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In this Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 photo made available by NASA, the core stage for the first flight of NASA's Space Launch System rocket undergoes a hot fire test at NASA's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss. All four core-stage engines fired for barely a minute, rather than the intended eight minutes. On Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, NASA blamed the automatic shutdown on the strict test limits. (Robert Markowitz/NASA via AP)

Halted rocket test could stall NASA moon shot, redo possible

Jan. 19, 2021 7:39 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is considering a second firing of its moon rocket engines after a critical test came up short over the weekend, a move that could bump the first flight in the Artemis lunar-landing program into next year. The space agency had aimed to launch its new Space Launch System, or...

Virgin Orbit Boeing 747-400 rocket launch platform, named Cosmic Girl, takes off from Mojave Air and Space Port, Mojave (MHV) on its second orbital launch demonstration in the Mojave Desert, north of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)

Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit reaches space on 2nd try

Jan. 17, 2021 6:39 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit reached space on Sunday, eight months after the first demonstration flight of its air-launched rocket system failed, the company said. A 70-foot-long (21.34-meter-long) LauncherOne rocket was released from beneath the wing of a Boeing 747 carrier aircraft...

Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a memorial service for the late Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager in Charleston, W.Va., on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Yeager died last month at age 97. The West Virginia native in 1947 became the first person to fly faster than sound. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson)

Pence speaks at memorial service for Yeager in West Virginia

Jan. 15, 2021 7:15 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager was remembered at a memorial service Friday as a hero, legend and friend who would go out of his way to help others. Vice President Mike Pence started the service in Yeager's home state of West Virginia by calling him “America's...

Ethan Allen, Virgin Galactic rise; First Republic, Xcel fall

Jan. 14, 2021 4:28 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially Thursday: First Republic Bank, down $3.21 to $158.04. The private banking and wealth management company reported surprisingly good fourth-quarter financial results. Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc., up $5.47 to $33.03. Ark Investment...

FILE - This Dec. 6, 2018 image made available by NASA shows the InSight lander. The scene was assembled from 11 photos taken using its robotic arm. On Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, NASA declared the craft dead after failing to burrow deep into the red planet to take its temperature. (NASA via AP)

RIP: Mars digger bites the dust after 2 years on red planet

Jan. 14, 2021 3:56 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA declared the Mars digger dead Thursday after failing to burrow deep into the red planet to take its temperature. Scientists in Germany spent two years trying to get their heat probe, dubbed the mole, to drill into the Martian crust. But the 16-inch-long (40-centimeter)...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. file photo, smoke from California wildfires up to 200 miles away obscures the view of traffic traveling on Interstate 80, looking west in Sparks, Nev. Local schools canceled all outdoor activities as the air quality index approached the

Hot again: 2020 sets yet another global temperature record

Jan. 14, 2021 11:51 AM EST

Earth’s rising fever hit or neared record hot temperature levels in 2020, global weather groups reported Thursday. While NASA and a couple of other measurement groups said 2020 passed or essentially tied 2016 as the hottest year on record, more agencies, including the National Oceanic Atmospheric...

This photo provided by NASA shows SpaceX's Dragon undocking from International Space Station on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021.  SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule undocked with 12 bottles of Bordeaux wine and hundreds of snippets of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines. The capsule is aiming for a splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast Wednesday night. (NASA via AP)

Cheers! French wine, vines headed home after year in space

Jan. 12, 2021 11:41 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station bid adieu Tuesday to 12 bottles of French Bordeaux wine and hundreds of snippets of grapevines that spent a year orbiting the world in the name of science. SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule undocked with the wine and vines — and...

Yemen rebels: Fighters shot down Saudi-run drone near border

Dec. 22, 2020 12:00 PM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels shot down a Chinese-made, Saudi drone along the border with Saudi Arabia, a Houthi spokesman said. Houthi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yehia Sarie said in a statement that air defenses downed the drone Monday over the district of Madghal in...

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 19, 2016 file photo  Josef Aschbacher attends a press conference in Rome, Italy. The European Space Agency said Thursday that Josef Aschbacher, an Austrian scientist who leads its Earth observation program, has been appointed as the organization's next head. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, file)

European Space Agency appoints Austrian scientist new chief

Dec. 17, 2020 11:44 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian scientist Josef Aschbacher has been appointed to head the European Space Agency as the organization grapples with the fallout from Brexit and the rise of commercial rivals outside of Europe. The agency's 22 member states elected Aschbacher, who leads ESA's Earth observation program,...

University of Missouri engineering receives $2.85 million

Dec. 17, 2020 7:50 AM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri has received a $2.85 million gift to create a graduate fellowship and faculty position in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The donation comes from Sharon Langenbeck, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Missouri....