Latest National Aeronautics and Space Administration News

NASA's asteroid hunter Lucy soars into sky with diamonds

Oct. 16, 2021 07:19 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft named Lucy rocketed into the sky with diamonds Saturday morning on a 12-year quest to explore eight asteroids. Seven of the mysterious space rocks are among swarms of asteroids sharing Jupiter's orbit, thought to be the...

Lucy in the sky: Spacecraft will visit record 8 asteroids

Oct. 14, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Attention asteroid aficionados: NASA is set to launch a series of spacecraft to visit and even bash some of the solar system’s most enticing space rocks. The robotic trailblazer named Lucy is up first, blasting off this weekend on a 12-year...

William Shatner, TV's Capt. Kirk, blasts into space

Oct. 13, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — Hollywood’s Captain Kirk, 90-year-old William Shatner, blasted into space Wednesday in a convergence of science fiction and science reality, reaching the final frontier aboard a ship built by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company. The “Star...

As Shatner heads toward the stars, visions of space collide

Oct. 12, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

“Risk is our business,” James T. Kirk once said. “That’s what this starship is all about. That’s why we’re aboard her.” More than a half-century later, the performer who breathed life into the fabled Enterprise captain is, at age 90, making that kind of risk...

Russian film crew in orbit to make first movie in space

Oct. 05, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian actor and a film director rocketed to space Tuesday on a mission to make the world’s first movie in orbit, a project the Kremlin said will help burnish the nation’s space glory. Actor Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko blasted off for...

William Shatner will fly to space aboard Blue Origin rocket

Oct. 04, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Captain Kirk is rocketing into space next week — boldly going where no other sci-fi stars have gone. Jeff Bezos’ space travel company, Blue Origin, announced Monday that “Star Trek” actor William Shatner will blast off from West...

NASA's Nelson's: Astronauts no longer exclusive to white men

Oct. 01, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Being an astronaut is no longer an exclusive club of white men, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said Friday while telling students that the first woman and first person of color will be landing on the moon soon. Nelson told a group of middle school...

Earth-monitoring Landsat 9 satellite launches in California

Sep. 27, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The latest in a series of U.S. satellites that has recorded human and natural impacts on Earth’s surface for decades was launched into orbit from California on Monday to ensure continued observations in the era of climate change. Landsat 9 was...

Kentucky student learns results of project sent into space

Sep. 19, 2021 00:27 AM EDT

CANNONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Rachel Blevins has just begun her sophomore year at Boyd County High School, but she has already had an experiment sent to the International Space Station. Blevins’s mom found out about a space camp in Lexington that happened to be during fall...

Trailblazing tourist trip to orbit ends with splashdown

Sep. 18, 2021 23:33 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Four space tourists safely ended their trailblazing trip to orbit Saturday with a splashdown in the Atlantic off the Florida coast. Their SpaceX capsule parachuted into the ocean just before sunset, not far from where their chartered flight...