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NASA delays moon rocket launch due to potential hurricane

Sep. 24, 2022 10:51 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is skipping next week’s launch attempt of its new moon rocket because of a tropical storm that’s expected to become a major hurricane. It’s the third delay in the past month for the lunar-orbiting test flight featuring mannequins but no...

Professor, NASA researcher pleads guilty in China ties case

Sep. 23, 2022 16:48 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A NASA researcher and Texas A&M University professor has pleaded guilty to charges related to hiding his ties to a university created by the Chinese government while accepting federal grant money. Zhengdong Cheng pleaded guilty to two counts — violation of...

Approaching storm may delay launch try for NASA moon rocket

Sep. 23, 2022 17:51 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An approaching storm threatens to delay NASA's next launch attempt for its new moon rocket, already grounded for weeks by fuel leaks. A tropical depression in the southern Caribbean is moving toward Florida and could become a major hurricane. ...

Why is a NASA spacecraft crashing into an asteroid?

Sep. 22, 2022 17:11 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — In the first-of-its kind, save-the-world experiment, NASA is about to clobber a small, harmless asteroid millions of miles away. A spacecraft named Dart will zero in on the asteroid Monday, intent on slamming it head-on at 14,000 mph (22,500 kph). The...

Saudi Arabia plans to send female astronaut to space in 2023

Sep. 22, 2022 09:09 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said Thursday it will launch a training program with the goal of sending its own astronauts, including a woman, into space next year. The kingdom is actively promoting science and technology as part of its wide-ranging Vision 2030...

Space station gets 3 new residents after Russian launch

Sep. 21, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station welcomed three new residents Wednesday following a smooth Russian launch. The Soyuz capsule rocketed into orbit from Kazakhstan and, just three hours later, pulled up at the space station. American Frank Rubio checked in...

NASA fuels moon rocket in test, hit again with pesky leaks

Sep. 21, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's new moon rocket sprouted more fuel leaks Wednesday in a test ahead of a possible launch attempt next week, but engineers managed to get them down to acceptable levels. There was no immediate decision on whether NASA would try for a liftoff Tuesday...

Neptune and rings shine in photos from new space telescope

Sep. 21, 2022 13:54 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Neptune and its rings haven’t looked this good in decades. NASA released new glamour shots of our solar system's outermost planet Wednesday taken by the James Webb Space Telescope. The pictures taken in July show not only Neptune’s thin rings, but...

Musk to seek exemption from Iran sanctions for Web access

Sep. 20, 2022 17:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elon Musk's hope to operate his satellite internet firm in Iran requires permission from the Treasury Department, which said Tuesday it welcomes applications to support internet freedom in the country that is largely isolated from Wwestern economies. The Tesla...

NASA Mars lander captures strikes by 4 incoming space rocks

Sep. 19, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA lander on Mars has captured the vibrations and sounds of four meteoroids striking the planet’s surface. Scientists reported Monday that Mars InSigh t detected seismic and acoustic waves from a series of impacts in 2020 and 2021. A satellite...