Space launches

In this image taken from video provided by Blue Origin, the New Shepard rocket takes off near Van Horn, Texas. Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos' space company, has scored another successful spaceflight, when it launched and landed the same rocket for the sixth time Wednesday. (Blue Origin via AP)
December 11, 2019 - 5:04 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos' space company, has scored another successful spaceflight. Blue Origin used the same rocket for the sixth time Wednesday in West Texas. The suborbital flight exposed the capsule and its contents — including NASA experiments, artwork and a...
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In this Sept. 5, 2019, photo, South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the Seoul Defense Dialogue in Seoul, South Korea. Jeong said Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 that North Korea's recent unspecified weapons test was of a rocket engine, amid speculation the North was making preliminary steps toward a prohibited long-range rocket launch. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
December 10, 2019 - 2:40 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's defense minister said Tuesday that North Korea's recent unspecified test at a rocket liftoff site was of a rocket engine, amid speculation the North was making preliminary steps toward a prohibited long-range rocket launch. Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo...
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People watch a TV screen showing a file image of a ground test of North Korea's rocket engine during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. North Korea said Sunday it carried out a "very important test" at its long-range rocket launch site that it reportedly rebuilt after having partially dismantled it after entering denuclearization talks with the United States last year. The sign reads: "Very important test." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
December 09, 2019 - 4:22 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A day after North Korea said it had performed a “very important test” at its long-range rocket launch site, there is wide speculation that it involved a new engine for either a space launch vehicle or a long-range missile. Whatever it was, the North Korean announcement...
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People watch a TV news program reporting North Korea's announcement with a file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. North Korea said Sunday it carried out a “very important test” at its long-range rocket launch site that U.S. and South Korean officials said the North had partially dismantled as part of denuclearization steps. The letters, top left, read "North. Very important test." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
December 08, 2019 - 10:41 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Sunday that it carried out a “very important test” at its long-range rocket launch site that it reportedly rebuilt after having partially dismantled it at the start of denuclearization talks with the United States last year. The announcement comes amid...
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A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket on a resupply mission to the International Space Station lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
December 06, 2019 - 5:36 am
MOSCOW (AP) — An automatic Russian supply ship carrying tons of supplies successfully blasted off Friday heading for the International Space Station. The Progress MS-13 cargo ship lifted off as scheduled at 2:34 p.m. (0934 GMT) atop a Soyuz rocket from the Russian space complex in Baikonur,...
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A lander is lifted during a test of hovering, obstacle avoidance and deceleration capabilities at a facility in Huailai in China's Hebei province, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. China has invited international observers to the test of its Mars lander as it pushes for inclusion in more global space projects. Thursday's test was conducted at a site outside Beijing simulating conditions on the Red Planet, where the pull of gravity is about one-third that of Earth. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
November 14, 2019 - 3:01 am
HUAILAI, China (AP) — China invited observers to a successful test Thursday of its Mars lander as the country pushes for inclusion in more global space projects. The demonstration of hovering, obstacle avoidance and deceleration capabilities was conducted at a site outside Beijing simulating...
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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, left, talks with SpaceX chief engineer Elon Musk, right, in front of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, about the progress to fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station, from American soil, as part of the agency's commercial crew program at SpaceX headquarters, in Hawthorne, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
October 10, 2019 - 8:35 pm
HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Thursday that a recent Twitter statement critical of SpaceX was a signal to all the space agency's contractors about realistic development timelines. Bridenstine addressed the issue during a press conference with SpaceX founder Elon...
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FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2018 file photo, Virgin Galactic aircraftVSS Unity reaches space for the first time during its fourth powered flight from Mojave Air and Space Port, Calif. Boeing plans to invest $20 million in Virgin Galactic as the space tourism company nears its goal of launching passengers on suborbital flights. The companies announced the investment Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, saying they will work together on broadening commercial access to space and transforming global travel technologies. Virgin Galactic has conducted successful test flights of its winged rocket ship at Mojave, California, and is preparing to begin operations at Spaceport America in New Mexico. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman, File)
October 08, 2019 - 7:47 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Boeing plans to invest $20 million in Virgin Galactic, looking at possibilities beyond the space tourism company's immediate goal of launching passengers on suborbital flights as early as next year. The companies announced the investment Tuesday, saying they will work together on...
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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a news conference at a gun control advocacy event in Las Vegas. Bloomberg announced Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 that his philanthropy is partnering with California on its project to launch a satellite tracking greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
September 25, 2019 - 6:43 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is teaming up with California to use satellites to track climate pollutants. Bloomberg Philanthropies announced its partnership with the state and the San Francisco Earth-imaging company Planet on Wednesday. It builds on former...
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This photo provided by NASA astronaut Christina Koch shows the launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket, as seen from the International Space Station on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (Christina Koch/NASA via AP)
September 25, 2019 - 1:46 pm
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — An American, a Russian and the first space flyer from the United Arab Emirates blasted off Wednesday on a mission to the International Space Station. A Russian Soyuz rocket lifted off at 6:57 p.m. (1357 GMT) from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome. Aboard were NASA...
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