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CEO: Virgin Galactic marks 'incredible' year of milestones

Dec. 5, 2019 5:27 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Virgin Galactic is on the verge of making more history in 2020 following an “incredible” year of progress, the chief executive of billionaire Richard Branson's space tourism venture said Thursday. CEO George Whitesides said this year was marked by milestone after...

SpaceX launches beer malt, caring robot and 'mighty mice'

Dec. 5, 2019 2:58 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched a 3-ton shipment to the International Space Station on Thursday, including “mighty mice” for a muscle study, a robot sensitive to astronauts' emotions and a miniature version of a brewery's malt house. The Dragon capsule also is delivering holiday...

Surprising 1st results from NASA's sun-skimming spacecraft

Dec. 4, 2019 4:54 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's sun-skimming spacecraft, the Parker Solar Probe, is surprising scientists with its unprecedented close views of our star. Scientists released the first results from the mission Wednesday. They observed bursts of energetic particles never seen before on such a small scale...

SpaceX delays space station delivery due to high wind

Dec. 4, 2019 1:02 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has delayed its delivery to the International Space Station because of dangerous wind gusts. The Falcon 9 rocket came less than an hour from launching Wednesday. But the company halted the countdown because of excessive upper-level wind at Cape Canaveral and also out in...

Boeing delays crew capsule test flight to space station

Dec. 3, 2019 3:20 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing has delayed its first test flight of its Starliner crew capsule to the International Space Station. The launch is now targeted for Dec. 19. NASA said Tuesday that the two-day postponement was caused by problems with ground equipment at the Cape Canaveral pad. Both the...

NASA locates debris from India moon lander that crashed

Dec. 3, 2019 4:23 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — NASA said Tuesday that it has found the debris from India's moon lander, which crashed on the lunar surface in September. The U.S. space agency released a photo showing the site of the lander's impact and the debris field, crediting an Indian engineer for helping locate the site. The...

Spacewalking astronauts add new pumps to cosmic detector

Dec. 2, 2019 1:03 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts installed new pumps on a cosmic ray detector outside the International Space Station on Monday in a bid to extend its scientific life. It was the third spacewalk in nearly three weeks for Italy’s Luca Parmitano and NASA’s Andrew Morgan. One...

European Space Agency seeks funding boost from member states

Nov. 27, 2019 3:19 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency is asking its 22 member states for more money to be able to carry out ambitious new missions and keep up with growing competition from the private sector. ESA, which began a two-day ministerial meeting Wednesday in Seville, Spain, is looking to increase its...

‘A serious-minded kid:’ Pete Buttigieg aimed high early

Nov. 25, 2019 6:22 AM EST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — It was a running joke in his AP U.S. history class at Saint Joseph High School: Would Peter Buttigieg — the smartest kid in class, language whiz and devotee of John F. Kennedy — use his unusual last name in his eventual run for president of the United States? Or would...

‘A serious-minded kid:’ Pete Buttigieg aimed high early

Nov. 23, 2019 11:21 AM EST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — It was a running joke in his AP U.S. history class at Saint Joseph High School: Would Peter Buttigieg — the smartest kid in class, language whiz and devotee of John F. Kennedy — use his unusual last name in his eventual run for president of the United States? Or would...