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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifts off from launch complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with a payload of a high frequency satellite Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Built by Lockheed Martin, this U.S. military spacecraft will provide highly-secure communications. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Space Force launches its 1st mission with virus precautions

Mar. 26, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The newly established U.S. Space Force launched its first national security satellite Thursday with a leaner staff because of the coronavirus pandemic. "Nothing stops the space launch mission!" the 45th Space Wing tweeted from Cape Canaveral. The approximately $1 billion...

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...

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...

In a time exposure, a SpaceX Falcon is launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., Friday night, March 6, 2020, with a load of supplies for the International Space Station. Cocoa Beach, Fla., is in the foreground. (Malcolm Denemark/Florida Today via AP)

SpaceX launches station supplies, nails 50th rocket landing

Mar. 7, 2020 1:46 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX successfully launched another load of station supplies for NASA late Friday night and nailed its 50th rocket landing. The Falcon rocket blasted off with 4,300 pounds (1,950 kilograms) of equipment and experiments for the International Space Station. Just minutes later,...

In this image released by NASA, Alex Mather, the student whose submission, Perseverance, was chosen as the official name of the Mars 2020 rover, reads his essay entry, Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Va. (Aubrey Gemignani/NASA via AP)

Meet Perseverance: Mars rover gets name ahead of July launch

Mar. 5, 2020 5:41 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's next Mars rover finally has a name. Perseverance, a six-wheeled robotic explorer, will blast off this summer to collect Martian samples for eventual return to Earth. The name was suggested by Alex Mather, a Virginia seventh-grader, as part of a naming contest for U.S....

This Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 photo provided by Northrop Grumman shows the Intelsat 901 satellite as the Mission Extension Vehicle-1 approaches it in orbit around the Earth, bottom right. The Northrop Grumman MEV-1 will serve as a guide dog of sorts for its aging Intelsat companion which is almost out of fuel. (Northrop Grumman via AP)

Satellite almost on empty gets new life after space docking

Feb. 26, 2020 4:20 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A communication satellite almost out of fuel has gotten a new life after the first space docking of its kind. Northrop Grumman and Intelsat announced the successful link-up nearly 22,500 miles (36,000 kilometers) above Earth on Wednesday. It's the first time two commercial...

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Skeptic of world being round dies in California rocket crash

Feb. 24, 2020 2:41 AM EST

BARSTOW, Calif. (AP) — A California man who said he wanted to fly to the edge of outer space to see if the world is round has died after his home-built rocket blasted off into the desert sky and plunged back to earth. “Mad" Mike Hughes was killed on Saturday afternoon after his rocket crashed on...

Michigan wants space facility at former military base

Feb. 22, 2020 11:12 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers and aerospace officials are hoping a former military base might become a space facility where public and private industries could launch satellites and tourists into space. Wurtsmith Airport was selected as the potential site. A group of legislators and the...

Russia will replace 2 cosmonauts set for launch to space

Feb. 19, 2020 4:12 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's space agency said Wednesday that two cosmonauts scheduled to launch to the International Space Station will be replaced with alternates for medical reasons. Roscosmos said crew members Nikolai Tikhonov and Andrei Babkin will be replaced by their designated backups, Anatoly Ivanishin...

This undated photo made available by SpaceX in February 2020 shows the Crew Dragon spacecraft undergoing acoustic testing in Florida. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, SpaceX announced it is working with Space Adventures Inc. to take tourists into a high orbit. Ticket prices aren't being divulged but are likely to be in the millions of dollars. (SpaceX via AP)

SpaceX aims to launch up to 4 tourists into super high orbit

Feb. 18, 2020 1:49 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX aims to launch up to four tourists into a super high orbit, possibly by the end of next year. The private company is working with Space Adventures Inc. for the flight, officials announced Tuesday. Ticket prices are not being divulged but expected to be in the millions....