Astronomy

Gene Kranz, aerospace engineer, fighter pilot, an Apollo-era flight director and later director of NASA flight operations, sits at the console where he worked during the Gemini and Apollo missions at the NASA Johnson Space Center Monday, June 17, 2019, in Houston. "The impact is incredible," Kranz, 85, said. With all the vacated seats, the room reminded him of a shift change when flight controllers would hit the restroom. "So this room is now empty and it's soon going to be filled and all of a sudden, the energy that this room possesses is going to start enveloping the environment here." (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
June 28, 2019 - 12:27 am
HOUSTON (AP) — NASA's Mission Control from the Apollo days has been meticulously restored to the way it looked 50 years ago. The control room at Johnson Space Center in Houston was last used for space shuttle flights in the 1990s. Friday's grand opening culminates years of work and millions in...
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This artist's rendering made available by NASA shows multiple views of the Dragonfly dual-quadcopter lander that would take advantage of the atmosphere on Saturn's moon Titan to explore multiple locations, some hundreds of miles apart. On Thursday, June 2u7, 2019, NASA announced it would send the drone to the jovian planet's largest moon. Scientists have long considered Titan an attractive place to study whether it would be capable of supporting microbial life. (NASA via AP)
June 27, 2019 - 3:34 pm
NASA is sending a drone to explore Saturn's largest moon. The space agency said Thursday the Dragonfly mission will fly over Titan, exploring different locations on the icy moon to study whether it can support microbial life. The mission, part of NASA's competitive New Frontiers program, beat out...
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A SpaceX Falcon heavy rocket lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., early Tuesday, June 25, 2019. The Falcon rocket has a payload military and scientific research satellites. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
June 25, 2019 - 10:48 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched its heftiest rocket with 24 research satellites Tuesday, a middle-of-the-night rideshare featuring a deep space atomic clock, solar sail, a clean and green rocket fuel testbed, and even human ashes. It was the third flight of a Falcon Heavy rocket, but...
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This July 20, 1969 photo made available by NASA shows pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin in the Apollo 11 Lunar Module. For the 50th anniversary of the landing, Omega issued a limited edition Speedmaster watch, a tribute to the one that Aldrin wore to the moon. (Neil Armstrong/NASA via AP)
June 24, 2019 - 12:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Brands from the luxury watchmaker Omega to Budweiser and Stouffer's are paying tribute the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Lego is celebrating with an Apollo 11 lunar lander set. Nabisco is trying to entice space enthusiasts with purple Marshmallow Moon Oreo cookies...
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FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2015, file photo, observatories and telescopes sit atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii's tallest mountain and the proposed construction site for a new $1.4 billion telescope, near Hilo, Hawaii. After years of protests and legal battles, Hawaii officials have announced that a massive telescope which will allow scientists to peer into the most distant reaches of our early universe will be built on a volcano that some consider sacred. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)
June 20, 2019 - 4:18 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — After years of protests and legal battles, Hawaii officials announced Thursday that a massive telescope which will allow scientists to peer into the most distant reaches of our early universe will be built on a volcano that some consider sacred. The state has issued a "notice to...
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FILE - In this image provided by NASA, astronaut Buzz Aldrin poses for a photograph beside the U.S. flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. A new poll shows most Americans prefer focusing on potential asteroid impacts over a return to the moon. The survey by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research was released Thursday, June 20, one month before the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Aldrin’s momentous lunar landing. (Neil A. Armstrong/NASA via AP)
June 20, 2019 - 11:30 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Americans prefer a space program that focuses on potential asteroid impacts, scientific research and using robots to explore the cosmos over sending humans back to the moon or on to Mars, a poll shows. The poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs...
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FILE - This March 25, 2009 photo provided by NASA shows the International Space Station seen from the Space Shuttle Discovery during separation. NASA announced Friday, June 7, 2019 that it will open the International Space Station to private astronauts, with the first visit as early as next year. The round-trip ticket will cost an estimated $58 million. And accommodations aboard the orbiting outpost will run about $35,000 per night, for trips of up to 30 days long. (NASA via AP)
June 07, 2019 - 6:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — You've heard about the International Space Station for years. Want to visit? NASA announced Friday that the orbiting outpost is now open for business to private citizens, with the first visit expected to be as early as next year. There is a catch, though: You'll need to raise your...
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Democratic Presidential candidate Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during an event at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in Washington, Thursday, May 16, 2019, during an event where he unveiled part of his plan to defeat climate change. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 16, 2019 - 5:08 pm
Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee is pitching a $9 trillion-plus climate action plan that he touts as an economic renaissance and scientific necessity, putting the Washington governor at the forefront of White House hopefuls pushing for sweeping action to combat the causes and effects of...
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In this undated photo provided by Joanne Atkins-Ingram, is of her and her son Braeden Bradforth. A Kansas community college, Garden City Community College, has agreed under mounting pressure to an independent investigation into the heatstroke death of football player Bradforth last year who collapsed after the first day of conditioning practice. Trustees for the college voted Tuesday evening to authorize the outside probe into the death of the 19-year-old Bradforth of Neptune, New Jersey. He was found unconscious outside his dorm room on Aug. 1 after the practice and died later that night at a hospital. (Courtesy Joanne Atkins-Ingram via AP)
May 15, 2019 - 8:42 pm
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas community college agreed under mounting pressure to an independent investigation into the heatstroke death last year of a football player who collapsed after the first day of conditioning practice. Trustees for Garden City Community College voted Tuesday evening to...
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FILE - In this May 3, 2017, file photo Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a school choice event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. 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 within a few years. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
May 14, 2019 - 5:42 pm
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 within just a few years. The plan aims to redirect $1.9 billion from a Pell Grant surplus to jumpstart...
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