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Crew starts making China's new space station their home

Jun. 17, 2021 22:06 PM EDT

JIUQUAN, China (AP) — Three Chinese astronauts have begun making China’s new space station their home for the next three months, after their launch and arrival at the station Thursday marked further advances in the country’s ambitious space program. Their...

China set to send first crew to new space station Thursday

Jun. 16, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

JIUQUAN, China (AP) — The three members of the first crew to be sent to China's space station say they're eager to get to work making their home for the next three months habitable, setting up testing and experiments and preparing for a series of spacewalks. The three...

Photos show Chinese rover on dusty, rocky Martian surface

Jun. 11, 2021 00:59 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The dusty, rocky Martian surface and a Chinese rover and lander bearing small national flags were seen in photos released Friday that the rover took on the red planet. The four pictures released by the China National Space Administration also show the...

Science chief wants next pandemic vaccine ready in 100 days

Jun. 03, 2021 00:36 AM EDT

The new White House science adviser wants to have a vaccine ready to fight the next pandemic in just about 100 days after recognizing a potential viral outbreak. In his first interview after being sworn in Wednesday, Eric Lander painted a rosy near future where a renewed...

Science chief wants next pandemic vaccine ready in 100 days

Jun. 02, 2021 19:54 PM EDT

The new White House science adviser wants to have a vaccine ready to fight the next pandemic in just about 100 days after recognizing a potential viral outbreak. In his first interview after being sworn in Wednesday, Eric Lander painted a rosy near future where a renewed...

New Zealand latest nation to sign space agreement with NASA

Jun. 01, 2021 05:13 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand announced Tuesday it was the latest country to sign a space agreement with NASA, just as New Zealand's nascent space industry begins to take off. New Zealand became the eleventh signatory to the Artemis Accords, a blueprint for...

Navigation error sends NASA's Mars helicopter on wild ride

May. 27, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A navigation timing error sent NASA's little Mars helicopter on a wild, lurching ride, its first major problem since it took to the Martian skies last month. The experimental helicopter, named Ingenuity, managed to land safely, officials at...

China's Mars rover touches ground on red planet

May. 22, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s first Mars rover has driven down from its landing platform and is now roaming the surface of the red planet, China's space administration said Saturday. The solar-powered rover touched Martian soil at 10:40 a.m. Saturday Beijing time (0240 GMT),...

China delays mission while NASA congratulates on Mars images

May. 20, 2021 05:32 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China postponed a supply mission to its new space station on Thursday for unspecified technical reasons, while photos sent back from Mars by its newly arrived rover earned plaudits from NASA despite only sporadic contacts between the Chinese and American space programs. ...

China lands on Mars in major advance for its space ambitions

May. 15, 2021 04:27 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time on Saturday, a technically challenging feat more difficult than a moon landing, in the latest step forward for its ambitious goals in space. Plans call for a rover to stay in the lander for a few days...