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Russian capsule carrying 3 docks with space station

Jul. 20, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Russian space capsule with three astronauts aboard has docked with the International Space Station after a fast-track trip to the orbiting laboratory. The Soyuz capsule docked at 22:48 GMT Saturday, just six hours and 20 minutes after blasting off from Russia's launch complex...

Nation marks 50 years after Apollo 11's 'giant leap' on moon

Jul. 20, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A moonstruck nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's "giant leap" by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin at parties, races, ball games and concerts Saturday, toasting with Tang and gobbling MoonPies. At NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Aldrin showed Vice President Mike...

The Latest: Pence marks Apollo 11 anniversary at launch site

Jul. 20, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (all times local): 2 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence is marking the 50th anniversary of humanity's first moon landing at the Apollo 11 launch site. Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin accompanied Pence to Florida's Kennedy Space...

Virgin Orbit in launch deal with UK's Royal Air Force

Jul. 19, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Orbit says it has been selected by the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force to provide launches of small satellites on short notice. The Long Beach, California, company announced Friday that the first launch for the ARTEMIS program could come as soon as 2020. Virgin Orbit is...

India reschedules launch of its moon mission for Monday

Jul. 18, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

CHENNAI, India (AP) — India's space agency said it will launch a spacecraft to the south pole of the moon on Monday after stopping an attempt this week. The Indian Space Research Organization said the Chandrayaan-2 launch is now set at 2:43 p.m. on Monday. It said Thursday that the cause of the previous...

Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch pad 50 years later

Jul. 16, 2019 11:02 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...

The Latest: Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch pad

Jul. 16, 2019 4:19 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...

India assesses technical snag that aborted moon mission

Jul. 15, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's space organization is examining the technical snag behind Monday's aborted launch of a spacecraft intended to land on the far side of the moon and expects to set a new launch date within days. The Chandrayaan-2 mission was called off less than an hour before liftoff by the Indian...

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...

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...