Space exploration

In this 1960 photo made available by NASA, Jerrie Cobb prepares to operate the Multi-Axis Space Test Inertia Facility (MASTIF) at the Lewis Research Center in Ohio. The three-axis rig was developed to train Project Mercury pilots in bringing a spinning spacecraft under control. The two controllers in Cobb's hands activated small nitrogen gas thrusters that were used to bring the MASTIF under control. She was one of several female pilots who underwent the skill and endurance testing that paralleled that of the Project Mercury astronauts. In 1961 Jerrie Cobb was the first female to pass all three phases of the Mercury Astronaut Program. NASA rules, however, stipulated that only military test pilots could become astronauts and there were no female military test pilots. Cobb, NASA’s first female astronaut candidate, died in Florida at the age of 88 on March 18, 2019. (NASA via AP)
April 18, 2019 - 3:25 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — America's first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb, has died. Cobb died in Florida at age 88 last month. News of her death came Thursday from journalist Miles O'Brien, serving as a family spokesman. In 1961, Cobb became the first woman to pass astronaut...
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Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket lifts off the launch pad at NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island , Va., Wednesday, April 17, 2019. A fresh grocery shipment is on its way to the International Space Station after launching from Virginia. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
April 17, 2019 - 4:13 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A fresh grocery shipment rocketed toward the International Space Station on Wednesday after launching from Virginia's seashore. Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket blasted off from Wallops Island. The company's Cygnus capsule should arrive at the space station Friday, just...
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In this photo provided by NASA, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, center left, works outside the International Space Station, Monday, April 8, 2019. Saint-Jacques and NASA astronaut Anne McClain got an early start Monday morning as they tackled battery and cable work outside the International Space Station. It's the third spacewalk in just 2 ½ weeks for the station crew. (NASA via AP)
April 08, 2019 - 7:18 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts are tackling battery and cable work outside the International Space Station. It's the third spacewalk in just 2 ½ weeks for the station crew. NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques got an early start Monday morning...
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This image released by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) shows an explosive dropped from Hayabusa2 spacecraft to make a crater on the asteroid Ryugu Friday, April 5, 2019. Japan's space agency JAXA said its Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully dropped the "small carry-on impactor" made of copper onto the asteroid and collect its underground samples to find possible clues to the origin of the solar system. (JAXA via AP)
April 05, 2019 - 5:00 am
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 way for the collection of underground samples for possible clues to the origin of the solar system...
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April 03, 2019 - 9:49 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing's new space capsule for astronauts faces more launch delays. The Starliner capsule was supposed to make its debut this month, after a series of postponements. But the first test flight is now off until August. And the second test flight, with astronauts, won't...
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This photo provided by NASA, astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch float outside the International Space Station, Friday, March 29, 2019, a week after the first spacewalk to install new and stronger batteries for the station’s solar power grid. Koch was supposed to go out with Anne McClain, but there weren’t enough medium suits readily available. So the first all-female spacewalk had to be scrapped. (NASA via AP)
March 29, 2019 - 1:55 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts hustled through battery hookups outside the International Space Station on Friday in a major upgrade of the solar power grid. NASA's Christina Koch and Nick Hague successfully installed a set of new and stronger batteries, continuing replacement...
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In this Jan. 18, 2019 photo made available by NASA, Flight Engineer Anne McClain looks at a laptop computer screen inside the U.S. Destiny laboratory module of the International Space Station. McClain was supposed to participate in a spacewalk Friday, March 29, 2019 with newly arrived Christina Koch. But McClain pulled herself from the lineup because there’s not enough time to get two mediums suits ready. Koch will go out with a male crewmate. (NASA via AP)
March 26, 2019 - 10:35 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA has nixed the first all-female spacewalk over a spacesuit size issue. Astronaut Anne McClain was supposed to float out of the International Space Station this Friday with newly arrived Christina Koch. But McClain pulled herself from the lineup because there's not...
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March 22, 2019 - 7:16 am
Two American astronauts are taking a spacewalk to replace aging batteries on the International Space Station. NASA's Anne McClain and Nick Hague are scheduled to work in space Friday for several hours to swap out three old nickel-hydrogen batteries with more powerful lithium-ion batteries. The...
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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2019, file photo, this image released by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) shows the shadow, center above, of the Hayabusa2 spacecraft after its successful touchdown on the asteroid Ryugu. Japan's space agency says its Hayabusa2 spacecraft will follow up last month's touchdown on a distant asteroid with another risky mission — to drop an explosive to make a crater and collect underground samples to get possible clues to the origin of the solar system. (JAXA via AP, File)
March 18, 2019 - 5:49 am
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 — to drop an explosive to make a crater and collect underground samples to get possible clues to the origin of the solar system...
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This image provided by NASA shows SpaceX's Dragon capsule carrying a test dummy splashed down into the Atlantic ocean off the Florida coast, Friday, March 8, 2019. It marks the first time in 50 years that a capsule designed for astronauts returned from space by plopping into the Atlantic. (NASA via AP)
March 08, 2019 - 10:21 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX's swanky new crew capsule returned from the International Space Station to an old-fashioned splashdown in the Atlantic on Friday, successfully ending a test flight that could lead to astronaut rides later this year. The Dragon capsule undocked from the orbiting...
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