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Indian spacecraft launched last month is now orbiting moon

Aug. 20, 2019 3:23 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — An unmanned spacecraft India launched last month began orbiting the moon Tuesday as it approaches the lunar south pole to study previously discovered water deposits. The Indian Space Research Organization said it successfully maneuvered Chandrayaan-2, the Sanskrit word for "moon craft,"...

NASA picks Alabama's 'Rocket City' for lunar lander job

Aug. 16, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA picked Alabama's "Rocket City" on Friday to lead development of the next moon lander for astronauts. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville beat out Johnson Space Center in Houston, which managed the Apollo lunar lander a half-century ago. The new lunar lander —...

Top NASA official gets look at next moon rocket

Aug. 15, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NASA's top official says the rocket expected to power the next mission to the moon is about 90 percent complete. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine spoke during a visit Thursday to a facility in New Orleans where the core stage is being built. The 212-foot-tall (65-meter-tall) core stage...

1 of the missing 'moon trees' in New Mexico believed found

Aug. 12, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Officials believe they may have found one of the missing trees planted in New Mexico from seeds taken to the moon during the Apollo 14 mission. KOAT-TV reports former New Mexico first lady Clara Apodaca and a naturalist identified last week a tree they believe to be one of those...

After first steps on moon, crew welcomed home with aloha

Jul. 28, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins' trip to the moon concluded with a stay in Hawaii. This week marked the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, but after those historic first steps NASA still had to get the three astronauts safely back to Earth — and the waters...

Engineers reminisce about work on the Apollo program

Jul. 26, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Carried to the moon by the Apollo 11 spacecraft and left behind when it departed is a plaque bearing the signatures of the mission's three astronauts — Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, as well as the signature of President Richard Nixon. There are several more...

Engine test for Space Launch System to be in Mississippi

Jul. 25, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — NASA says it will conduct the "Green Run" rocket testing campaign for the new Space Launch System rocket at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith welcomed Thursday's announcement by NASA's administrator, Jim Bridenstine. Officials say when...

State fair remembers moon landing with butter astronauts

Jul. 24, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The moon may be made of cheese, but these astronauts are made of butter. The Ohio State Fair is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with life-size butter sculptures of Neil Armstrong and his fellow astronauts. Gov. Mike DeWine opened the 166th edition of the fair...

New Mexico's 'moon trees' planted after Apollo 14 are lost

Jul. 23, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Five trees planted in New Mexico from seeds taken to the moon during the Apollo 14 mission and given to the state by NASA have all died or been forgotten, according to officials at the locations where the trees were planted decades ago. Officials at New Mexico sites where the trees...

Las Vegas man's Apollo 11 film reels auctioned for $1.8M

Jul. 23, 2019 2:31 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Film footage of the original mission to the moon has been auctioned for over $1.8 million, a report said. Gary George earned 8,000 times the price he paid for the three film reels of the Apollo 11 mission, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Sunday. Auction house Sotheby's handled the...