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Israel flying to moon after SpaceX launch

Feb. 21, 2019 11:02 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An Israeli spacecraft rocketed toward the moon for the country's first attempted lunar landing, following a launch Thursday night by SpaceX. A communications satellite for Indonesia was the main cargo aboard the Falcon 9 rocket, which illuminated the sky as it took flight. But...

And now for the weather on Mars, courtesy of new NASA lander

Feb. 19, 2019 5:14 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — And now for the weather on Mars: NASA's newest lander is offering daily reports on the red planet's frigid winter. Starting Tuesday, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is posting the highs and lows online , along with wind speed and atmospheric pressure from the InSight lander. On...

Year in space put US astronaut's disease defenses on alert

Feb. 15, 2019 4:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a year in space put astronaut Scott Kelly's immune system on high alert and changed the activity of some of his genes compared to his Earth-bound identical twin, researchers said Friday. Scientists don't know if the changes were good or bad but results from a unique NASA twins...

NASA rover finally bites the dust on Mars after 15 years

Feb. 13, 2019 10:02 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Opportunity, the Mars rover that was built to operate for just three months but kept going and going, rolling across the rocky red soil, was pronounced dead Wednesday, 15 years after it landed on the planet. The six-wheeled vehicle that helped gather critical evidence...

NASA declares Mars rover Opportunity dead after 15 years on the red planet

Feb. 13, 2019 2:04 PM EST
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA declares Mars rover Opportunity dead after 15 years on the red planet.

Mark Kelly joins exclusive club of astronaut-politicians

Feb. 12, 2019 7:57 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Retired astronaut Mark Kelly entered the race Tuesday to finish John McCain's term in the U.S. Senate, looking to join a small club of space explorers who have served in the U.S. Capitol. Kelly and his twin brother, Scott Kelly, joined NASA in 1996 after flying combat missions in the U.S....

NASA about to pull plug on Mars rover, silent for 8 months

Feb. 12, 2019 4:59 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is trying one last time to contact its record-setting Mars rover Opportunity, before calling it quits. The rover has been silent for eight months, victim of one of the most intense dust storms in decades. Thick dust darkened the sky last summer and, for months, blocked...

Pence promises missions to the moon and Mars during ceremony

Feb. 7, 2019 4:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is honoring the nation's fallen astronauts during a NASA day of remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorials at the cemetery honor those who perished when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded on Jan. 28, 1986, and when the Space Shuttle Columbia...

UK-built Mars rover named after scientist Rosalind Franklin

Feb. 7, 2019 7:47 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British-built Mars rover that is scheduled to be launched in 2020 has been named after scientist Rosalind Franklin. The ExoMars mission is designed to search for evidence of life on Mars. The name was revealed Thursday by astronaut Tim Peake and science minister Chris Skidmore after more...

NASA, SpaceX aim for March test of 1st new astronaut capsule

Feb. 6, 2019 2:33 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA and SpaceX are now aiming for a March debut of the first capsule from a private company designed to fly astronauts to the International Space Station. No one will be on board for the crew Dragon's inaugural test flight to the orbiting outpost. Officials on Wednesday set...