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SpaceX launch sends 3D bioprinter, supplies to space station

Jul. 25, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — A space capsule carrying a 3D printer to make human tissue and about 5,000 pounds of other experiments and supplies is on its way to the International Space Station after a thunderous SpaceX launch. The private company's Falcon 9 rocket dodged threatening clouds in its...

Weather postpones SpaceX launch of supplies to space station

Jul. 24, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — Storm clouds forced SpaceX to postpone its Wednesday launch of a capsule carrying supplies to the International Space Station. The private firm only had a split second window to launch its Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon capsule. Another launch opportunity is Thursday at...

Planetary Society's solar sail appears to deploy properly

Jul. 23, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tiny spacecraft orbiting Earth appeared to successfully unfurl a solar sail Tuesday to test the potential of using only sunlight for propulsion, mission officials said. Deployment commands were sent to the Planetary Society's LightSail 2 from mission control at California Polytechnic...

Moon back in NASA's court 50 years after 1st lunar landing

Jul. 21, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Fifty years after humanity's first lunar footsteps, the moon is back in NASA's court. The White House wants U.S. astronauts on the moon pronto — by 2024, a scant five years from now. The moon will serve as a critical proving ground, the thinking goes, for the real prize...

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...

Space-tourism biz Virgin Galactic going public after merger

Jul. 9, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Richard Branson's space-tourism venture, Virgin Galactic, is planning to go public, creating the first listed human spaceflight firm. Virgin Galactic said Tuesday it is merging with Social Capital Hedosophia, whose CEO, Chamath Palihapitiya, will become chairman of the combined entity. The...

SpaceX launches hefty rocket with 24 satellites, experiments

Jun. 25, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched its heftiest rocket with 24 research satellites Tuesday, a middle-of-the-night rideshare featuring a deep space atomic clock, solar sail, a clean and green rocket fuel testbed, and even human ashes. It was the third flight of a Falcon Heavy rocket, but the first...