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Russian rocket successfully puts Iranian satellite into orbit

Feb. 29, 2024 03:55 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian rocket on Thursday successfully put an Iranian satellite into orbit, a launch that underlined increasingly close cooperation between Moscow and Tehran. Russia's state-run Roscosmos corporation said that a Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Vostochny launch...

Toppled moon lander sends back more images, with only hours left until it dies

Feb. 27, 2024 11:14 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A moon lander that ended up on its side managed to beam back more pictures, with only hours remaining before it dies. Intuitive Machines posted new photos of the moon’s unexplored south polar region Tuesday. The company's lander,...

Here's a look at moon landing hits and misses

Feb. 23, 2024 19:52 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Landing a spacecraft on the moon has long been a series of hits and misses. Now, a U.S. company has become the first private outfit to achieve a safe moon landing. Only five countries have done it. A lander built by Intuitive Machines...

Turkey hails its first astronaut who returned from a 3-week mission to International Space Station

Feb. 12, 2024 05:11 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s first astronaut returned home to a hero’s welcome Monday, portrayed as a symbol of the country’s advances in technology and aerospace. Alper Gezeravci was greeted by bouquet-laden children at Ankara’s Esenboga Airport as he returned from a private...

Private US lander destroyed during reentry after failed mission to moon, company says

Jan. 19, 2024 14:57 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A U.S. company’s failed moonshot ended with a fiery plunge over the South Pacific, officials confirmed Friday. Astrobotic Technology said contact and then tracking was lost as its lunar lander reentered Earth's atmosphere Thursday, 10 days after...

US company's lunar lander will burn up in Earth's atmosphere after failed moonshot

Jan. 15, 2024 09:27 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A U.S. company’s lunar lander will soon burn up in Earth’s atmosphere after a failed moonshot. Astrobotic Technology said its lander is now headed back toward Earth from the vicinity of the moon. Company officials expect the mission to end Thursday....

China says it will launch its next lunar explorer in the first half of this year

Jan. 10, 2024 00:53 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's space agency said Wednesday that its latest lunar explorer had arrived at the launch site in preparation for a mission to the moon in the first half of this year. State broadcaster CCTV posted photos on its website of the unit under wraps as it was unloaded...

Today in History: December 4, the “Million Dollar Quartet” makes legendary recording in Memphis

Dec. 04, 2023 00:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Dec. 4, the 338th day of 2023. There are 27 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Dec. 4, 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins gathered for the first and only time...