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NASA to launch 2 more choppers to Mars to help return rocks

Jul. 27, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is launching two more mini helicopters to Mars in its effort to return Martian rocks and soil samples to Earth. Under the plan announced Wednesday, NASA’s Perseverance rover will do double duty and transport the cache to the rocket that will...

China spacecraft returns amid booster rocket concerns

Jul. 27, 2022 06:53 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese cargo spacecraft that serviced the country's permanent orbiting space station has largely burned up on reentering the atmosphere, amid separate concerns over China's decision to allow a massive booster rocket to fall to Earth uncontrolled. Only small parts...

China adds science laboratory to its orbiting space station

Jul. 25, 2022 03:59 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China added a laboratory to its permanent orbiting space station Monday as it moves toward completing the structure in coming months. The Wentian laboratory was launched from the Wenchang space base on the tropical island province of Hainan on Sunday with a large...

China launches one of 2 lab modules to join space station

Jul. 24, 2022 07:01 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Sunday launched one of two laboratory modules to complete its permanent orbiting space station. The Wentian was launched from tropical Hainan Island with a large crowd of amateur photographers and space enthusiasts watching. Designed for science and biology...

New lunar rover in the works as NASA moon mission advances

Jul. 21, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

A new lunar rover is under development by Lockheed Martin and Goodyear as NASA gears up for a return to the moon. Unlike the rover first used during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971, built to last only a few days and for short trips, the new lunar vehicle is being built for extended...

NASA aiming for late August test flight of giant moon rocket

Jul. 20, 2022 14:17 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — On the 53rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, NASA announced Wednesday it’s shooting for a late August launch of its giant, new moon rocket. NASA will attempt the more than month-long lunar test flight with three mannequins, but no...

Ashes of ex-astronaut who died in Arizona headed for space

Jul. 16, 2022 09:34 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Dr. Philip Chapman was the first Australian-born American astronaut and his lifelong dream was to go into space. He served as a NASA mission scientist for Apollo 14, but never made it into orbit. However, some of his cremated ashes now are scheduled...

Virgin Galactic picks Mesa as site for spaceplanes assembly

Jul. 14, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Virgin Galactic announced Thursday that it has selected the Phoenix suburb of Mesa as the site where it will assemble its next class of rocket ships. Officials with the aerospace and space travel company said they have signed a long-term lease for a new final...

Air Guard troops doing space missions face identity crisis

Jun. 28, 2022 00:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 1,000 Air National Guard troops who are assigned to space missions are mired in an identity crisis. Torn between the Air Force, where they have historically been assigned, and the military's shiny new Space Force where they now work, their units have become...

NASA asteroid mission on hold due to late software delivery

Jun. 24, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

NASA put an asteroid mission on hold Friday, blaming the late delivery of its own navigation software. The Psyche mission to a strange metal asteroid of the same name was supposed to launch this September or October. But the agency’s Jet Propulsion Lab was several months late...