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Green comet zooming our way, last visited 50,000 years ago

The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A comet is streaking back our way after 50,000 years. NASA says the dirty snowball last visited during Neanderthal times. It will come within 26 million miles of Earth on Wednesday before…

NASA marks 20 years since space shuttle Columbia disaster

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA is marking the 20th anniversary of the space shuttle Columbia tragedy with somber ceremonies during its annual tribute to fallen astronauts. More than 100 people gathered under a…

NASA capsule buzzes moon, last big step before lunar orbit

The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA's Orion capsule has reached the moon, whipping around the far side and passing within about 80 miles. The close approach occurred Monday as the crew capsule and its three test dummies…

NASA's moon rocket returns to pad for next launch attempt

The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA’s moon rocket is back on the pad for another launch attempt, following more repairs. The 322-foot rocket departed its Florida hangar in the middle of the night and completed the 4-mile…

NASA moon rocket back in hangar, launch unlikely until Nov.

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer NASA's moon rocket is safely back inside its hangar as Hurricane Ian approaches Florida, its launch now unlikely before mid-November. Instead of attempting to blast off Tuesday on its first test flight, the 322-foot…

Rocket launch scrubbed after engine problems

The launch of NASA's newest moon rocket has been delayed due to several last minute engine related issues. The 322-foot rocket was set to lift off the morning of Monday, Aug. 29 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida with…

Take 2: NASA aims for Saturday launch of new moon rocket

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA will try again Saturday to launch its new moon rocket on a test flight. The first attempt on Monday was thwarted by engine trouble. Managers said Tuesday that…

Fuel leaks threaten to delay launch of new NASA moon rocket

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Fuel leaks during final liftoff preparations are threatening to delay the launch of NASA’s mighty new moon rocket Monday on its shakedown flight with three test dummies aboard. As…

NASA tests new moon rocket 50 years after Apollo

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA's new moon rocket makes its debut next week in a high-stakes test flight before astronauts get on top. The 322-foot rocket will attempt to send an empty crew capsule into a far-flung lunar orbit.…

New space telescope shows Jupiter's auroras, tiny moons

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The world's newest and most powerful space telescope is showing Jupiter as never before, auroras and all. Scientists released new images of the solar system’s biggest planet Monday. The Webb Space Telescope took the photos…

Bama grad's next stop? Space

If everything goes according to plan, a University of Alabama graduate is heading to space this weekend. NASA Astronaut and 2010 UA grad Bob Hines will pilot a SpaceX mission to the…

Alabama space museum marking 50th anniversary of Apollo 16

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's space museum is marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 16 lunar mission while looking ahead to the next U.S. spaceflight to the moon. A member of the Apollo 16 crew, former astronaut Charlie Duke,…

Alabama students launching satellite BAMA-1

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller After three years of hard work, students at the University of Alabama are seeing their efforts pay off this week as their satellite, BAMA-1, will be launched…