China launches mission to bring back material from moon

WENCHANG, China (AP) — China launched an ambitious mission on Tuesday to bring back rocks and debris from the moon’s surface for the first time in more than 40 years — an undertaking that could boost human understanding of the moon and of the solar system more generally. Chang’e 5 — named for the Chinese […]

Lewes man chronicles history of ILC Dover in new book

LEWES — Bill Ayrey has been fascinated with space ever since Neil Armstrong took that “one small step” on the moon in 1969. “I was 15 when that happened,” the Lewes resident said. But what thrilled him even more was knowing that the spacesuit worn by that blurry figure on the moon was built by […]

Historic SpaceX launch postponed because of stormy weather

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The launch of a SpaceX rocket ship with two NASA astronauts on a history-making flight into orbit has been called off with 16 minutes to go in the countdown because of the danger of lightning. Liftoff is rescheduled for Saturday. The spacecraft was set to blast off Wednesday afternoon for the […]

Pioneering black NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson dies

Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated rocket trajectories and earth orbits for NASA’s early space missions and was later portrayed in the 2016 hit film “Hidden Figures,” about pioneering black female aerospace workers, has died. She was 101. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said on Twitter that she died Monday morning. No cause was given. Bridenstine […]

First all-female spacewalking team makes history

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The world’s first all-female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, replacing a broken part of the International Space Station’s power grid. As NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir completed the job with wrenches, screwdrivers and power-grip tools, it marked the first time in a half-century of spacewalking […]

Crooked Hammock Brewery, ILC Dover to release beer for Apollo anniversary

LEWES — The Apollo 11 mission launched ILC Dover into fame as maker of the spacesuits worn during the landing 50 years ago. Now Crooked Hammock Brewery is ready to launch its latest beer to celebrate that history. On Oct. 17, the brewery will celebrate the anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission with the release […]

Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch pad 50 years later

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins returned Tuesday to the exact spot where he flew to the moon 50 years ago with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Collins had the spotlight to himself this time — Armstrong has been gone for seven years and Aldrin canceled. Collins said he wished his two […]

Watching Antares launch feeds writer’s ‘inner nerd’

Editor’s note: Delaware State News Outdoors columnist Rich King, whose columns appears every Thursday, shares his first-person experience at Wallops Island. WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — On Wednesday at NASA’s Wallops Island flight facility (WFF) the Antares vehicle carried the NG-11 Cygnus Spacecraft into space to deliver cargo and experiments to the International Space Station. If […]

Scientists reveal first image ever made of a black hole

WASHINGTON — Scientists on Wednesday revealed the first image ever made of a black hole, depicting a fiery orange and black ring of gravity-twisted light swirling around the edge of the abyss. The picture, assembled from data gathered by eight radio telescopes around the world, shows the hot, shadowy lip of a supermassive black hole, […]

Trump signs order to create US Space Command

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump launched the Pentagon’s new Space Command Tuesday, an effort to better organize and advance the military’s vast operations in space that could cost as much as $800 million over the next five years. Trump signed a one-page memorandum Tuesday authorizing the Department of Defense to create the new command. The […]