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American astronaut's dreams of seeing space becoming reality

Apr. 19, 2019 6:06 AM EDT

CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — A Mainer who's headed to the International Space Station says she's always dreamed of being in space and "seeing this giant blue ball below me." NASA astronaut Jessica Meir is scheduled to launch in September with a Russian cosmonaut and an astronaut from the United Arab Emirates....

America's 1st female astronaut candidate, Jerrie Cobb, dies

Apr. 18, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — America's first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb, who pushed for equality in space but never reached its heights, has died. Cobb died in Florida at age 88 on March 18 following a brief illness. News of her death came Thursday from journalist Miles O'Brien, serving...

Israeli team investigating 'chain of events' in lunar crash

Apr. 18, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli start-up behind last week's failed lunar landing said Thursday that it is still investigating a malfunction that caused the spacecraft to plummet to the moon's surface. SpaceIL, the non-profit that undertook the lunar mission, said that engineers in mission control received a...

Space station shipment launched from Virginia seashore

Apr. 17, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A fresh grocery shipment rocketed toward the International Space Station on Wednesday after launching from Virginia's seashore. Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket blasted off from Wallops Island. The company's Cygnus capsule should arrive at the space station Friday, just in time...

US astronaut to spend 11 months in space, set female record

Apr. 17, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA astronaut will spend nearly a year at the International Space Station, setting a record for women. Station astronaut Christina Koch will remain on board for about 11 months, until February — approaching but not quite breaking Scott Kelly's 340-day U.S. record. "One...

Former astronaut Owen Garriott dies, flew on Skylab station

Apr. 16, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Former astronaut Owen Garriott, who flew on America's first space station, Skylab, and whose son followed him into orbit, has died at age 88. He died Monday at his home in Huntsville, Alabama, according to NASA. "Dad had a great 88 orbits around the sun!" tweeted son Richard, a...

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...

NASA twins study explores space, the final genetic frontier

Apr. 11, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — From his eyes to his immune system, astronaut Scott Kelly's body sometimes reacted strangely to nearly a year in orbit, at least compared to his Earth-bound identical twin — but newly published research shows nothing that would cancel even longer space treks, like to Mars. The good...

Spacewalking astronauts tackle battery, cable work

Apr. 8, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts completed battery and cable work outside the International Space Station on Monday despite communication trouble that sometimes made it hard for them to hear. During the spacewalk, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques reported that U.S. astronaut Anne...

Japan spacecraft drops explosive on asteroid to make crater

Apr. 5, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency said an explosive dropped Friday from its Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully blasted the surface of an asteroid for the first time to form a crater and pave the way for the collection of underground samples for possible clues to the origin of the solar system. Friday's...