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Dartmouth students win Mars greenhouse NASA challenge

Apr. 25, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A team of Dartmouth College engineering students has won a NASA competition that sought innovative ideas for the design of a greenhouse on Mars. The Dartmouth greenhouse design on Wednesday won the 2019 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing — or BIG — Idea Challenge....

Moon rocks to be studied at University of Tennessee

Apr. 25, 2019 5:32 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville will help analyze moon rocks collected decades ago and never before opened. NASA calls the project the Apollo Next Generation Sample Analysis Program, and it's part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon...

Mars lander picks up what's likely 1st detected marsquake

Apr. 23, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's InSight lander has picked up a gentle rumble at Mars, believed to be the first marsquake ever detected. InSight's quake monitor recorded and measured the faint signal April 6, and scientists announced the finding Tuesday. While the rumble sounds like soft wind, scientists...

Feds: Worker falsified pollution test results at NASA site

Apr. 23, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — Federal authorities say an employee for a NASA contractor falsified pollution test results at a NASA facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Court documents filed Monday identified the now ex-employee as Monica Borowicz. The contractor wasn't named. Borowicz had worked at NASA's...

Will Smith, NASA, Fortnite among 2019 Webby Award winners

Apr. 23, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Will Smith, NASA, Fortnite and Disney are among the 2019 Webby Award winners for internet excellence. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences announced the winners Tuesday. Smith's The Jump won a Webby for events and live stream video while Disney was chosen the...

SpaceX suffers serious setback with crew capsule accident

Apr. 22, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has suffered a serious setback in its effort to launch NASA astronauts into orbit this year, with the fiery loss of its first crew capsule during testing. Over the weekend, the company's recently flown Dragon crew capsule was engulfed in smoke and flames on an engine test...

Children's book heading to International Space Station

Apr. 22, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Houston Kidd, a self-proclaimed "astronomy nerd," will soon have a brush with outer space. On April 26, the Space X Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch from Kennedy Space Center to bring supplies to the International Space Station, and a children's book written by Kidd will be on...

SpaceX capsule suffers 'anomaly,' smoke seen for miles

Apr. 20, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Officials say SpaceX's new capsule for astronauts suffered an "anomaly" during a routine engine test firing in Florida, causing smoke to be seen for miles. Forty-fifth Space Wing Spokesman Jim Williams tells Florida Today that the anomaly happened Saturday at Cape Canaveral Air...

Private cargo ship brings Easter feast to the space station

Apr. 19, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A private cargo ship brought the makings of an Easter feast to the International Space Station on Friday, along with mice and little flying robots. Space station astronaut Anne McClain used a robot arm to capture Northrop Grumman's Cygnus capsule as they soared 258 miles (415...

American astronaut's dreams of seeing space becoming reality

Apr. 19, 2019 6:06 AM EDT

CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — A Mainer who's headed to the International Space Station says she's always dreamed of being in space and "seeing this giant blue ball below me." NASA astronaut Jessica Meir is scheduled to launch in September with a Russian cosmonaut and an astronaut from the United Arab Emirates....