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Turkey unveils space program including 2023 moon mission

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled an ambitious 10-year space program for his country Tuesday that includes missions to the moon, sending Turkish astronauts into spa...

Chinese capsule returns to Earth carrying moon rocks

A Chinese lunar capsule returned to Earth on Thursday (Dec. 17) with the first fresh rock samples from the moon in more than 40 years, offering the possibility of new insights into the history of the ...

European Space Agency appoints Austrian scientist new chief

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency said Thursday that Josef Aschbacher, an Austrian scientist who leads its Earth observation program, has been appointed as the organization's next head. ...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Monday, Dec. 7, the 342nd day of 2020. There are 24 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 7, 1...

Lunar mission is latest milestone in China's space ambitions

WENCHANG, China (AP) — China’s latest trip to the moon is another milestone in the Asian powerhouse’s slow but steady ascent to the stars. China became the third country to put a per...

China sends robotic spacecraft to collect moon rocks

China on Tuesday sent a robotic spacecraft on its way to the moon to collect rock samples there and bring them back to Earth for the first time in more than four decades. The Chang'e-5 spacecraft...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 7, the 220th day of 2020. There are 146 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 7,...

Japan rocket carrying UAE Mars probe ready for Monday launch

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese H-IIA rocket carrying a United Arab Emirates Mars spacecraft has been placed on the launch pad for Monday's scheduled liftoff for the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission,...

UAE Mars mission liftoff on Japan rocket reset for Monday

TOKYO (AP) — The liftoff of a United Arab Emirates' Mars orbiter, postponed due to bad weather at the launch site in southern Japan, is now set for Monday. The orbiter named Amal, or...

UAE Mars mission from Japan delayed again by weather

TOKYO (AP) — The launch of a United Arab Emirates Mars orbiter, already delayed two days, has been postponed further due to bad weather at the Japanese launch site. The orbiter named...

UAE's Mars orbiter launch from Japan delayed by weather

TOKYO (AP) — The liftoff of the United Arab Emirates' Mars orbiter was postponed until Friday due to bad weather at the Japanese launch site. The orbiter named Amal, or Hope, is the ...

Bad weather may delay 1st UAE Mars mission on Japan rocket

TOKYO (AP) — Final preparations for the launch from Japan of the United Arab Emirates’ first Mars mission were underway Monday, but there was a chance of a delay because of bad weather, a Japanese roc...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump claim of saving space program off base

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is making claims on space that are off course from reality. Over the weekend, he took full credit for the government's role in the launch of ...

NASA goes private for 1st astronaut lunar landers in decades

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is turning to private industry for the first lunar landers for astronauts in a half-century, with three competing, quite contrasting versions. NASA ...

Disinfectant riff is latest of many Trump science clashes

WASHINGTON (AP) — What President Donald Trump says and does often flies in the face of mainstream science. Coronavirus and the idea of injecting disinfectants is only the latest episode. ...