EXPLAINER: Why a NASA spacecraft will crash into an asteroid

EXPLAINER: Why a NASA spacecraft will crash into an asteroid

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — In the first-of-its kind, save-the-world experiment, NASA is about to clobber a small, harmless asteroid millions of miles away. A spacecraft named Dart will zero in on the asteroid Monday, intent on slamming it head-on at 14,000 mph (22,500 kph). The impact should be just enough to nudge the asteroid … Read more

Space station gets 3 new residents after Russian launch

Space station gets 3 new residents after Russian launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station welcomed three new residents on Wednesday following a smooth Russian launch. The Soyuz capsule rocketed into orbit from Kazakhstan and, just three hours later, pulled up at the space station. American Frank Rubio checked in for a six-month stay along with Russians Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri … Read more

NASA fixing moon rocket leaks, hoping for September launch try

NASA fixing moon rocket leaks, hoping for September launch try

NASA is replacing leaky seals in its moon rocket at the pad in hopes of launching it on its first test flight by the end of this month. NASA is replacing leaky seals in its moon rocket at the pad in hopes of launching it on its first test flight by the end of this … Read more

NASA fixing moon rocket leaks, hoping for Sept. launch try

NASA fixing moon rocket leaks, hoping for Sept. launch try

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is replacing leaky seals in its moon rocket at the pad in hopes of launching it on its first test flight by the end of this month. Managers said Thursday they will conduct another test after the repairs to ensure all hydrogen fuel leaks are plugged. If that test … Read more

Fuel leak disrupts NASA’s 2nd shot at launching moon rocket

Fuel leak disrupts NASA’s 2nd shot at launching moon rocket

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s new moon rocket sprang another hazardous leak Saturday, as the launch team began fueling it for liftoff on a test flight that must go well before astronauts climb aboard. For the second time this week, the launch team began loading nearly 1 million gallons of fuel into the 322-foot … Read more

NASA fuels new moon rocket in week’s 2nd launch attempt

NASA fuels new moon rocket in week’s 2nd launch attempt

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA began fueling its new moon rocket Saturday for liftoff on a test flight that must go well before astronauts climb aboard. For the second time this week, the launch team began loading nearly 1 million gallons of fuel into the 322-foot (98-meter) rocket, the most powerful ever built by … Read more

NASA aims for Saturday launch of new moon rocket after fixes

NASA aims for Saturday launch of new moon rocket after fixes

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA aimed for a Saturday launch of its new moon rocket, after fixing fuel leaks and working around a bad engine sensor that foiled the first try. The inaugural flight of the 322-foot rocket — the most powerful ever built by NASA — was delayed late in the countdown Monday. … Read more

New space telescope shows Jupiter’s auroras, tiny moons

New space telescope shows Jupiter’s auroras, tiny moons

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The world’s newest and biggest space telescope is showing Jupiter as never before, auroras and all. Scientists released the shots Monday of the solar system’s biggest planet. The James Webb Space Telescope took the photos in July, capturing unprecedented views of Jupiter’s northern and southern lights, and swirling polar haze. … Read more

New space telescope shows Jupiter’s auroras, tiny moons

New space telescope shows Jupiter’s auroras, tiny moons

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The world’s newest and biggest space telescope is showing Jupiter as never before, auroras and all. Scientists released the shots Monday of the solar system’s biggest planet. The James Webb Space Telescope took the photos in July, capturing unprecedented views of Jupiter’s northern and southern lights, and swirling polar haze. … Read more

Russian spacewalk cut short by bad battery in cosmonaut suit

Russian spacewalk cut short by bad battery in cosmonaut suit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A Russian spacewalker had to rush back inside the International Space Station on Wednesday when the battery voltage in his spacesuit suddenly dropped. Russian Mission Control ordered Oleg Artemyev, the station commander, to quickly return to the airlock so he could hook his suit to station power. The hatch remained … Read more