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Snooze cruise: Study sees future for hibernating astronauts

Nov. 18, 2019 7:55 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says putting astronauts into a state of suspended animation could make it easier to reach other planets. The agency said Monday that its researchers examined how hibernation would affect the design of a crewed mission to Mars and concluded that it could help to...

Dubai Airshow opens as big Gulf airlines slow down purchases

Nov. 17, 2019 11:23 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East’s biggest aviation event, the Dubai Airshow, opened Sunday without any major deals as flagship Gulf carriers rein back big-ticket purchases. This year’s lackluster start could be seen as a reflection of the various challenges facing the...

China carrier fleet passes near rival Taiwan

Nov. 17, 2019 7:57 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Chinese aircraft carrier fleet passed near Taiwan on Sunday, prompting the self-governing island to scramble ships and jets to monitor the situation. Taiwan’s defense ministry said the southbound Chinese fleet passed into the Taiwan Strait but stayed on China’s side of...

Sandy Hook lawsuit could force Remington to open books

Nov. 16, 2019 3:14 PM EST

A recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court has upended a longstanding legal roadblock that has given the gun industry far-reaching immunity from lawsuits in the aftermath of mass killings. The court this week allowed families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre to sue the maker of the AR-15 used in...

Cutting-edge satellite built by UW students

Nov. 16, 2019 10:06 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Just be thankful there are students like Paige Northway and Nathan Wacker, two University of Washington students who think it’s neat to work on stuff like a satellite the size of a shoebox. For most of us, all that is beyond our comprehension. But that’s how things move forward...

Boeing says it has to ‘re-earn’ public’s trust after crashes

Nov. 16, 2019 8:24 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A senior Boeing executive said Saturday the company knows it has to re-earn the public’s trust as it works to win approval from U.S. regulators to get its grounded 737 Max jets flying again after crashes that killed 346 people. Stan Deal, president and CEO of...

1st University of Minnesota small satellite now in space

Nov. 16, 2019 1:05 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota senior Jenna Burgett was on bleachers two miles from the NASA Virginia launching site on Nov. 2, watching a rocket launch into space that carried a small satellite she and other students helped create. “The sound hits you and from two miles away ... the...

Boeing settles several more lawsuits over Max plane crashes

Nov. 15, 2019 7:01 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Boeing is settling a few more of the roughly 150 lawsuits filed by families of passengers killed in two crashes of the 737 Max jet. A Seattle law firm said Friday it settled four of the 46 cases it’s handling for families of passengers who were on board a Lion Air Max that crashed off...

Ex-astronaut set for trial in wreck that killed 2 girls

Nov. 15, 2019 2:41 PM EST

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A former space shuttle commander is set for trial next month in Alabama on reckless murder charges in a wreck that killed two girls. Court records show the trial of one-time NASA astronaut James Halsell Jr. is scheduled for Dec. 9. The 63-year-old Halsell was arrested after a wreck...

Astronauts start spacewalk series to fix cosmic ray detector

Nov. 15, 2019 1:41 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts launched an extraordinarily complicated series of spacewalks Friday to fix a cosmic ray detector at the International Space Station. Armed with dozens of dissecting tools, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano removed two protective covers to gain access to the inside of...