Space exploration

FILE - This illustration provided by NASA shows the New Horizons spacecraft. On Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2018, New Horizons fired its thrusters to make course adjustments for a New Year’s Day 2019 flyby of a teeny, frigid world dubbed Ultima Thule, 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto. (NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI via AP)
October 04, 2018 - 11:56 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — 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...
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In this image from video made available by NASA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kounotori H-II Transfer Vehicle approaches the International Space Station on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. It’s the seventh Japanese shipment to the station and the first in two years. (NASA via AP)
September 27, 2018 - 11:31 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space station astronauts have received a special delivery from a Japanese capsule named White Stork. The cargo ship known as Kounotori in Japanese arrived at the International Space Station on Thursday, five days after liftoff. It's the seventh Japanese shipment and the...
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September 18, 2018 - 3:55 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — A space official says that Russian cosmonauts will venture outside the International Space Station to inspect a section where a mysterious leak has been discovered. The leak was spotted last month in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft attached to the station. The crew of three Americans,...
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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa speaks after SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk announced him as the person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in Hawthorne, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
September 18, 2018 - 6:13 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After announcing that he'll take the first-ever commercial rocket trip around the moon, Yusaku Maezawa said he wants company for the weeklong journey. The Japanese billionaire said he plans to invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people to join...
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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa speaks after SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk announced him as the person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in Hawthorne, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
September 18, 2018 - 1:37 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said Monday that he plans to blast off on the first-ever private commercial trip around the moon and will invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on the weeklong journey "to inspire the dreamer in all of us...
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In this Sept. 14, 2018, photo, an H-2B rocket carrying the Kounotori 7 cargo spacecraft is seen at Tanegashima Space Center in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Kagoshima. The Japanese supply run to the International Space Station has been delayed again. The countdown was halted Saturday, Sept. 15, in Japan, with only a few hours remaining before liftoff. Earlier in the week, a typhoon delayed the launch.(Kyodo News via AP)
September 14, 2018 - 5:28 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A Japanese supply run to the International Space Station has been delayed again. The countdown was halted Saturday local time in Japan, with only a few hours remaining before liftoff. Earlier in the week, a typhoon delayed the launch. A reason for the latest postponement...
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This composite image made from June 7-19, 2017 photos shows the scene from NASA's Opportunity rover outside Endeavor Crater on the planet Mars. Flight controllers have been on the alert for a message from Opportunity ever since a dust storm enveloped Mars in June and contact was lost. The storm has finally diminished in August 2018. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State University via AP)
August 31, 2018 - 12:42 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is eager to hear from its silenced Mars rover, Opportunity, as the planet's red skies clear. Flight controllers have been on the alert for a message from Opportunity ever since a dust storm enveloped Mars in June and contact was lost. The storm has finally...
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In this June 24, 2018 photo released by NASA, the Russian Soyuz MS-09 crew craft, left, and the Northrop Grumman (formerly Orbital ATK) Cygnus space freighter are attached to the International Space Station. NASA and Russian space officials stressed Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, that the six astronauts are in no danger after a small air leak developed in one, at left, of the two Soyuz capsules docked at the space station. Russian officials say the leak was detected Wednesday night and may be the result of a micrometeorite impact. Both the crew and ground controllers are working hard to isolate the leak. (NASA via AP)
August 30, 2018 - 4:58 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts scrambled Thursday to patch a tiny hole in a Russian capsule that was allowing air to leak from the International Space Station. NASA and Russian space officials stressed the six astronauts were in no danger. The leak was detected Wednesday night — possibly...
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This June 6, 2017 photo shows NASA astronaut candidate Robb Kulin at Ellington Field in Houston. Kulin has resigned halfway through his two years of training at Johnson Space Center in Houston. A NASA spokeswoman says his departure is effective Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, and that he is leaving for personal reasons that the space agency cannot discuss due to privacy laws. (Robert Markowitz/NASA via AP)
August 28, 2018 - 1:10 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — 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...
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August 22, 2018 - 6:39 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Whichever way the wind blows, a new satellite launched Wednesday will be watching it. The Aeolus satellite will be the first to directly measure wind speeds and directions all over the globe, allowing scientists to improve worldwide weather forecasts. "This has not been done before...
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