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Russia sends robot into space to test out new booster rocket

Aug. 22, 2019 7:04 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has sent a humanoid robot to the International Space Station as part of tests on a new rocket that is expected to replace the current vehicle. The Soyuz capsule, which typically carries a space crew, blasted off from the Russia-leased launch pad in Kazakhstan at 8.38 a.m. (0338 GMT) on...

Spacewalking astronauts add parking spot to space station

Aug. 21, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts added another parking spot to the International Space Station on Wednesday. NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan successfully installed a docking port delivered by SpaceX last month. It will be used by SpaceX and Boeing once they start launching...

Earth's future is being written in fast-melting Greenland

Aug. 20, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

HELHEIM GLACIER, Greenland (AP) — This is where Earth's refrigerator door is left open, where glaciers dwindle and seas begin to rise. New York University air and ocean scientist David Holland, who is tracking what's happening in Greenland from both above and below, calls it "the end of the planet." He is...

NASA testing urban drone safety over Corpus Christi

Aug. 20, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — NASA is flying drones over a southeast Texas city to test the safety of the unmanned devices in a dense urban environment. The tests this month in Corpus Christi are part of a four-year project with the Federal Aviation Administration to develop a national drone traffic...

Tech startup hopes to turn NASA funding into big business

Aug. 17, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

FINCASTLE, Va. (AP) — A handful of micro assemblers spend their days peering through microscopes on the second floor of a nondescript downtown office building, tweezers in hand as they piece together components small enough to rest on the tip of a pencil. There's a delicate diamond wafer that's the width...

Ceremony honors Ohio woman turning 110

Aug. 17, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A world of changes has passed before the eyes of Valentina Williams. She's lived through two world wars, seen the development of the automobile industry and the space program. She's seen world leaders rise and fall, and she's lived through the administrations of nearly 20 U.S....

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 —...

Virgin Galactic reveals futuristic outpost for space tourism

Aug. 15, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert. The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facility has been transformed into a custom-tailored headquarters...

NASA scientists fly over Greenland to track melting ice

Aug. 15, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

ABOARD A NASA RESEARCH PLANE OVER GREENLAND (AP) — The fields of rippling ice 500 feet below the NASA plane give way to the blue-green of water dotted with irregular chunks of bleached-white ice, some the size of battleships, some as tall as 15-story buildings. Like nearly every other glacier on Greenland,...

PhD student, father-to-be killed in LA drive-by shooting

Aug. 15, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A doctoral student who dreamed of working for NASA someday was one of two childhood friends killed in a drive-by shooting that left a third man wounded in South Los Angeles, authorities and family members said. The men who died were standing outside a parked car when a passenger in...