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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...

New comet likely visitor from another solar system

Sep. 13, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The solar system may have another foreign guest. Both NASA and the European Space Agency are reporting that a newly discovered comet zooming toward the sun is likely from another star. Astronomers said Thursday it's traveling 93,000 mph (150,000 kph), so fast it likely...

Study finds the universe might be 2 billion years younger

Sep. 12, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The universe is looking younger every day, it seems. New calculations suggest the universe could be a couple billion years younger than scientists now estimate, and even younger than suggested by two other calculations published this year that trimmed hundreds of millions of years from...

AP-NORC poll: 64% disapprove of Trump's climate change views

Sep. 12, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gets some of his worst marks from the American people when it comes to his handling of climate change, and majorities believe the planet is warming and support government actions that he has sometimes scoffed at. While the administration has rolled back regulations...

Protesters plan to gather outside telescope backer's home

Sep. 11, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Native Hawaiian opponents of a giant telescope planned for Hawaii's tallest mountain plan to protest outside the California home of one of the observatory's major backers. The opponents plan to gather outside the Redwood City home of Intel co-founder Gordon Moore and his wife on Thursday....

Water, temperature right for life at another star's planet

Sep. 11, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — In a tantalizing first, scientists have discovered water at a planet outside our solar system that has temperatures suitable for life. Two research groups announced this week that they've found water vapor in the atmosphere of a planet 110 light-years away in the constellation...

Hawaii tour companies struggling due to Mauna Kea protest

Sep. 11, 2019 9:21 AM EDT

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii tour companies are beginning to experience negative effects from the protest that has blocked access to the state's highest volcano, a report said. Some tour companies near Mauna Kea are restructuring and selling off equipment as the closure of its access road continues,...

University: Losing Hawaii telescope risks billions in funds

Sep. 10, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Losing the Thirty Meter Telescope could mean losing billions of dollars in research funding over the next few decades, a senior University of Hawaii official said. Vassilis Syrmos, the school's vice president for research and innovation, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser not building the...

NASA mission scheduled to blast off from Virginia

Sep. 10, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — NASA has announced plans to launch a rocket from Virginia to the International Space Station next month. A news release says Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft will take off from Wallops Island as early as the afternoon of Oct. 21. NASA says the goal is to deliver science...

India locates lander lost on final approach to moon

Sep. 8, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The lander module from India's moon mission was located on the lunar surface on Sunday, one day after it lost contact with the space station, and efforts are underway to try to establish contact with it, the head of the nation's space agency said. The Press Trust of India news agency cited...