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Take 2: Spacewalking astronauts install new solar panel

Jun. 20, 2021 14:17 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts equipped the International Space Station with the first in a series of powerful new solar panels Sunday, overcoming suit problems and other obstacles with muscle and persistence. It took two spacewalks for French...

Research from NC State professors is aboard space station

Jun. 19, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The biology projects of two N.C. State University professors are now aboard the International Space Station and may soon help provide answers about how plants respond to extreme environments. The recent launch of SpaceX-22 to the space station...

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...

After 9 years and $10M, Georgia spaceport nears FAA approval

Jun. 17, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — After nine years of planning and $10 million invested by local taxpayers, county officials in Georgia's coastal southeast corner came a big step closer Thursday to winning federal approval of a project engineered to literally inject the local economy with rocket fuel. ...

EXPLAINER: The significance of China's new space station

Jun. 17, 2021 03:03 AM EDT

JIUQUAN, China (AP) — Adding a crew to China's new orbiting space station is another major advance for the burgeoning space power. Here's a look at key developments: WHAT'S THE MISSION'S PURPOSE? The three-member crew is due...

Mistrial declared in case of University of Tennessee prof

Jun. 16, 2021 19:53 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the case of a former University of Tennessee researcher charged with hiding his relationship with a Chinese university while receiving research grants from the federal government. U.S. District...

Spacesuit problems prevent astronauts from completing job

Jun. 16, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacesuit problems prevented astronauts from completing the installation Wednesday of powerful, new solar panels outside the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough encountered a pair of spacesuit issues midway through the...

Computer trouble hits Hubble Space Telescope, science halted

Jun. 16, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Hubble Space Telescope has been hit with computer trouble, with all astronomical viewing halted, NASA said Wednesday. The orbiting observatory has been idle since Sunday when a 1980s-era computer that controls the science instruments shut...

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...

Jurors deliberate over whether professor hid ties to China

Jun. 15, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jurors have begun weighing the fate of a University of Tennessee professor charged with hiding his relationship with a Chinese university while receiving research grants from the federal government. Anming Hu, an associate professor in the...