participated in the first...

Astronaut checks spacewalk off list; new dream is the moon

Oct. 27, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

A Maine native who wrote in her high school yearbook that she dreamed of going on a spacewalk has checked that off her list. Jessica Meir, along with Christina Koch, stepped outside the International Space Station on Oct. 18 for the first all-women spacewalk. Meir, the valedictorian of Caribou High School's Class...

Female spacewalking duo uplifted by excitement below

Oct. 21, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The astronauts who took part in the first all-female spacewalk are still uplifted by all the excitement down on Earth. International Space Station resident Jessica Meir said Monday that when she floated outside last week, she wasn't thinking about whether she was going out with...

First all-female spacewalking team makes history

Oct. 18, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The world's first all-female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, replacing a broken part of the International Space Station's power grid. As NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir completed the job with wrenches, screwdrivers and power-grip tools,...

Space station's 2 women prep for 1st all-female spacewalk

Oct. 17, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Men have floated out the hatch on all 420 spacewalks conducted over the past half-century. That changes Friday with spacewalk No. 421. NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will make "HERstory," as NASA is calling it, with the first all-female spacewalk. All four men...

NASA moves up 1st all-female spacewalk to fix power unit

Oct. 15, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is moving up the first all-female spacewalk to this week because of a power system failure at the International Space Station. Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will now venture out Thursday or Friday, instead of next Monday, to deal with the problem. It will be...

NASA conducts spacewalk as world's 1st spacewalker dies

Oct. 11, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts replaced oversized batteries outside the International Space Station on Friday, as news broke of the death of the world's first spacewalker. NASA interrupted live TV coverage of its second spacewalk this week to announce Leonov's death at age 85. Leonov's 12-minute...

Alexei Leonov, 1st human to walk in space, dies in Moscow

Oct. 11, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Alexei Leonov, the legendary Soviet cosmonaut who became the first human to walk in space 54 years ago — and who nearly didn't make it back into his space capsule — has died in Moscow at 85. The Russian space agency Roscosmos made the announcement on its website Friday but gave...