Latest National Aeronautics and Space Administration News

NASA satellite breaks from orbit around Earth, heads to moon

Jul. 04, 2022 22:27 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A satellite the size of a microwave oven successfully broke free from its orbit around Earth on Monday and is headed toward the moon, the latest step in NASA's plan to land astronauts on the lunar surface again. It's been an unusual journey already...

NASA hopes New Zealand launch will pave way for moon landing

Jun. 28, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — NASA wants to experiment with a new orbit around the moon that it hopes to use in the coming years to once again land astronauts on the lunar surface. So it is sending up a test satellite from New Zealand. The initial stages of the launch went...

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...

NASA wraps up moon rocket test; to set launch date after fix

Jun. 23, 2022 17:04 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA said Thursday it has finished testing its huge moon rocket and will move it back to the launch pad in late August. A date for the first flight will be set after a leak that popped up during a dress rehearsal is fixed, the space agency said. ...

Space chief hopes for 'Kennedy moment' from European leaders

Jun. 22, 2022 17:22 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Josef Aschbacher recalls gazing at the night sky above his parents' Alpine farm when he was 7, trying to comprehend what he had just seen on the family's black-and-white TV set: the landing of NASA's Apollo 11 on the Moon. More than half a century later, Aschbacher...

NASA fuels moon rocket for 1st time in countdown rehearsal

Jun. 20, 2022 20:56 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA fueled its huge moon rocket for the first time Monday and went ahead with a critical countdown test despite a fuel line leak. This was NASA’s fourth crack at the all-important dress rehearsal, the last major milestone before the moon rocket’s...

NASA to launch 3 rockets from private Australian space port

Jun. 08, 2022 01:31 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — NASA will launch a research rocket from remote northern Australia this month in the agency’s first blast off from a commercial space port outside the United States. Three suborbital sounding rockets will be launched from the Arnhem Space Center on...

Mexican-born engineer pushing for more diversity in space

Jun. 03, 2022 01:23 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico, Katya Echazarreta was encouraged to abandon her dreams of traveling to space. “Everyone around me — family, friends, teachers — I just kept hearing the same thing: That’s not for you,” Echazarreta told The Associated...

Groundbreaking held for space shuttle Endeavour's LA museum

Jun. 01, 2022 19:54 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday for a museum that will permanently exhibit the retired NASA space shuttle Endeavour in Los Angeles. Endeavour will be displayed vertically as if ready for launch, complete with a massive external tank and solid rocket...

Mississippi State University, home to out-of-this-world tree

May. 29, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — On Mississippi State University’s campus stands an out-of-this-world tree — a sycamore grown from a seed that ventured further into space than most Mississippians ever will. All the way to the moon. The tree, known as the “moon sycamore,” was...