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SpaceX suffers serious setback with crew capsule accident

Apr. 22, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has suffered a serious setback in its effort to launch NASA astronauts into orbit this year, with the fiery loss of its first crew capsule during testing. Over the weekend, the company's recently flown Dragon crew capsule was engulfed in smoke and flames on an engine test...

Israeli spacecraft crashes in attempt to land on moon

Apr. 12, 2019 5:52 AM EDT

YEHUD, Israel (AP) — An Israeli spacecraft crashed into the moon just moments before touchdown, failing in an ambitious attempt to make history Thursday as the first privately funded lunar landing. The spacecraft lost communication with ground control during its final descent. Moments later, the mission...

SpaceX launches mega rocket, lands all 3 boosters

Apr. 11, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched its second supersized rocket and for the first time landed all three boosters Thursday, a year after sending up a sports car on the initial test flight. The new and improved Falcon Heavy thundered into the early evening sky with a communication satellite called...

India declines comment on NASA's anti-satellite criticism

Apr. 3, 2019 5:14 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Wednesday declined to comment on a statement by a U.S. space official that India's recent test of an anti-satellite weapon created debris that could threaten the International Space Station. India's Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Aman Anand said there was no official response to...

Pence calls for landing US astronauts on moon in 5 years

Mar. 26, 2019 11:57 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday called for landing astronauts on the moon within five years, an accelerated pace that would aim to put Americans on the lunar south pole. Pence said NASA needs to achieve that goal "by any means necessary." Speaking at a meeting of the...

Russian-US crew arrives at International Space Station

Mar. 14, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Russian-American crew arrived at the International Space Station on Friday, five months after a botched launch led to an emergency landing for two of the three astronauts. This time, the Russian Soyuz rocket carrying NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch along with...

NASA's new rocket won't be ready for moon shot next year

Mar. 13, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's massive new rocket won't be ready for a moon shot next year, the space agency's top official told Congress on Wednesday. Administrator Jim Bridenstine said he's considering switching to commercial rockets to keep the June 2020 launch date. Bridenstine told a Senate...

SpaceX crew capsule ends test flight with ocean splashdown

Mar. 8, 2019 11:51 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX's swanky new crew capsule returned from the International Space Station to an old-fashioned splashdown in the Atlantic on Friday, successfully ending a test flight that could lead to astronaut rides later this year. The Dragon capsule undocked from the orbiting lab early...

US-built capsule with a dummy aboard docks at space station

Mar. 3, 2019 7:00 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A sleek new American-built capsule with just a test dummy aboard docked smoothly with the International Space Station on Sunday, bringing the U.S. a big step closer to getting back in the business of launching astronauts. The white, bullet-shaped Dragon capsule, developed by...

Crew capsule rockets toward space station with test dummy

Mar. 2, 2019 2:15 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — America's newest capsule for astronauts rocketed Saturday toward the International Space Station on a high-stakes test flight by SpaceX. The only passenger was a life-size test dummy, named Ripley after the lead character in the "Alien" movies. SpaceX needs to nail the debut of...