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Astronaut from Caribou and senator from Caribou have a chat

Nov. 20, 2019 5:20 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Caribou native on the International Space Station has had a high-flying chat with another Caribou native. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins spoke to Jessica Meir on Tuesday, telling the astronaut that she’s inspired boys and girls from Caribou to follow their dreams. The Republican...

Snooze cruise: Study sees future for hibernating astronauts

Nov. 18, 2019 7:55 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says putting astronauts into a state of suspended animation could make it easier to reach other planets. The agency said Monday that its researchers examined how hibernation would affect the design of a crewed mission to Mars and concluded that it could help to...

Cutting-edge satellite built by UW students

Nov. 16, 2019 10:06 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Just be thankful there are students like Paige Northway and Nathan Wacker, two University of Washington students who think it’s neat to work on stuff like a satellite the size of a shoebox. For most of us, all that is beyond our comprehension. But that’s how things move forward...

1st University of Minnesota small satellite now in space

Nov. 16, 2019 1:05 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota senior Jenna Burgett was on bleachers two miles from the NASA Virginia launching site on Nov. 2, watching a rocket launch into space that carried a small satellite she and other students helped create. “The sound hits you and from two miles away ... the...

Ex-astronaut set for trial in wreck that killed 2 girls

Nov. 15, 2019 2:41 PM EST

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A former space shuttle commander is set for trial next month in Alabama on reckless murder charges in a wreck that killed two girls. Court records show the trial of one-time NASA astronaut James Halsell Jr. is scheduled for Dec. 9. The 63-year-old Halsell was arrested after a wreck...

Astronauts start spacewalk series to fix cosmic ray detector

Nov. 15, 2019 1:41 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts launched an extraordinarily complicated series of spacewalks Friday to fix a cosmic ray detector at the International Space Station. Armed with dozens of dissecting tools, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano removed two protective covers to gain access to the inside of...

NASA warned of safety risks in delayed private crew launches

Nov. 14, 2019 5:33 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA auditors warned Thursday the space agency faces “significant safety and technical challenges” that need to be solved before astronauts fly in private capsules. In its report, NASA’s inspector general office noted Boeing and SpaceX are several years late...

China tests Mars lander in international cooperation push

Nov. 14, 2019 11:35 AM EST

HUAILAI, China (AP) — China showed off its Mars spacecraft during a landing test Thursday as the country pushes for inclusion in more global space projects. The demonstration of hovering, obstacle avoidance and deceleration capabilities was conducted at a site outside Beijing simulating conditions on the...

Vice President Mike Pence coming to California for 2 days

Nov. 13, 2019 10:39 AM EST

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to come to California Wednesday for a two-day visit to support President Donald Trump and tour a NASA facility. The Office of the Vice President said Pence would arrive at Orange County’s John Wayne Airport in the late morning and...

Meteor that streaked over Missouri weighed about 220 pounds

Nov. 13, 2019 8:59 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — NASA says a meteor seen streaking through the sky behind the Gateway Arch in St. Louis was a basketball-size hunk of rock that broke off from an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that experts used hundreds of eyewitness accounts from as far away as...