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Professor works with NASA to design better tires for Mars

Sep. 20, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Nine years ago, NASA's Mars rover Spirit sent its last signal from the Red Planet. The rover had ground to a halt on the sands of Mars, its tires sinking and spinning futilely in the fine-grained particles. "Spirit got stuck (and it) ended its mission," said Heather Oravec, a mechanical...

NASA manager casts doubt on 2024 moon landing by astronauts

Sep. 18, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A top NASA manager cast doubt Wednesday on the space agency's ability to land astronauts on the moon by 2024. Kenneth Bowersox, acting associate administrator for human exploration and operations, told a Congressional subcommittee that NASA is doing its best to meet the White...

Ohio senators propose renaming NASA site for Neil Armstrong

Sep. 14, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

SANDSUKY, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's U.S. senators want Congress to rename a NASA research facility in Ohio after astronaut Neil Armstrong. Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown introduced legislation Thursday to honor the Ohio native by renaming the NASA Plum Brook Station in Sandusky. Portman says he...

NASA mission scheduled to blast off from Virginia

Sep. 10, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — NASA has announced plans to launch a rocket from Virginia to the International Space Station next month. A news release says Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft will take off from Wallops Island as early as the afternoon of Oct. 21. NASA says the goal is to deliver science...

India loses touch with lander on its final approach to moon

Sep. 7, 2019 7:15 AM EDT

BANGALORE, India (AP) — India's space agency said it lost touch with its Vikram lunar lander on Saturday as it made its final approach to the moon's south pole to deploy a rover to search for signs of water. The fate of the lander — whether it crashed or landed — wasn't immediately known. A...

NASA research jet to make low flights over California

Sep. 5, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — A NASA research jet is scheduled to make low-level flights over parts of California to sample air. NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center says the passes over the San Joaquin Valley and the Los Angeles Basin will occur Thursday. The aircraft will fly at altitudes between 1,500 feet...

Event gives glimpse into ties between Corvettes, aviation

Sep. 2, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — The cockpit of the T-38 Talon supersonic trainer was a little big for Judy Ross, but the Bowling Green resident still reveled at the chance to dangle her legs near the joystick and listen as Arnie Franklin explained the workings of the aircraft Saturday at Aviation Heritage Park....

Russian capsule carrying robot docks at space station

Aug. 27, 2019 4:06 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian space capsule carrying a humanoid robot has successfully docked at the International Space Station after a failed attempt last week. Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Tuesday that the capsule carrying the robot and other cargo docked at the orbiting lab early morning Moscow...

Columbia astronaut's parents ID'ed as victims in fatal crash

Aug. 26, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A couple who died in a car crash in southern Arizona has been identified as the parents of one of the astronauts killed on the space shuttle Columbia. The Arizona Daily Star reported Monday that Margory and Richard Brown were the mother and stepfather of astronaut Laurel Clark. Police...

Editorials from around Ohio

Aug. 26, 2019 8:38 AM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: ___ Voting bill makes registration easier and clears out deadwood The Columbus Dispatch Aug. 26 A bill to modernize voter registration in Ohio has the potential to ease concerns of voting-rights advocates and bolster public confidence in...