Latest National Aeronautics and Space Administration News

American, 2 Russians return to Earth from space station

Apr. 17, 2021 06:10 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An American astronaut and two Russians have returned to Earth after six months aboard the International Space Station. A Soyuz space capsule carrying NASA’s Kate Rubins and Russians Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov landed at 0455 GMT (12:55 a.m....

SpaceX picked for moonwalkers, on verge of 3rd crew launch

Apr. 16, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA chose SpaceX on Friday to build the lunar lander that will eventually put the first woman and person of color on the moon. The announcement came a few hours after SpaceX's most international crew of astronauts yet arrived in Florida for...

SpaceX, NASA give 'go' for astronaut launch, 3rd for Dragon

Apr. 15, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX is gearing up for its third astronaut launch in under a year, after getting the green light from NASA a week ahead of next Thursday’s planned flight. Managers from NASA and Elon Musk’s space company Thursday cleared the Falcon...

American, Russians dock at International Space Station

Apr. 09, 2021 07:19 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A trio of Russian and American space travelers launched successfully and reached the International Space Station on Friday. NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov blasted off as scheduled at 12:42 p.m. (0742...

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...

Two space fans get seats on billionaire's private flight

Mar. 30, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A billionaire’s private SpaceX flight filled its two remaining seats Tuesday with a scientist-teacher and a data engineer whose college friend actually won a spot but gave him the prize. The new passengers: Sian Proctor, a community college...

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...

NASA gives all clear: Earth safe from asteroid for 100 years

Mar. 26, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Whew, now here's some good cosmic news: NASA has given Earth the all clear for the next century from a particularly menacing asteroid. The space agency announced this week that new telescope observations have ruled out any chance of Apophis...

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...

Biden picks former senator who flew in space to lead NASA

Mar. 19, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — President Joe Biden has chosen a former senator from Florida who flew on the space shuttle right before the Challenger accident to lead NASA. Biden on Friday announced his intent to nominate Bill Nelson as the space agency's administrator. ...