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CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — NASA astronauts blast off into space on a SpaceX rocket, heralding a new era in human spaceflight.
BEIJING (AP) — China plans to send four crewed space missions and the same number of cargo craft to complete work on its permanent space station within about two years, officials said after the...
BEIJING (AP) — China launched a newly designed spacecraft on Tuesday as part of its program to build an orbiting space station, furthering its aspirations to rival the U.S., Russia and private...
NORTHPORT, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama high school student named NASA’s first Mars helicopter that will be deployed to the red planet later this summer.
LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — A former engineering firm executive who believes the U.S. should build a base on the moon to assist with an eventual mission to Mars is running for the Kansas congressional...
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese spacecraft left a distant asteroid on Wednesday, starting its yearlong journey home after successfully completing its mission to gather soil samples and data that could...
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft released a small rover on Thursday that will land on the surface of an asteroid as part its final mission before heading back to Earth, Japan’s space...
TOKYO (AP) — The head of NASA said Wednesday that space security is necessary so that the United States, Japan and others can safely explore the moon and Mars.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has decided to exempt aviation safety and space exploration technology from new sanctions it has levied against Russia in connection with the poisoning...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — NASA says it will conduct the "Green Run" rocket testing campaign for the new Space Launch System rocket at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A new exhibit is set to open at a New Hampshire space center that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese spacecraft landed on a distant asteroid on Thursday and collected underground samples that scientists hope will provide clues to the origin of the solar system billions of...
PEARLINGTON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is starting a new economic development effort to lure companies connected to space exploration.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's tourism office has made its own launch — a new online page focused on events in the state celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing that featured a native...
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University robotics team has won a NASA competition for the second time in three years.
The college on Friday announced the team's win in NASA's Moon...
Education advocates say a Trump administration plan to use federal Pell Grant money to fund space exploration would jeopardize aid for future college students and could trigger a budgeting crisis...
CINCINNATI (AP) — A new permanent exhibit focusing on space exploration and the Ohio native who was the first person to walk on the moon has opened at a Cincinnati museum.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency said an explosive dropped Friday from its Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully blasted the surface of an asteroid for the first time to form a crater and pave the...
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency said Monday that its Hayabusa2 spacecraft will follow up last month's touchdown on a distant asteroid with another risky mission — dropping an explosive on the...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is honoring the nation's fallen astronauts during a NASA day of remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery.
Memorials at the cemetery honor those who perished when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded on Jan. 28, 1986, and when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon re-entering Earth's atmosphere on Feb. 1, 2003. Pence recalled both events, saying that when the Columbia broke up, so did the hearts of the American people.
The world's largest airborne observatory was supposed to be parked in Seattle this week, so thousands of scientists attending the "Super Bowl of Astronomy" could behold this marvel: a Boeing 747 outfitted with a massive telescope used to study the fundamental mysteries of the universe.
BEIJING (AP) — China has come a long way since the founding of its space program in 1956.
Shortly after the former Soviet Union launched Sputnik, Chairman Mao Zedong declared that China too should have an artificial satellite to keep up with the great powers. Now, being recognized as a galactic pioneer is once again part of China's national ambitions.
"The space dream is part of the dream to make China stronger," President Xi Jinping said shortly after taking office in 2013.
YEHUD, Israel (AP) — An Israeli nonprofit on Monday said it has pushed back the launch of what it hopes will be the first private spacecraft to land on the moon until February.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency says more than 200 photos taken by two small rovers on an asteroid show no signs of a smooth area for the planned touchdown of a spacecraft early next year.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Thursday the two solar-powered rovers have become inactive and are probably in the shade, but are still responding to signals after three months, exceeding their projected life of several days.
Pence gives pep talk at NASA headquarters
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian and U.S. space officials hailed the joint work of their programs Monday and said cooperation remains strong despite political tensions between their countries.
Roscosmos director Dmitry Rogozin and Bill Gerstenmaier, head of NASA's human explorations and operations, said after a conference marking the 20th anniversary of the International Space Station that their agencies plan to collaborate on developing a moon orbiting outpost.
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese rocket on Monday lifted the United Arab Emirates' first locally made satellite into orbit successfully from a space center in southern Japan.
The KhalifaSat Earth observation satellite was launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries from the Tanegashima Space Center.
The H-2A rocket also is carrying an Ibuki-2 greenhouse gas observation satellite for Japan.
TOKYO (AP) — European and Japanese space agencies said an Ariane 5 rocket successfully lifted a spacecraft carrying two probes into orbit Saturday for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.
The European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said the unmanned BepiColombo spacecraft successfully separated and was sent into orbit from French Guiana as planned to begin a seven-year journey to Mercury.
NEW DELHI (AP) — India signed a $5 billion deal to buy five Russian S-400 air defense systems on Friday despite a looming threat of U.S. sanctions on countries that trade with Russia's defense and intelligence sectors.
The deal was signed in New Delhi during a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss nuclear energy, space exploration and trade.
TOKYO (AP) — A German-French observation device safely landed on an asteroid on Wednesday after a Japanese spacecraft released it as part of a research effort that could find clues about the origin of the solar system, Japanese space officials said.
The Japan Space Exploration Agency said the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout, or MASCOT, was released from the unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 and successfully landed on the asteroid Ryugu.
TOKYO (AP) — New photos taken on the surface of an asteroid show that it is (drum roll, please) ... rocky.
It may be no surprise, but Japan space agency scientists and engineers are thrilled by the images being sent to Earth by two jumping robotic rovers that they dropped onto an asteroid about 280 million kilometers (170 million miles) away.
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese spacecraft released two small rovers on an asteroid on Friday in a mission that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system.
The Japan Space Exploration Agency said the two Minerva-II-1 rovers were lowered from the unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 to the asteroid Ryugu. The spacecraft arrived near the asteroid, about 280 million kilometers (170 million miles) from Earth, in June.
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — The future of NASA and space exploration begins in Mississippi, officials say, and with NASA's goal to return to the moon in 2019, Stennis Space Center is at the heart of the program.
"Man may go to the moon (again) one day, but they're going to have to pass through Hancock County to get there," Gov. Phil Bryant said.
Bryant was one of about 100 people who attended a RS-25 engine test Aug. 14 at Stennis, the first of 10 test fires for the first SLS project.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine expressed full support Monday for President Donald Trump's proposed military "Space Force" but added that it will have a role separate from NASA.
Bridenstine said in New Orleans that NASA's responsibilities involve science, space exploration and technology development. As for defense and national security, he told reporters in New Orleans: "We want to be an agency that maintains its independence from those capabilities."
CINCINNATI (AP) — Admirers of Neil Armstrong and space exploration have a chance to own artifacts and mementos that belonged to the modest man who became a global hero by becoming the first human to walk on the moon.
The personal collection of Armstrong, who died in his native Ohio in 2012, will be offered for sale in a series of auctions handled by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, beginning Nov. 1-2 and continuing in May and November 2019.
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese space probe arrived at an asteroid Wednesday after a 3 1/2-year journey to undertake a first-ever experiment: blow a crater in the rocky surface to collect samples and bring them back to Earth.
The unmanned Hayabusa2 spacecraft reached its base of operations about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the asteroid and some 280 million kilometers (170 million miles) from Earth, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles harbor commissioners have approved a permit for Space Exploration Technologies to build a facility on 19 acres of port land to manufacture a Mars rocket that will be so big it will require an oceangoing barge for transport to launch sites.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk says the rocket will serve a wide range of missions including going to Mars.
The permit approved Thursday has an initial 10-year term with two 10-year options to extend.
MOSCOW (AP) — A Soyuz capsule carrying two Americans and a Russian cosmonaut has docked with the International Space Station.
The docking at 10:40 p.m. (1940 GMT) Friday came two days after the capsule blasted off from Russia's manned space launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
On board the capsule were NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev.
MOSCOW (AP) — Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut are on their way to the International Space Station.
A Soyuz rocket carrying the three men blasted off Wednesday from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan. On board the capsule were NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and Roscosmos' cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev.
The spacecraft is set to dock at the orbiting outpost on Friday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says it's good that "rich guys" love rocket ships.
Trump says their willingness to pay for some space exploration is "better than us paying for it," meaning the federal government.
The president spoke Thursday as he opened a Cabinet meeting at the White House. Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to provide an update on space issues in his role as chairman of the National Space Council.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake City school named after President Andrew Jackson is being changed to honor a pioneering woman in U.S. space exploration.
The Salt Lake City School District Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night in support of the change from Jackson Elementary to Mary W. Jackson Elementary School.
It's the first school in Utah's capital city to be named after a woman.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State University is joining an international consortium building a large new optical telescope in Chile.
Director Lindy Elkins-Tanton of Arizona State's School of Earth and Space Exploration says participation in the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization is a leap forward institutionally for the university.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Acting NASA administrator Robert Lightfoot is among the speakers scheduled to appear this week in Huntsville at a meeting on space exploration.
The 10th annual Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium is set to begin Wednesday. The two-day event named for the late German rocket engineer and NASA pioneer will be held at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Lightfoot is scheduled to speak at the meeting, which will focus on advancing opportunities in space.
NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Prepares for Earth
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top prosecutor wants to make sure people don't get burned by glassed they've bought to view Monday's solar eclipse.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro says folks should check to make sure their glasses have filters recommended by NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which runs the nation's space exploration program.
Orange County Register on public-private space ventures needing oversight
Public-private partnerships in space travel hold much promise, and greater cost-efficiency, but government should be transparent about the risks and inevitable failures.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Students at North Dakota State University in Fargo are working with NASA scientists to develop a better technique for 3D printing in space exploration.
The 11 students working with a NASA field center in California called Jet Propulsion Laboratory range from freshmen to graduate students, the Wahpeton Daily News reported. They're pursuing majors in mechanical engineering, computer science and electrical engineering.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The type of vehicle that could explore the surface of Mars is going on display in Washington.
The National Air and Space Museum is featuring the Mars rover concept vehicle on Friday and Saturday. Friday is the museum's annual "Mars Day!" celebration.
ATLANTA (AP) — A Mars Rover concept vehicle is launching a tour of the East Coast with its first stop at the Atlanta Braves' new stadium near Smyrna, Georgia.
The 5,500 pound, 11-foot-tall space vehicle will be on display outside SunTrust Park from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, as part of the "Summer of Mars Experience Tour."