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China set to send first crew to new space station Thursday

Jun. 16, 2021 04:25 AM EDT

JIUQUAN, China (AP) — The three members of the first crew to be sent to China's space station say they're eager to get to work making their home for the next three months habitable, setting up testing and experiments and preparing for a series of spacewalks. The three...

Rocket on pad, China ready to send 1st crew to space station

Jun. 10, 2021 07:57 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The rocket that will send the first crew members to live on China's new orbiting space station has been moved onto the launch pad ahead of its planned blastoff next week. The three astronauts plan to spend three months on the space station, far exceeding...

SpaceX launches tiny critters, solar panels to space station

Jun. 03, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched thousands of tiny sea creatures to the International Space Station on Thursday, along with a plaque-fighting toothpaste experiment and powerful solar panels. The 7,300-pound (3,300-kilogram) shipment — which also includes...

New Zealand latest nation to sign space agreement with NASA

Jun. 01, 2021 05:13 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand announced Tuesday it was the latest country to sign a space agreement with NASA, just as New Zealand's nascent space industry begins to take off. New Zealand became the eleventh signatory to the Artemis Accords, a blueprint for...

China to send 3 male astronauts to its space station in June

May. 30, 2021 21:59 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A three-man crew of astronauts will blast off in June for a three-month mission on China’s new space station, according to a space official who was the country's first astronaut in orbit. The plans for the station’s first crew were confirmed to state...

Chinese cargo spacecraft docks with orbital station

May. 29, 2021 21:54 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — An automated spacecraft docked with China's new space station Sunday carrying fuel and supplies for its future crew, the Chinese space agency announced. Tianzhou-2 spacecraft reached the Tianhe station eight hours after blasting off from Hainan, an island...

China launches cargo rocket with supplies for space station

May. 29, 2021 11:03 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A rocket carrying supplies for China’s new space station blasted off Saturday from an island in the South China Sea. A Long March 7 rocket carrying the automated Tianzhou-2 spacecraft took off at 8:55 p.m. (1255 GMT) from the Wenchang launch center on...

China delays mission while NASA congratulates on Mars images

May. 20, 2021 05:32 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China postponed a supply mission to its new space station on Thursday for unspecified technical reasons, while photos sent back from Mars by its newly arrived rover earned plaudits from NASA despite only sporadic contacts between the Chinese and American space programs. ...

US Space Force missile-warning satellite rockets into orbit

May. 18, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A $1 billion missile-warning satellite for the U.S. Space Force rocketed toward orbit Tuesday. It was the fifth in this series of space-based infrared system satellites. These advanced national security spacecraft are meant to replace the...

Rocket Lab's satellite launch from New Zealand site fails

May. 15, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — California-based Rocket Lab said a launch of satellites from its facility in New Zealand failed Saturday. The problem occurred during ignition of the Electron rocket’s second stage, the company said in a statement. The...