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The Latest: Florida paper prints retro Apollo 11 front page

Jul. 16, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (all times local): 1:30 p.m. The Orlando Sentinel commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch by republishing its front page from 1969 and writing minute-by-minute accounts of launch day. The headline...

Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch pad 50 years later

Jul. 16, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins returned Tuesday to the exact spot where he flew to the moon 50 years ago with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Collins had the spotlight to himself this time — Armstrong has been gone for seven years and Aldrin canceled. Collins said he...

US fears Iran seized UAE-based tanker in Strait of Hormuz

Jul. 16, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A small oil tanker from the United Arab Emirates traveling through the Strait of Hormuz entered Iranian waters and turned off its tracker two days ago, leading the U.S. to suspect Iran seized the vessel amid heightened tensions in the region, an American defense official...

SpaceX: Leaky valve caused crew capsule to explode in test

Jul. 15, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A leaky valve caused a SpaceX crew capsule to explode during a ground test back in April, destroying the spacecraft and dealing a blow to the company's effort to launch astronauts. The company announced the preliminary results of its accident investigation Monday. SpaceX's crew...

Apollo 11 moon landing had thousands working behind scenes

Jul. 15, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It took 400,000 people to put Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon a half-century ago. That massive workforce stretched across the U.S. and included engineers, scientists, mechanics, technicians, pilots, divers, seamstresses, secretaries and more who worked...

India aborts moon mission launch, citing technical glitch

Jul. 14, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

SRIHARIKOTA, India (AP) — India aborted the launch on Monday of a spacecraft intended to land on the far side of the moon less than an hour before liftoff. The Chandrayaan-2 mission was called off when a "technical snag" was observed in the 640-ton, 14-story rocket launcher, Indian Space Research...

Connecticut man to be honored for his work on moon mission

Jul. 14, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who was among the engineers working at Hamilton Standard in the 1960s developing the lunar module for the Apollo 11 mission is being honored by the Connecticut Science Center. Tuesday's tribute to Ed O'Connor, a longtime science center volunteer, is one of numerous...

Armstrong's famous "one small step" quote -- explained

Jul. 13, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

What did Neil Armstrong really say when he took his first step on the moon? Millions on Earth who listened to him on TV or radio heard this : "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." But after returning from space, Armstrong said that wasn't what he had planned to say. He said there was a lost...

Russia launches major new telescope into space after delays

Jul. 13, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian Proton-M rocket successfully delivered a cutting-edge space telescope into orbit Saturday after days of launch delays, Russia's space agency said. Roscosmos said the telescope, named Spektr-RG, was delivered into a parking orbit before a final burn Saturday that kicked the...

Correction: Moon Landing-Movies story

Jul. 13, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story July 12 about moon-landing movies, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of the filmmaker behind the "Apollo 11" documentary. He is Todd Douglas Miller, not Todd Michael Douglas. A corrected version of the story is below: The moon landing was a giant leap for movies,...