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Astronauts flying reused SpaceX rocket, capsule for 1st time

Apr. 20, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time, NASA is putting its trust in a recycled SpaceX rocket and capsule for a crew. Astronaut Megan McArthur takes special pleasure in the reused spacecraft set to soar Thursday morning. In “a fun twist,” she’ll sit in...

NASA's Mars helicopter takes flight, 1st for another planet

Apr. 19, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s experimental helicopter Ingenuity rose into the thin air above the dusty red surface of Mars on Monday, achieving the first powered flight by an aircraft on another planet. The triumph was hailed as a Wright brothers moment. The mini...

American, 2 Russians return to Earth from space station

Apr. 17, 2021 06:10 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An American astronaut and two Russians have returned to Earth after six months aboard the International Space Station. A Soyuz space capsule carrying NASA’s Kate Rubins and Russians Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov landed at 0455 GMT (12:55 a.m....

SpaceX picked for moonwalkers, on verge of 3rd crew launch

Apr. 16, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA chose SpaceX on Friday to build the lunar lander that will eventually put the first woman and person of color on the moon. The announcement came a few hours after SpaceX's most international crew of astronauts yet arrived in Florida for...

SpaceX, NASA give 'go' for astronaut launch, 3rd for Dragon

Apr. 15, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX is gearing up for its third astronaut launch in under a year, after getting the green light from NASA a week ahead of next Thursday’s planned flight. Managers from NASA and Elon Musk’s space company Thursday cleared the Falcon...

UAE sets new ambitious timeline for launch of moon rover

Apr. 14, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates’ space center announced Wednesday a more ambitious timeline for sending its first rover to the moon. The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center said it is partnering with Japan’s ispace company to send a rover to...

ASU scientists develop way to speed up research in space

Apr. 03, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona State University researchers have developed a new method that could drastically improve the way we explore space, and it is all happening some 3,500 meters under the sea. Researchers Everett Shock and Vincent Milesi developed a method to...

US, China consulted on safety as their crafts headed to Mars

Mar. 31, 2021 04:15 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — As their respective spacecrafts headed to Mars, China and the U.S. held consultations earlier this year in a somewhat unusual series of exchanges between the rivals. China's National Space Agency confirmed Wednesday that it had working-level meetings and...

Two space fans get seats on billionaire's private flight

Mar. 30, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A billionaire’s private SpaceX flight filled its two remaining seats Tuesday with a scientist-teacher and a data engineer whose college friend actually won a spot but gave him the prize. The new passengers: Sian Proctor, a community college...

Mars findings cataloged in Navajo language

Mar. 21, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

Native people have had ties to land in North America since time immemorial, and now that connection is expanding to the cosmos. The Perseverance rover has been on Mars for a month, collecting data and making discoveries with each passing day. A number...