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America's 1st female astronaut candidate, Jerrie Cobb, dies

Apr. 18, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — America's first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb, who pushed for equality in space but never reached its heights, has died. Cobb died in Florida at age 88 on March 18 following a brief illness. News of her death came Thursday from journalist Miles O'Brien, serving...

Space station shipment launched from Virginia seashore

Apr. 17, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A fresh grocery shipment rocketed toward the International Space Station on Wednesday after launching from Virginia's seashore. Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket blasted off from Wallops Island. The company's Cygnus capsule should arrive at the space station Friday, just in time...

US astronaut to spend 11 months in space, set female record

Apr. 17, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA astronaut will spend nearly a year at the International Space Station, setting a record for women. Station astronaut Christina Koch will remain on board for about 11 months, until February — approaching but not quite breaking Scott Kelly's 340-day U.S. record. "One...

Former astronaut Owen Garriott dies, flew on Skylab station

Apr. 16, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Former astronaut Owen Garriott, who flew on America's first space station, Skylab, and whose son followed him into orbit, has died at age 88. He died Monday at his home in Huntsville, Alabama, according to NASA. "Dad had a great 88 orbits around the sun!" tweeted son Richard, a...

Israeli spacecraft crashes in attempt to land on moon

Apr. 12, 2019 5:52 AM EDT

YEHUD, Israel (AP) — An Israeli spacecraft crashed into the moon just moments before touchdown, failing in an ambitious attempt to make history Thursday as the first privately funded lunar landing. The spacecraft lost communication with ground control during its final descent. Moments later, the mission...

SpaceX launches mega rocket, lands all 3 boosters

Apr. 11, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched its second supersized rocket and for the first time landed all three boosters Thursday, a year after sending up a sports car on the initial test flight. The new and improved Falcon Heavy thundered into the early evening sky with a communication satellite called...

NASA launch to help study health, carry students' satellites

Apr. 11, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — Officials say the next launch from Virginia's spaceport to the International Space Station will help with more than 40 scientific investigations including into Alzheimer's, hearts, atmospheric carbon dioxide and free-flying robots. News outlets report Northrop Grumman's...

NASA twins study explores space, the final genetic frontier

Apr. 11, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — From his eyes to his immune system, astronaut Scott Kelly's body sometimes reacted strangely to nearly a year in orbit, at least compared to his Earth-bound identical twin — but newly published research shows nothing that would cancel even longer space treks, like to Mars. The good...

Spacewalking astronauts tackle battery, cable work

Apr. 8, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts completed battery and cable work outside the International Space Station on Monday despite communication trouble that sometimes made it hard for them to hear. During the spacewalk, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques reported that U.S. astronaut Anne...

More delays for Boeing's new space capsule for astronauts

Apr. 3, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing's new space capsule for astronauts faces more launch delays. The Starliner capsule was supposed to make its debut this month, after a series of postponements. But the first test flight is now off until August. And the second test flight, with astronauts, won't occur until...