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Virginia city renames road for Apollo 11 astronaut Armstrong

Feb. 27, 2020 5:39 PM EST

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — The Hampton City Council has voted to place the name of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong on a road which had been named for a Confederate general. The road was named for Confederate general John B. Magruder, but city officials said the change happened only because a NASA employee last...

This image made available by NASA on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 shows the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster viewed in a composite of X-ray, radio and infrared data. The inset image at bottom right shows data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory which confirmed a cavity formed by a record-breaking explosion from a super-massive black hole. The explosion was so large it carved out a crater in the hot gas that could hold 15 Milky Ways, said lead author Simona Giacintucci of the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington. (Chandra: NASA/CXC/NRL/S. Giacintucci, et al., XMM: ESA/XMM; Radio: NCRA/TIFR/GMRT; Infrared: 2MASS/UMass/IPAC-Caltech/NASA/NSF via AP)

Biggest explosion seen in universe came from black hole

Feb. 27, 2020 3:24 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronomers have discovered the biggest explosion seen in the universe, originating from a super-massive black hole. Scientists reported Thursday that the blast came from a black hole in a cluster of galaxies 390 million light-years away. The explosion was so large it carved...

Early risers see apparent meteor streak across Western sky

Feb. 26, 2020 3:24 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Early risers in several Western states reported seeing what appeared to be a meteor streaking across the sky before dawn. The American Meteor Society received multiple reports from Arizona, California, New Mexico and Utah about the fireball. "This does appear to be a bright meteor as...

Council mulls changing street named for Confederate general

Feb. 26, 2020 3:51 AM EST

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — The Hampton City Council is considering a resolution that would change a street named for a Confederate general to one named for Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. The city council's vote is scheduled for Wednesday, the Daily Press of Newport News...

Pioneering black NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson dies

Feb. 24, 2020 2:29 PM EST

Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated rocket trajectories and earth orbits for NASA’s early space missions and was later portrayed in the 2016 hit film “Hidden Figures,” about pioneering black female aerospace workers, has died. She was 101. Johnson died Monday of natural causes...

This Feb. 18, 2020 photo made available by NASA shows the InSight lander's dome-covered seismometer, known as SEIS, on Mars. On Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, scientists reported that the spacecraft has detected hundreds of quakes and even aftershocks that are regularly jolting the red planet. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)

Mars lander confirms quakes, even aftershocks on red planet

Feb. 24, 2020 11:07 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's newest Mars lander has confirmed that quakes and even aftershocks are regularly jolting the red planet. Scientists reported Monday that the seismometer from the InSight spacecraft has detected scores of marsquakes. A series of research papers focus on the 174 marsquakes...

New GOP candidate for Congress in Kansas proposes moon base

Feb. 21, 2020 4:51 PM EST

LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — A former engineering firm executive who believes the U.S. should build a base on the moon to assist with an eventual mission to Mars is running for the Kansas congressional seat in the Kansas City area. The Kansas City Star reports that Mike Beehler confirmed Friday that he is a...

Yavapai County officials: Loud boom may have been a meteor

Feb. 16, 2020 1:03 PM EST

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Yavapai County authorities say a meteor streaking through the atmosphere may have caused a loud boom that residents reported hearing. County sheriff’s officials say the agency started receiving calls about a loud blast, boom or explosion around 7:20 a.m. Sunday from all...

This Jan. 1, 2019 image from NASA shows Arrokoth, the farthest, most primitive object in the Solar System ever to be visited by a spacecraft. Astronomers reported Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 that this pristine, primordial cosmic body photographed by the New Horizons probe is relatively smooth with far fewer craters than expected. It's also entirely ultrared, or highly reflective, which is commonplace in the faraway Twilight Zone of our solar system known as the the Kuiper Belt. (NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Roman Tkachenko via AP)

NASA's space snowman reveals secrets: few craters, no water

Feb. 13, 2020 2:36 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's space snowman is revealing fresh secrets from its home far beyond Pluto. More than a year after its close encounter with the snowman-shaped object, the New Horizons spacecraft is still sending back data from more than 4 billion miles (6.4 billion kilometers) away. "The...

President Donald Trump's budget request for fiscal year 2021 arrives at the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Trump's $4.8 trillion budget proposal revisits rejected cuts

Feb. 10, 2020 5:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.8 trillion election year budget plan on Monday that recycles deep, previously rejected cuts to domestic programs like food stamps, Medicaid, and housing as the recipe for wrestling the federal budget back into balance. Trump’s fiscal 2021 plan...