Astronomy

This illustration made available by NASA shows the Kepler Space Telescope. As of October 2018, the planet-hunting spacecraft has been in space for nearly a decade. (NASA via AP)
October 30, 2018 - 2:16 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's elite planet-hunting spacecraft has been declared dead, just a few months shy of its 10th anniversary. Officials announced the Kepler Space Telescope's demise Tuesday. Already well past its expected lifetime, the 9 1/2-year-old Kepler had been running low on fuel...
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This Oct. 3, 2018 image taken at an altitude of about 25 meter by Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCAT)'s camera and provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) shows the surface of asteroid Ryugu. The dot at top right is the silhouette of MASCAT. Japan’s space agency is delaying a spacecraft touchdown on an asteroid as scientists need more time to find a safe landing site on the extremely rocky surface. (MASCOT, DLR, JAXA via AP)
October 12, 2018 - 10:39 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency is delaying a spacecraft touchdown on an asteroid because scientists need more time to find a safe landing site on the extremely rocky surface. The spacecraft Hayabusa2 left Earth in 2014 and traveled 280 million kilometers (170 million miles) to the area of...
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SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk speaks at an event to announce the name of the person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in Hawthorne, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
September 17, 2018 - 8:45 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on SpaceX's announcement of the first private moon flight passenger (all times local): 6:40 p.m. SpaceX says Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be first private passenger on a solo rocket trip around the moon. The 42-year-old entrepreneur appeared at an event...
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FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2018 file photo, Elon Musk, founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX, speaks at a news conference after the Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket launched successfully from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. SpaceX says it’s signed the first private moon traveler. The big reveal on who it is _ and when the flight to the moon will be _ is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
September 17, 2018 - 4:15 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — SpaceX is on the verge of announcing the name of person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon. The identity of the traveler will be revealed at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, during an event Monday evening. SpaceX gave no details of the...
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In this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, photo, shows moon rocks encased in acrylic and mounted on a wooden plaque at the Clark Planetarium, in Salt Lake City. A former NASA investigator who has spent more than a decade tracking missing moon rocks is closing in on his goal of finding all 50 lunar samples gifted to U.S. states after Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon. In recent weeks, two more of the moon rocks that dropped off the radar after the 1969 Apollo 11 mission have been located in Louisiana and Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
September 12, 2018 - 3:50 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A strange thing happened after Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 crew returned from the moon with lunar rocks: Many of the mementos given to every U.S. state vanished. Now, after years of sleuthing, a former NASA investigator is closing in on his goal of locating the...
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Pope Francis delivers a blessing as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from his studio's window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
September 10, 2018 - 7:40 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has long pondered the cosmos from afar but now it's studying how to care for space bits that fall to Earth with a conference on meteorites, cosmic dust, stardust and extraterrestrial samples. The Vatican Observatory is hosting the first-ever workshop for curators of...
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President Donald Trump is interviewed before the start of a rally in Billings, Mont., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
September 06, 2018 - 11:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 11:50 p.m. President Donald Trump says a docudrama about the moon landing would have been a "much bigger success" had it shown the planting of the American flag. But the movie, "First Man," won't be in theaters until...
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Firefighters and museum personnel carry away a burnt painting from the National Museum after an overnight fire in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. A huge fire engulfed Brazil’s 200-year-old museum, lighting up the night sky with towering flames as firefighters and museum workers raced to save historical relics from the blaze. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
September 03, 2018 - 4:28 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, which suffered a massive fire late Sunday, boasted the largest archive of historical artifacts and documents in Latin America, some 20 million pieces from around the globe. Museum officials say it's too soon to say what had been lost...
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Director Damien Chazelle poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'First Man' at the 75th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
August 31, 2018 - 6:08 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Damien Chazelle's last movie, "La La Land," was about a man clinging to nostalgia. His new one, "First Man," doesn't merely flirt with the past. It throttles back in time. But Chazelle's reason for revisiting NASA's 1969 mission to the moon isn't to polish the shining legend of Neil...
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A Delta IV rocket, carrying the Parker Solar Probe, lifts off from launch complex 37 at the Kennedy Space Center, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Parker Solar Probe will venture closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft and is protected by a first-of-its-kind heat shield and other innovative technologies that will provide unprecedented information about the Sun. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
August 12, 2018 - 7:24 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft zoomed toward the sun Sunday on an unprecedented quest to get closer to our star than anything ever sent before. As soon as this fall, the Parker Solar Probe will fly straight through the wispy edges of the sun's corona, or outer atmosphere, that was...
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