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NASA opening moon rock samples sealed since Apollo missions

Jun. 26, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Inside a locked vault at Johnson Space Center is treasure few have seen and fewer have touched. The restricted lab is home to hundreds of pounds of moon rocks collected by Apollo astronauts close to a half-century ago. And for the first time in decades, NASA is about to open some of the...

SpaceX launches hefty rocket with 24 satellites, experiments

Jun. 25, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched its heftiest rocket with 24 research satellites Tuesday, a middle-of-the-night rideshare featuring a deep space atomic clock, solar sail, a clean and green rocket fuel testbed, and even human ashes. It was the third flight of a Falcon Heavy rocket, but the first...

50 years later, the moon is still great for business

Jun. 24, 2019 1:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fifty years after humans first visited, businesses are still trying to make a buck off the moon. Hundreds of millions of people were riveted when Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. Naturally, marketers jumped at the chance to sell products from cars and televisions, to cereal...

AP-NORC poll: Asteroid watch more urgent than Mars trip

Jun. 20, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Americans prefer a space program that focuses on potential asteroid impacts, scientific research and using robots to explore the cosmos over sending humans back to the moon or on to Mars, a poll shows. The poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research ,...

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,...

Report: NASA's major projects busting budgets, schedules

May. 30, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's major projects are busting budgets and schedules like never before, according to a congressional watchdog agency. The U.S. Government Accountability Office reported Thursday that NASA's major projects are more than 27 percent over baseline costs and the average launch...

Trump faces backlash over plan to dip into Pell reserves

May. 14, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

Education advocates say a Trump administration plan to use federal Pell Grant money to fund space exploration would jeopardize aid for future college students and could trigger a budgeting crisis within just a few years. The plan aims to redirect $1.9 billion from a Pell Grant surplus to jumpstart other projects,...

NASA: Budget boost 'good start' to put astronauts on moon

May. 14, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's chief said Tuesday that the Trump administration's proposed $1.6 billion budget boost is a "good start" for getting astronauts back on the moon within five years. Administrator Jim Bridenstine addressed employees a day after the White House introduced the budget...

Amazon's Bezos says he'll send a spaceship to the moon

May. 9, 2019 11:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos said Thursday he's going to send a spaceship to the moon, joining a resurgence of lunar interest half a century after people first set foot there. Bezos said his space company Blue Origin will land a robotic ship the size of a small house, capable of carrying four...

SpaceX launches supplies to space station after power delays

May. 4, 2019 5:25 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched a load of supplies to the International Space Station on Saturday following a pair of unusual power delays. A Falcon rocket raced into the pre-dawn darkness, carrying a Dragon capsule with 5,500 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of goods. This recycled Dragon —...