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A decade after deadly MH17 crash, the father of one victim is still waiting for Russia to say sorry

Jul. 15, 2024 01:14 AM EDT

HILVERSUM, Netherlands (AP) — Quinn Schansman dreamed of becoming the youngest-ever CEO of an American company. A decade ago, he'd just finished the first year of an international business degree in Amsterdam as a step toward that lofty goal. But the 18-year-old dual Dutch American...

Today in History: July 15, discovery of the Rosetta Stone

Jul. 15, 2024 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, July 15, the 197th day of 2024. There are 169 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 15, 1799, the Rosetta Stone, a key to deciphering ancient Egyptian scripts, was found at Fort Julien in the...

Today in History: July 8, Thai cave rescue

Jul. 08, 2024 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, July 8, the 190th day of 2024. There are 176 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 8, 2018, divers rescued four of the 12 boys who’d been trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand with...

Japan successfully launches an advanced Earth observation satellite on its new flagship H3 rocket

Jul. 01, 2024 04:08 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan successfully deployed an upgraded Earth observation satellite for disaster response and security after it was launched on a new flagship H3 rocket Monday. The H3 No. 3 rocket lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center on a southwestern Japanese island and...

Why NASA astronauts are delayed at the space station after Boeing Starliner launch

Jun. 28, 2024 17:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When two veteran NASA astronauts blasted off on a test drive of Boeing's new capsule, they expected to head home from the International Space Station in a week or so. It's now three weeks and counting for Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams as NASA and Boeing...

Japan's space agency delays launch of upgraded observation satellite on new H3 rocket due to weather

Jun. 28, 2024 06:20 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s space agency said Friday its planned launch this weekend of a satellite on its new flagship H3 rocket will be postponed until Monday due to expected bad weather. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said it is postponing the launch because of rain...

NASA taps Elon Musk's SpaceX to bring International Space Station out of orbit in a few more years

Jun. 26, 2024 20:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA has awarded SpaceX an $843 million contract to build the vehicle that will bring the International Space Station out of its longtime orbit of Earth when its operating lifespan ends in a few more years. SpaceX, a privately held company controlled by technology...

Today in History: June 13, Johnson nominates Marshall to become first Black Supreme Court justice

Jun. 13, 2024 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, June 13, the 165th day of 2024. There are 201 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 13, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Solicitor-General Thurgood Marshall to become the first...

New research explores how a short trip to space affects the human body

Jun. 11, 2024 18:40 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Space tourists experience some of the same body changes as astronauts who spend months in orbit, according to new studies published Tuesday. Those shifts mostly returned to normal once the amateurs returned to Earth, researchers reported. Research on...

SpaceX's mega rocket completes its fourth test flight from Texas without exploding

Jun. 06, 2024 15:35 PM EDT

SpaceX’s mega Starship rocket completed its first full test flight Thursday, returning to Earth without exploding after blasting off from Texas. It was the fourth launch of the world’s biggest and most powerful rocket, standing nearly 400 feet (121 meters) tall. The three...