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First Native American woman in space steps out on spacewalk

Jan. 20, 2023 12:26 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first Native American woman in space ventured out on a spacewalk Friday to prep the International Space Station for more solar panels. NASA astronaut Nicole Mann emerged alongside Japan's Koichi Wakata, lugging an equipment bag. Their job was to...

Apollo 7 astronaut Walter Cunningham dead at 90

Jan. 03, 2023 19:08 PM EST

Walter Cunningham, the last surviving astronaut from the first successful crewed space mission in NASA's Apollo program, died Tuesday in Houston. He was 90. NASA confirmed Cunningham’s death in a statement but did not include its cause. His family said through a spokesman, Jeff...

South Dakota governor expands National Guard help for tribes

Dec. 23, 2022 16:16 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem is expanding the state National Guard's mission to assist both the Oglala Sioux and the Rosebud Sioux Tribes with firewood and snow removal amid the relentless wind and life-threatening cold that have crippled their reservations in the southwestern corner...

NASA Orion capsule safely blazes back from moon, aces test

Dec. 11, 2022 19:16 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s Orion capsule made a blisteringly fast return from the moon Sunday, parachuting into the Pacific off Mexico to conclude a test flight that should clear the way for astronauts on the next lunar flyby. The incoming capsule hit the atmosphere at...

SpaceX launches a private mission to the moon with a Japanese lander and United Arab Emirates rover

Dec. 11, 2022 02:40 AM EST
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launches a private mission to the moon with a Japanese lander and United Arab Emirates rover.

K-pop star among 8 to join Japan tycoon Maezawa's moon trip

Dec. 09, 2022 11:05 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said Friday that K-pop star T.O.P will be among eight people who will join him on a flight around the moon on a SpaceX spaceship in the coming years. The Japanese tycoon launched plans for the lunar voyage in 2018, buying all the...

China launches rocket carrying 3 astronauts to finish construction of space station, expand facility to maximum size

Nov. 29, 2022 10:14 AM EST
BEIJING (AP) — China launches rocket carrying 3 astronauts to finish construction of space station, expand facility to maximum size.

China rocket taking 3 to space station to blast off Tuesday

Nov. 28, 2022 02:54 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A rocket carrying three astronauts to finish building China’s space station will blast off Tuesday amid intensifying competition with the U.S., the government said Monday, The crew includes a veteran of a 2005 space mission and two first-time astronauts, according...

Chinese coast guard seizes rocket debris from Filipino navy

Nov. 21, 2022 05:26 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — China's coast guard forcibly seized apparent Chinese rocket debris that was being towed by the Philippine navy, in the latest confrontation in the disputed South China Sea, a Philippine military commander said Monday. The Chinese vessel twice blocked the...

NASA capsule on way to moon after launch by giant new rocket

Nov. 16, 2022 18:21 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space capsule hurtled toward the moon Wednesday for the first time in 50 years, following a thunderous launch of NASA’s mightiest rocket in a dress rehearsal for astronaut flights. No one was on board this debut flight, just three test dummies. The...