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NASA's final tally shows spacecraft returned double the amount of asteroid rubble

Feb. 16, 2024 11:53 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA finally has counted up all the asteroid samples returned by a spacecraft last fall — and it’s double the rubble return goal. Officials reported Thursday that the Osiris-Rex spacecraft collected 121.6 grams (4.29 ounces) of dust and pebbles from...

US company's lunar lander rockets toward the moon for a touchdown attempt next week

Feb. 15, 2024 09:51 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Another private U.S. company took a shot at the moon Thursday, launching a month after a rival’s lunar lander missed its mark and came crashing back. NASA, the main sponsor with experiments on board, is hoping for a successful moon landing next week as...

Ed Dwight was to be the first Black astronaut. At 90, he's finally getting his due

Feb. 09, 2024 10:11 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ed Dwight grew up in segregated 1930s Kansas on a farm on the edge of town. An airfield was within walking distance, and, as a boy, he’d often go to marvel at the planes and gawk at the pilots. Most were flying back from hunting trips and their cabins were messy with blood and...

NASA climate satellite blasts off to survey oceans and atmosphere of a warming Earth

Feb. 08, 2024 02:14 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s newest climate satellite rocketed into orbit Thursday to survey the world’s oceans and atmosphere in never-before-seen detail. SpaceX launched the Pace satellite on its $948 million mission before dawn, with the Falcon rocket heading south...

Space shuttle Endeavour hoisted for display in launch configuration at Los Angeles science museum

Jan. 30, 2024 10:46 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA's retired space shuttle Endeavour was carefully hoisted late Monday and attached to a huge external fuel tank and its two solid rocket boosters at a Los Angeles museum where it will be uniquely displayed as if it is about to blast off. A massive crane...

NASA's little helicopter on Mars has logged its last flight

Jan. 25, 2024 17:25 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s little Mars helicopter has flown its last flight. The space agency announced Thursday that the 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) chopper named Ingenuity can no longer fly because of rotor blade damage. While it remains upright and in contact with flight...

Private US lander destroyed during reentry after failed mission to moon, company says

Jan. 19, 2024 14:57 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A U.S. company’s failed moonshot ended with a fiery plunge over the South Pacific, officials confirmed Friday. Astrobotic Technology said contact and then tracking was lost as its lunar lander reentered Earth's atmosphere Thursday, 10 days after...

Astronauts from Turkey, Sweden and Italy launch to space station on latest chartered flight

Jan. 18, 2024 18:33 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Turkey’s first astronaut along with a Swede and Italian launched Thursday to the International Space Station on a chartered SpaceX flight. The Falcon rocket blasted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in late afternoon, carrying the three men, all...

More delays for NASA's astronaut moonshots, with crew landing off until 2026

Jan. 09, 2024 15:54 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts will have to wait until next year before flying to the moon and at least two years before landing on it, under the latest round of delays announced by NASA on Tuesday. The space agency had planned to send four astronauts around the moon late...

NASA postpones landing astronauts on the moon until at least 2026

Jan. 09, 2024 13:53 PM EST
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA postpones landing astronauts on the moon until at least 2026.