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Europe narrows hunt for next astronauts, eyes crewed flights

Jan. 18, 2022 12:32 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency has narrowed the candidate list for its next generation of astronauts, including dozens who have a physical disability. The agency announced last year that it had received a record number of 22,589 applications from people hoping to become...

The AP Interview: Japanese tourist says space trip 'amazing'

Dec. 28, 2021 20:51 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Japanese space tourist on Monday rejected criticism from those who questioned his decision to pay a fortune for a trip to the International Space Station, saying the “amazing” experience was worth it. Speaking to The Associated Press in a live interview from the...

Japanese space tourist says he would love longer flight

Dec. 22, 2021 08:13 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Japanese space tourist said Wednesday that he felt his 12-day mission to the International Space Station was too short and he would love to stay a week more. Fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa, his producer Yozo Hirano and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin blasted off...

Japanese space tourists safely return to Earth

Dec. 20, 2021 07:25 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Japanese billionaire, his producer and a Russian cosmonaut safely returned to Earth on Monday after spending 12 days on the International Space Station. Fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa, his producer Yozo Hirano and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin made a soft...

Japanese space tourists have safely returned to Earth

Dec. 19, 2021 22:34 PM EST
MOSCOW (AP) — Japanese space tourists have safely returned to Earth.

Giving Pledge adds 14 billionaires to philanthropist list

Dec. 14, 2021 10:03 AM EST

The Giving Pledge announced Tuesday that 14 more billionaires, including the CEOs of DoorDash and Pinterest, had promised in 2021 to donate more than half their fortunes, raising the total to 231 philanthropists from 28 countries. Founded in 2010 by Bill Gates, Melinda French Gates...

Strahan flies to space with astronaut's daughter: 'Wow!'

Dec. 11, 2021 14:35 PM EST

Football star and TV celebrity Michael Strahan caught a ride to space with Jeff Bezos’ rocket-launching company Saturday, sharing the trip with the daughter of America’s first astronaut. “TOUCHDOWN has a new meaning now!!!" he tweeted after landing. Blue...

FAA: No more commercial astronaut wings, too many launching

Dec. 10, 2021 19:18 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Heads up, future space travelers: No more commercial astronaut wings will be awarded from the Federal Aviation Administration after this year. The FAA said Friday it's clipping its astronaut wings because too many people are now launching into space and...

High wind delays Michael Strahan's space trip with 5 others

Dec. 08, 2021 12:02 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — TV celebrity and former football great Michael Strahan is going to have to wait another few days before rocketing into space. Strahan was supposed to blast off Thursday from West Texas with five others for the 10-minute flight. But on Wednesday, Jeff...

Japanese tourists dock at International Space Station

Dec. 08, 2021 10:01 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Japanese billionaire and his producer rocketed to space on Wednesday and reached the International Space Station several hours later, the first visit by self-paying space tourists to the orbiting outpost in more than a decade. Fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa and...