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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...

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...

Spacewalking astronauts slice into cosmic ray detector

Nov. 22, 2019 2:19 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts ventured out Friday for the second week in a row to repair a cosmic ray detector, this time actually cutting into the $2 billion instrument. The International Space Station’s Luca Parmitano sliced through eight stainless steel tubes, using hardware...

Ex-astronaut set for trial in wreck that killed 2 girls

Nov. 15, 2019 2:41 PM EST

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A former space shuttle commander is set for trial next month in Alabama on reckless murder charges in a wreck that killed two girls. Court records show the trial of one-time NASA astronaut James Halsell Jr. is scheduled for Dec. 9. The 63-year-old Halsell was arrested after a wreck...

Astronauts start spacewalk series to fix cosmic ray detector

Nov. 15, 2019 1:41 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts launched an extraordinarily complicated series of spacewalks Friday to fix a cosmic ray detector at the International Space Station. Armed with dozens of dissecting tools, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano removed two protective covers to gain access to the inside of...

NASA warned of safety risks in delayed private crew launches

Nov. 14, 2019 5:33 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA auditors warned Thursday the space agency faces “significant safety and technical challenges” that need to be solved before astronauts fly in private capsules. In its report, NASA’s inspector general office noted Boeing and SpaceX are several years late...

Boeing crew capsule completes major flight test in desert

Nov. 4, 2019 12:22 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing's capsule for astronauts underwent its first major flight test Monday, shooting a mile into the air then parachuting back to the New Mexico desert. The Starliner capsule carried no crew, just a test dummy for the 1 ½-minute shakedown of the launch abort system. Only...