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Kentucky student learns results of project sent into space

Sep. 19, 2021 00:27 AM EDT

CANNONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Rachel Blevins has just begun her sophomore year at Boyd County High School, but she has already had an experiment sent to the International Space Station. Blevins’s mom found out about a space camp in Lexington that happened to be during fall...

Trailblazing tourist trip to orbit ends with splashdown

Sep. 18, 2021 23:33 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Four space tourists safely ended their trailblazing trip to orbit Saturday with a splashdown in the Atlantic off the Florida coast. Their SpaceX capsule parachuted into the ocean just before sunset, not far from where their chartered flight...

Tom Cruise gets sneak preview from SpaceX's 1st private crew

Sep. 17, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Tom Cruise got a sneak preview of what it’s like to circle Earth in a SpaceX capsule. Representatives for SpaceX’s first privately chartered flight revealed Friday that the actor took part in a call with the four space tourists orbiting...

Chinese astronauts return after 90 days aboard space station

Sep. 17, 2021 03:37 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A trio of Chinese astronauts returned to Earth on Friday after a 90-day stay aboard their nation’s first space station in China’s longest mission yet. Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo landed in the Shenzhou-12 spaceship just after 1:30 p.m....

Chinese astronauts return to Earth after 90-day stay aboard nation's space station in China's longest mission yet

Sep. 17, 2021 01:33 AM EDT
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese astronauts return to Earth after 90-day stay aboard nation's space station in China's longest mission yet.

3 crew leave China's space station for Earth after 90 days

Sep. 16, 2021 03:59 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Three astronauts who lived for 90 days on China's space station departed Thursday in preparation for returning to Earth. The national space agency said Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo boarded the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft and undocked from the space...

SpaceX launches 4 amateurs on private Earth-circling trip

Sep. 15, 2021 23:44 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s first private flight streaked into orbit Wednesday night with two contest winners, a health care worker and their rich sponsor, the most ambitious leap yet in space tourism. It was the first time a spacecraft circled Earth with an...

Contest winners, health worker orbiting world in SpaceX 1st

Sep. 15, 2021 21:51 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The four people on SpaceX’s first private flight are fairly ordinary, down-to-Earth types brought together by chance. They’ll circle Earth for three days at an unusually high altitude — on their own without a professional escort —...

EXPLAINER: 4 will circle Earth on 1st SpaceX private flight

Sep. 13, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time in 60 years of human spaceflight, a rocket is poised to blast into orbit with no professional astronauts on board, only four tourists. SpaceX’s first private flight will be led by a 38-year-old entrepreneur who’s...

Interstate in NH to be rededicated to Alan Shepard

Sep. 10, 2021 02:01 AM EDT

DERRY, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire officials are celebrating the completion of an Interstate 93 expansion project and the rededication of the highway in honor of astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American in space. A gathering Friday in Derry, Shepard's home town, will...