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In this image provided by NASA, a view of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft with NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken onboard is seen on monitors in firing room four of the Launch Control Center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, as the spacecraft approaches the International Space Station for docking, Sunday, May 31, 2020. The Dragon capsule arrived Sunday morning, hours after a historic liftoff from Florida. (Joel Kowsky/NASA via AP)

SpaceX's historic encore: Astronauts arrive at space station

May. 31, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX delivered two astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Sunday, following up a historic liftoff with an equally smooth docking in yet another first for Elon Musk’s company. With test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken poised to take over manual...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2019, file photo, an evacuee lies on a cot at an evacuation shelter for people with special needs, in preparation for Hurricane Dorian, at Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School in Stuart, Fla. Local officials across the South are still scurrying to fix their hurricane evacuation and sheltering plans because of changes needed due to coronavirus and a cratering economy. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Many states scrambling to update hurricane plans for virus

May. 31, 2020 7:22 AM EDT

Officials across the U.S. South are still scrambling to adjust their hurricane plans to the coronavirus. The big unknown: Where will people fleeing storms go? The Associated Press surveyed more than 70 counties and states from Texas to Virginia, with more than 60% of coastal counties saying as of late May that...

A SpaceX Falcon 9, with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in the Dragon crew capsule, lifts off from Pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Saturday, May 30, 2020. For the first time in nearly a decade, astronauts blasted towards orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil, a first for a private company.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

'Back in the game': SpaceX ship blasts off with 2 astronauts

May. 30, 2020 10:25 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A rocket ship built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company thundered away from Earth with two Americans on Saturday, ushering in a new era in commercial space travel and putting the United States back in the business of launching astronauts into orbit from home soil for the first...

Spectators watch from a bridge in Titusville, Fla., as SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts off with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in the Dragon crew capsule, Saturday, May 30, 2020, from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. The two astronauts are on the SpaceX test flight to the International Space Station. For the first time in nearly a decade, astronauts blasted toward orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil, a first for a private company. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Launch gives spectators pride, reprieve from troubled times

May. 30, 2020 8:42 PM EDT

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — For many spectators who filled parks, beaches and roads along Florida's Space Coast, the launch of two astronauts into orbit Saturday was a welcome accomplishment and a reprieve from the coronavirus pandemic, economic worries and now unrest in the streets. “With everything...

President Donald Trump views the SpaceX flight to the International Space Station, at Kennedy Space Center, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Launch provides Trump moment to relish during difficult week

May. 30, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump celebrated on Saturday the first launch of American astronauts from U.S. soil in nearly a decade, marveling at the power of the rocket ship and the danger faced by its passengers as they soared into the stratosphere and provided a moment of triumph as the...

This combination of undated photos made available by SpaceX shows NASA astronauts Doug Hurley, left, and Bob Behnken in their spacesuits at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, They are scheduled to board a SpaceX Dragon capsule atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and, equipment and weather permitting, shoot into space. It will be the first astronaut launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center since the last shuttle flight in 2011. (SpaceX via AP)

Dragon-riding astronauts join exclusive inner circle at NASA

May. 30, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken join NASA’s exclusive inner circle by catching a ride on a SpaceX rocket and capsule. It’s only the fifth time that NASA has put people aboard a brand new spacecraft line for liftoff. And it’s the first time the...

A SpaceX capsule carrying NASA astronauts reaches orbit on its way to the International Space Station.

May. 30, 2020 3:38 PM EDT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — A SpaceX capsule carrying NASA astronauts reaches orbit on its way to the International Space Station.

NASA astronauts blast off into space on a SpaceX rocket, heralding a new era in human spaceflight.

May. 30, 2020 3:23 PM EDT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — NASA astronauts blast off into space on a SpaceX rocket, heralding a new era in human spaceflight.

NASA astronauts head to the launch pad for a second liftoff attempt from Florida.

May. 30, 2020 12:07 PM EDT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — NASA astronauts head to the launch pad for a second liftoff attempt from Florida.
FILE - In this April 26, 2019 file photo, former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden rides in a car after appearing on ABC's

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 29, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Video appears to show presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe...