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Europe seeks disabled astronauts, more women in space

Jun. 23, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The European Space Agency says it was “blown away” by the record number of applicants — more than 22,000 — hoping to become the continent’s next generation of space travelers, including more women than ever and some 200 people with disabilities. ...

Iran likely had failed rocket launch, preparing for another

Jun. 23, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran likely conducted a failed launch of a satellite-carrying rocket in recent days and now appears to be preparing to try again, the country's latest effort to advance its space program amid tensions with the West over its tattered nuclear deal. ...

Xi congratulates Chinese astronauts aboard space station

Jun. 23, 2021 00:00 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke with three astronauts who are making the country's space station their home for the next three months, and called their mission an important milestone in China’s space industry. The crew consisting of former air force...

Dirty laundry in space? NASA, Tide tackle cleaning challenge

Jun. 22, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — How do astronauts do laundry in space? They don’t. They wear their underwear, gym clothes and everything else until they can’t take the filth and stink anymore, then junk them. NASA wants to change that — if not at...

NASA sends squid from Hawaii into space for research

Jun. 21, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Dozens of baby squid from Hawaii are in space for study. The baby Hawaiian bobtail squid were raised at the University of Hawaii's Kewalo Marine Laboratory and were blasted into space earlier this month on a SpaceX resupply mission to the International...

Take 2: Spacewalking astronauts install new solar panel

Jun. 20, 2021 14:17 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts equipped the International Space Station with the first in a series of powerful new solar panels Sunday, overcoming suit problems and other obstacles with muscle and persistence. It took two spacewalks for French...

Research from NC State professors is aboard space station

Jun. 19, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The biology projects of two N.C. State University professors are now aboard the International Space Station and may soon help provide answers about how plants respond to extreme environments. The recent launch of SpaceX-22 to the space station...

Crew starts making China's new space station their home

Jun. 17, 2021 22:06 PM EDT

JIUQUAN, China (AP) — Three Chinese astronauts have begun making China’s new space station their home for the next three months, after their launch and arrival at the station Thursday marked further advances in the country’s ambitious space program. Their...

After 9 years and $10M, Georgia spaceport nears FAA approval

Jun. 17, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — After nine years of planning and $10 million invested by local taxpayers, county officials in Georgia's coastal southeast corner came a big step closer Thursday to winning federal approval of a project engineered to literally inject the local economy with rocket fuel. ...

EXPLAINER: The significance of China's new space station

Jun. 17, 2021 03:03 AM EDT

JIUQUAN, China (AP) — Adding a crew to China's new orbiting space station is another major advance for the burgeoning space power. Here's a look at key developments: WHAT'S THE MISSION'S PURPOSE? The three-member crew is due...