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NASA spacecraft buzzes Jupiter moon Europa, closest in years

Sep. 29, 2022 16:25 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s Juno spacecraft has made the closest approach to Jupiter’s tantalizing, icy moon Europa in more than 20 years. Juno on Thursday zipped within approximately 219 miles (352 kilometers) of Europa, thought to have an ocean flowing beneath its...

Saudi Arabia plans to send female astronaut to space in 2023

Sep. 22, 2022 09:09 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said Thursday it will launch a training program with the goal of sending its own astronauts, including a woman, into space next year. The kingdom is actively promoting science and technology as part of its wide-ranging Vision 2030...

Neptune and rings shine in photos from new space telescope

Sep. 21, 2022 13:54 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Neptune and its rings haven’t looked this good in decades. NASA released new glamour shots of our solar system's outermost planet Wednesday taken by the James Webb Space Telescope. The pictures taken in July show not only Neptune’s thin rings, but...

NASA Mars lander captures strikes by 4 incoming space rocks

Sep. 19, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA lander on Mars has captured the vibrations and sounds of four meteoroids striking the planet’s surface. Scientists reported Monday that Mars InSigh t detected seismic and acoustic waves from a series of impacts in 2020 and 2021. A satellite...

United Arab Emirates to launch first lunar rover in November

Sep. 19, 2022 08:05 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates will launch its first lunar rover in November, the mission manager said Monday. Hamad Al Marzooqi told The National, a state-linked newspaper, that the “Rashid” rover, named for Dubai's ruling family, would be launched...

Chinese astronauts go on spacewalk from new station

Sep. 17, 2022 21:11 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Two Chinese astronauts went on a spacewalk Saturday from a new space station that is due to be completed later this year. Cai Xuzhe and Chen Dong installed pumps, a handle to open the hatch door from outside in an emergency, and a foot-stop to fix an astronaut's feet...

A new space race? China adds urgency to US return to moon

Sep. 15, 2022 09:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just rocket fuel propelling America's first moonshot after a half-century lull. Strategic rivalry with China's ambitious space program is helping drive NASA’s effort to get back into space in a bigger way, as both nations push to put people back on the moon and...

EXPLAINER: NASA tests new moon rocket, 50 years after Apollo

Aug. 24, 2022 19:55 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Years late and billions over budget, NASA’s new moon rocket makes its debut next week in a high-stakes test flight before astronauts get on top. The 322-foot (98-meter) rocket will attempt to send an empty crew capsule into a far-flung lunar orbit, 50...

New space telescope shows Jupiter's auroras, tiny moons

Aug. 22, 2022 15:20 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The world’s newest and biggest space telescope is showing Jupiter as never before, auroras and all. Scientists released the shots Monday of the solar system's biggest planet. The James Webb Space Telescope took the photos in July,...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Aug. 12, 2022 13:35 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Photo altered to include judge who...