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Soviet cosmonaut made pioneering spaceflight 60 years ago

Apr. 12, 2021 02:46 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Crushed into the pilot's seat by heavy G-forces, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin saw flames outside his spacecraft and prepared to die. His voice broke the tense silence at ground control: “I’m burning. Goodbye, comrades.” Gagarin didn’t know that...

United Arab Emirates names 2 new astronauts, including woman

Apr. 10, 2021 08:29 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates named the next two astronauts in its space program Saturday, including the country's first female astronaut. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai who also serves as the autocratically...

US, China consulted on safety as their crafts headed to Mars

Mar. 31, 2021 04:15 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — As their respective spacecrafts headed to Mars, China and the U.S. held consultations earlier this year in a somewhat unusual series of exchanges between the rivals. China's National Space Agency confirmed Wednesday that it had working-level meetings and...

Nevada company sues NASA in space habitat test data dispute

Mar. 29, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A space technology company in southern Nevada is suing NASA, claiming the space agency owes it more than $1 million for work done during months of space station air performance tests last year. A NASA public affairs official did not immediately respond...

Part of Wright brothers' 1st airplane on NASA's Mars chopper

Mar. 23, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A piece of the Wright brothers’ first airplane is on Mars. NASA’s experimental Martian helicopter holds a small swatch of fabric from the 1903 Wright Flyer, the space agency revealed Tuesday. The helicopter, named Ingenuity, hitched a...

US astronaut launching next month may spend year in space

Mar. 18, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA may soon chalk up another one-year space mission thanks to an out-of-this-world Russian movie-making deal. Astronaut Mark Vande Hei learned just last week that he’ll launch April 9 on a Russian rocket to the International Space...

China, Russia agree to build lunar research station

Mar. 10, 2021 04:00 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China and Russia said they will build a lunar research station, possibly on the moon's surface, marking the start of a new era in space cooperation between the two countries. A statement posted on the website of the China National Space Administration...

NASA's new Mars rover hits dusty red road, 1st trip 21 feet

Mar. 05, 2021 18:26 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s newest Mars rover hit the dusty red road this week, putting 21 feet on the odometer in its first test drive. The Perseverance rover ventured from its landing position Thursday, two weeks after setting down on the red planet to seek...

Spacewalkers finish solar panel prep for station power boost

Mar. 05, 2021 14:59 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts completed the first round of prep work Friday for new solar panels, part of a major power upgrade at the International Space Station. NASA’s Kate Rubins and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi installed mounting brackets and...

Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new solar wings

Feb. 28, 2021 16:54 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts ventured out Sunday to install support frames for new, high-efficiency solar panels arriving at the International Space Station later this year. NASA's Kate Rubins and Victor Glover put the first set of mounting...