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Ex-electrician wants NASA to make ‘little people’ honorees

Sep. 20, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (AP) — Skip Laisure’s dad wasn’t very strict with his three sons when they were growing up in Ohio. But when a space shuttle launched, Paul Laisure insisted that they come and sit in the living room to watch the lift-off on their Admiral TV. “He was extremely proud of...

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Netflix delves into the 'human side' of Challenger disaster

Sep. 15, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Many Americans have vivid memories of Jan. 28, 1986. That was the day the space shuttle Challenger exploded over a chilly Florida, just seconds after liftoff. School children across the country had tuned in to see Christa McAuliffe become the first teacher in space. One person watching was...

Española native working to put New Mexico chile in space

Sep. 12, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s most iconic crop is heading to outer space. In the coming months, NASA scientists plan to fly the NuMex Española Improved chile to the International Space Station, where it will be part of an ongoing experiment to grow crops without gravity — and...

FILE - In this  July 23, 2020, file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a Long March-5 rocket carrying the Tianwen-1 Mars probe lifts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan Province. China's Mars probe Tianwen-1, which blasted into space in July, is now more than 15 million kilometers (9 million miles) from Earth en route to the red planet, the National Space Administration said Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (Cai Yang/Xinhua via AP)

China says Mars probe stable; no word on reusable spacecraft

Sep. 12, 2020 7:31 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's Mars probe Tianwen-1, which blasted into space in July, is now more than 15 million kilometers (9 million miles) from Earth en route to the red planet, the National Space Administration said Saturday. The administration said that Tianwen-1 was in stable condition, having completed...

FILE - In this April 6, 2000 file photo, space shuttle Atlantis mission commander James Halsell Jr. speaks to reporters at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. A Tuscaloosa County judge ruled Alabama prosecutors can use evidence collected by police after the former NASA astronaut crashed into another car while driving on a rural road more than four years ago, killing two girls.  (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove, File)

Judge OKs evidence in deadly crash involving ex-astronaut

Sep. 9, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama prosecutors can use evidence collected by police after a former NASA astronaut crashed into another car while driving on a rural road more than four years ago, killing two girls, a judge ruled. Jurors can hear that one-time space shuttle pilot James Halsell told police about...

This August 2020 photo provided by Dr. Se-Jin Lee shows a normal mouse and a “twice-muscled” mouse developed at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. Findings published on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, show that muscle-bound mice, similar to the one pictured, held on to their bodybuilder-type physiques during a one month space mission. (Dr. Se-Jin Lee/University of Connecticut School of Medicine via AP)

'Mighty mice' stay musclebound in space, boon for astronauts

Sep. 8, 2020 10:50 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Bulked-up, mutant “mighty mice” held onto their muscle during a monthlong stay at the International Space Station, returning to Earth with ripped bodybuilder physiques, scientists reported Monday. The findings hold promise for preventing muscle and bone loss in...

China's first reusable spacecraft lands after 2-day flight

Sep. 6, 2020 6:10 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s first reusable spacecraft landed Sunday after two days in orbit, a possible step toward lower-cost space flight, the government announced. The secretive, military-run space program has released few details of the craft, which was launched Friday aboard a Long March 2F rocket...

FILE - This Jan. 29, 2018, file photo, shows Dan Hicks, CEO of Spaceport America, speaking in Santa Fe, N.M. The interim leader of Spaceport America says an investigation into the conduct of the organization's chief executive officer is ongoing and that initial findings are expected in the coming weeks. Scott McLaughlin testified Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, before a New Mexico legislative panel, saying the recent shakeup stemming from a whistleblower complaint filed in June has left the spaceport in a difficult situation. Dan Hicks was placed on administrative leave after being accused of circumventing internal financial controls and accounting procedures. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

Spaceport America vets capital projects amid investigation

Sep. 2, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An investigation into the conduct of Spaceport America's chief executive officer is ongoing and initial findings are expected in the coming weeks, the organization's interim leader said Wednesday. Interim CEO Scott McLaughlin testified before a New Mexico legislative panel, saying...

From Greece to NASA to Columbus

Aug. 30, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — “Just a minute,” Daisy Poros said as she answered the knock on her door, trying to turn off her alarm. When her efforts failed, the alarms began to sound, a series of loud beeps and sirens that had her frantically fiddling with the controller to no avail. “I just...

Jakob van Zyl, key Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer, dies

Aug. 27, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Jakob van Zyl, an engineer who held crucial positions at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and was involved in numerous space exploration missions over decades, has died. He was 63. Van Zyl, who retired in 2019 after a 33-year career, suffered a heart attack on Monday and died...