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3 crew leave China's space station for Earth after 90 days

Sep. 16, 2021 03:59 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Three astronauts who lived for 90 days on China's space station departed Thursday in preparation for returning to Earth. The national space agency said Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo boarded the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft and undocked from the space...

NASA facility in Ohio named for native son Neil Armstrong

Aug. 12, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

SANDSUKY, Ohio (AP) — A NASA research facility in Ohio has been renamed after astronaut Neil Armstrong, who was born in the state and returned shortly after he became the first man to walk on the moon. Ohio’s U.S. senators led the efforts to change the name of the...

Piece of Apollo history on display from astronaut's family

Aug. 07, 2021 03:11 AM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Fifty years after the Apollo 15 crew visited the moon, members of the family of astronaut Jim Irwin, the lunar module pilot who also drove the lunar rover, unveiled his NASA Ambassador of Exploration Award at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature. ...

Bezos loses appeal of NASA's plans to use Musk moon lander

Jul. 30, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

The federal government Friday rejected an appeal by billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin to get in on NASA’s plans to return astronauts to the moon by using rival Elon Musk’s SpaceX. NASA in April awarded the $2.9 billion contract for a lunar lander to the more...

Jeff Bezos blasts into space on own rocket: 'Best day ever!'

Jul. 21, 2021 00:52 AM EDT

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — Jeff Bezos blasted into space Tuesday on his rocket company’s first flight with people on board, becoming the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft. The Amazon founder was accompanied by a hand-picked group: his...

Israel's SpaceIL secures funds for new lunar mission

Jul. 11, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — SpaceIL, the nonprofit Israeli initiative whose spacecraft crashed on the moon two years ago, said Sunday that it has secured $70 million in funding to make a second attempt at a lunar landing. SpaceIL said the new pledges means that it has raised...

Podcast revisits how the biggest stories unfolded on TV news

Jul. 09, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For a broadcast journalist, they are the moments that MSNBC's Brian Williams says you can almost feel people watching you. Planes crash into the World Trade Center. A president is assassinated. An election is thrown into turmoil. The first human walks on...

Richard Branson announces trip to space, ahead of Jeff Bezos

Jul. 01, 2021 21:24 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson is aiming to beat fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos into space by nine days. Branson’s company announced Thursday evening that its next test flight will be July 11 and that its founder will be among the six...

How first American in space brought a newspaper to the moon

Jun. 27, 2021 03:01 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — When the 363-foot Saturn V rocket ignited its five engines to send the crew of Apollo 14 — including America’s first man in space, Alan Shepard — on their lunar mission, something rather unusual was on board. TODAY, founded by Al Neuharth...