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Iran launches rocket into space as nuclear talks to resume

Jun. 26, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state television said Sunday that Tehran had launched a solid-fueled rocket into space, drawing a rebuke from Washington ahead of the expected resumption of stalled talks over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers. It's unclear when or where...

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: Give us back our moon dust and cockroaches

Jun. 23, 2022 17:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — NASA wants its moon dust and cockroaches back. The space agency has asked Boston-based RR Auction to halt the sale of moon dust collected during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission that had subsequently been fed to cockroaches during an experiment to determine if the lunar...

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...

China says it successfully intercepted a missile in flight

Jun. 20, 2022 06:37 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China says it has successfully intercepted a missile in flight, in a test of an anti-ballistic missile system that could improve its defenses as it presses its territorial claims. A brief statement from the Defense Ministry late Sunday gave no details, but said the...

SpaceX launches German recon satellite from California

Jun. 18, 2022 12:10 PM EDT

VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A reconnaissance satellite for Germany was launched from California on Saturday. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SARah-1 satellite lifted off from foggy Vandenberg Space Force Base at 7:19 a.m. and the first stage successfully...

SpaceX reported to fire employees critical of CEO Elon Musk

Jun. 17, 2022 19:29 PM EDT

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — SpaceX, the rocket ship company run by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, has fired several employees involved in an open letter that blasted the colorful billionaire for his behavior, according to media reports. The reports published Friday cited an email from Gwynne...

China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone

Jun. 17, 2022 01:41 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing launched a new-generation aircraft carrier Friday, the first such ship to be both designed and built in China, in a milestone as it seeks to extend the range and power of its navy. The Type 003 carrier christened Fujian left its drydock at a shipyard outside...