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Netflix delves into the 'human side' of Challenger disaster

Sep. 15, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Many Americans have vivid memories of Jan. 28, 1986. That was the day the space shuttle Challenger exploded over a chilly Florida, just seconds after liftoff. School children across the country had tuned in to see Christa McAuliffe become the first teacher in space. One person watching was...

FILE - In this April 6, 2000 file photo, space shuttle Atlantis mission commander James Halsell Jr. speaks to reporters at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. A Tuscaloosa County judge ruled Alabama prosecutors can use evidence collected by police after the former NASA astronaut crashed into another car while driving on a rural road more than four years ago, killing two girls.  (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove, File)

Judge OKs evidence in deadly crash involving ex-astronaut

Sep. 9, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama prosecutors can use evidence collected by police after a former NASA astronaut crashed into another car while driving on a rural road more than four years ago, killing two girls, a judge ruled. Jurors can hear that one-time space shuttle pilot James Halsell told police about...

Top French military officer arrested; reported Russia ties

Aug. 30, 2020 8:04 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A senior French army officer based abroad has been arrested and handed preliminary treason charges for sharing highly sensitive intelligence with a foreign power, authorities said Sunday. Europe-1 radio reported that the lieutenant colonel is accused of passing “ultra-sensitive”...

FILE - This May 25, 2020 file photo shows a Virgin Orbit Boeing 747-400 aircraft named Cosmic Girl taking off from Mojave Air and Space Port in the desert north of Los Angeles. Virgin Orbit says it's determined what caused the failure of its debut rocket launch and is working toward a second flight that will carry small satellites for NASA. The company experienced a premature shutdown of its main rocket engine on Memorial Day moments after the launch vehicle was released from beneath the wing of a modified Boeing 747 off the Southern California coast. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman, File)

Virgin Orbit determines cause of rocket launch failure

Aug. 3, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Orbit said Monday it has determined what caused the failure of its debut rocket launch and is working toward a second flight that will carry small satellites for NASA. The Long Beach, California, company founded by Richard Branson, experienced a premature shutdown of its...