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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 27, 2022 11:56 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Posts misidentify photos of trans...

Lawsuit seeks to revoke FAA license for Georgia spaceport

May. 26, 2022 17:56 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Opponents of a proposed launchpad for commercial rockets on the Georgia coast are asking a court to throw out the project's government license, saying the Federal Aviation Administration failed to correctly assess the risks of firing rockets over homes and a barrier island...

Boeing capsule lands back on Earth after space shakedown

May. 25, 2022 21:53 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing’s crew taxi returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Wednesday, completing a repeat test flight before NASA astronauts climb aboard. It was a quick trip back: The Starliner capsule parachuted into the New Mexico desert just four...

Creator of 'Star Wars' X-wing and Death Star dies at 90

May. 22, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

Colin Cantwell, the man who designed the spacecraft in the “Star Wars” films, has died. He was 90. The Hollywood Reporter reported Sunday that Sierra Dall, Cantwell's partner, confirmed that he died at his home in Colorado on Saturday. Cantwell designed the...

Today in History: May 22, Johnson's 'Great Society'

May. 22, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2022. There are 223 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 22, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson, speaking at the University of Michigan, outlined the goals of his...

Boeing docks crew capsule to space station in test do-over

May. 20, 2022 22:24 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — With only a test dummy aboard, Boeing’s astronaut capsule pulled up and parked at the International Space Station for the first time Friday, a huge achievement for the company after years of false starts. With Starliner’s arrival, NASA finally...

Elon Musk visits Brazil's Bolsonaro to discuss Amazon plans

May. 20, 2022 13:40 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Tesla and SpaceX chief executive officer Elon Musk met with Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday to discuss connectivity and other projects in the Amazon rainforest. The meeting, held in a luxurious resort in Sao Paulo state, was organized by...

Musk denies sexual misconduct allegation by flight attendant

May. 20, 2022 12:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has denied a claim of sexual misconduct by a flight attendant contracted by SpaceX who worked on his private jet in 2016. A report by Business Insider said SpaceX paid the woman $250,000 in severance in 2018 in exchange for her...

Boeing crew capsule launches to space station on test redo

May. 19, 2022 22:00 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing’s crew capsule rocketed into orbit Thursday on a repeat test flight without astronauts, after years of being grounded by flaws that could have doomed the spacecraft. Only a test dummy was aboard. If the capsule reaches the International Space...

Dusty demise for NASA Mars lander in July; power dwindling

May. 17, 2022 22:34 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft on Mars is headed for a dusty demise. The Insight lander is losing power because of all the dust on its solar panels. NASA said Tuesday it will keep using the spacecraft’s seismometer to register marsquakes until the power peters...