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Astronauts arrive at pad for SpaceX flight on used rocket

Apr. 23, 2021 03:00 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Four astronauts arrived at their launch pad early Friday morning for a SpaceX flight to the International Space Station, the company’s third bon voyage for a NASA crew in under a year. The two Americans, one French and one Japanese...

SpaceX aims for 3rd crew launch hour before Friday's sunrise

Apr. 22, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX aimed to launch its third crew a little before sunrise Friday, this time using a recycled capsule and rocket. The four astronauts, representing the U.S., Japan and France, were supposed to fly to the International Space Station on...

NASA's Mars helicopter soars higher, longer on 2nd flight

Apr. 22, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s little Mars helicopter aced its second test flight Thursday, soaring even higher and longer than before. The 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) chopper, named Ingenuity, hovered longer and also flew side to side this time, according to NASA's...

Bad offshore weather delays SpaceX crew launch until Friday

Apr. 21, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX on Wednesday bumped its next astronaut launch by a day because of dangerously high waves and wind offshore. Liftoff is now scheduled an hour before sunrise Friday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, when better weather is expected. ...

NASA to launch Rhodes College satellite into space

Apr. 21, 2021 04:36 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Rhodes College in Tennessee says NASA will launch into space a small satellite being designed and built at the liberal arts school. The Memphis-based college said in a news release that the satellite is among 14 small research satellites chosen by...

Astronauts flying reused SpaceX rocket, capsule for 1st time

Apr. 20, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time, NASA is putting its trust in a recycled SpaceX rocket and capsule for a crew. Astronaut Megan McArthur takes special pleasure in the reused spacecraft set to soar Thursday morning. In “a fun twist,” she’ll sit in...

University of Hawaii names Institute for Astronomy director

Apr. 20, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii has appointed the next director for its Institute for Astronomy. Doug Simons, the executive director of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Mauna Kea, will start his new job on Sept. 1, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported ...

Japan says Chinese military likely behind cyberattacks

Apr. 20, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo police are investigating cyberattacks on about 200 Japanese companies and research organizations, including the country’s space agency, by a hacking group believed to be linked to the Chinese military, the government said Tuesday. Police have...

Column: Only thing 'Super' about new league is the ca$h

Apr. 19, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

After decades of trying and throwing enough cash at the problem to fund a space program, Americans still stink at soccer. But nobody plays smash-and-grab better than we do. So it’s hardly coincidence that plans for a 20-team European Super League,...

NASA's Mars helicopter takes flight, 1st for another planet

Apr. 19, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s experimental helicopter Ingenuity rose into the thin air above the dusty red surface of Mars on Monday, achieving the first powered flight by an aircraft on another planet. The triumph was hailed as a Wright brothers moment. The mini...