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Tech startup hopes to turn NASA funding into big business

Aug. 17, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

FINCASTLE, Va. (AP) — A handful of micro assemblers spend their days peering through microscopes on the second floor of a nondescript downtown office building, tweezers in hand as they piece together components small enough to rest on the tip of a pencil. There's a delicate diamond wafer that's the width...

Ceremony honors Ohio woman turning 110

Aug. 17, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A world of changes has passed before the eyes of Valentina Williams. She's lived through two world wars, seen the development of the automobile industry and the space program. She's seen world leaders rise and fall, and she's lived through the administrations of nearly 20 U.S....

NASA picks Alabama's 'Rocket City' for lunar lander job

Aug. 16, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA picked Alabama's "Rocket City" on Friday to lead development of the next moon lander for astronauts. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville beat out Johnson Space Center in Houston, which managed the Apollo lunar lander a half-century ago. The new lunar lander —...

Virgin Galactic reveals futuristic outpost for space tourism

Aug. 15, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert. The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facility has been transformed into a custom-tailored headquarters...

NASA scientists fly over Greenland to track melting ice

Aug. 15, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

ABOARD A NASA RESEARCH PLANE OVER GREENLAND (AP) — The fields of rippling ice 500 feet below the NASA plane give way to the blue-green of water dotted with irregular chunks of bleached-white ice, some the size of battleships, some as tall as 15-story buildings. Like nearly every other glacier on Greenland,...

PhD student, father-to-be killed in LA drive-by shooting

Aug. 15, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A doctoral student who dreamed of working for NASA someday was one of two childhood friends killed in a drive-by shooting that left a third man wounded in South Los Angeles, authorities and family members said. The men who died were standing outside a parked car when a passenger in...

Top NASA official gets look at next moon rocket

Aug. 15, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NASA's top official says the rocket expected to power the next mission to the moon is about 90 percent complete. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine spoke during a visit Thursday to a facility in New Orleans where the core stage is being built. The 212-foot-tall (65-meter-tall) core stage...

Review: Novel reimagines US-Soviet space race

Aug. 5, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

"First Cosmic Velocity" (G.P. Putnam's Sons), by Zach Powers "First Cosmic Velocity" is a cleverly conceived and beautifully delivered novel that looks at the struggle for space supremacy from the Soviet side of the Cold War. As the U.S.-USSR battle unfolds in the book, a tug of war also ensues between the Soviet...

UNH gets $108 million grant to study coastal hazards

Aug. 2, 2019 5:28 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire has been awarded $108 million grant from NASA to use a space-based instrument to identify hazards like oil spills and algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico, the southeastern United States and the Amazon River. The Geosynchronous Littoral Imaging and...

Russian spaceship brings 3 tons of supplies to space station

Jul. 31, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An unmanned Russian spaceship carrying tons of supplies to the International Space Station has docked with the orbiting laboratory. The Progress 73 cargo ship blasted off atop a Soyuz rocket at 1210 GMT Wednesday from the Russian space complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, and docked with the ISS...