Space exploration

Vice President Mike Pence poses for a group photograph with NASA's 12 new astronaut candidates, Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. NASA chose 12 new astronauts Wednesday from its biggest pool of applicants ever, selecting seven men and five women who could one day fly aboard the nation's next generation of spacecraft. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)
June 07, 2017 - 6:04 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA chose 12 new astronauts Wednesday from its biggest pool of applicants ever, hand-picking seven men and five women who could one day fly aboard the nation's next generation of spacecraft. The astronaut class of 2017 includes doctors, scientists, engineers, pilots and...
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In this photo provided by NASA, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon spacecraft onboard, is seen at Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Saturday, June 3, 2017. SpaceX is trying again to launch its first recycled supply ship to the International Space Station. Forecasters at Florida's Kennedy Space Center are cautiously optimistic storms won't halt Saturday afternoon's countdown like they did Thursday. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)
June 03, 2017 - 5:41 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched its first recycled cargo ship to the International Space Station on Saturday, yet another milestone in its bid to drive down flight costs. After a two-day delay caused by thunderstorms, the unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off carrying a Dragon capsule that...
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May 23, 2017 - 7:27 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts are making urgent repairs at the International Space Station. Commander Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer went out Tuesday morning, three days after a critical relay box abruptly stopped working. Even though a second unit managed the data load just...
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This July 23, 2014, photo provided by University of Yamanashi shows a white mouse foster mother with pups. Freeze-dried mice sperm samples were launched in 2013 to the International Space Station and returned to Earth in 2014. The intense radiation of space caused slight DNA damage to the sperm. Yet, following in vitro fertilization on the ground, healthy offspring resulted. The baby mice grew into adults with normal fertility of their own. (Sayaka Wakayama/University of Yamanashi via AP)
May 22, 2017 - 10:35 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After nine months in space, mouse sperm has yielded healthy mice, Japanese scientists reported Monday. The freeze-dried sperm samples were launched in 2013 to the International Space Station and returned to Earth in 2014. The intense radiation of space caused slight DNA...
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May 22, 2017 - 9:59 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA has ordered up urgent spacewalking repairs at the International Space Station. On Tuesday, two astronauts will venture out to replace a data relay box that broke over the weekend. The job falls to the two Americans on board: commander Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer...
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May 12, 2017 - 3:14 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA says the test flight of its new megarocket will fly without a crew. In February at the request of the White House, NASA began studying the feasibility of putting astronauts on the first flight. After evaluating the cost and risk, the space agency decided against it...
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This still image provided by NASA shows astronauts Jack Fischer, left, and Peggy Whitson on a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday, May 12, 2017. An equipment water leak has shortened the spacewalk. During preparations earlier in the morning, water leaked from the connection point between an umbilical hose and Fischer's suit. The hose is one of two that provide water, oxygen, power, cooling and communications for astronauts before they float outside. (NASA via AP)
May 12, 2017 - 11:59 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An equipment water leak shortened Friday's spacewalk by two U.S. astronauts at the International Space Station, but they still managed to replace a faulty electronics box. Despite the initial trouble, it was a milestone moment as Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer floated...
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April 26, 2017 - 1:49 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A new report finds that NASA's spacewalking suits are in short supply. The suits were developed more than 40 years ago, and a replacement is still years away. That's despite nearly $200 million spent on new suit technology for Mars and other future space travel. NASA's...
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This image made available by NASA in April 2017 shows a still from the short film "Cassini's Grand Finale," with the spacecraft diving between Saturn and the planet's innermost ring. Launched in 1997, Cassini reached Saturn in 2004 and has been exploring it from orbit ever since. Cassini’s fuel tank is almost empty, so NASA has opted for a risky, but science-rich grand finale. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)
April 26, 2017 - 10:50 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Cassini spacecraft has ventured into the never-before-explored region between Saturn and its rings. But flight controllers won't know how everything went until Thursday when they are back in touch with the craft. Cassini was out of radio contact with Earth early...
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This image made available by NASA in April 2017 shows a still from the short film "Cassini's Grand Finale," with the spacecraft diving between Saturn and the planet's innermost ring. Launched in 1997, Cassini reached Saturn in 2004 and has been exploring it from orbit ever since. Cassini’s fuel tank is almost empty, so NASA has opted for a risky, but science-rich grand finale. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)
April 26, 2017 - 10:49 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Cassini spacecraft has ventured into the never-before-explored region between Saturn and its rings. But flight controllers won't know how everything went until Thursday when they are back in touch with the craft. Cassini was out of radio contact with Earth early...
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