SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The powerful sister of North Korean Kim Jong Un on Thursday accused the United States of “gangster-like” hypocrisy for criticizing her country’s failed launch of a military spy satellite and insisted a successful launch will be made soon.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s attempt to put its first spy satellite into space failed Wednesday in a setback to leader Kim Jong Un’s push to boost his military capabilities as tensions with the United States and South Korea rise.
Private flight with 2 Saudi astronauts returns from space station with Gulf of Mexico splashdownMay 31, 2023 GMT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A private flight carrying two Saudi astronauts and other passengers returned to Earth late Tuesday night after a nine-day trip to the International Space Station.
See the images of North Korea’s launch pad activity as it prepares its first spy satelliteMay 30, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Tuesday it would launch its first military spy satellite in June and described space-based reconnaissance as crucial for monitoring U.S. “reckless” military exercises with South Korea.
China launches new crew for space station, with eye to putting astronauts on moon before 2030May 30, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — China launched a new three-person crew for its orbiting space station on Tuesday, with an eye to putting astronauts on the moon before the end of the decade.
TOKYO (AP) — North Korea on Monday notified neighboring Japan that it plans to launch a satellite in coming days, which may be an attempt to put its first military reconnaissance satellite into orbit.
China plans to land astronauts on moon before 2030, expand space station, bring on foreign partnersMay 29, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — China’s burgeoning space program plans to place astronauts on the moon before 2030 and expand the country's orbiting space station, officials said Monday.
Crash of private Japanese moon lander blamed on software, last-minute location switchMay 26, 2023 GMT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A private Japanese moon lander went into free-fall while trying to land on the lunar surface last month, company officials said Friday, blaming a software issue and a last-minute switch in the touchdown location.
Virgin Galactic completes final test flight before launching paying customers to spaceMay 26, 2023 GMT
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M (AP) — Virgin Galactic completed what is expected to be its final test flight Thursday before taking paying customers on brief trips to space, marking what the space tourism company described as a “fantastic achievement” in what has been a long road to commercial operations.
South Korea launches first commercial-grade satellite, as North Korea plans first spy satelliteMay 25, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea successfully launched a commercial-grade satellite for the first time Thursday as part of its growing space development program, as rival North Korea is pushing to place its first military spy satellite into orbit.
Virgin Orbit to cease operations, sell assets of Richard Branson’s satellite launcherMay 24, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit is shutting down less than two months after the satellite launch start-up filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to a Tuesday company announcement.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea canceled its planned launch Wednesday of its first commercial-grade satellite due to a technical issue, days after rival North Korea reaffirmed its push to place its first military spy satellite into orbit.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station rolled out the welcome mat Monday for two Saudi visitors, including the kingdom's first female astronaut.
SpaceX's chartered flight arrived at the orbiting lab less than 16 hours after blasting off from Florida. The four guests will spend just over a week there, before returning to Earth in their capsule.
SpaceX sends Saudi astronauts, including nation’s 1st woman in space, to International Space StationMay 22, 2023 GMT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s first astronauts in decades rocketed toward the International Space Station on a chartered multimillion-dollar flight Sunday.
SpaceX launched the ticket-holding crew, led by a retired NASA astronaut now working for the company that arranged the trip from Kennedy Space Center.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Bezos' rocket company has won a NASA contract to land astronauts on the moon, two years after it lost out to SpaceX.
North Korea shows Kim Jong Un examining a military spy satellite that may be launched soonMay 17, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un examined a finished military spy satellite, which his country is expected to launch soon, during a visit to an aerospace facility where he described space-based reconnaissance as crucial for countering the U.S.
Stuck antenna freed on Jupiter-bound spacecraftMay 12, 2023 GMT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A crucial radar antenna on a European spacecraft bound for Jupiter is no longer jammed.
Flight controllers in Germany freed the 52-foot (16-meter) antenna Friday after nearly a month of effort.
Environmental groups sue FAA over SpaceX Texas rocket launchMay 1, 2023 GMT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife and environmental groups sued the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday over SpaceX’s launch last month of its giant rocket from Texas.
SpaceX’s Starship soared 24 miles (39 kilometers) high before exploding over the Gulf of Mexico on April 20.
Key radar antenna stuck on Europe’s Jupiter-bound spacecraftApril 28, 2023 GMT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A critical antenna is jammed on a Jupiter-bound spacecraft launched two weeks ago, the European Space Agency reported Friday.
The 52-foot (16-meter) radar antenna on Juice unfolded only one-third of the way following liftoff, according to the space agency.
Japanese company: ‘High probability’ lander crashed on moonApril 26, 2023 GMT
A Japanese company’s spacecraft apparently crashed while attempting to land on the moon Wednesday, losing contact moments before touchdown and sending flight controllers scrambling to figure out what happened.
SpaceX giant rocket explodes minutes after launch from TexasApril 20, 2023 GMT
SpaceX’s giant new rocket blasted off on its first test flight but exploded minutes after rising from the launch pad. Elon Musk’s company was aiming to send the nearly 400-foot Starship rocket on a round-the-world trip from the southern tip of Texas. It carried no people or satellites.
Kim says North Korea’s 1st spy satellite is ready for launchApril 19, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country has built its first-ever military spy satellite and that he planned to launch it on an undisclosed date, state media reported Wednesday.
Rocket science: Alaska sky spiral caused by SpaceX fuel dumpApril 18, 2023 GMT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Northern lights enthusiasts got a surprise mixed in with the green bands of light dancing in the Alaska skies: A light baby blue spiral resembling a galaxy appeared amid the aurora for a few minutes.
SpaceX calls off 1st launch attempt of giant rocket in TexasApril 17, 2023 GMT
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (AP) — SpaceX called off the first launch attempt of its giant rocket Monday after a problem cropped up during fueling.
Elon Musk's company had planned to fly the nearly 400-foot Starship rocket from the southern tip of Texas, near the Mexican border.
What to know about 1st test flight of SpaceX’s big StarshipApril 17, 2023 GMT
Elon Musk’s SpaceX is about to take its most daring leap yet with a round-the-world test flight of its mammoth Starship.
It's the biggest and mightiest rocket ever built at 400 feet (120 meters), with the lofty goals of ferrying people to the moon and Mars.
FAA gives OK for SpaceX’s Starship test flight from TexasApril 15, 2023 GMT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has cleared the final hurdle for launching its new giant Starship from Texas as early as next week on a first test flight.
The Federal Aviation Administration issued the long-awaited license on Friday.
Kenya deploys first earth observation satellite into spaceApril 15, 2023 GMT
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's first earth observation satellite was launched into space Saturday after two aborted attempts earlier in the week.
The African country's Taifa-1 was among the satellites on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, which lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
European spacecraft on way to Jupiter and its icy moonsApril 14, 2023 GMT
A European spacecraft rocketed away Friday on a decadelong quest to explore Jupiter and three of its icy moons that could hold buried oceans.
The journey began with a perfect morning liftoff by Europe's Ariane rocket from French Guiana on the coast of South America.
S Korea to conduct 1st launch of commercial-grade satelliteApril 12, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea plans to conduct its first launch of a commercial-grade satellite aboard a domestically built rocket next month as part of its space development program, officials said Tuesday.
1st moon crew in 50 years includes woman, Black astronautApril 3, 2023 GMT
NASA on Monday named the four astronauts who will fly around the moon late next year, including the first woman and the first African American assigned to a lunar mission.
The first moon crew in 50 years — three Americans and one Canadian — was introduced during a ceremony in Houston, home to the nation's astronauts as well as Mission Control.
Boeing’s 1st astronaut flight to space delayed until JulyMarch 29, 2023 GMT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing’s first launch of astronauts has been delayed again, this time until July.
NASA announced the latest postponement Wednesday, saying more time is needed to certify and test the Starliner capsule's parachute system before the spacecraft blasts off with two test pilots.
Uncrewed Russian spacecraft that leaked coolant lands safelyMarch 28, 2023 GMT
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian space capsule safely returned to Earth without a crew Tuesday, months after it suffered a coolant leak in orbit.
Bezos’ rocket company pins crash on overheated engine nozzleMarch 24, 2023 GMT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An overheated rocket engine nozzle caused last year’s Blue Origin launch failure that has grounded flights for six months, the company said Friday.
Russians, American delayed in space to return in SeptemberMarch 24, 2023 GMT
MOSCOW (AP) — Two cosmonauts and an astronaut who were supposed to leave the International Space Station this month will be brought back to Earth in late September, doubling their time aboard the orbiting laboratory to more than a year, Russia's space agency announced Friday.
Virgin Orbit pausing all work, reportedly furloughs staffMarch 16, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — Virgin Orbit said Thursday it is pausing all operations amid reports that the company is furloughing almost all its staff as part of a bid to seek a funding lifeline.
The California-based satellite launch company confirmed it's putting all work on hold, but didn't say how long for.
Four astronauts fly SpaceX back home, end 5-month missionMarch 12, 2023 GMT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Four space station astronauts returned to Earth late Saturday after a quick SpaceX flight home.
Their capsule splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico just off the Florida coast near Tampa.
Latest astronaut from UAE getting used to spaceMarch 7, 2023 GMT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — The second astronaut from the United Arab Emirates is still adjusting to life off the planet, after rocketing to the International Space Station last week.
Japan launches H3 rocket, destroys it over 2nd-stage failureMarch 7, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s space agency intentionally destroyed a new H3 rocket minutes after its launch Tuesday because the ignition failed for the second stage of the country's first new rocket series in more than two decades.
Insider Q&A: Satellite company fights climate changeMarch 6, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Finding and fixing methane leaks has been identified by scientists as one of the most effective ways to turn the tide of global warming. To help uncover those leaks, Canadian company GHGSat has launched six satellites to search for methane plumes.
New crew from US, Russia and UAE arrives at space stationMarch 3, 2023 GMT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A new crew arrived at the International Space Station on Friday for a six-month mission, after overcoming trouble with one of the capsule’s docking hooks.
The SpaceX capsule and its four astronauts had to wait 65 feet (20 meters) from the orbiting lab, as flight controllers in California scrambled to come up with a software fix.
Faulty part from Ukraine likely cause rocket launch failureMarch 3, 2023 GMT
BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency said Friday that an investigation into the failure of a rocket carrying two Earth observation satellites last year indicated the cause was a faulty part procured from Ukraine.
SpaceX launches US, Russia, UAE astronauts to space stationMarch 2, 2023 GMT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched four astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Thursday, including the first person from the Arab world going up for an extended monthslong stay.
What time is it on moon? Europe pushing for lunar time zoneFebruary 28, 2023 GMT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — With more lunar missions than ever on the horizon, the European Space Agency wants to give the moon its own time zone.
This week, the agency said space organizations around the world are considering how best to keep time on the moon.
China says will train foreign astronauts for space stationFebruary 28, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — China says it will soon begin training foreign astronauts for trips to its newly completed orbiting space station.
Long a source of national pride and symbol of technological advancement, the Chinese space program is taking on a new diplomatic and political role, much in the way the United States and former Soviet Union leveraged theirs.
Last-minute problem keeps SpaceX rocket, astronauts groundedFebruary 27, 2023 GMT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Last-minute technical trouble forced SpaceX to call off Monday’s attempt to launch four astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA.
The countdown was halted with just two minutes remaining until liftoff from Kennedy Space Center.
Russia launches rescue ship to space station after leaksFebruary 24, 2023 GMT
Russia launched a rescue ship on Friday for two cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut whose original ride home sprang a dangerous leak while parked at the International Space Station.
The new, empty Soyuz capsule should arrive at the orbiting lab on Sunday.
Roscosmos: Russian spacecraft leak caused by external impactFebruary 21, 2023 GMT
MOSCOW (AP) — A coolant leak from an uncrewed Russian supply ship docked at the International Space Station resulted from an external impact and not a manufacturing flaw, Russia's space corporation said Tuesday.
Japan aborts launch of new rocket carrying missile sensorFebruary 17, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency aborted the inaugural launch of its next-generation H3 rocket on Friday after the auxiliary booster engines failed to ignite, officials said.
The main engine of the rocket, which is carrying an observation satellite and an experimental sensor to detect missile launches, had already ignited when the launch was halted, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said.
Russia delays launch to space station while leak is probedFebruary 13, 2023 GMT
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will postpone the launch of an empty space capsule to the International Space Station pending further investigation of a coolant leak on a supply ship docked to the station, the second such leak at a docked Russian craft in two months, the head of Russia's space corporation Roscosmos said Monday.
Russian spacecraft leaks coolant, station crew reported safeFebruary 11, 2023 GMT
MOSCOW (AP) — An uncrewed Russian supply ship docked at the International Space Station has leaked coolant, the Russian space corporation and NASA reported Saturday, saying the incident doesn’t pose any danger to the station’s crew.
SpaceX ignites giant Starship rocket in crucial pad testFebruary 10, 2023 GMT
SpaceX is a big step closer to sending its giant Starship spacecraft into orbit, completing an engine-firing test at the launch pad on Thursday.
Thirty-one of the 33 first-stage booster engines ignited simultaneously for about 10 seconds in south Texas.
China space station crew completes spacewalkFebruary 10, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — The crew of China’s orbiting space station has completed the first of several planned spacewalks of their six-month mission, pushing such activities into the realm of routine for the country’s astronauts.
ESA chief vows to restore Europe’s access to spaceJanuary 25, 2023 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Space Agency's director general says it's crucial to rebuild Europe's access to space following the botched launch of a European rocket carrying two Earth observation satellites last year and the delayed introduction of the Ariane 6 launcher.
First Native American woman in space steps out on spacewalkJanuary 20, 2023 GMT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first Native American woman in space ventured out on a spacewalk Friday to prep the International Space Station for more solar panels.
NASA astronaut Nicole Mann emerged alongside Japan's Koichi Wakata, lugging an equipment bag.
Russia will launch new capsule to return space station crewJanuary 11, 2023 GMT
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will send up a new capsule next month to bring back three space station crew members whose original ride home was damaged, officials said Wednesday.
The two Russians and one American will stay several extra months at the International Space Station as a result of the capsule switch, possibly pushing their mission to close to a year, NASA and Russian space officials told reporters.
UK space industry mulls setback after satellite launch failsJanuary 10, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — British officials and space scientists said Tuesday they were disappointed but not deterred after the first attempt to launch satellites into orbit from the U.K. ended in failure.
U.S.-based Virgin Orbit attempted its first international launch late Monday, using a modified jumbo jet to carry one if its rockets from Cornwall in southwestern England over the Atlantic Ocean.
Old NASA satellite falling from sky this weekend, low threatJanuary 7, 2023 GMT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A 38-year-old retired NASA satellite is about to fall from the sky.
NASA said Friday the chance of wreckage falling on anybody is “very low.” Most of the 5,400-pound (2,450-kilogram) satellite will burn up upon reentry, according to NASA.
Apollo 7 astronaut Walter Cunningham dead at 90January 4, 2023 GMT
Walter Cunningham, the last surviving astronaut from the first successful crewed space mission in NASA's Apollo program, died Tuesday in Houston. He was 90.
NASA confirmed Cunningham’s death in a statement but did not include its cause.
South Korea’s unannounced rocket launch causes UFO scareDecember 30, 2022 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s military confirmed it test-fired a solid-fueled rocket Friday after its unannounced launch triggered brief public scare of a suspected UFO appearance or a North Korean missile launch.
Cosmonauts’ spacewalk canceled at space station due to leakDecember 15, 2022 GMT
NASA and Russia's space agency canceled a spacewalk by two Russian cosmonauts just as they were preparing to exit the International Space Station late Wednesday because of an apparent coolant leak from an attached space capsule.