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Collins congratulates Meir on spacewalk

Oct. 18, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is congratulating fellow Caribou native Jessica Meir on participating in the first all-female spacewalk at the International Space Station. Collins said Friday Meir continues to be an inspiration to students in Caribou, across Maine, and throughout the...

First all-female spacewalking team makes history

Oct. 18, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The world's first all-female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, replacing a broken part of the International Space Station's power grid. As NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir completed the job with wrenches, screwdrivers and power-grip tools,...

Space station's 2 women prep for 1st all-female spacewalk

Oct. 17, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Men have floated out the hatch on all 420 spacewalks conducted over the past half-century. That changes Friday with spacewalk No. 421. NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will make "HERstory," as NASA is calling it, with the first all-female spacewalk. All four men...

Hubble Telescope zooms in on interstellar visitor

Oct. 16, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the best pictures yet of our newest interstellar visitor. This comet from outside our solar system is zooming by us at a blistering 110,000 mph (177,000 kph). Hubble caught some glam shots over the weekend from a distance of 260 million...

Astronomer to speak about Hubble Telescope at Ky university

Oct. 16, 2019 4:44 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former director and astronomer emeritus of the Space Telescope Science Institute will speak about the Hubble Space Telescope at the University of Louisville this month. Robert Williams will deliver the annual Bullitt lecture in astronomy at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31. The event is free and...

NASA moves up 1st all-female spacewalk to fix power unit

Oct. 15, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is moving up the first all-female spacewalk to this week because of a power system failure at the International Space Station. Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will now venture out Thursday or Friday, instead of next Monday, to deal with the problem. It will be...

Army defends decision to close space, tech library

Oct. 12, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Army is defending a decision to close its historic 57-year-old space and technical library at Redstone Arsenal. Army officials said it was a joint decision made by interested parties. The Redstone Scientific Information Center, or RSIC, closed its doors Sept. 30,

NASA conducts spacewalk as world's 1st spacewalker dies

Oct. 11, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts replaced oversized batteries outside the International Space Station on Friday, as news broke of the death of the world's first spacewalker. NASA interrupted live TV coverage of its second spacewalk this week to announce Leonov's death at age 85. Leonov's 12-minute...

Alexei Leonov, 1st human to walk in space, dies in Moscow

Oct. 11, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Alexei Leonov, the legendary Soviet cosmonaut who became the first human to walk in space 54 years ago — and who nearly didn't make it back into his space capsule — has died in Moscow at 85. The Russian space agency Roscosmos made the announcement on its website Friday but gave...

NASA launches satellite to explore where air meets space

Oct. 10, 2019 10:59 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA launched a satellite on Thursday night to explore the mysterious, dynamic region where air meets space. The satellite — called Icon, short for Ionospheric Connection Explorer — rocketed into orbit following a two-year delay. It was dropped from a plane flying...