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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | SpaceX crew capsule departs station for Atlantic splashdown

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s swanky new crew capsule has undocked from the International Space Station and is headed toward an old-fashioned splashdown. The Dragon capsule pulled away from the orbiting lab early Friday, a test dummy named Ripley its lone occupant. It’s aiming for a morning splashdown in the Atlantic off Florida‘s coast, … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | SpaceX crew capsule departs station for Atlantic splashdown

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Tiny satellites fall silent after proving new tech at Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Two tiny satellites fall silent millions of miles away, after proving new technology at Mars. The twin CubeSats, nicknamed WALL-E and EVE, shadowed NASA‘s InSight lander to Mars last year. As the lander descended to the Martian surface in November, the briefcase-size satellites flew past the red planet, providing real-time … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Tiny satellites fall silent after proving new tech at Mars

NASA News: NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Lucy Mission

WASHINGTON – Jan. 31, 2019 – NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC (ULS) of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the agency’s first-ever mission to explore Trojan asteroids. The Lucy mission currently is targeted to launch in October 2021 on an Atlas V 401 rocket from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air … Continue reading NASA News: NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Lucy Mission

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

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | NASA spacecraft lands on red planet after six-month journey

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — A NASA spacecraft designed to burrow beneath the surface of Mars landed on the red planet Monday after a six-month, 300 million-mile (482 million-kilometer) journey and a perilous, six-minute descent through the rose-hued atmosphere. After waiting in white-knuckle suspense for confirmation to arrive from space, flight controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | NASA spacecraft lands on red planet after six-month journey

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Mars landing looms for NASA; anxiety building a day out

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — With just a day to go, NASA’s InSight spacecraft aimed for a bull’s-eye touchdown on Mars, zooming in like an arrow with no turning back. InSight’s journey of six months and 300 million miles (482 million kilometers) comes to a precarious grand finale Monday afternoon. The robotic geologist — designed to … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Mars landing looms for NASA; anxiety building a day out

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Mars landing comes down to final 6 minutes of 6-month trip

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — For NASA’s InSight spacecraft, it all comes down to the final six minutes of a six-month journey to Mars. The lander will enter the Martian atmosphere at supersonic speed, then hit the brakes to get to a soft, safe landing on the alien red plains. After micromanaging every step of the … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Mars landing comes down to final 6 minutes of 6-month trip

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Another NASA spacecraft runs out of steam, 2nd this week

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla  — NASA has lost a second spacecraft this week, ending a fruitful mission in the asteroid belt. Running low on fuel for some time, the Dawn spacecraft this week stopped communicating with flight controllers. Its prolonged silence prompted NASA to declare it dead Thursday, two days after delivering eulogies to the planet-hunting … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Another NASA spacecraft runs out of steam, 2nd this week

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Kepler telescope dead after finding thousands of worlds

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s elite planet-hunting spacecraft has been declared dead, just a few months shy of its 10th anniversary. Officials announced the Kepler Space Telescope’s demise Tuesday. Already well past its expected lifetime, the 9 1/2-year-old Kepler had been running low on fuel for months. Its ability to point at distant stars and … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Kepler telescope dead after finding thousands of worlds

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | NASA’s Pluto explorer adjusts course as next icy world looms

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The NASA spacecraft that explored Pluto has adjusted course as its next target looms. New Horizons fired its thrusters late Wednesday way out in our solar system’s so-called Kuiper (KIE-per) Belt, or Twilight Zone. That puts the spacecraft on track for a New Year’s Day flyby of a teeny, frigid world … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | NASA’s Pluto explorer adjusts course as next icy world looms

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Have astronomers found 1st moon outside our solar system?

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Astronomers may have found the first moon outside our solar system. Two Columbia University researchers presented their tantalizing evidence Wednesday. Plenty of planets exist beyond our solar system, but a moon around one of those worlds has yet to be confirmed. The potential moon would be considerably larger than Earth — … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Have astronomers found 1st moon outside our solar system?

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Scrawny dwarf planet, named Goblin, found well beyond Pluto

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — A scrawny dwarf planet nicknamed the Goblin has been discovered well beyond Pluto. A round frozen world just 186 miles (300 kilometers) across, the Goblin was spotted by astronomers in 2015 around Halloween, thus its spooky name. But it wasn’t publicly unveiled until Tuesday following further observations. Scott Sheppard of the … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Scrawny dwarf planet, named Goblin, found well beyond Pluto

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | SpaceX changes plans to send tourists around the moon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla  — SpaceX said it has signed the first private moon traveler, with some changes to its original game plan. The big reveal on who it is — and when the flight to the moon will be — will be announced Monday at the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California. It’s not the same … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | SpaceX changes plans to send tourists around the moon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Astronaut quits halfway through training, 1st in 50 years

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— For the first time in 50 years, an astronaut-in-training is quitting NASA. Astronaut candidate Robb Kulin has resigned halfway through his two years of training at Johnson Space Center in Houston. NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean said his departure is effective Friday and that he is leaving for personal reasons that the space … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Astronaut quits halfway through training, 1st in 50 years

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Spacewalkers flinging satellites, installing bird trackers

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla— Russian cosmonauts took a spacewalk Wednesday to fling tiny satellites into orbit and install an antenna for tracking birds on Earth. Soon after leaving the International Space Station, Sergey Prokopyev released all four research satellites by hand. “I’m ready for the launch,” Prokopyev told Russian flight controllers near Moscow. The first satellite … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Spacewalkers flinging satellites, installing bird trackers

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | ‘Touch the sun’: NASA spacecraft hurtles toward our star

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Embarking on a mission that scientists have been dreaming of since the Sputnik era, a NASA spacecraft hurtled Sunday toward the sun on a quest to unlock some of its mysteries by getting closer than any object sent before. If all goes well, the Parker Solar Probe will fly straight through … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | ‘Touch the sun’: NASA spacecraft hurtles toward our star

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | ‘Wow, here we go’: NASA spacecraft hurtles toward the sun

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Embarking on a mission that scientists have been dreaming of since the Sputnik era, a NASA spacecraft hurtled Sunday toward the sun on a quest to unlock some of its mysteries by getting closer than any object sent before. If all goes well, the Parker Solar Probe will fly straight through … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | ‘Wow, here we go’: NASA spacecraft hurtles toward the sun

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | NASA spacecraft rockets toward sun for closest look yet

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA spacecraft rocketed toward the sun Sunday on an unprecedented quest to get closer to our star than anything ever sent before. The Parker Solar Probe will fly straight through the wispy edges of the corona, or outer solar atmosphere, that was visible during last August’s total solar eclipse. It … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | NASA spacecraft rockets toward sun for closest look yet

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Last-minute technical problem delays NASA’s flight to sun

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.  — A last-minute technical problem has delayed NASA’s unprecedented flight to the sun. Saturday’s launch countdown was halted with just one-minute, 55 seconds remaining, keeping the Delta IV (four) rocket at Cape Canaveral, Florida, with the Parker Solar Probe. This followed earlier trouble in the countdown. NASA says it will try again … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Last-minute technical problem delays NASA’s flight to sun

CAPE CANAVERAL,Fla | Newest SpaceX booster flies again with Indonesia satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — SpaceX used its newest style booster for a second time to put a communications satellite into orbit for Indonesia. The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off early Tuesday morning from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The first-stage booster previously soared in May, the first time out the gate for this upgraded rocket. After performing … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL,Fla | Newest SpaceX booster flies again with Indonesia satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Correction: Commercial Space-Astronauts story

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.  — In a story Aug. 3 about nine astronauts picked for fly on commercial capsules, The Associated Press reported erroneously the first name of one astronaut. His name is Josh Cassada, not John. A corrected version of the story is below: Astronauts picked for SpaceX, Boeing capsule test flights NASA names astronauts … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Correction: Commercial Space-Astronauts story

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Astronauts picked for SpaceX, Boeing capsule test flights

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla— NASA on Friday assigned the astronauts who will ride the first commercial capsules into orbit next year and bring crew launches back to the U.S. SpaceX and Boeing are shooting for a test flight of their capsules by the end of this year or early next, with the first crews flying from … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Astronauts picked for SpaceX, Boeing capsule test flights