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Soaring rhetoric: NASA mission will carry Poet Laureate Ada Limón's words to Jupiter

Jun. 01, 2023 19:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new work by U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón, written for an upcoming NASA mission to Jupiter's moon Europa, is a glance at outer space that returns back to Earth. Limón's “In Praise of Mystery: A Poem for Europa,” which she read Thursday night during a ceremony...

Private flight with 2 Saudi astronauts returns from space station with Gulf of Mexico splashdown

May. 31, 2023 02:03 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A private flight carrying two Saudi astronauts and other passengers returned to Earth late Tuesday night after a nine-day trip to the International Space Station. The SpaceX capsule carrying the four parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico, just off the...

China launches new crew for space station, with eye to putting astronauts on moon before 2030

May. 30, 2023 10:29 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China launched a new three-person crew for its orbiting space station on Tuesday, with an eye to putting astronauts on the moon before the end of the decade. The Shenzhou 16 spacecraft lifted off from the Jiuquan launch center on the edge of the Gobi Desert in...

UAE announces groundbreaking mission to asteroid belt, seeking clues to life's origins

May. 29, 2023 15:56 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates unveiled plans Monday to send a spaceship to explore the solar system's main asteroid belt, the latest space project by the oil-rich nation after it launched the successful Hope spacecraft to Mars in 2020. Dubbed the...

China plans to land astronauts on moon before 2030, expand space station, bring on foreign partners

May. 29, 2023 08:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s burgeoning space program plans to place astronauts on the moon before 2030 and expand the country's orbiting space station, officials said Monday. Monday’s announcement comes amid against the background of a rivalry with the U.S. for reaching new...

Space station welcomes 2 Saudi visitors, including kingdom's 1st female astronaut

May. 22, 2023 19:45 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station rolled out the welcome mat Monday for two Saudi visitors, including the kingdom's first female astronaut. SpaceX's chartered flight arrived at the orbiting lab less than 16 hours after blasting off from Florida. The four...

SpaceX sends Saudi astronauts, including nation’s 1st woman in space, to International Space Station

May. 21, 2023 21:20 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s first astronauts in decades rocketed toward the International Space Station on a chartered multimillion-dollar flight Sunday. SpaceX launched the ticket-holding crew, led by a retired NASA astronaut now working for the company that...

SpaceX launches two Saudi astronauts on private flight to space station

May. 21, 2023 17:44 PM EDT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launches two Saudi astronauts on private flight to space station.

Erdogan unveils Turkey's first astronaut on election trail

Apr. 29, 2023 10:13 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s first astronaut will travel to the International Space Station by the end of the year, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday after an illness forced him to cancel several days of appearances. Air force pilot Alper Gezeravci, 43, was selected to be...

Ada Limón reappointed as US poet laureate

Apr. 24, 2023 14:09 PM EDT

Ada Limón has been appointed to a second term as U.S. poet laureate and has numerous projects in the works, including a poem for NASA's Europa Clipper mission. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced Monday that Limón will serve an additional two years, instead of the...