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Ohio senators propose renaming NASA site for Neil Armstrong

Sep. 14, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

SANDSUKY, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's U.S. senators want Congress to rename a NASA research facility in Ohio after astronaut Neil Armstrong. Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown introduced legislation Thursday to honor the Ohio native by renaming the NASA Plum Brook Station in Sandusky. Portman says he...

Event gives glimpse into ties between Corvettes, aviation

Sep. 2, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — The cockpit of the T-38 Talon supersonic trainer was a little big for Judy Ross, but the Bowling Green resident still reveled at the chance to dangle her legs near the joystick and listen as Arnie Franklin explained the workings of the aircraft Saturday at Aviation Heritage Park....

Dorian becomes a Category 4 monster powering toward Florida

Aug. 30, 2019 11:14 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Dorian powered toward Florida with increasing fury Friday, becoming an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm but leaving forecasters uncertain whether it would make a direct hit on the state's east coast or inflict a glancing blow. The storm's winds rose to 130 mph (215 kph) and...

The Latest: Dorian strengthens to Category 2 storm

Aug. 29, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Dorian (all times local): 11:15 p.m. Hurricane Dorian is now a Category 2 hurricane and is expected to continue strengthening over the weekend as it advances toward Florida. The National Hurricane Center says in an 11 p.m. Thursday forecast that the storm has maximum...

Spacewalking astronauts add parking spot to space station

Aug. 21, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts added another parking spot to the International Space Station on Wednesday. NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan successfully installed a docking port delivered by SpaceX last month. It will be used by SpaceX and Boeing once they start launching...

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 —...

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...

New Mexico chile plant selected to be grown in space

Jul. 27, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

ESPAÑOLA, N.M. (AP) — It'll be one giant leap for chile-kind. A hybrid version of a New Mexico chile plant has been selected to be grown in space as part of a NASA experiment. The chile, from Española, New Mexico, is tentatively scheduled to be launched to the International Space Station for...

Chris Kraft, 1st flight director for NASA, dies at 95

Jul. 22, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Behind America's late leap into orbit and triumphant small step on the moon was the agile mind and guts-of-steel of Chris Kraft, making split-second decisions that propelled the nation to once unimaginable heights. Kraft, the creator and longtime leader of NASA's Mission Control, died...

Chris Kraft, 1st flight director for NASA, dies at 95

Jul. 22, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Kraft, the founder of NASA's mission control, died Monday, just two days after the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. He was 95. Kraft made key decisions on launches as the U.S. was learning how to put a man into space. Astronaut Neil Armstrong once called him "the man...