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NASA launches spacecraft to test asteroid defense concept

Nov. 24, 2021 08:45 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA launched a spacecraft Tuesday night on a mission to smash into an asteroid and test whether it would be possible to knock a speeding space rock off course if one were to threaten Earth. The DART spacecraft, short for Double Asteroid Redirection...

Launch of new NASA space telescope delayed after incident

Nov. 23, 2021 04:50 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says the launch of a new NASA telescope to replace the famed Hubble observatory is being postponed to allow experts to check the device for possible damage following an incident at its spaceport in French Guiana. The ESA said in a...

Florida Tech and Heinz grow space tomatoes for ketchup

Nov. 20, 2021 03:11 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — For decades, anybody searching for the “taste” of the Apollo moon program could reach for those little packets of freeze-dried ice cream that were created to bring America’s first astronauts some ersatz comfort food on their journey to the lunar surface. ...

NASA seeks ideas for a nuclear reactor on the moon

Nov. 19, 2021 15:44 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — If anyone has a good idea on how to put a nuclear fission power plant on the moon, the U.S. government wants to hear about it. NASA and the nation’s top federal nuclear research lab on Friday put out a request for proposals for a fission surface...

Russia rejects accusations of endangering ISS astronauts

Nov. 16, 2021 15:21 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials on Tuesday rejected accusations that they endangered astronauts aboard the International Space Station by conducting a weapons test that created more than 1,500 pieces of space junk but a White House official said the move by Russia would threaten activities...

Russian test blamed for space junk threatening space station

Nov. 15, 2021 19:14 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A Russian weapons test created more than 1,500 pieces of space junk now threatening the seven astronauts aboard the International Space Station, according to U.S. officials who called the strike reckless and irresponsible. The State...

The cosmos beckons for Snoopy onscreen and in real life

Nov. 12, 2021 09:12 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A new rocket designed to launch humans to the moon, Mars and beyond will launch next year from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On board, will be a familiar fuzzy figure — Snoopy. A 5-ounce plush toy version of the daydreaming beagle — wearing a...

SpaceX delivers new crew of 4 to station, 'glorious sight'

Nov. 11, 2021 21:51 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX capsule carrying four astronauts pulled up Thursday at the International Space Station, their new home until spring. It took 21 hours for the flight from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to the glittering outpost. ...

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...

SpaceX launches four astronauts to the International Space Station, two days after bringing another crew home

Nov. 10, 2021 21:12 PM EST
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launches four astronauts to the International Space Station, two days after bringing another crew home.