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Spacewalking astronauts add parking spot to space station

Aug. 21, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts added another parking spot to the International Space Station on Wednesday. NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan successfully installed a docking port delivered by SpaceX last month. It will be used by SpaceX and Boeing once they start launching...

Earth's future is being written in fast-melting Greenland

Aug. 20, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

HELHEIM GLACIER, Greenland (AP) — This is where Earth's refrigerator door is left open, where glaciers dwindle and seas begin to rise. New York University air and ocean scientist David Holland, who is tracking what's happening in Greenland from both above and below, calls it "the end of the planet." He is...

NASA picks Alabama's 'Rocket City' for lunar lander job

Aug. 16, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA picked Alabama's "Rocket City" on Friday to lead development of the next moon lander for astronauts. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville beat out Johnson Space Center in Houston, which managed the Apollo lunar lander a half-century ago. The new lunar lander —...

Virgin Galactic reveals futuristic outpost for space tourism

Aug. 15, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert. The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facility has been transformed into a custom-tailored headquarters...

NASA scientists fly over Greenland to track melting ice

Aug. 15, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

ABOARD A NASA RESEARCH PLANE OVER GREENLAND (AP) — The fields of rippling ice 500 feet below the NASA plane give way to the blue-green of water dotted with irregular chunks of bleached-white ice, some the size of battleships, some as tall as 15-story buildings. Like nearly every other glacier on Greenland,...

Top NASA official gets look at next moon rocket

Aug. 15, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NASA's top official says the rocket expected to power the next mission to the moon is about 90 percent complete. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine spoke during a visit Thursday to a facility in New Orleans where the core stage is being built. The 212-foot-tall (65-meter-tall) core stage...

Review: Novel reimagines US-Soviet space race

Aug. 5, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

"First Cosmic Velocity" (G.P. Putnam's Sons), by Zach Powers "First Cosmic Velocity" is a cleverly conceived and beautifully delivered novel that looks at the struggle for space supremacy from the Soviet side of the Cold War. As the U.S.-USSR battle unfolds in the book, a tug of war also ensues between the Soviet...

Russian spaceship brings 3 tons of supplies to space station

Jul. 31, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An unmanned Russian spaceship carrying tons of supplies to the International Space Station has docked with the orbiting laboratory. The Progress 73 cargo ship blasted off atop a Soyuz rocket at 1210 GMT Wednesday from the Russian space complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, and docked with the ISS...

New Mexico chile plant selected to be grown in space

Jul. 27, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

ESPAÑOLA, N.M. (AP) — It'll be one giant leap for chile-kind. A hybrid version of a New Mexico chile plant has been selected to be grown in space as part of a NASA experiment. The chile, from Española, New Mexico, is tentatively scheduled to be launched to the International Space Station for...

SpaceX launch sends 3D bioprinter, supplies to space station

Jul. 25, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — A space capsule carrying a 3D printer to make human tissue and about 5,000 pounds of other experiments and supplies is on its way to the International Space Station after a thunderous SpaceX launch. The private company's Falcon 9 rocket dodged threatening clouds in its...