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2021 Notebook: Billionaires and the space race

Dec. 22, 2021 22:41 PM EST

THE BACKGROUND: Captain Kirk — aka William Shatner — finally made it into space, part of the new wave of civilian travelers sponsored by names like Bezos, Musk and Branson who are slipping the surly bonds of Earth 10 years after NASA's shuttle program ended. But there are big differences. ...

Shatner marvels at Blue Origin flight frenzy, 'finite' Earth

Dec. 13, 2021 14:38 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — William Shatner's durable role as an avatar of space's promise drew a frenzy of attention when fiction became fact with his rocket ride. The “Star Trek” actor says he was as surprised by it as he was gratified by the 10-minute, suborbital jaunt made possible...

Strahan flies to space with astronaut's daughter: 'Wow!'

Dec. 11, 2021 14:35 PM EST

Football star and TV celebrity Michael Strahan caught a ride to space with Jeff Bezos’ rocket-launching company Saturday, sharing the trip with the daughter of America’s first astronaut. “TOUCHDOWN has a new meaning now!!!" he tweeted after landing. Blue...

Britney, Bennifer, Beatles and Broadway: Pop culture in 2021

Dec. 09, 2021 09:52 AM EST

Britney was freed. Bennifer came back. So did Broadway, yay! And actually, the Beatles! As for Bond — James Bond — he said goodbye, at least the Daniel Craig version. Harry and Meghan spoke to Oprah, and boy, we listened. We listened, too, to Taylor Swift, who sang about a failed...

2021's notable moments on TV: Capitol riot, 'Rust,' Shatner

Dec. 06, 2021 13:42 PM EST

If a year can be accused of bait-and-switch, 2021 is fair game. It was reasonable to believe, or hope, that the pandemic would steadily recede in the rear-view mirror, that a White House transition might mean less political rancor, that America could honorably end its “forever...

Details emerge in plane crash that killed space traveler

Dec. 03, 2021 12:06 PM EST

HAMPTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Federal investigators have released some details on the small plane crash that killed a one-time space traveler and another man last month. The Nov. 11 crash in a wooded area of northwestern New Jersey killed...

NFL defensive great Michael Strahan to be next space tourist

Nov. 23, 2021 10:47 AM EST

“Good Morning America” co-host Michael Strahan is going to space next month. Strahan, who turned 50 on Sunday, will join Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, on the Dec. 9 mission aboard the New Shepard, a spacecraft named after her...

Man who went to space with Shatner dies in plane crash

Nov. 12, 2021 16:36 PM EST

HAMPTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A man who traveled to space with William Shatner last month was killed along with another person when the small plane they were in crashed in a wooded area of northern New Jersey, according to state police. The one-time space tourist Glen...

SpaceX crew launch marks 600 space travelers in 60 years

Nov. 11, 2021 13:40 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX rocket carried four astronauts into orbit Wednesday night, including the 600th person to reach space in 60 years. The repeatedly delayed flight occurred just two days after SpaceX brought four other astronauts home from the...