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SpaceX returns 4 astronauts to Earth; rare night splashdown

May. 02, 2021 06:12 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX safely returned four astronauts from the International Space Station on Sunday, making the first U.S. crew splashdown in darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot. The Dragon capsule parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of...

SpaceX capsule departs station with 4 astronauts, heads home

May. 01, 2021 20:55 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX capsule carrying four astronauts departed the International Space Station late Saturday, aiming for a rare nighttime splashdown to end the company’s second crew flight. It would be the first U.S. splashdown in darkness since Apollo...

West Virginia woman donates kidney to younger sister

May. 01, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Sisters Courtney Howard and Shannon Walker, of Inwood, have been and continue to be the very best of friends. According to younger sister Howard, she and Walker were so close, in fact, that they had made a pact with one another in their youth...

SpaceX making 1st US crew splashdown in dark since Apollo 8

Apr. 30, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX this weekend will attempt the first U.S. splashdown of returning astronauts in darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot in 1968. Elon Musk’s company is targeting the predawn hours of Sunday to bring back three NASA astronauts and one...

More patrols, fewer boaters for SpaceX splashdown Saturday

Apr. 26, 2021 21:31 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The astronauts flying SpaceX back to Earth this weekend urged boaters to stay safe by staying away from their capsule's splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico. NASA and SpaceX are promising more Coast Guard patrols and fewer pleasure boaters for...

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....

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...