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This Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, still image provided by Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope shows what appears to be a rocket booster reentering the earth's atmosphere. Image was taken from the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope located atop the summit of Mauna Kea, in Hawaii. (Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope via AP)

Rocket booster likely caused lights in Hawaii's night sky

Oct. 28, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Reports of a cluster of blinking lights traveling across Hawaii's weekend night sky were likely caused by a rocket booster reentering the planet's atmosphere, scientists said. Astronomers said there is a high probability the booster pierced Earth’s atmosphere after orbiting for 12...

Europe to send modules, astronauts to NASA moon station

Oct. 27, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says it has agreed to provide several modules for NASA's planned outpost around the moon, in return for a chance to send European astronauts to the lunar orbiter. ESA said Tuesday that its director-general, Jan Woerner, signed a deal with NASA chief Jim Bridenstine...

FILE - In this early Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, file photo, a waning moon is seen at the sky over Frankfurt, Germany. The moon’s shadowed, frigid nooks and crannies may hold frozen water in more places and in larger quantities than previously suspected, good news for astronauts at future lunar bases who could tap into these resources for drinking and making rocket fuel, scientists reported Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Moon holds more water in more places than ever thought

Oct. 26, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The moon’s shadowed, frigid nooks and crannies may hold frozen water in more places and in larger quantities than previously suspected. And for the first time, the presence of water on the moon’s sunlit surface has been confirmed, scientists reported Monday....

30 Meter Telescope opponents also against teaching telescope

Oct. 26, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Some leaders of the Thirty Meter Telescope opposition movement expressed disapproval of the proposed relocation of the University of Hawaii’s teaching telescope to a site on Mauna Kea. A public comment period for the smaller telescope on Hawaii island was expected to end Monday,...

In this image taken from video released by NASA, the Osiris-Rex spacecraft touches the surface of asteroid Bennu on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (NASA via AP)

Asteroid samples escaping from jammed NASA spacecraft

Oct. 23, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft is stuffed with so much asteroid rubble from this week’s grab that it’s jammed open and precious particles are drifting away in space, scientists said Friday. Scientists announced the news three days after the spacecraft named Osiris-Rex briefly...

In this image taken from video released by NASA, the Osiris-Rex spacecraft touches the surface of asteroid Bennu on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (NASA via AP)

NASA spacecraft sent asteroid rubble flying in sample grab

Oct. 21, 2020 10:09 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft crushed rocks and sent rubble flying as it briefly touched an asteroid, a strong indication that samples were collected for return to Earth, officials said Wednesday. Scientists won't know until next week how much was gathered at asteroid Bennu...

This undated image made available by NASA shows the asteroid Bennu from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. After almost two years circling the ancient asteroid, OSIRIS-REx will attempt to descend to the treacherous, boulder-packed surface and snatch a handful of rubble on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/CSA/York/MDA via AP)

US spacecraft touches asteroid surface for rare rubble grab

Oct. 20, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft descended to an asteroid Tuesday and, dodging boulders the size of buildings, momentarily touched the surface to collect a handful of cosmic rubble for return to Earth. It was a first for the United States — only Japan has scored asteroid samples....

NASA spacecraft touches surface of asteroid, aiming to scoop up rubble and return it to Earth.

Oct. 20, 2020 6:12 PM EDT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA spacecraft touches surface of asteroid, aiming to scoop up rubble and return it to Earth.
FILE -- In this Feb. 11, 2008 file picture, general manager of the Nokia factory in Romania, John Guerry, casts a shadow on a banner at the new Nokia factory in Jucu, central Romania, during the official opening of the first production line. Nokia says it has been tapped by NASA to build the first cellular communications network on the Moon. The Finnish technology giant said Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 its Nokia Bell Labs' division will build a 4G communications system to be deployed on a lunar lander to the Moon's surface in late 2022.  (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

Nokia to build moon's first 4G cell network for NASA program

Oct. 19, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Nokia says it has been tapped by NASA to build the first cellular communications network on the moon. The Finnish telecommunications equipment maker said Monday its Nokia Bell Labs division will build a 4G communications system to be deployed on a lunar lander to the moon's surface in late...

This undated image made available by NASA shows the asteroid Bennu from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. After almost two years circling the ancient asteroid, OSIRIS-REx will attempt to descend to the treacherous, boulder-packed surface and snatch a handful of rubble on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/CSA/York/MDA via AP)

Touch-and-go: US spacecraft sampling asteroid for return

Oct. 18, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After almost two years circling an ancient asteroid hundreds of millions of miles away, a NASA spacecraft this week will attempt to descend to the treacherous, boulder-packed surface and snatch a handful of rubble. The drama unfolds Tuesday as the U.S. takes its first crack at...