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Trailblazing tourist trip to orbit ends with splashdown

Sep. 18, 2021 23:33 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Four space tourists safely ended their trailblazing trip to orbit Saturday with a splashdown in the Atlantic off the Florida coast. Their SpaceX capsule parachuted into the ocean just before sunset, not far from where their chartered flight...

Tom Cruise gets sneak preview from SpaceX's 1st private crew

Sep. 17, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Tom Cruise got a sneak preview of what it’s like to circle Earth in a SpaceX capsule. Representatives for SpaceX’s first privately chartered flight revealed Friday that the actor took part in a call with the four space tourists orbiting...

SpaceX launches 4 amateurs on private Earth-circling trip

Sep. 15, 2021 23:44 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s first private flight streaked into orbit Wednesday night with two contest winners, a health care worker and their rich sponsor, the most ambitious leap yet in space tourism. It was the first time a spacecraft circled Earth with an...

SpaceX launches 51 satellites into orbit from California

Sep. 14, 2021 00:31 AM EDT

VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — SpaceX launched 51 Starlink satellites into orbit from California on Monday night. A Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 8:55 p.m. and deployed the satellites, which was confirmed about 20 minutes...

EXPLAINER: 4 will circle Earth on 1st SpaceX private flight

Sep. 13, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time in 60 years of human spaceflight, a rocket is poised to blast into orbit with no professional astronauts on board, only four tourists. SpaceX’s first private flight will be led by a 38-year-old entrepreneur who’s...

SpaceX launches ants, avocados, robot to space station

Aug. 29, 2021 22:04 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX shipment of ants, avocados and a human-sized robotic arm rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday. The delivery — due to arrive Monday — is the company’s 23rd for NASA in just under a decade. ...

Boeing astronaut capsule grounded for months by valve issue

Aug. 13, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing’s astronaut capsule is grounded for months and possibly even until next year because of a vexing valve problem. Boeing and NASA officials said Friday that the Starliner capsule will be removed from the top of its rocket and returned...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Aug. 02, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

Austin American-Statesman. Aug. 1, 2021. Editorial: Masks and migrants aren’t the enemy. COVID-19 is You can’t win a war when you’re fighting the wrong enemy. But that is what Gov. Greg Abbott is doing as COVID-19 sends an alarming number of...

Today in History

Aug. 02, 2021 00:13 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 2, the 214th day of 2021. There are 151 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 2, 1939, Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt urging...

Bezos loses appeal of NASA's plans to use Musk moon lander

Jul. 30, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

The federal government Friday rejected an appeal by billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin to get in on NASA’s plans to return astronauts to the moon by using rival Elon Musk’s SpaceX. NASA in April awarded the $2.9 billion contract for a lunar lander to the more...