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EXPLAINER: The significance of China's new space station

Jun. 16, 2021 22:21 PM EDT

JIUQUAN, China (AP) — Adding a crew to China's new orbiting space station is another major advance for the burgeoning space power. Here's a look at key developments: WHAT'S THE MISSION'S PURPOSE? The three-member crew is due...

China launches first three-man crew to new space station

Jun. 16, 2021 22:01 PM EDT

JIUQUAN, China (AP) — China launched the first three crew members on a mission to its new space station Thursday in its first crewed mission in five years. The astronauts, already wearing their spacesuits, were seen off by the commander of China’s manned space...

China launches first three-man crew to new space station in ambitious program's first crewed mission in five years

Jun. 16, 2021 21:35 PM EDT
JIUQUAN, China (AP) — China launches first three-man crew to new space station in ambitious program's first crewed mission in five years.

Heat wave grips US West amid fear of a new, hotter normal

Jun. 16, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An unusually early and long-lasting heat wave brought more triple-digit temperatures Wednesday to a large swath of the U.S. West, raising concerns that such extreme weather could become the new normal amid a decades-long drought. Phoenix, which is seeing...

Interim trial data shows low effectiveness for CureVac shot

Jun. 16, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German vaccine maker CureVac said Wednesday that interim data from late-stage testing of its coronavirus shot show a comparatively low effectiveness in protecting people against COVID-19. The results appear to be a significant setback for CureVac's efforts...

Protection sought for California fish and lizard species

Jun. 16, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tiny fish native to Southern California streams and a legless, sand-swimming lizard will be studied to determine whether they qualify for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, a conservation group said Wednesday. The Center for...

Dead 'murder hornet' near Seattle is 1st found in US in 2021

Jun. 16, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Scientists have found a dead Asian giant hornet north of Seattle, the first so-called murder hornet discovered in the country this year, federal and state investigators said Wednesday. Entomologists from the state and U.S. Agriculture departments...

Spacesuit problems prevent astronauts from completing job

Jun. 16, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacesuit problems prevented astronauts from completing the installation Wednesday of powerful, new solar panels outside the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough encountered a pair of spacesuit issues midway through the...

Judge: Ex-Indiana wildlife center proprietor owes PETA $734K

Jun. 16, 2021 15:21 PM EDT

CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (AP) — A judge has ordered the former proprietor of a Indiana wildlife center and his ex-wife to pay People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals more than $700,000 in attorney’s fees stemming from the group's successful lawsuit alleging violations of the Endangered...

Computer trouble hits Hubble Space Telescope, science halted

Jun. 16, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Hubble Space Telescope has been hit with computer trouble, with all astronomical viewing halted, NASA said Wednesday. The orbiting observatory has been idle since Sunday when a 1980s-era computer that controls the science instruments shut...