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EXPLAINER: NASA tests new moon rocket, 50 years after Apollo

EXPLAINER: NASA tests new moon rocket, 50 years after Apollo

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Years late and billions over budget, NASA’s new moon rocket makes its debut next week in a high-stakes test flight before astronauts get on top. The 322-foot (98-meter) rocket will attempt to send an empty crew capsule into a far-flung lunar orbit, 50 years after NASA’s famed Apollo moonshots. If …

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Snoopy, mannequins and Apollo 11 items will swing by the moon aboard Artemis I

Snoopy, mannequins and Apollo 11 items will swing by the moon aboard Artemis I

When the Space Launch System rocket and Orion capsule, scheduled for liftoff on August 29, set off on a trip beyond the moon, the spacecraft will be carrying some special items on board. Inside Orion will be three mannequins, toys and even an Amazon Alexa, along with historic and educational items. The mission — which …

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Gigantic Crowds Expected for Inaugural Launch of NASA’s Mega Rocket

Gigantic Crowds Expected for Inaugural Launch of NASA’s Mega Rocket

Spectators watch the Space Shuttle Atlantis blasting off on July 8, 2011. The launch was the 135th and final Space Shuttle launch for NASA. Photo: Phil Sandlin (AP) NASA’s SLS rocket is slated to launch for the first time in just three weeks, rumbling off the launch pad with 8.8 million pounds of thrust. There …

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Likely Crash Site of Mystery Space Junk Spotted on Moon’s Far Side

Likely Crash Site of Mystery Space Junk Spotted on Moon’s Far Side

The newly formed double crater, spotted on the far side of the Moon near Hertzsprung crater. Image: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University Observations made by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter have allowed scientists to identify the spot where a mystery object—likely a discarded rocket body—smashed into the Moon several months ago. The crash site is located near Hertzsprung …

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