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Cyprus aims for Mars with X-Ray rock dating instrument

Oct. 21, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Tiny Cyprus aims to join the global space exploration drive by developing a compact, X-Ray instrument capable of dating Martian soil and rock samples relatively accurately to potentially reveal more about the Red Planet's geological history and offer a glimpse of...

New crew docks at China's first permanent space station

Oct. 16, 2021 05:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese astronauts began Saturday their six-month mission on China's first permanent space station, after successfully docking aboard their spacecraft. The astronauts, two men and a woman, were seen floating around the module before speaking via a...

China's Shenzhou-13 spacecraft docks for 6-month mission

Oct. 15, 2021 23:35 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's Shenzhou-13 spacecraft carrying three Chinese astronauts docked Saturday at its space station, kicking off a record-setting six-month stay as the country moves toward completing the new orbiting outpost. The spacecraft was launched by a Long...

With latest mission, China renews space cooperation vow

Oct. 15, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Shortly ahead of sending a new three-person crew to its space station, China on Friday renewed its commitment to international cooperation in the peaceful use of space. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said sending humans into space was a...

China set to send 3 astronauts on longest crewed mission yet

Oct. 14, 2021 08:02 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China is preparing to send three astronauts to live on its space station for six months — a new milestone for a program that has advanced rapidly in recent years. It will be China's longest crewed space mission and set a record for the most time spent...

Australia plans lunar rover to help NASA find oxygen on moon

Oct. 13, 2021 05:00 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has agreed to build a 20-kilogram (44-pound) semi-autonomous lunar rover for NASA to take to the moon as early as 2026 in search of oxygen. The rover would collect soil that contains oxides and NASA would use separate equipment to...

UAE to launch probe targeting asteroid between Mars, Jupiter

Oct. 05, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday announced plans to send a probe to land on an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter to collect data on the origins of the universe, the latest project in the oil-rich federation's ambitious space program. ...

NASA's Nelson's: Astronauts no longer exclusive to white men

Oct. 01, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Being an astronaut is no longer an exclusive club of white men, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said Friday while telling students that the first woman and first person of color will be landing on the moon soon. Nelson told a group of middle school...

Satellite maker Terran Orbital building facility in Florida

Sep. 27, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Satellite manufacturer Terran Orbital announced Monday that it will build a $300 million facility on Florida's Space Coast that will bring more than 2,000 jobs to the area. The 660,000 square-foot facility will be able to produce more than 1,000...

NASA confirms Mars rover's 1st rock sample grab, 40 to go

Sep. 07, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s newest Mars rover has completed its first sample grab, tucking away the tube of rock for return to Earth. The Perseverance rover team confirmed last week’s successful drilling and collection, after reviewing photos of the core...