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China launches rocket carrying 3 astronauts to finish construction of space station, expand facility to maximum size

Nov. 29, 2022 10:14 AM EST
BEIJING (AP) — China launches rocket carrying 3 astronauts to finish construction of space station, expand facility to maximum size.

China rocket taking 3 to space station to blast off Tuesday

Nov. 28, 2022 02:54 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A rocket carrying three astronauts to finish building China’s space station will blast off Tuesday amid intensifying competition with the U.S., the government said Monday, The crew includes a veteran of a 2005 space mission and two first-time astronauts, according...

Chinese coast guard seizes rocket debris from Filipino navy

Nov. 21, 2022 05:26 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — China's coast guard forcibly seized apparent Chinese rocket debris that was being towed by the Philippine navy, in the latest confrontation in the disputed South China Sea, a Philippine military commander said Monday. The Chinese vessel twice blocked the...

NASA capsule on way to moon after launch by giant new rocket

Nov. 16, 2022 18:21 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space capsule hurtled toward the moon Wednesday for the first time in 50 years, following a thunderous launch of NASA’s mightiest rocket in a dress rehearsal for astronaut flights. No one was on board this debut flight, just three test dummies. The...

NASA’s new moon rocket blasts off on debut flight with three test dummies aboard

Nov. 16, 2022 01:51 AM EST
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s new moon rocket blasts off on debut flight with three test dummies aboard.

NASA fixes new leak, resumes fueling moon rocket for launch

Nov. 16, 2022 01:12 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA managed to plug a leak late Tuesday night while fueling its new moon rocket for a middle-of-the-night launch, its third try to put an empty capsule around the moon for the first time in 50 years. Hydrogen fuel sprouted from a valve on the launch pad...

EXPLAINER: NASA's new mega moon rocket, Orion crew capsule

Nov. 15, 2022 19:33 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is kicking off its new moon program with a test flight of a brand-new rocket and capsule. Liftoff was slated for early Wednesday morning from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The test flight aims to send an empty crew capsule into a far-flung lunar...

NASA's moon rocket on track for Wednesday launch attempt

Nov. 14, 2022 19:58 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA remained on track for Wednesday’s planned liftoff of its new moon rocket, after determining that hurricane damage provided little extra risk to the test flight. Hurricane Nicole’s high winds caused a 10-foot (3-meter) section of caulking to peel...

NASA: Moon rocket endured hurricane, set for 1st test flight

Nov. 11, 2022 17:25 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's moon rocket needs only minor repairs after enduring a hurricane at the pad and is on track for its first test flight next week, a top official said Friday. “Right now, there’s nothing preventing us" from attempting a launch on Wednesday, said...

UN to seek out methane emitters with data from space

Nov. 11, 2022 02:32 AM EST

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Big emitters of the heat-trapping gas methane can expect a call from the United Nations starting next year, when the global body launches a new platform to combine existing systems for tracking the potent greenhouse gas from space. The U.N. Environment...