Latest Space launches News

Russia successfully launches Iranian satellite

Aug. 09, 2022 04:08 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian rocket on Tuesday successfully launched an Iranian satellite into orbit. The Soyuz rocket lifted off as scheduled at 8:52 a.m. Moscow time (0552 GMT) Tuesday from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan. About nine minutes...

At least 100,000 expected for NASA's moon launch

Aug. 06, 2022 03:21 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Sold-out hotels. Excitement that seems to grow by the day. The potential for hundreds of thousands of visitors, support staff, and more. These are just a few of the factors being calculated into preparations for Artemis I, the first launch of NASA’s...

South Korean spacecraft launched to the moon, country's 1st

Aug. 05, 2022 07:03 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — South Korea joined the stampede to the moon Thursday with the launch of a lunar orbiter that will scout out future landing spots. The satellite launched by SpaceX is taking a long, roundabout path to conserve fuel and will arrive in December. ...

No reported damage in Philippines from Chinese rocket debris

Aug. 01, 2022 08:54 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — There was no reported damage in a western Philippine region where debris from the final stage of a rocket that launched part of China’s new space station reportedly fell, a Filipino official said Monday. Philippine Space Agency official Marc Talampas...

NASA to launch 2 more choppers to Mars to help return rocks

Jul. 27, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is launching two more mini helicopters to Mars in its effort to return Martian rocks and soil samples to Earth. Under the plan announced Wednesday, NASA’s Perseverance rover will do double duty and transport the cache to the rocket that will...

China adds science laboratory to its orbiting space station

Jul. 25, 2022 03:59 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China added a laboratory to its permanent orbiting space station Monday as it moves toward completing the structure in coming months. The Wentian laboratory was launched from the Wenchang space base on the tropical island province of Hainan on Sunday with a large...

China launches one of 2 lab modules to join space station

Jul. 24, 2022 07:01 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Sunday launched one of two laboratory modules to complete its permanent orbiting space station. The Wentian was launched from tropical Hainan Island with a large crowd of amateur photographers and space enthusiasts watching. Designed for science and biology...

SpaceX launches more Starlink satellites from California

Jul. 22, 2022 16:22 PM EDT

VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — SpaceX launched 46 more Starlink satellites into orbit from California on Friday. The satellites were carried aboard a Falcon 9 rocket that blasted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 10:39 a.m. The satellite were later...

NASA aiming for late August test flight of giant moon rocket

Jul. 20, 2022 14:17 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — On the 53rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, NASA announced Wednesday it’s shooting for a late August launch of its giant, new moon rocket. NASA will attempt the more than month-long lunar test flight with three mannequins, but no...

US, Russian astronauts will swap seats on rockets again

Jul. 15, 2022 17:05 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA astronauts will go back to riding Russian rockets under an agreement announced Friday, and Russian cosmonauts will catch lifts to the International Space Station with SpaceX beginning this fall. The agreement ensures that the space station will...