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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Mars lander sets quake monitor on planet’s red surface

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s new Mars lander has placed a quake monitor on the planet’s dusty red surface. The milestone occurred less than a month after Mars InSight’s touchdown. InSight’s robotic arm removed the seismometer from the spacecraft deck and set it on the ground Wednesday to monitor Mars quakes. Project manager Tom Hoffman … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Mars lander sets quake monitor on planet’s red surface

DENVER | Launch of next generation GPS satellite postponed for 1 day

DENVER— The launch of a new GPS satellite was postponed for one day Tuesday because of an unspecified problem with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will put the satellite in orbit. Liftoff was rescheduled for Wednesday at Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX said Tuesday’s launch was scratched because of sensor readings on the rocket’s first … Continue reading DENVER | Launch of next generation GPS satellite postponed for 1 day

WASHINGTON | AP sources: Trump plans to create US Space Command

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order soon, possibly as early as Tuesday, creating a U.S. Space Command that will better organize and advance the military’s vast operations in space, U.S. officials say. Vice President Mike Pence will make the announcement Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP sources: Trump plans to create US Space Command

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Farout: Scientists spot solar system’s farthest known object

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Astronomers have spotted the farthest known object in our solar system — and they’ve nicknamed the pink cosmic body “Farout.” The International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center announced the discovery Monday. “Farout” (pronounced far-out) is about 120 astronomical units away — that’s 120 times the distance between Earth and the sun, … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Farout: Scientists spot solar system’s farthest known object

WASHINGTON | Trump plans to create unified US Space Command

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order before the end of the year creating a U.S. Space Command as a major military command. Vice President Mike Pence will make the announcement Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, two U.S. officials said, and Trump could sign the order as … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump plans to create unified US Space Command

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | SpaceX Christmas delivery delayed by communication problem

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A communication drop-out has delayed a Christmas delivery at the International Space Station. A SpaceX capsule full of holiday goodies got to within 32 feet (10 meters) of the orbiting complex Saturday. But trouble with a communication satellite network forced a last-minute delay. For safety, Mission Control ordered the Dragon capsule … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | SpaceX Christmas delivery delayed by communication problem

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | NASA spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid, its 1st visitor

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft has arrived at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years. The robotic explorer Osiris-Rex pulled within 12 miles (19 kilometers) of the diamond-shaped space rock Monday. It will get even closer in the days ahead and go into orbit around … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | NASA spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid, its 1st visitor

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | ‘Flawless’: NASA craft lands on Mars after perilous journey

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — A NASA spacecraft designed to drill down into Mars’ interior landed on the planet Monday after a perilous, supersonic plunge through its red skies, setting off jubilation among scientists who had waited in white-knuckle suspense for confirmation to arrive across 100 million miles of space. Flight controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | ‘Flawless’: NASA craft lands on Mars after perilous journey