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UAE sets new ambitious timeline for launch of moon rover

Apr. 14, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates’ space center announced Wednesday a more ambitious timeline for sending its first rover to the moon. The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center said it is partnering with Japan’s ispace company to send a rover to...

US, China consulted on safety as their crafts headed to Mars

Mar. 31, 2021 04:15 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — As their respective spacecrafts headed to Mars, China and the U.S. held consultations earlier this year in a somewhat unusual series of exchanges between the rivals. China's National Space Agency confirmed Wednesday that it had working-level meetings and...

SpaceX launches test rocket, breaks apart before landing

Mar. 30, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX chalked up another failed landing Tuesday for its futuristic, bullet-shaped Starship, as the prototype Mars rocket broke apart right before touchdown. A camera on the rocket froze not quite six minutes into the test flight, and dense...

Part of Wright brothers' 1st airplane on NASA's Mars chopper

Mar. 23, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A piece of the Wright brothers’ first airplane is on Mars. NASA’s experimental Martian helicopter holds a small swatch of fabric from the 1903 Wright Flyer, the space agency revealed Tuesday. The helicopter, named Ingenuity, hitched a...

Mars findings cataloged in Navajo language

Mar. 21, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

Native people have had ties to land in North America since time immemorial, and now that connection is expanding to the cosmos. The Perseverance rover has been on Mars for a month, collecting data and making discoveries with each passing day. A number...

China, Russia agree to build lunar research station

Mar. 10, 2021 04:00 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China and Russia said they will build a lunar research station, possibly on the moon's surface, marking the start of a new era in space cooperation between the two countries. A statement posted on the website of the China National Space Administration...

NASA's new Mars rover hits dusty red road, 1st trip 21 feet

Mar. 05, 2021 18:26 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s newest Mars rover hit the dusty red road this week, putting 21 feet on the odometer in its first test drive. The Perseverance rover ventured from its landing position Thursday, two weeks after setting down on the red planet to seek...

Biden lauds NASA team for giving US 'dose of confidence'

Mar. 04, 2021 18:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday congratulated the NASA team responsible for last month’s successful landing of an six-wheeled rover on Mars and for giving the country a “dose of confidence” at a moment when the nation's reputation as a scientific leader has been...

SpaceX Starship lands upright, then explodes in latest test

Mar. 04, 2021 06:29 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s futuristic Starship looked like it aced a touchdown Wednesday, but then exploded on the landing pad with so much force that it was hurled into the air. The failure occurred just minutes after SpaceX declared success. Two previous...

China's Mars craft enters parking orbit before landing rover

Feb. 24, 2021 01:10 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China says its Tianwen-1 spacecraft has entered a temporary parking orbit around Mars in anticipation of landing a rover on the red planet in the coming months. The China National Space Administration said the spacecraft executed a maneuver to adjust its...