Latest Space launches News

China calls missile launch 'routine test' of new technology

Oct. 18, 2021 20:46 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday its launch of a new spacecraft was merely a test to see whether the vehicle could be reused. The launch involved a spacecraft rather than a missile and was of “great significance for reducing the use-cost of spacecraft and could...

NASA's asteroid hunter Lucy soars into sky with diamonds

Oct. 16, 2021 10:29 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft named Lucy rocketed into the sky with diamonds Saturday morning on a 12-year quest to explore eight asteroids. Seven of the mysterious space rocks are among swarms of asteroids sharing Jupiter's orbit, thought to be the...

New crew docks at China's first permanent space station

Oct. 16, 2021 05:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese astronauts began Saturday their six-month mission on China's first permanent space station, after successfully docking aboard their spacecraft. The astronauts, two men and a woman, were seen floating around the module before speaking via a...

China's Shenzhou-13 spacecraft docks for 6-month mission

Oct. 15, 2021 23:35 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's Shenzhou-13 spacecraft carrying three Chinese astronauts docked Saturday at its space station, kicking off a record-setting six-month stay as the country moves toward completing the new orbiting outpost. The spacecraft was launched by a Long...

China launches 3-person crew for six-month mission aboard space station in longest-yet mission for Chinese astronauts

Oct. 15, 2021 12:33 PM EDT
BEIJING (AP) — China launches 3-person crew for six-month mission aboard space station in longest-yet mission for Chinese astronauts.

With latest mission, China renews space cooperation vow

Oct. 15, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Shortly ahead of sending a new three-person crew to its space station, China on Friday renewed its commitment to international cooperation in the peaceful use of space. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said sending humans into space was a...

William Shatner, TV's Capt. Kirk, blasts into space

Oct. 13, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — Hollywood’s Captain Kirk, 90-year-old William Shatner, blasted into space Wednesday in a convergence of science fiction and science reality, reaching the final frontier aboard a ship built by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company. The “Star...

Hollywood’s Captain Kirk, 90-year-old William Shatner, blasts off toward space on rocket built by Jeff Bezos' company

Oct. 13, 2021 11:01 AM EDT
VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — Hollywood’s Captain Kirk, 90-year-old William Shatner, blasts off toward space on rocket built by Jeff Bezos' company.

Russian film crew in orbit to make first movie in space

Oct. 05, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian actor and a film director rocketed to space Tuesday on a mission to make the world’s first movie in orbit, a project the Kremlin said will help burnish the nation’s space glory. Actor Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko blasted off for...

UAE to launch probe targeting asteroid between Mars, Jupiter

Oct. 05, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday announced plans to send a probe to land on an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter to collect data on the origins of the universe, the latest project in the oil-rich federation's ambitious space program. ...