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NASA's Mars Opportunity rover seen, but still not heard

Sep. 25, 2018 3:26 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Mars rover, Opportunity, has been seen, but still not heard. A spacecraft around Mars has sent back a photo of Opportunity, which has been silent ever since a massive dust storm engulfed the red planet in late spring. The rover appears in the photo as a pale dot. The Mars...

Oklahoma astronaut corn maze photographed from space

Sep. 24, 2018 6:58 AM EDT

HYDRO, Okla. (AP) — It's apt that a maze cut into an Oklahoma cornfield featuring the likeness of a former NASA astronaut can be seen from space — and has been photographed by a satellite orbiting Earth. The image of Oklahoma-born Thomas P. Stafford is cut into a 10-acre field at P Bar Farms in...

Japanese supply ship heads to space station after delays

Sep. 22, 2018 9:06 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An unmanned Japanese space capsule is headed to the International Space Station filled with cargo including food, experiments and new batteries. The craft was launched Sunday at 2:52 a.m. from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. It will take 4 ½ days to reach the space...

Russian space chief: No '2nd-tier status' with NASA outpost

Sep. 22, 2018 11:57 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's space agency chief said Saturday that it wouldn't accept a second-tier role in a NASA-led plan to build an outpost near the moon, but Roscosmos spokesman quickly clarified that Russia is still staying in the project. Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin was quoted by Russian news agencies...

Oklahoma astronaut corn maze photographed from space

Sep. 21, 2018 2:40 PM EDT

HYDRO, Okla. (AP) — It's apt that a maze cut into an Oklahoma cornfield featuring the likeness of a former NASA astronaut can be seen from space — and has been photographed by a satellite orbiting Earth. The image of Oklahoma-born Thomas P. Stafford is cut into a 10-acre field at P Bar Farms in...

Japan space rovers lowered to asteroid to collect data

Sep. 21, 2018 10:19 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese spacecraft released two small rovers on an asteroid on Friday in a mission that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system. The Japan Space Exploration Agency said the two Minerva-II-1 rovers were lowered from the unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 to the asteroid Ryugu. The...

Ivanka Trump tours NASA center in Houston, calls space crew

Sep. 20, 2018 9:47 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump made a telephone call to the International Space Station and spoke to the crew while touring NASA's Johnson Space Center. Trump, who is an adviser to her father, President Donald Trump, talked to the space station crew whose members are flying 250 miles (402 kilometers) above...

Washington calls for the release of scientist in Turkey

Sep. 20, 2018 3:31 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The United States has called for the immediate release of a NASA scientist who was arrested in southern Turkey for alleged links to Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Islamic cleric the Turkish government blames for a failed 2016 coup attempt. The U.S. State Department said in a written...

SpaceX's 1st traveler is moonstruck Japanese fashion tycoon

Sep. 18, 2018 8:40 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese billionaire who Tesla chief Elon Musk says plans to blast off on the first-ever private commercial space trip aboard the SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket often makes headlines in Japan. The SpaceX mission, set for takeoff in 2023, is just the latest exploit in tycoon Yusaku Maezawa's...

Russian cosmonauts to conduct spacewalk to probe into leak

Sep. 18, 2018 3:55 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A space official says that Russian cosmonauts will venture outside the International Space Station to inspect a section where a mysterious leak has been discovered. The leak was spotted last month in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft attached to the station. The crew of three Americans, two...