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SpaceX's Mars test rocket makes 1st flight, landing upright

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched a prototype of its Mars rocketship hundreds of feet into the air, then landed it upright in a successful test flight. The flight lasted barely 45 seconds and reached just 500 feet (150 meters) Tuesday nig... Full story

 

SpaceX capsule and NASA crew make 1st splashdown in 45 years

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk's SpaceX company. It was...

 

US astronauts pack up for rare splashdown in SpaceX capsule

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Two U.S. astronauts about to make the first splashdown return in 45 years said Friday they'll have seasick bags ready to use if needed. SpaceX and NASA plan to bring Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken back Sunday afternoon in t...

 

Tropical storm may delay 1st SpaceX crew's return to Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Tropical weather barreling toward Florida could delay this weekend's planned return of the first SpaceX crew. On Wednesday, SpaceX and NASA cleared the Dragon crew capsule to depart the International Space Station and...

 

NASA's next Mars rover is brawniest and brainiest one yet

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — With eight successful Mars landings, NASA is upping the ante with its newest rover. The spacecraft Perseverance — set for liftoff this week — is NASA's biggest and brainiest Martian rover yet. It sports the latest...

 

Comet streaking past Earth, providing spectacular show

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth, providing a stunning nighttime show after buzzing the sun and expanding its tail. Comet Neowise — the brightest comet visible from the Northern Hemisphere in a quarter-...

 

SpaceX launches Air Force's newest GPS satellite

SpaceX launched the military's newest, most accurate GPS satellite Tuesday after a two-month delay due to the pandemic. A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying the GPS satellite to orbit. The brand new...

 

Astronaut says losing mirror on spacewalk was 'real bummer'

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The commander of the International Space Station said Monday that losing a mirror during last week's otherwise successful spacewalk was "a real bummer." NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy said he has no idea how the small...

 

Spacewalking astronaut loses mirror, newest space junk

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A spacewalking astronaut added to the millions of pieces of junk orbiting the Earth on Friday, losing a small mirror on his sleeve as soon as he emerged from the International Space Station for battery work. Commander...

 

SpaceX captures the flag, beating Boeing in cosmic contest

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first astronauts launched by SpaceX declared victory Monday in NASA's cosmic capture-the-flag game. They quickly claimed the prize left behind at the International Space Station nearly a decade ago by the last crew...

 

Take 2 for SpaceX's 1st astronaut launch with more storms

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX pressed ahead with its second attempt to launch astronauts for NASA — a historic first for a private company — but more stormy weather threatened more delays. Elon Musk's company came within 17 minutes Wednesd...

 

`Bummed out': SpaceX launch scrubbed because of bad weather

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The launch of a SpaceX rocket ship with two NASA astronauts on a history-making flight into orbit was called off with less than 17 minutes to go in the countdown Wednesday because of thunderclouds and the danger of...

 

NASA astronauts go back to the future with capsule launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It's back to the future as NASA astronauts launch again from the U.S. — aboard a retro-style "Right Stuff" capsule. Make no mistake: This is not your father's — or grandfather's — capsule. SpaceX's Dragon crew...

 

NASA, SpaceX bringing astronaut launches back to home turf

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time in nearly a decade, U.S. astronauts are about to blast into orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil. And for the first time in the history of human spaceflight, a private company is running...

 

NASA's newest test pilots are veteran astronauts, friends

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The two astronauts who will test drive SpaceX's brand new rocketship are classmates and friends, veteran spacefliers married to veteran spacefliers, and fathers of young sons. Together, they will end a nine-year drought...

 

Astronauts arrive for NASA's 1st home launch in decade

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The two astronauts who will end a nine-year launch drought for NASA arrived at Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, exactly one week before their historic SpaceX flight. It will be the first time a private company, rather...

 

US military's mystery space plane rockets back into orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. military's mystery space plane rocketed into orbit again Sunday, this time with an extra load of science experiments. It's the sixth flight of an X-37B, a solar-powered plane that's flown by remote control...

 

NASA, SpaceX pick May 27 to resume astronaut launches in US

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA and SpaceX have picked May 27 for resuming astronaut launches from the U.S. after nine years of complete Russian dependence. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced the launch date Friday. Astronauts haven't...

 

After months in space, astronauts returning to changed world

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Two NASA astronauts said Friday they expect it will be tough returning to such a drastically changed world next week, after more than half a year at the International Space Station. Andrew Morgan said the crew has tried...

 

Mercury-bound spacecraft buzzes Earth, beams back pictures

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A Mercury-bound spacecraft swooped past Earth on Friday, tweaking its roundabout path to the solar system's smallest and innermost planet. Launched 1 1/2 years ago, Europe and Japan's BepiColombo spacecraft passed...

 

Space Force launches its 1st mission with virus precautions

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The newly established U.S. Space Force launched its first national security satellite Thursday with a leaner staff because of the coronavirus pandemic. "Nothing stops the space launch mission!" the 45th Space Wing...

 

No family, fanfare for NASA astronaut launching next month

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA astronaut who's about to leave the planet for six months will blast off without any family or fanfare because of the coronavirus. Chris Cassidy said Thursday that he won't have any guests at his April 9 launch...

 

It's cloudy with a chance of iron rain at hot, faraway world

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — At one hot, faraway world, it's always cloudy with a chance of iron rain. That's the otherworldly forecast from Swiss and other European astronomers who have detected clouds full of iron droplets at a hot Jupiterlike...

 

Boeing blames incomplete testing for astronaut capsule woes

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing acknowledged Friday it failed to conduct full and adequate software tests before the botched space debut of its astronaut capsule late last year. A software error left the Starliner capsule in the wrong orbit in...

 

Satellite almost on empty gets new life after space docking

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A communication satellite almost out of fuel has gotten a new life after the first space docking of its kind. Northrop Grumman and Intelsat announced the successful link-up nearly 22,500 miles (36,000 kilometers) above...

 

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