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Saudi Arabia plans to send female astronaut to space in 2023

Sep. 22, 2022 09:09 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said Thursday it will launch a training program with the goal of sending its own astronauts, including a woman, into space next year. The kingdom is actively promoting science and technology as part of its wide-ranging Vision 2030...

NASA Mars lander captures strikes by 4 incoming space rocks

Sep. 19, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA lander on Mars has captured the vibrations and sounds of four meteoroids striking the planet’s surface. Scientists reported Monday that Mars InSigh t detected seismic and acoustic waves from a series of impacts in 2020 and 2021. A satellite...

United Arab Emirates to launch first lunar rover in November

Sep. 19, 2022 08:05 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates will launch its first lunar rover in November, the mission manager said Monday. Hamad Al Marzooqi told The National, a state-linked newspaper, that the “Rashid” rover, named for Dubai's ruling family, would be launched...

Chinese astronauts go on spacewalk from new station

Sep. 17, 2022 21:11 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Two Chinese astronauts went on a spacewalk Saturday from a new space station that is due to be completed later this year. Cai Xuzhe and Chen Dong installed pumps, a handle to open the hatch door from outside in an emergency, and a foot-stop to fix an astronaut's feet...

A new space race? China adds urgency to US return to moon

Sep. 15, 2022 09:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just rocket fuel propelling America's first moonshot after a half-century lull. Strategic rivalry with China's ambitious space program is helping drive NASA’s effort to get back into space in a bigger way, as both nations push to put people back on the moon and...

EXPLAINER: NASA tests new moon rocket, 50 years after Apollo

Aug. 24, 2022 19:55 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Years late and billions over budget, NASA’s new moon rocket makes its debut next week in a high-stakes test flight before astronauts get on top. The 322-foot (98-meter) rocket will attempt to send an empty crew capsule into a far-flung lunar orbit, 50...

NASA to launch 2 more choppers to Mars to help return rocks

Jul. 27, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is launching two more mini helicopters to Mars in its effort to return Martian rocks and soil samples to Earth. Under the plan announced Wednesday, NASA’s Perseverance rover will do double duty and transport the cache to the rocket that will...

Russia to drop out of International Space Station after 2024

Jul. 26, 2022 19:08 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will pull out of the International Space Station after 2024 and focus on building its own orbiting outpost, the country's new space chief said Tuesday amid high tensions between Moscow and the West over the fighting in Ukraine. The announcement, while not...

China adds science laboratory to its orbiting space station

Jul. 25, 2022 03:59 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China added a laboratory to its permanent orbiting space station Monday as it moves toward completing the structure in coming months. The Wentian laboratory was launched from the Wenchang space base on the tropical island province of Hainan on Sunday with a large...

The Latest: Saudi Arabia downplays normalization with Israel

Jul. 16, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

The Latest on U.S. President Joe Biden's trip to the Mideast: JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat on Saturday downplayed talk of normalization with Israel after the kingdom opened its airspace to Israeli commercial flights and hammered out a complex deal over...