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Space junk forces spacewalk delay, too risky for astronauts

Nov. 30, 2021 08:47 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA called off a spacewalk Tuesday because of menacing space junk that could puncture an astronaut's suit or damage the International Space Station. Two U.S. astronauts were set to replace a bad antenna outside of the space station. But late...

NASA launches spacecraft to test asteroid defense concept

Nov. 24, 2021 08:45 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA launched a spacecraft Tuesday night on a mission to smash into an asteroid and test whether it would be possible to knock a speeding space rock off course if one were to threaten Earth. The DART spacecraft, short for Double Asteroid Redirection...

Launch of new NASA space telescope delayed after incident

Nov. 23, 2021 04:50 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says the launch of a new NASA telescope to replace the famed Hubble observatory is being postponed to allow experts to check the device for possible damage following an incident at its spaceport in French Guiana. The ESA said in a...

NASA: Space station remains at risk from weapons test debris

Nov. 18, 2021 14:01 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station remains at increased risk from orbiting debris following this week’s Russian weapons test, NASA said Thursday. On Monday, Russia launched a missile to destroy a satellite orbiting just above the space...

SpaceX's Musk: 1st Starship test flight to orbit in January

Nov. 17, 2021 21:34 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX founder Elon Musk said Wednesday that his company will attempt to launch its futuristic, bullet-shaped Starship to orbit in January, but he’s not betting on success for that first test flight. “There's a lot of risk associated with...

Russia rejects accusations of endangering ISS astronauts

Nov. 16, 2021 15:21 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials on Tuesday rejected accusations that they endangered astronauts aboard the International Space Station by conducting a weapons test that created more than 1,500 pieces of space junk but a White House official said the move by Russia would threaten activities...

Russian test blamed for space junk threatening space station

Nov. 15, 2021 19:14 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A Russian weapons test created more than 1,500 pieces of space junk now threatening the seven astronauts aboard the International Space Station, according to U.S. officials who called the strike reckless and irresponsible. The State...

The cosmos beckons for Snoopy onscreen and in real life

Nov. 12, 2021 09:12 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A new rocket designed to launch humans to the moon, Mars and beyond will launch next year from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On board, will be a familiar fuzzy figure — Snoopy. A 5-ounce plush toy version of the daydreaming beagle — wearing a...

SpaceX delivers new crew of 4 to station, 'glorious sight'

Nov. 11, 2021 21:51 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX capsule carrying four astronauts pulled up Thursday at the International Space Station, their new home until spring. It took 21 hours for the flight from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to the glittering outpost. ...

SpaceX crew launch marks 600 space travelers in 60 years

Nov. 11, 2021 13:40 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX rocket carried four astronauts into orbit Wednesday night, including the 600th person to reach space in 60 years. The repeatedly delayed flight occurred just two days after SpaceX brought four other astronauts home from the...