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In this image taken from NASA video NASA astronaut Jessica Meir works to finish upgrading the International Space Station's power grid, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. NASA is in the midst of replacing decades-old nickel-hydrogen batteries outside the sprawling space station with more powerful, longer-lasting lithium-ion batteries. The batteries are part of the station's solar power network, keeping everything running when the outpost is on the night side of Earth. It was the second pairing of Meir and Christina Koch outside the orbiting lab. (NASA via AP)

Astronaut completes spacewalk without helmet camera, lights

Jan. 15, 2020 2:20 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts had to make do with fewer lights and camera views from one helmet Wednesday while performing critical battery work outside the International Space Station. It was the second pairing of NASA's Jessica Meir and Christina Koch outside the orbiting lab. Last...

FILE - In this June 7, 2016, file photo cars pass charred ground remnants at the scene of a fatal traffic accident in rural Tuscaloosa County, Ala. Lawyers James Halsell, the retired NASA astronaut charged with murder in a fatal car crash that killed two young sisters, contend tests reveal there wasn't any alcohol in his system, court documents show. Attorneys for Halsell filed a motion including the test results Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Phillip Lucas, File)

Defense: No alcohol in fatal crash involving ex-astronaut

Jan. 10, 2020 3:27 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Lawyers for a retired NASA astronaut charged with murder in a fatal car crash that killed two young sisters contend tests reveal there wasn't any alcohol in his system, court documents show. Attorneys for former space shuttle commander James Halsell filed a motion including the test...

Security personnel walk with the core stage of NASA's Space Launch System rocket, that will be used for the Artemis 1 Mission, as it is moved to the Pegasus barge, at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility where it was built, in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. It will be transported to NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi for its green run test. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Moon river: Rocket part ferried on the mighty Mississippi

Jan. 8, 2020 6:04 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With a brass band playing and a parade of workers sporting Mardi Gras beads, a huge component of a new rocket system was wheeled slowly from a New Orleans spacecraft factory on Wednesday to a barge that will float it up the Mississippi River for testing. The recently completed...

NASA contractor settles whistleblower complaint for $375,000

Jan. 6, 2020 5:45 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A NASA contractor on Monday agreed to pay $375,000 in order to settle a whistleblower complaint that accused the company of falsely certifying that ground support equipment for a rocket launch system followed the space agency's requirements. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Orlando said...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 14, 2019 file photo, U.S. astronaut Christina Koch, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), speaks with her relatives through a safety glass prior the launch of Soyuz MS-12 space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.  Koch will set a new record Saturday, Dec. 28, for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, breaking the old mark of 288 days with about two months left in her mission. Koch, a  40-year-old electrical engineer arrived at the International Space Station on March 14. She broke the record previously set by former space station commander Peggy Whitson in 2016-2017. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Pool)

US astronaut sets record for longest spaceflight by a woman

Dec. 28, 2019 12:17 PM EST

A U.S. astronaut set a record Saturday for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, breaking the old mark of 288 days with about two months left in her mission. Christina Koch, a 40-year-old electrical engineer from Livingston, Montana, arrived at the International Space Station on March 14. She broke the...

The Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft lands in White Sands, N.M., Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. Boeing safely landed its crew capsule in the New Mexico desert Sunday after an aborted flight to the International Space Station that threatened to derail the company's effort to launch astronauts for NASA next year. (Aubrey Gemignani/NASA via AP)

Boeing capsule returns to Earth after aborted space mission

Dec. 22, 2019 11:46 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing safely landed its crew capsule in the New Mexico desert Sunday after an aborted flight to the International Space Station that could hold up the company's effort to launch astronauts for NASA next year. The Starliner descended into the Army's White Sands Missile Range in...

In this long exposure photo, the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Boeing Starliner crew capsule lifts off on an orbital flight test to the International Space Station from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force station, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Boeing's new capsule ended up in the wrong orbit after lifting off on its first test flight Friday, a blow to the company's effort to launch astronauts for NASA next year. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Boeing crew capsule returning to Earth after aborted flight

Dec. 21, 2019 5:41 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing aimed to bring its Starliner crew capsule back to Earth on Sunday to end its first test flight, a mission cut short by an improperly set clock on the spacecraft. The Starliner — carrying no astronauts, only a test dummy — was supposed to spend the coming...

In this long exposure photo, the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Boeing Starliner crew capsule lifts off on an orbital flight test to the International Space Station from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force station, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Boeing capsule launches to wrong orbit, skips space station

Dec. 20, 2019 4:00 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing's new Starliner capsule ended up in the wrong orbit after lifting off on its first test flight Friday, a blow to the company's effort to launch astronauts for NASA next year. As the company scrambled to understand what happened, NASA canceled the Starliner's docking with...

NASA says Boeing test capsule won’t dock with International Space Station after spacecraft goes off course after launch.

Dec. 20, 2019 9:50 AM EST
NASA says Boeing test capsule won’t dock with International Space Station after spacecraft goes off course after launch.
In this photo made available by NASA, Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is rolled out of the Vertical Integration Facility to the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. It is scheduled for liftoff to the International Space Station on Friday. (ULA/NASA via AP)

Boeing's Starliner crew capsule makes space debut this week

Dec. 18, 2019 2:36 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing's shiny new Starliner crew capsule makes its debut this week with a launch to the International Space Station, the company's last hurdle before flying astronauts for NASA next year. Testing the cosmic waters will be Rosie the mannequin, decked out in Boeing's custom blue...