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India reschedules launch of its moon mission for Monday

Jul. 18, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

CHENNAI, India (AP) — India's space agency said it will launch a spacecraft to the south pole of the moon on Monday after stopping an attempt this week. The Indian Space Research Organization said the Chandrayaan-2 launch is now set at 2:43 p.m. on Monday. It said Thursday that the cause of the previous...

Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch pad 50 years later

Jul. 16, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins returned Tuesday to the exact spot where he flew to the moon 50 years ago with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Collins had the spotlight to himself this time — Armstrong has been gone for seven years and Aldrin canceled. Collins said he...

The Latest: Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch pad

Jul. 16, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (all times local): 1:30 p.m. The Orlando Sentinel commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch by republishing its front page from 1969 and writing minute-by-minute accounts of launch day. The headline...

India assesses technical snag that aborted moon mission

Jul. 15, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's space organization is examining the technical snag behind Monday's aborted launch of a spacecraft intended to land on the far side of the moon and expects to set a new launch date within days. The Chandrayaan-2 mission was called off less than an hour before liftoff by the Indian...

SpaceX: Leaky valve caused crew capsule to explode in test

Jul. 15, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A leaky valve caused a SpaceX crew capsule to explode during a ground test back in April, destroying the spacecraft and dealing a blow to the company's effort to launch astronauts. The company announced the preliminary results of its accident investigation Monday. SpaceX's crew...

Russia launches major new telescope into space after delays

Jul. 13, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian Proton-M rocket successfully delivered a cutting-edge space telescope into orbit Saturday after days of launch delays, Russia's space agency said. Roscosmos said the telescope, named Spektr-RG, was delivered into a parking orbit before a final burn Saturday that kicked the...

Apollo 11 at 50: Celebrating first steps on another world

Jul. 13, 2019 7:26 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A half-century ago, in the middle of a mean year of war, famine, violence in the streets and the widening of the generation gap, men from planet Earth stepped onto another world for the first time, uniting people around the globe in a way not seen before or since. Hundreds of...

Ahead of 2nd moon shot, a timeline of India's space program

Jul. 12, 2019 7:38 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Amid a new global space race, India is preparing to launch a second unmanned mission to the moon. Here is a timeline of its space program: ___ Feb. 16, 1962 — The Indian National Committee for Space Research is formed under the leadership of Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai, known as the...

Europe's Vega rocket launch with UAE satellite fails

Jul. 11, 2019 4:17 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The launch of a European Vega rocket carrying an imaging satellite for the United Arab Emirates failed about two minutes after liftoff from the European base in French Guiana. Arianespace, which markets the satellite, said in a brief statement on Thursday that the Wednesday night launch ended...

Virgin Orbit conducts drop-test of rocket from Boeing 747

Jul. 10, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virgin Galactic's sister company Virgin Orbit conducted a drop test of its air-launched satellite booster over California on Wednesday, a key step toward space missions. The 70-foot (21.3-meter) LauncherOne rocket was released from a Boeing 747 flying 35,000 feet (10,668 meters) over an...