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In this Feb. 7, 1984 photo made available by NASA, astronaut Bruce McCandless II, performs a spacewalk a few meters away from the cabin of the Earth-orbiting space shuttle Challenger, using a nitrogen-propelled Manned Maneuvering Unit. On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, NASA said that more than 12,000 Americans from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories applied to be part of the space agency's next astronaut class. The month-long application period ended Tuesday. (NASA via AP)

NASA call for astronauts draws 12,000 spaceflight hopefuls

Apr. 1, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Who wants to be an astronaut? More than 12,000 people do, resulting in NASA's second-largest group of astronaut hopefuls. NASA said Wednesday that Americans from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories applied to be part of the space agency's next...

Medical staff members arrive for a duty shift at Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, Friday, March 27, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.(Lee Yong-hwan/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN says 86 staffers around world reported cases

Mar. 28, 2020 1:40 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.N. says 86 staffers around world have reported cases of...

8 European spacecraft put in hibernation amid virus lockdown

Mar. 24, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency said Tuesday that it is putting eight of its spacecraft into hibernation as it scales down operations during the coronavirus outbreak. The agency said it is further reducing the already limited number of staff working on site at its mission control in Darmstadt,...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 1984 photo made available by NASA, astronaut Bruce McCandless uses a nitrogen jet-propelled backpack, a Manned Manuevering Unit, outside the space shuttle Challenger. Astronaut wannabe Rachel Zimmerman-Brachman, a public engagement specialist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, says that isolation is a lot like astronaut training. On Thursday, March 19, 2020, she wrote on Facebook, “Attitude is everything: I'm on an adventure in a confined space with a small crew for a long duration mission, with occasional space walks and resupply missions.  Sounds like astronaut training to me.” (NASA via AP)

Going stir crazy? Then train like an astronaut, mimic space

Mar. 20, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Isolated at home? Then train like an astronaut. That's the inspirational advice from a public engagement specialist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Astronaut wannabe Rachel Zimmerman-Brachman said Friday that isolation is a lot like astronaut...

In this image from video made available by NASA, astronaut Chris Cassidy speaks during an interview from cosmonaut headquarters in Star City, Russia, on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Cassidy, who's about to leave the planet for six months, is stressed about coronavirus like everyone else, even though he's already in heavy quarantine. Cassidy said Thursday that when you're an astronaut three weeks away from launch, lots of people are “very concerned” about your health. He's grateful for that. (NASA via AP)

No family, fanfare for NASA astronaut launching next month

Mar. 19, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA astronaut who's about to leave the planet for six months will blast off without any family or fanfare because of the coronavirus. Chris Cassidy said Thursday that he won't have any guests at his April 9 launch from Kazakhstan. He expects to say goodbye in Russia to his...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden wipes his hands after creating a cast of his hand prints that will be part of a permanent display at Apollo High School in St. Cloud, Minn. Worden, who circled the moon alone in 1971 while his two crewmates tried out the first lunar rover, has died at age 88, his family said Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Jason Wachter/St. Cloud Times via AP)

Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, who circled moon, dies at 88

Mar. 18, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, who circled the moon alone in 1971 while his two crewmates test-drove the first lunar rover, died Wednesday at age 88. Worden died in his sleep at a rehab center in Houston following treatment for an infection, said friend and colleague Tom...

A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket with a payload of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

SpaceX puts 60 satellites into orbit despite engine failure

Mar. 18, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched 60 more of its internet satellites into orbit Wednesday despite an engine failure shortly after liftoff on a recycled rocket flying a record five times. SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk said one of the nine main engines shut down prematurely during liftoff, a...

Probation to end early for man who misused UNH credit card

Mar. 18, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A judge agreed to cut a two-year probation in half for a former University of New Hampshire researcher who pleaded guilty to stealing money from federal research grants. Prosecutors said Jichun Zhang, 47, submitted fictitious receipts for nearly $7,000 in expenses on a credit card. The...

NASA grant will help Maine scientist study wildfire effects

Mar. 16, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has given $300,000 to a Maine professor to study whether an instrument on the International Space Station can help predict the effects of wildfires. Andrew Barton, a University of Maine at Farmington biology professor, has been...

Europe, Russia postpone joint rover mission to Mars

Mar. 12, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency and Russia's Roscosmos said Thursday they are postponing a planned joint mission to Mars until 2022, in part due to travel restrictions resulting from the new coronavirus outbreak The ExoMars mission was due to launch this year but concerns about possible technical...