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Wisconsin tribal school's science project returns from space

Jan. 18, 2021 1:01 AM EST

HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) — When the SpaceX Cargo Dragon 2 ship returned to Earth from the International Space Station this week, it carried onboard a very special package for a tribal school in Wisconsin — fish eggs. A team of eighth-grade students from the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School in Hayward had...

Virgin Orbit Boeing 747-400 rocket launch platform, named Cosmic Girl, takes off from Mojave Air and Space Port, Mojave (MHV) on its second orbital launch demonstration in the Mojave Desert, north of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)

Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit reaches space on 2nd try

Jan. 17, 2021 6:39 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit reached space on Sunday, eight months after the first demonstration flight of its air-launched rocket system failed, the company said. A 70-foot-long (21.34-meter-long) LauncherOne rocket was released from beneath the wing of a Boeing 747 carrier aircraft...

Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a memorial service for the late Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager in Charleston, W.Va., on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Yeager died last month at age 97. The West Virginia native in 1947 became the first person to fly faster than sound. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson)

Pence speaks at memorial service for Yeager in West Virginia

Jan. 15, 2021 7:15 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager was remembered at a memorial service Friday as a hero, legend and friend who would go out of his way to help others. Vice President Mike Pence started the service in Yeager's home state of West Virginia by calling him “America's...

Ethan Allen, Virgin Galactic rise; First Republic, Xcel fall

Jan. 14, 2021 4:28 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially Thursday: First Republic Bank, down $3.21 to $158.04. The private banking and wealth management company reported surprisingly good fourth-quarter financial results. Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc., up $5.47 to $33.03. Ark Investment...

NASA to test engine for 'most powerful rocket in the world'

Jan. 14, 2021 4:19 PM EST

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — NASA is preparing to test-fire engines on Saturday that could send a rocket to the moon in 2022. The Stennis Space Center, near Bay St. Louis, will test all four engines on its new Space Launch System, the only rocket that will be able to send the Orion spacecraft, astronauts...

FILE - This Dec. 6, 2018 image made available by NASA shows the InSight lander. The scene was assembled from 11 photos taken using its robotic arm. On Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, NASA declared the craft dead after failing to burrow deep into the red planet to take its temperature. (NASA via AP)

RIP: Mars digger bites the dust after 2 years on red planet

Jan. 14, 2021 3:56 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA declared the Mars digger dead Thursday after failing to burrow deep into the red planet to take its temperature. Scientists in Germany spent two years trying to get their heat probe, dubbed the mole, to drill into the Martian crust. But the 16-inch-long (40-centimeter)...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. file photo, smoke from California wildfires up to 200 miles away obscures the view of traffic traveling on Interstate 80, looking west in Sparks, Nev. Local schools canceled all outdoor activities as the air quality index approached the

Hot again: 2020 sets yet another global temperature record

Jan. 14, 2021 11:51 AM EST

Earth’s rising fever hit or neared record hot temperature levels in 2020, global weather groups reported Thursday. While NASA and a couple of other measurement groups said 2020 passed or essentially tied 2016 as the hottest year on record, more agencies, including the National Oceanic Atmospheric...

This photo provided by NASA shows SpaceX's Dragon undocking from International Space Station on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021.  SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule undocked with 12 bottles of Bordeaux wine and hundreds of snippets of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines. The capsule is aiming for a splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast Wednesday night. (NASA via AP)

Cheers! French wine, vines headed home after year in space

Jan. 12, 2021 11:41 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station bid adieu Tuesday to 12 bottles of French Bordeaux wine and hundreds of snippets of grapevines that spent a year orbiting the world in the name of science. SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule undocked with the wine and vines — and...

Virgin Galactic says test flight problem identified

Jan. 7, 2021 10:49 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virgin Galactic said Thursday it has completed analysis of why its spacecraft’s rocket failed to ignite during a test flight over New Mexico last month and work to fix the problem has begun. “Once the corrective work has been implemented and verified, we will confirm our...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Jan. 6, 2021 1:17 PM EST

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ Jan. 6 The Decatur Daily on Congress convening to confirm the Electoral College vote won by President-elect Joe Biden amid objections from President Donald Trump: Today, the United States Congress will meet for what normally is a perfunctory duty: accepting the...