Latest Space accidents News

Can a new space race connect the world to the internet?

Sep. 23, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a 21st century space race: Amazon, SpaceX and others are competing to get into orbit and provide internet to the Earth's most remote places. And like the last century's battle for space supremacy that was triggered by the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik 1, this one involves...

Bill creating coin honoring Christa McAuliffe is approved

Sep. 19, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Democratic congressional delegation is welcoming the passage of a bill that will create a commemorative coin to honor Christa McAuliffe, the Concord High School teacher who died in the space shuttle Challenger disaster 33 years ago. The bill passed the Senate in July...

Saudi-owned satellite channel reports explosion at Saudi Aramco facility in kingdom's east; offers no immediate cause

Sep. 13, 2019 10:48 PM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi-owned satellite channel reports explosion at Saudi Aramco facility in kingdom's east; offers no immediate cause.

Indonesian province shuts schools due to forest fire haze

Sep. 11, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Authorities shut most schools in parts of Indonesia's Sumatra island to protect children from a thick, noxious haze as deliberately set fires burned through peatland forests, officials said Wednesday. Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency said more than 3,600 fires have been...

India loses touch with lander on its final approach to moon

Sep. 7, 2019 7:15 AM EDT

BANGALORE, India (AP) — India's space agency said it lost touch with its Vikram lunar lander on Saturday as it made its final approach to the moon's south pole to deploy a rover to search for signs of water. The fate of the lander — whether it crashed or landed — wasn't immediately known. A...

European probe dodges SpaceX satellite after missed message

Sep. 3, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A European space probe has performed an evasive maneuver to avoid a possible collision with another satellite after its operator, private firm SpaceX, failed to receive a warning message. Officials at the European Space Agency said Tuesday that engineers decided to move the Aeolus satellite...

Iran acknowledges rocket explosion, says test malfunctioned

Sep. 2, 2019 9:04 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran acknowledged for the first time on Monday that a rocket at its Imam Khomeini Space Center exploded after satellite photos showed the blast last week, with an official saying a technical malfunction during a test caused the explosion. The comments by government spokesman Ali Rabiei...

Mysterious Iran rocket blast draws Trump tweet, Tehran taunt

Aug. 31, 2019 6:00 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The unexplained explosion of a rocket at an Iranian space center grew more mysterious Saturday as President Donald Trump tweeted what appeared to be an American surveillance photo of the site and Tehran showed off a satellite meant to be launched. Trump's tweet showing...

Satellite photos show burning Iran space center launch pad

Aug. 29, 2019 11:23 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A rocket at an Iranian space center that was to conduct a satellite launch criticized by the U.S. apparently exploded on its launch pad Thursday, satellite images show, suggesting the Islamic Republic suffered its third failed launch this year alone. While Iranian state...

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...