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Florida Tech and Heinz grow space tomatoes for ketchup

Nov. 20, 2021 03:11 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — For decades, anybody searching for the “taste” of the Apollo moon program could reach for those little packets of freeze-dried ice cream that were created to bring America’s first astronauts some ersatz comfort food on their journey to the lunar surface. ...

NASA seeks ideas for a nuclear reactor on the moon

Nov. 19, 2021 15:44 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — If anyone has a good idea on how to put a nuclear fission power plant on the moon, the U.S. government wants to hear about it. NASA and the nation’s top federal nuclear research lab on Friday put out a request for proposals for a fission surface...

SpaceX's Musk: 1st Starship test flight to orbit in January

Nov. 17, 2021 21:34 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX founder Elon Musk said Wednesday that his company will attempt to launch its futuristic, bullet-shaped Starship to orbit in January, but he’s not betting on success for that first test flight. “There's a lot of risk associated with...

The cosmos beckons for Snoopy onscreen and in real life

Nov. 12, 2021 09:12 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A new rocket designed to launch humans to the moon, Mars and beyond will launch next year from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On board, will be a familiar fuzzy figure — Snoopy. A 5-ounce plush toy version of the daydreaming beagle — wearing a...

NASA bumps astronaut moon landing to 2025 at earliest

Nov. 09, 2021 17:54 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA on Tuesday delayed putting astronauts back on the moon until 2025 at the earliest, missing the deadline set by the Trump administration. The space agency had been aiming for 2024 for the first moon landing by astronauts in a...

S Korea test launches 1st domestically made space rocket

Oct. 21, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s first domestically produced space rocket reached its desired altitude but failed to deliver a dummy payload into orbit in its first test launch on Thursday. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who observed the launch on-site,...

China says moon rocks offer new clues to volcanic activity

Oct. 19, 2021 06:22 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Moon rocks brought back to Earth by a Chinese robotic spacecraft last year have provided new insights into ancient lunar volcanic activity, a researcher said Tuesday. Li Xianhua said an analysis of the samples revealed new information about the moon’s...

Australia plans lunar rover to help NASA find oxygen on moon

Oct. 13, 2021 05:00 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has agreed to build a 20-kilogram (44-pound) semi-autonomous lunar rover for NASA to take to the moon as early as 2026 in search of oxygen. The rover would collect soil that contains oxides and NASA would use separate equipment to...

NASA's Nelson's: Astronauts no longer exclusive to white men

Oct. 01, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Being an astronaut is no longer an exclusive club of white men, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said Friday while telling students that the first woman and first person of color will be landing on the moon soon. Nelson told a group of middle school...

Missing moon rock from Apollo 17 mission back in Louisiana

Sep. 29, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has recovered a missing lunar rock gifted to the state to commemorate the last manned U.S. mission to the moon after it turned up in the hands of a man who recycles wooden plaques. The rock from the 1972 Apollo 17 landing was in the...