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SpaceX closer to launching giant rocketship after FAA review

Jun. 13, 2022 17:25 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX cleared a key hurdle Monday for its plan to launch a gigantic, futuristic rocketship into orbit from Texas. The Federal Aviation Administration concluded an environmental review of Elon Musk’s Starship base. The agency saw no significant...

China launches mission to complete space station assembly

Jun. 05, 2022 05:11 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Sunday launched a new three-person mission to complete assembly work on its permanent orbiting space station. The Shenzhou 14 crew will spend six months on the Tiangong station, during which they will oversee the addition of two laboratory modules to join...

China plans to complete space station with latest mission

Jun. 04, 2022 04:17 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China is preparing to launch a new three-person mission to complete work on its permanent orbiting space station, the China Manned Space Agency said Saturday. The Shenzhou 14 crew will spend six months on the Tiangong station, during which they will oversee the...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 20, 2022 12:33 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Experts: Mars ‘doorway’ just...

Dusty demise for NASA Mars lander in July; power dwindling

May. 17, 2022 22:34 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft on Mars is headed for a dusty demise. The Insight lander is losing power because of all the dust on its solar panels. NASA said Tuesday it will keep using the spacecraft’s seismometer to register marsquakes until the power peters...

NASA research center opens 1st new lab in nearly 30 years

Apr. 30, 2022 09:06 AM EDT

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Even before they cut the ribbon, a tripod-mounted prototype sensor was tracking the sun on the roof of NASA-Langley Research Center’s just-opened Measurement Systems Lab. Langley’s first new lab in nearly three decades officially opened April 21. But Charles...

China sending up next space station crew in June

Apr. 17, 2022 06:53 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China will launch three more astronauts to its newest space station in June after the latest crew returned this weekend following a six-month stay in orbit, an official said Sunday. The crew of the Shenzhou 14 capsule will spend six months on the Tiangong to add two...

Chinese astronauts land after 6 months on space station

Apr. 16, 2022 06:44 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth on Saturday after six months aboard their country's newest orbital station in the longest crewed mission to date for China's ambitious space program. The Shenzhou 13 space capsule landed in the Gobi desert in the northern...

Dress rehearsal: NASA moon rocket's last test before launch

Apr. 01, 2022 17:26 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA kicked off a critical countdown test Friday for its new moon rocket, a 30-story behemoth that could make its first lunar test flight by summer. The two-day demonstration — the final major milestone before liftoff to the moon — will culminate...