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Back to gravity: Russians talk about world's 1st space movie

Oct. 19, 2021 09:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian actor and a film director who spent 12 days in orbit making the world’s first movie in space said Tuesday they were so thrilled with their experience on the International Space Station that they felt sorry to leave. Actor Yulia Peresild and...

China says moon rocks offer new clues to volcanic activity

Oct. 19, 2021 06:22 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Moon rocks brought back to Earth by a Chinese robotic spacecraft last year have provided new insights into ancient lunar volcanic activity, a researcher said Tuesday. Li Xianhua said an analysis of the samples revealed new information about the moon’s...

China calls missile launch 'routine test' of new technology

Oct. 18, 2021 20:46 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday its launch of a new spacecraft was merely a test to see whether the vehicle could be reused. The launch involved a spacecraft rather than a missile and was of “great significance for reducing the use-cost of spacecraft and could...

Russian filmmakers land after shoot aboard space station

Oct. 17, 2021 02:51 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Soyuz space capsule carrying a cosmonaut and two Russian filmmakers has landed after a 3 1/2-hour trip from the International Space Station. The capsule, descending under a red-and-white striped parachute after entering Earth’s atmosphere, landed...

University offers to rehire prof acquitted of ties to China

Oct. 16, 2021 20:35 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has offered to reinstate a professor who was acquitted of federal charges that had accused him of hiding his relationship with a Chinese university while receiving NASA research grants, a letter obtained by the Knoxville News...

NASA's asteroid hunter Lucy soars into sky with diamonds

Oct. 16, 2021 10:29 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft named Lucy rocketed into the sky with diamonds Saturday morning on a 12-year quest to explore eight asteroids. Seven of the mysterious space rocks are among swarms of asteroids sharing Jupiter's orbit, thought to be the...

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...

Japanese billionaire gets ready for December space mission

Oct. 15, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A forthcoming flight to space by a Japanese billionaire will allow the public to have a closer look at life on board the International Space Station, the president of Space Adventures, a company that organized the flight, said Friday. Fashion tycoon Yusaku...

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...