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NASA launches tool that measures Western water loss

Oct. 21, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — NASA on Thursday launched an online platform with information on how much water evaporates into the atmosphere from plants, soils and other surfaces in the U.S. West, data it says could help water managers, farmers and state officials better manage resources in the parched...

Cyprus aims for Mars with X-Ray rock dating instrument

Oct. 21, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Tiny Cyprus aims to join the global space exploration drive by developing a compact, X-Ray instrument capable of dating Martian soil and rock samples relatively accurately to potentially reveal more about the Red Planet's geological history and offer a glimpse of...

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...

NASA's asteroid hunter Lucy soars into sky with diamonds

Oct. 16, 2021 10:29 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft named Lucy rocketed into the sky with diamonds Saturday morning on a 12-year quest to explore eight asteroids. Seven of the mysterious space rocks are among swarms of asteroids sharing Jupiter's orbit, thought to be the...

New crew docks at China's first permanent space station

Oct. 16, 2021 05:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese astronauts began Saturday their six-month mission on China's first permanent space station, after successfully docking aboard their spacecraft. The astronauts, two men and a woman, were seen floating around the module before speaking via a...

China's Shenzhou-13 spacecraft docks for 6-month mission

Oct. 15, 2021 23:35 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's Shenzhou-13 spacecraft carrying three Chinese astronauts docked Saturday at its space station, kicking off a record-setting six-month stay as the country moves toward completing the new orbiting outpost. The spacecraft was launched by a Long...

With latest mission, China renews space cooperation vow

Oct. 15, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Shortly ahead of sending a new three-person crew to its space station, China on Friday renewed its commitment to international cooperation in the peaceful use of space. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said sending humans into space was a...

Lucy in the sky: Spacecraft will visit record 8 asteroids

Oct. 14, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Attention asteroid aficionados: NASA is set to launch a series of spacecraft to visit and even bash some of the solar system’s most enticing space rocks. The robotic trailblazer named Lucy is up first, blasting off this weekend on a 12-year...

China set to send 3 astronauts on longest crewed mission yet

Oct. 14, 2021 08:02 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China is preparing to send three astronauts to live on its space station for six months — a new milestone for a program that has advanced rapidly in recent years. It will be China's longest crewed space mission and set a record for the most time spent...

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...