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NASA: Contact lost with spacecraft on way to test moon orbit

Jul. 05, 2022 14:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA said Tuesday it has lost contact with a $32.7 million spacecraft headed to the moon to test out a lopsided lunar orbit, but agency engineers are hopeful they can fix the problem. After one successful communication and a second partial one on Monday, the space...

NASA satellite breaks from orbit around Earth, heads to moon

Jul. 04, 2022 22:27 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A satellite the size of a microwave oven successfully broke free from its orbit around Earth on Monday and is headed toward the moon, the latest step in NASA's plan to land astronauts on the lunar surface again. It's been an unusual journey already...

NASA hopes New Zealand launch will pave way for moon landing

Jun. 28, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — NASA wants to experiment with a new orbit around the moon that it hopes to use in the coming years to once again land astronauts on the lunar surface. So it is sending up a test satellite from New Zealand. The initial stages of the launch went...

Iran launches rocket into space as nuclear talks to resume

Jun. 26, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state television said Sunday that Tehran had launched a solid-fueled rocket into space, drawing a rebuke from Washington ahead of the expected resumption of stalled talks over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers. It's unclear when or where...

NASA asteroid mission on hold due to late software delivery

Jun. 24, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

NASA put an asteroid mission on hold Friday, blaming the late delivery of its own navigation software. The Psyche mission to a strange metal asteroid of the same name was supposed to launch this September or October. But the agency’s Jet Propulsion Lab was several months late...

NASA: Give us back our moon dust and cockroaches

Jun. 23, 2022 17:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — NASA wants its moon dust and cockroaches back. The space agency has asked Boston-based RR Auction to halt the sale of moon dust collected during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission that had subsequently been fed to cockroaches during an experiment to determine if the lunar...

NASA wraps up moon rocket test; to set launch date after fix

Jun. 23, 2022 17:04 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA said Thursday it has finished testing its huge moon rocket and will move it back to the launch pad in late August. A date for the first flight will be set after a leak that popped up during a dress rehearsal is fixed, the space agency said. ...

Space chief hopes for 'Kennedy moment' from European leaders

Jun. 22, 2022 17:22 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Josef Aschbacher recalls gazing at the night sky above his parents' Alpine farm when he was 7, trying to comprehend what he had just seen on the family's black-and-white TV set: the landing of NASA's Apollo 11 on the Moon. More than half a century later, Aschbacher...

NASA fuels moon rocket for 1st time in countdown rehearsal

Jun. 20, 2022 20:56 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA fueled its huge moon rocket for the first time Monday and went ahead with a critical countdown test despite a fuel line leak. This was NASA’s fourth crack at the all-important dress rehearsal, the last major milestone before the moon rocket’s...

China says it successfully intercepted a missile in flight

Jun. 20, 2022 06:37 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China says it has successfully intercepted a missile in flight, in a test of an anti-ballistic missile system that could improve its defenses as it presses its territorial claims. A brief statement from the Defense Ministry late Sunday gave no details, but said the...