MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University robotics team has won a NASA competition for the second time in three years.
The college on Friday announced the team's win in NASA's Moon...
Education advocates say a Trump administration plan to use federal Pell Grant money to fund space exploration would jeopardize aid for future college students and could trigger a budgeting crisis...
CINCINNATI (AP) — A new permanent exhibit focusing on space exploration and the Ohio native who was the first person to walk on the moon has opened at a Cincinnati museum.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency said an explosive dropped Friday from its Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully blasted the surface of an asteroid for the first time to form a crater and pave the...
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency said Monday that its Hayabusa2 spacecraft will follow up last month's touchdown on a distant asteroid with another risky mission — dropping an explosive on the...
Pence promises missions to the moon and Mars during ceremony
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is honoring the nation's fallen astronauts during a NASA day of remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery.
Memorials at the cemetery honor those who perished when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded on Jan. 28, 1986, and when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon re-entering Earth's atmosphere on Feb. 1, 2003. Pence recalled both events, saying that when the Columbia broke up, so did the hearts of the American people.
Hundreds of federal scientists miss conferences in shutdown
The world's largest airborne observatory was supposed to be parked in Seattle this week, so thousands of scientists attending the "Super Bowl of Astronomy" could behold this marvel: a Boeing 747 outfitted with a massive telescope used to study the fundamental mysteries of the universe.
China’s space journey, to the moon’s far side and beyond
BEIJING (AP) — China has come a long way since the founding of its space program in 1956.
Shortly after the former Soviet Union launched Sputnik, Chairman Mao Zedong declared that China too should have an artificial satellite to keep up with the great powers. Now, being recognized as a galactic pioneer is once again part of China's national ambitions.
"The space dream is part of the dream to make China stronger," President Xi Jinping said shortly after taking office in 2013.
First private Israeli lunar mission will launch in February
YEHUD, Israel (AP) — An Israeli nonprofit on Monday said it has pushed back the launch of what it hopes will be the first private spacecraft to land on the moon until February.
Photos from Japan space rovers show rocky asteroid surface
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency says more than 200 photos taken by two small rovers on an asteroid show no signs of a smooth area for the planned touchdown of a spacecraft early next year.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Thursday the two solar-powered rovers have become inactive and are probably in the shade, but are still responding to signals after three months, exceeding their projected life of several days.
Pence gives pep talk at NASA headquarters
Russian, US officials say space cooperation remains strong
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian and U.S. space officials hailed the joint work of their programs Monday and said cooperation remains strong despite political tensions between their countries.
Roscosmos director Dmitry Rogozin and Bill Gerstenmaier, head of NASA's human explorations and operations, said after a conference marking the 20th anniversary of the International Space Station that their agencies plan to collaborate on developing a moon orbiting outpost.
Rocket carrying 1st UAE-made satellite launched from Japan
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese rocket on Monday lifted the United Arab Emirates' first locally made satellite into orbit successfully from a space center in southern Japan.
The KhalifaSat Earth observation satellite was launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries from the Tanegashima Space Center.
The H-2A rocket also is carrying an Ibuki-2 greenhouse gas observation satellite for Japan.
Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury
TOKYO (AP) — European and Japanese space agencies said an Ariane 5 rocket successfully lifted a spacecraft carrying two probes into orbit Saturday for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.
The European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said the unmanned BepiColombo spacecraft successfully separated and was sent into orbit from French Guiana as planned to begin a seven-year journey to Mercury.
India signs $5 billion deal for Russian air defense systems
NEW DELHI (AP) — India signed a $5 billion deal to buy five Russian S-400 air defense systems on Friday despite a looming threat of U.S. sanctions on countries that trade with Russia's defense and intelligence sectors.
The deal was signed in New Delhi during a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss nuclear energy, space exploration and trade.
Japanese spacecraft drops observation device onto asteroid
TOKYO (AP) — A German-French observation device safely landed on an asteroid on Wednesday after a Japanese spacecraft released it as part of a research effort that could find clues about the origin of the solar system, Japanese space officials said.
The Japan Space Exploration Agency said the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout, or MASCOT, was released from the unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 and successfully landed on the asteroid Ryugu.
Photos from Japanese space rovers show asteroid is ... rocky
TOKYO (AP) — New photos taken on the surface of an asteroid show that it is (drum roll, please) ... rocky.
It may be no surprise, but Japan space agency scientists and engineers are thrilled by the images being sent to Earth by two jumping robotic rovers that they dropped onto an asteroid about 280 million kilometers (170 million miles) away.
Japan space rovers lowered to asteroid to collect data
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese spacecraft released two small rovers on an asteroid on Friday in a mission that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system.
The Japan Space Exploration Agency said the two Minerva-II-1 rovers were lowered from the unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 to the asteroid Ryugu. The spacecraft arrived near the asteroid, about 280 million kilometers (170 million miles) from Earth, in June.
NASA, Stennis will bring more than flags, footprints to moon
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — The future of NASA and space exploration begins in Mississippi, officials say, and with NASA's goal to return to the moon in 2019, Stennis Space Center is at the heart of the program.
"Man may go to the moon (again) one day, but they're going to have to pass through Hancock County to get there," Gov. Phil Bryant said.
Bryant was one of about 100 people who attended a RS-25 engine test Aug. 14 at Stennis, the first of 10 test fires for the first SLS project.
NASA administrator supports Trump ‘space force’ proposal
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine expressed full support Monday for President Donald Trump's proposed military "Space Force" but added that it will have a role separate from NASA.
Bridenstine said in New Orleans that NASA's responsibilities involve science, space exploration and technology development. As for defense and national security, he told reporters in New Orleans: "We want to be an agency that maintains its independence from those capabilities."
CINCINNATI (AP) — Admirers of Neil Armstrong and space exploration have a chance to own artifacts and mementos that belonged to the modest man who became a global hero by becoming the first human to walk on the moon.
The personal collection of Armstrong, who died in his native Ohio in 2012, will be offered for sale in a series of auctions handled by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, beginning Nov. 1-2 and continuing in May and November 2019.
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese space probe arrived at an asteroid Wednesday after a 3 1/2-year journey to undertake a first-ever experiment: blow a crater in the rocky surface to collect samples and bring them back to Earth.
The unmanned Hayabusa2 spacecraft reached its base of operations about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the asteroid and some 280 million kilometers (170 million miles) from Earth, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles harbor commissioners have approved a permit for Space Exploration Technologies to build a facility on 19 acres of port land to manufacture a Mars rocket that will be so big it will require an oceangoing barge for transport to launch sites.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk says the rocket will serve a wide range of missions including going to Mars.
The permit approved Thursday has an initial 10-year term with two 10-year options to extend.
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. launched a rocket carrying 5,800 pounds of supplies Monday afternoon as part of its longstanding contract with NASA to ferry cargo to the International Space Station.
The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The mission’s Dragon spacecraft is packed with nearly three tons of research, crew supplies and hardware, according to NASA.
MOSCOW (AP) — A Soyuz capsule carrying two Americans and a Russian cosmonaut has docked with the International Space Station.
The docking at 10:40 p.m. (1940 GMT) Friday came two days after the capsule blasted off from Russia's manned space launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
On board the capsule were NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev.
MOSCOW (AP) — Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut are on their way to the International Space Station.
A Soyuz rocket carrying the three men blasted off Wednesday from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan. On board the capsule were NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and Roscosmos' cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev.
The spacecraft is set to dock at the orbiting outpost on Friday.
If Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise were given a chance in the 1970s to make the nine-month trek to Mars, he most certainly would have declined.
In fact, he finds the idea of such a long mission boring, even though he realizes the mission is vital.
“It’s something we need to tackle,” said Haise, who was a military test pilot before becoming an astronaut in 1966. “That’s a long time to sit and … not have a good window of view for quite a while. It doesn’t fit my idea of what I like.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says it's good that "rich guys" love rocket ships.
Trump says their willingness to pay for some space exploration is "better than us paying for it," meaning the federal government.
The president spoke Thursday as he opened a Cabinet meeting at the White House. Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to provide an update on space issues in his role as chairman of the National Space Council.
This year marks 60 years since the United States started sending satellites into space, including one on March 5, 1958, when the U.S. attempted to launch its second satellite into space. During that span, we have led extraordinary scientific discovery across our solar system. But our space exploration has taken a toll on one particular thing: the orbital environment.
When the most powerful rocket ever developed by a private company thundered off its Cape Canaveral launch pad last week, it announced a new era in space exploration and exploitation. SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, with more than 5 million pounds of thrust, is the most powerful rocket since NASA’s Saturn V, the workhorse of the Apollo program that put American astronauts on the moon in the 1960s and 1970s. The launch is a major leap to private sector dominance of the $323 billion-a-year global space...
Sierra Nevada’s Madison staff wins expanded NASA contract for growing veggies in space
Madison scientists and engineers will be working on bigger and better ways for astronauts to eat fresh food in space, thanks to a contract awarded by NASA.
Sierra Nevada Corp. has signed an agreement with the space agency that will give the company’s Madison operation — formerly known as Orbitec — another two years to work on plant growth modules, some as big as a room.
Salt Lake City school named after Andrew Jackson changed
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake City school named after President Andrew Jackson is being changed to honor a pioneering woman in U.S. space exploration.
The Salt Lake City School District Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night in support of the change from Jackson Elementary to Mary W. Jackson Elementary School.
It's the first school in Utah's capital city to be named after a woman.
NASA Glenn reinvents the wheel with spring tires for space and earth
WASHINGTON, D. C. - When American astronauts visit the moon and Mars on the upcoming manned missions that President Donald Trump ordered last week, there's a good chance their space exploration vehicles will use tires made of special springs that are under development at Cleveland's NASA Glenn Research Center.
Elon Musk's rocket company is about take another step toward making spaceflight cheaper.
Space Exploration Technologies on Wednesday will double down on the concept of recycling spacecraft that the company has flown and landed back on Earth. In a mission for NASA, SpaceX will reuse both a rocket and a capsule that it's fired off before.
Arizona State University joins consortium building telescope
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State University is joining an international consortium building a large new optical telescope in Chile.
Director Lindy Elkins-Tanton of Arizona State's School of Earth and Space Exploration says participation in the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization is a leap forward institutionally for the university.
LEOMINSTER -- It's Tara Sweeney's job to help people experience micro-gravity by flying them to an altitude of 20,000 feet before dipping the plane downward, giving passengers a feeling similar to the weightlessness they'd feel in outer space.
It's a fun job, and one Sweeney hopes that area students will one day have a shot at as well.
NASA administrator due at Von Braun symposium
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Acting NASA administrator Robert Lightfoot is among the speakers scheduled to appear this week in Huntsville at a meeting on space exploration.
The 10th annual Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium is set to begin Wednesday. The two-day event named for the late German rocket engineer and NASA pioneer will be held at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Lightfoot is scheduled to speak at the meeting, which will focus on advancing opportunities in space.
Among the beakers and petri dishes at the Southside High School lab room Monday morning was an ordinary-looking UPS box.
But three ninth graders in white lab coats, two scientists, and U.S. Rep. Will Hurd gathered around it with fixed gazes.
“I’m afraid something is going to jump out,” joked Hurd as Neco Jimenez, 14, started ripping open the box.
Gabriella Woods of Roseburg recently attended Space Camp at the U. S. Space and Rocket Center, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center.
The week-long educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving.
NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Prepares for Earth
Pennsylvania attorney general issues eclipse glasses warning
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top prosecutor wants to make sure people don't get burned by glassed they've bought to view Monday's solar eclipse.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro says folks should check to make sure their glasses have filters recommended by NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which runs the nation's space exploration program.
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Orange County Register on public-private space ventures needing oversight
Public-private partnerships in space travel hold much promise, and greater cost-efficiency, but government should be transparent about the risks and inevitable failures.
ABERDEEN - Last month Aberdeen High School mathematics teacher, Diana Sargent, served as a teacher-mentor for the Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars (ISAS) Summer Academy.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Students at North Dakota State University in Fargo are working with NASA scientists to develop a better technique for 3D printing in space exploration.
The 11 students working with a NASA field center in California called Jet Propulsion Laboratory range from freshmen to graduate students, the Wahpeton Daily News reported. They're pursuing majors in mechanical engineering, computer science and electrical engineering.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The type of vehicle that could explore the surface of Mars is going on display in Washington.
The National Air and Space Museum is featuring the Mars rover concept vehicle on Friday and Saturday. Friday is the museum's annual "Mars Day!" celebration.
ATLANTA (AP) — A Mars Rover concept vehicle is launching a tour of the East Coast with its first stop at the Atlanta Braves' new stadium near Smyrna, Georgia.
The 5,500 pound, 11-foot-tall space vehicle will be on display outside SunTrust Park from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, as part of the "Summer of Mars Experience Tour."
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is forming a National Space Council to be led by Vice President Mike Pence.
The president signed an executive order Friday to revive a council last in place in 1993.
Trump says the announcement sends a clear signal to the world about the United States' leadership in space. He says space exploration would help the economy and national security.
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Astronauts, scientists and entrepreneurs are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the start of the Space Age and looking ahead to the next frontiers at a conference in Lowell.
"Space Exploration in the Upcoming Decade: The Domestication of Space," will bring industry leaders from around the world to share their work.
The conference will be held at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell from April 21 and April 22.