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US stepping up Earth's protection from asteroids, comets

Jun. 20, 2018 7:09 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to protect the planet from incoming asteroids that could wipe out entire regions or even continents. The National Science and Technology Council released a report Wednesday calling for improved asteroid detection, tracking and...

Mars rover still silent as red planet dust storm goes global

Jun. 20, 2018 6:39 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A dust storm at Mars is now global, keeping NASA's Opportunity rover out of touch with Earth. Flight controllers lost contact with the rover more than a week ago. At the time, the dust storm covered one-fourth of Mars. NASA said Wednesday the storm now encircles the red planet,...

Trump announces plans for Pentagon to create 'Space Force'

Jun. 18, 2018 5:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new "Space Force" as an independent military service branch aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space — though he may have limited power to develop a new military command. While Trump has...

The Latest: Trump signing directive to clean up space junk

Jun. 18, 2018 12:57 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump announcing new "Space Force," other space initiatives. (all times local): 12:50 p.m.: President Donald Trump is signing a new space policy directive at the White House that aims to reduce satellite clutter in space. Trump said Monday that the...

NASA's record-breaking spacewoman retires as astronaut

Jun. 15, 2018 3:21 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's record-breaking astronaut, Peggy Whitson, retired Friday less than a year after returning from her last and longest spaceflight. She's spent more time off the planet than any other American: 665 days over three space station missions. She's also the world's most...

Chicago airport plan is 1 of many Musk dream projects

Jun. 14, 2018 7:04 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A newly announced project by billionaire innovator Elon Musk for a tunnel transit system that would carry travelers to and from Chicago O'Hare International Airport at up to 150 mph (241 kph) is just another project on a growing list of Musk dream projects. A look at some of the SpaceX and...

Spacewalking astronauts set up TV cameras for arriving ships

Jun. 14, 2018 3:36 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts set up TV cameras Thursday for new crew capsules set to arrive in coming months. The International Space Station's commander, Drew Feustel, and Ricky Arnold completed the job after struggling with a balky shield for protection against space debris. They...

NASA rover knocked out as gigantic dust storm envelops Mars

Jun. 13, 2018 6:12 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's seemingly unstoppable Mars rover Opportunity has been knocked out by a gigantic dust storm that is enveloping the red planet and blotting out the sun. Officials said Wednesday they're hopeful the rover will survive the storm, which already covers one-quarter of Mars and...

Longtime CBS News correspondent Murray Fromson dies at 88

Jun. 9, 2018 6:21 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Murray Fromson, a longtime CBS News correspondent and former Associated Press reporter, known for his work during the Korean and Vietnam wars, has died. He was 88. Fromson died in his sleep Saturday morning in Los Angeles and had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for several years,...

Soyuz capsule with 3 astronauts docks with space station

Jun. 8, 2018 9:31 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian space capsule carrying three astronauts has docked with the International Space Station two days after it was launched from Kazakhstan. The Soyuz capsule docked with the station at 13:01 GMT Friday some 255 miles (410 kilometers) above the Earth. It is carrying Serena...