Latest National Aeronautics and Space Administration News

SpaceX gives rival's internet satellites ride to orbit

Dec. 08, 2022 18:51 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched internet satellites for a competitor Thursday, stepping in to help after the London-based OneWeb company halted its flights with Russia over the invasion of Ukraine. The Falcon rocket blasted off at sunset with 40 mini satellites bound...

Rare Apollo mission moon rock back in Cyprus after 50 years

Dec. 08, 2022 16:49 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Half a century after U.S. astronauts brought it back from the moon’s surface, a minute piece of extraterrestrial rock has finally reached its intended destination, the east Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus. The 1.1 gram piece of moon rock was on...

NASA capsule flies over Apollo landing sites, heads home

Dec. 05, 2022 14:33 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s Orion capsule and its test dummies swooped one last time around the moon Monday, flying over a couple Apollo landing sites before heading home. Orion will aim for a Pacific splashdown Sunday off San Diego, setting the stage for astronauts on...

NASA cancels greenhouse gas monitoring satellite due to cost

Nov. 29, 2022 18:12 PM EST

NASA is canceling a planned satellite that was going to intensely monitor greenhouse gases over the Americas because it got too costly and complicated. But the space agency said it will still be watching human-caused carbon pollution but in different ways. NASA on...

NASA's Orion capsule enters far-flung orbit around moon

Nov. 25, 2022 18:12 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s Orion capsule entered an orbit stretching tens of thousands of miles around the moon Friday, as it neared the halfway mark of its test flight. The capsule and its three test dummies entered lunar orbit more than a week after launching on the $4...

Space diversity: Europe's space agency gets 1st parastronaut

Nov. 23, 2022 16:14 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The European Space Agency made history Wednesday by selecting an amputee who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident to be among its newest batch of astronauts — a leap toward its pioneering ambition to send someone with a physical disability into space. John McFall, a...

NASA capsule buzzes moon, last big step before lunar orbit

Nov. 21, 2022 19:57 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s Orion capsule reached the moon Monday, whipping around the far side and buzzing the lunar surface on its way to a record-breaking orbit with test dummies sitting in for astronauts. It’s the first time a capsule has visited the moon since...

Webb Space Telescope spots early galaxies hidden from Hubble

Nov. 17, 2022 18:43 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s Webb Space Telescope is finding bright, early galaxies that until now were hidden from view, including one that may have formed a mere 350 million years after the cosmic-creating Big Bang. Astronomers said Thursday that if the results are...

NASA capsule on way to moon after launch by giant new rocket

Nov. 16, 2022 18:21 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space capsule hurtled toward the moon Wednesday for the first time in 50 years, following a thunderous launch of NASA’s mightiest rocket in a dress rehearsal for astronaut flights. No one was on board this debut flight, just three test dummies. The...

NASA’s new moon rocket blasts off on debut flight with three test dummies aboard

Nov. 16, 2022 01:51 AM EST
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s new moon rocket blasts off on debut flight with three test dummies aboard.