2020 hopeful Inslee says $9T climate plan will boost economy

Politics 05/16/19, 17:08

Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee is pitching a $9 trillion-plus climate action plan that he touts as an economic renaissance and scientific necessity, putting the Washington governor at the forefront of White House hopefuls pushing for sweeping action to combat the causes and effects of a warming planet. Inslee compares his ...

Amazon’s Bezos says he’ll send a spaceship to the moon

Science 05/09/19, 16:06

Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos says he's going to send a spaceship to the moon, joining a resurgence of lunar interest half a century after people first set foot there.Bezos says his space company Blue Origin will land a robotic ship the size of a small house, capable of carrying four ...

Space rock left big crater on moon during full lunar eclipse

Science 04/30/19, 14:21

A space rock left a massive crater on the moon during January's total lunar eclipse.Spanish scientists reported Tuesday the meteoroid hit the moon at 38,000 mph (61,000 kph), carving out a crater nearly 50 miles (15 meters) across. It was the first impact flash ever observed during a lunar eclipse.The ...

Israeli team assesses what went wrong with lunar landing

Space 04/12/19, 10:54

The team behind the Israeli spacecraft that crashed into the moon has released a preliminary technical assessment of what went wrong. SpaceIL, the start-up that sought to make history with the first privately funded lunar landing, revealed Friday that the spacecraft's engine malfunctioned Thursday just 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) above the ...

Israeli spacecraft crashes in attempt to reach moon

Tech 04/11/19, 15:26

An Israeli spacecraft lost contact with Earth and crashed just moments before it was to land on the moon late Thursday, failing in an ambitious attempt to make history as the first privately funded lunar mission.The spacecraft lost communication with ground control as it was making its final descent to ...

Israeli spacecraft enters lunar orbit ahead of moon landing

Business 04/04/19, 13:22

The first privately funded spacecraft to journey to the moon passed its most crucial test yet on Thursday when it dropped into lunar orbit one week ahead of landing.After traveling over 5.5 million kilometers (3.4 million miles) around the Earth and drawing ever closer to the moon, the spacecraft finally ...

$1 million prize awaits Israeli team if moon landing works

U.S. 03/28/19, 14:10

An Israeli team aiming to land a spacecraft on the moon in two weeks can now expect more than glory if it works. How about a cool $1 million?The XPrize Foundation announced Thursday it's offering a $1 million award for a successful lunar landing.Israel's privately financed spacecraft Beresheet — Hebrew ...

Russia says pioneering cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky dies at 84

Europe 03/27/19, 22:25

Russia's space agency says pioneering Soviet-era cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky, who made the first of his three flights to space in 1963, has died at age 84.Roscosmos said Bykovsky died Wednesday, but it didn't state a cause of death.Bykovsky was one of 20 Soviet military pilots in the first group picked ...

Pence calls for landing US astronauts on moon in 5 years

U.S. 03/26/19, 16:19

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday called for landing astronauts on the moon within five years, an accelerated pace that would aim to put Americans on the lunar south pole. Pence said NASA needs to achieve that goal "by any means necessary." Speaking at a meeting of the National Space Council ...

Legal fight between moonwalker Buzz Aldrin and kids is over

U.S. 03/13/19, 17:18

A legal fight between Buzz Aldrin and his adult children over whether the former astronaut was competent to manage his affairs ended Wednesday, averting a messy, intrafamily squabble that would have loomed over this summer's 50th anniversary celebrations of the Apollo 11 moon-walking.Two of Aldrin's children have withdrawn their petition ...

NASA’s new rocket won’t be ready for moon shot next year

Space 03/13/19, 12:32

NASA's massive new rocket won't be ready for a moon shot next year, the space agency's top official told Congress on Wednesday.Administrator Jim Bridenstine said he's considering switching to commercial rockets to keep the June 2020 launch date.Bridenstine told a Senate committee that two private rockets would be needed, one ...

First private Israel lunar mission to be launched this week

Science 02/18/19, 10:21

A nonprofit Israeli consortium said Monday that it hopes to make history this week by launching the first private aircraft to land on the moon.SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries told a news conference that the landing craft — dubbed "Beresheet," or Genesis — will take off from Florida, propelled ...

China says it exchanged data with NASA on far side landing

Science 01/14/19, 06:41

China exchanged data with NASA on its recent mission to land a Chinese spacecraft on the far side of the moon, the Chinese space agency said Monday, in what was reportedly the first such collaboration since an American law banned joint space projects with China that do not have prior ...

China broadcasts spacecraft pictures from moon’s far side

Tech 01/11/19, 07:08

China on Friday broadcast pictures taken by its rover and lander on the moon's far side, in what its space program hailed as another triumph for the groundbreaking mission to the less-understood sector of the lunar surface. The pictures on state broadcaster CCTV showed the Jade Rabbit 2 rover and the ...

Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Asia & Pacific 01/10/19, 22:55

Indian Sikh devotees pay respects at a temple in Jammu, India, to mark the birthday of spiritual leader Guru Gobind Singh.In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, Filipino Roman Catholics jostle for a chance to kiss and rub with towels the image of the Black Nazarene as it ...

China’s space journey, to the moon’s far side and beyond

Science 01/04/19, 07:24

China has come a long way since the founding of its space program in 1956.Shortly after the former Soviet Union launched Sputnik, Chairman Mao Zedong declared that China too should have an artificial satellite to keep up with the great powers. Now, being recognized as a galactic pioneer is once ...

Chinese rover beings exploring ‘dark’ side of moon

Space 01/03/19, 23:44

China's space agency has posted a photo of a lunar rover making tracks on the surface shortly after leaving a spacecraft that had made the first-ever landing on the moon's far side.The Jade Rabbit 2 rover drove off a ramp and onto the moon at 10:22 p.m. Thursday, about 12 ...

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