Latest Space exploration 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...

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,...

West Virginia University wins NASA robotics contest

Jun. 7, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University robotics team has won a NASA competition for the second time in three years. The college on Friday announced the team's win in NASA's Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge. WVU's Mountaineer Ice Driller Automated System III beat out other machines...

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...

2 Russians venture into open space from Space Station

May. 29, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian crewmembers on the International Space Station ventured into open space Wednesday to conduct scientific research and help maintain the orbiting outpost. Oleg Kononenko and Alexey Ovchinin worked to retrieve several scientific experiments intended to study the impact of space...

The Latest: North Korea worries linger as Trump leaves Japan

May. 27, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Japan (all times local): 11 p.m. President Donald Trump appears to have offered little to reassure Japanese leaders on some of their key worries as he wraps up a four-day state visit. Trump is concluding his Japanese trip with rifts still evident...

Governor: Trade mission will help boost Florida's economy

May. 27, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a memorandum of agreement between Space Florida and the Israel Space Agency during a four-day trade mission to help boost the state's economy. The agreement signed Monday includes projects the agencies will work on, including the launching of microsatellites....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump promises not just the moon, but Mars

May. 27, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump dismissed the hard realities of his trade dispute with China as mere foolishness Monday and told people to expect humans on Mars "very shortly," which isn't happening. Here's a look at some of his statements in a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo...

Kansas museum sends restored NASA consoles home to Texas

May. 24, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Mission control consoles used by NASA to guide trips to the moon are being restored by experts in Kansas and will soon be returned to the control room in Houston, Texas, where they were used from the 1960s through the 1990s. SpaceWorks specializes in the restoration and replication...