University of New Mexico to partner in moon rock studies
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Researchers at New Mexico's flagship university are among nine teams selected by NASA to study pieces of the moon that have been carefully stored and have remained...
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — An exhibit of astronaut Neil Armstrong's personal papers is opening at Purdue University ahead of the 50th anniversary of his famed walk on the moon.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A legal fight between Buzz Aldrin and his adult children over whether the former astronaut was competent to manage his affairs ended Wednesday, averting a messy, intrafamily...
NASA’s new rocket won’t be ready for moon shot next year
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's massive new rocket won't be ready for a moon shot next year, the space agency's top official told Congress on Wednesday.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Residents from across the nation are donating money to help refurbish a giant rocket in Huntsville.
The rocket is the only standing replica of the Saturn V rocket...
Israeli spacecraft hits first snag on lunar voyage
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli spacecraft that blasted off last week for the country's first attempted lunar landing has encountered a technical glitch on its voyage to the moon.
Woman recalls NASA job lifelong friendship with astronaut
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — When 94-year-old Margaret Gsell looks at the moon, she remembers the most interesting period of her life.
Gsell worked as an illustrator at NASA in the late 1960s,...
Israel flying to moon after SpaceX launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An Israeli spacecraft rocketed toward the moon for the country's first attempted lunar landing, following a launch Thursday night by SpaceX.
Israel aims for the moon with Genesis lunar lander
First private Israel lunar mission to be launched this week
RAMAT GAN, Israel (AP) — A nonprofit Israeli consortium said Monday that it hopes to make history this week by launching the first private aircraft to land on the moon.
SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries told a news conference that the landing craft — dubbed "Beresheet," or Genesis — will take off from Florida, propelled by a SpaceX Falcon rocket on its weekslong voyage to the moon.
JFK library marks 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing
BOSTON (AP) — The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston has received a $1.5 million gift from Raytheon to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Kennedy famously challenged the nation in 1961 to land a man on the moon by the end of that decade. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took the first steps on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969.
Europeans contemplating moon mission by 2025
PARIS (AP) — The ArianeGroup wants to send a scientific mission to the moon before 2025.
Nearly 50 years after Neil Armstrong walked on the Earth's satellite, the Paris-based company said on Monday it has signed a one-year contract with the European Space agency to study the possibility of preparing a mission, with the aim of mining regolith.
China says it exchanged data with NASA on far side landing
BEIJING (AP) — China exchanged data with NASA on its recent mission to land a Chinese spacecraft on the far side of the moon, the Chinese space agency said Monday, in what was reportedly the first such collaboration since an American law banned joint space projects with China that do not have prior congressional approval.
China broadcasts spacecraft pictures from moon’s far side
BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday broadcast pictures taken by its rover and lander on the moon's far side, in what its space program hailed as another triumph for the groundbreaking mission to the less-understood sector of the lunar surface.
The pictures on state broadcaster CCTV showed the Jade Rabbit 2 rover and the Chang'e 4 spacecraft that transported it on the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon, which always faces away from Earth.
AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
Indian Sikh devotees pay respects at a temple in Jammu, India, to mark the birthday of spiritual leader Guru Gobind Singh.
In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, Filipino Roman Catholics jostle for a chance to kiss and rub with towels the image of the Black Nazarene as it is being pulled through the streets of Manila in an annual procession.
Chinese rover powers up devices in pioneering moon mission
BEIJING (AP) — All systems are go as a Chinese spacecraft and rover power up their observation equipment after making a first-ever landing on the far side of the moon, the Chinese National Space Administration said.
The Jade Rabbit 2 rover has succeeded in establishing a digital transmission link with a relay satellite that sends data back to the Beijing control center, the space agency said in a posting late Friday on its website.
China begins first surface exploration of moon’s far side
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese space rover explored the lunar terrain on Friday in the world's first mission on the surface of the far side of the moon.
Jade Rabbit 2 drove off a ramp the previous night and onto the soft, powdery surface after a Chinese spacecraft made the first-ever soft landing on the moon's far side. A photo posted online by China's space agency showed tracks left by the rover as it headed away from the spacecraft.
China’s space journey, to the moon’s far side and beyond
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.
Side of the moon you can’t see ‘is not dark, it’s just far’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite the name of Pink Floyd's best-selling album, the side of the moon you can't see isn't always dark. But it is far.
So scientists call the area where a Chinese spacecraft just landed the far side, not the dark side.
"The other side sees the sun sometimes. The other side is not dark, it's just far," said Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb. "It's a mistake."
China lunar probe sheds light on the ‘dark’ side of the moon
BEIJING (AP) — China's burgeoning space program achieved a lunar milestone on Thursday: landing a probe on the mysterious and misnamed "dark" side of the moon.
Exploring the cosmos from that far side of the moon, which people can't see from Earth, could eventually help scientists learn more about the early days of the solar system and maybe even the birth of the universe's first stars.
Awe for Chinese moon feat in America’s space city
AP Explains: The ‘dark’ side of the moon
China records historic first with moon landing
10 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. TRUMP, LAWMAKERS STILL AT LOGGERHEADS
No one budges at the president's closed-door meeting with congressional leaders, so the partial government shutdown persists over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.
Chinese spacecraft lands on moon’s far side
NASA’s 1st flight to moon, Apollo 8, marks 50th anniversary
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Fifty years ago on Christmas Eve, a tumultuous year of assassinations, riots and war drew to a close in heroic and hopeful fashion with the three Apollo 8 astronauts reading from the Book of Genesis on live TV as they orbited the moon.
To this day, that 1968 mission is considered to be NASA's boldest and perhaps most dangerous undertaking. That first voyage by humans to another world set the stage for the still grander Apollo 11 moon landing seven months later.
Look back at historic Apollo 8 mission to the moon
First private Israeli lunar mission will launch in February
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.
NASA moves liquid hydrogen tank to Huntsville for testing
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NASA is moving a massive liquid hydrogen tank to Huntsville, Alabama, for testing as part of its plans to eventually return to the moon.
The 149-foot-long tank is part of the Space Launch System.
The version moved Friday from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans is a test model, meaning it won't actually be launched into space.
NASA moves liquid hydrogen tank to Huntsville for testing
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NASA is moving a massive liquid hydrogen tank to Huntsville, Alabama for testing as part of its plans to eventually return to the moon.
The 149-foot long tank is part of the Space Launch System.
The version moved Friday from NASA's facility in New Orleans is a test model, meaning it won't actually be launched into space.
NASA moves Hydrogen tank to Alabama for testing
Warriors’ Curry says he was joking about moon landing
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Warriors star Stephen Curry didn't mean it.
Curry told ESPN this week he was joking when he questioned on a podcast whether astronauts landed on the moon, comments that sent social media into a tizzy.
He also said he will accept NASA's invitation to tour the lunar lab at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon
BEIJING (AP) — China launched a ground-breaking mission Saturday to land a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon, demonstrating its growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russia, the European Union and the U.S.
A Long March 3B rocket carrying a lunar probe blasted off at 2:23 a.m. from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province in southwestern China, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
Next US moon landing will be by private companies, not NASA
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — America's next moon landing will be made by private companies — not NASA.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Thursday that nine U.S. companies will compete to deliver experiments to the lunar surface. The space agency will buy the service and let private industry work out the details on getting there, he said.
With a smirk, official says Russia will verify moon landings
MOSCOW (AP) — The head of Russia's Roscosmos space agency has said that a proposed Russian mission to the moon will be tasked with verifying that the American moon landings were real, though he appeared to be making a joke.
"We have set this objective to fly and verify whether they've been there or not," said Dmitry Rogozin in a video posted Saturday on Twitter.
NASA accepts delivery of European powerhouse for moonship
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA has accepted delivery of a key European part needed to power the world's next-generation moonship.
U.S. and European leaders gathered at Kennedy Space Center on Friday to mark the occasion.
The newly arrived powerhouse, or service module, will propel NASA's Orion capsule to the moon during a test flight without passengers planned for 2020. A mega rocket under development by NASA, known as SLS for Space Launch System, will launch the combo.
Neil Armstrong memorabilia fetches $7.5 million at auction
DALLAS (AP) — Memorabilia that belonged to the first man to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong, has fetched more than $7.4 million at auction.
Celebration of Neil Armstrong’s moon walk starts in hometown
WAPAKONETA, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio hometown of the first man to walk on the moon has begun a months-long celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's achievement.
Maine artist’s design will be on Apollo 11 coins
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine artist's Apollo 11 design will be on commemorative U.S. coins.
The Bangor Daily News reports Belfast artist Gary Cooper won a U.S. Mint competition marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.
Cooper said he remembered watching the lunar landing and watching astronaut Neil Armstrong take his first step on the moon.
For the ‘First Man’ team, their mission was to get it right
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Making a movie about Neil Armstrong may not necessarily be on par with, say, successfully landing on the moon but the pressure involved isn't a giant leap from that either.
There are astronauts who were there, for one, in Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, in addition to all the people who were on the ground at NASA ready jump on any inaccuracies.
NASA film by Rory Kennedy revisits her uncle’s challenge
NEW YORK (AP) — Filmmaker Rory Kennedy couldn't resist the obvious place to open her new documentary on NASA. That's a news clip of her uncle, President John F. Kennedy, challenging the space agency to land a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s.
Kennedy said she wanted to give people who were not alive in the 1960s a sense of the excitement and energy that surrounded the Apollo missions and space flight in general.
For sale to the highest bidder: A 12-pound chunk of the moon
BOSTON (AP) — Anyone who can't make it to the moon to gather a few lunar rocks now has the opportunity to buy one right here on Earth.
A 12-pound (5.5 kilogram) lunar meteorite discovered in Northwest Africa last year is up for auction by Boston-based RR Auction and could sell for $500,000 or more during online bidding that runs from Thursday until Oct. 18.
NASA head: Space station hole cause will be determined
MOSCOW (AP) — The head of the U.S. space agency said Tuesday that he's sure that investigators will determine the cause of a mysterious hole that appeared on the International Space Station, which his Russian counterpart has said was deliberately drilled.
Russian space chief: No ‘2nd-tier status’ with NASA outpost
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's space agency chief said Saturday that it wouldn't accept a second-tier role in a NASA-led plan to build an outpost near the moon, but Roscosmos spokesman quickly clarified that Russia is still staying in the project.
Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying that Russia wouldn't be reduced to a junior partner in the NASA-led project to build the lunar orbital platform called the Gateway in the 2020s.
1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After announcing that he'll take the first-ever commercial rocket trip around the moon, Yusaku Maezawa said he wants company for the weeklong journey. The Japanese billionaire said he plans to invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people to join him on board the SpaceX rocket "to inspire the dreamer in all of us."
1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said Monday that he plans to blast off on the first-ever private commercial trip around the moon and will invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on the weeklong journey "to inspire the dreamer in all of us."
The SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket is scheduled to make the trip in 2023, company founder Elon Musk announced at an event Monday at its headquarters near Los Angeles.
SpaceX announces first private moon passenger
Latest: SpaceX moon passenger to invite artists on journey
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on SpaceX's announcement of the first private moon flight passenger (all times local):
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa says he will invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on a weeklong journey to circumnavigate the moon.
Maezawa said Monday that the SpaceX BFR rocket will make the trip in 2023.
The 42-year-old entrepreneur says he wants his guests to be inspired to create once they return to Earth.