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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | NASA’s Parker spacecraft makes 1st close approach to sun

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA spacecraft has made its first close approach to the sun, just 2 1/2 months after liftoff. The Parker Solar Probe flew within 15 million miles (24 million kilometers) of the sun’s surface Monday night. Its speed topped 213,000 mph (342,000 kph) relative to the sun, as it penetrated the … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | NASA’s Parker spacecraft makes 1st close approach to sun

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s made-in-US (and Europe) spacecraft

WASHINGTON — One of the star products of President Donald Trump’s Made in America showcase this year, NASA’s Orion crew capsule, will ride through space thanks to Europe. With its four solar-array wings, the European Service Module supplies propulsion, power and the essentials of life for the capsule’s space travels and marks a departure for … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s made-in-US (and Europe) spacecraft

NASA nails test on Voyager spacecraft, 13 billion miles away

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla./December 4, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — NASA has nailed an engine test on a spacecraft 13 billion miles away. Last week, ground controllers sent commands to fire backup thrusters on Voyager 1, our most distant spacecraft. The thrusters had been idle for 37 years, since Voyager 1 flew past Saturn. To NASA’s delight, the four … Continue reading NASA nails test on Voyager spacecraft, 13 billion miles away

NASA’s Jupiter-circling spacecraft stuck making long laps

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP)(STL.News) — NASA’s Jupiter-circling spacecraft is stuck making long laps around the gas giant because of sticky valves. It currently takes Juno 53 days to fly around the solar system’s biggest planet. That’s almost four times longer than the intended 14-day orbit. After repeated delays, NASA decided late last week to scrap … Continue reading NASA’s Jupiter-circling spacecraft stuck making long laps