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North Korea has launched purported space launch vehicle, South Korea says

May. 30, 2023 18:03 PM EDT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has launched purported space launch vehicle, South Korea says.

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...

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...

1st moon crew in 50 years includes woman, Black astronaut

Apr. 03, 2023 14:42 PM EDT

NASA on Monday named the four astronauts who will fly around the moon late next year, including the first woman and the first African American assigned to a lunar mission. The first moon crew in 50 years — three Americans and one Canadian — was introduced during a ceremony in...

Latest astronaut from UAE getting used to space

Mar. 07, 2023 13:09 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — The second astronaut from the United Arab Emirates is still adjusting to life off the planet, after rocketing to the International Space Station last week. “I’m still coping. I’m still learning,” Sultan al-Neyadi said Tuesday, but added that...

Japan launches H3 rocket, destroys it over 2nd-stage failure

Mar. 07, 2023 04:38 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s space agency intentionally destroyed a new H3 rocket minutes after its launch Tuesday because the ignition failed for the second stage of the country's first new rocket series in more than two decades. Coming three weeks after an aborted launch due to a...