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  • SpaceX shooting for mid-December launch, 1st since blast

    December 1, 2016 7:42 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL - SpaceX is shooting for a mid-December launch, its first since a dramatic rocket accident on the pad. Iridium Communications Inc. said Thursday that 10 of its satellites will be aboard the SpaceX Falcon rocket tentatively scheduled to take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on... more »
  • NASA spacecraft embarks on ring-skimming mission at Saturn

    November 30, 2016 11:40 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL - Consider it a cosmic carousel with countless rings up for grabs. NASA's Saturn-orbiting spacecraft, Cassini, has begun an unprecedented mission to skim the planet's rings. On Tuesday, Cassini got a gravitational assist from Saturn's big moon Titan. That put the spacecraft on course to graze Saturn's main... more »
  • Chinese rocket re-enters atmosphere near California

    July 28, 2016 1:20 PM

    LAS VEGAS - A Chinese rocket re-entered the atmosphere near California late Wednesday night around the same time many people shared video on social media of a mysterious bright object streaking across the night sky. U.S. Strategic Command spokeswoman Julie Ziegenhorn wouldn't say if the rocket ever posed danger to... more »
  • Juno spacecraft comes ever closer to Jupiter

    July 4, 2016 3:00 PM

    LOS ANGELES - After a nearly five-year journey, a solar-powered spacecraft is passing Jupiter's inner moons as it readies for the closest encounter with the biggest planet in the solar system. NASA's Juno spacecraft will fire its main rocket engine late Monday to slow itself down from a speed... more »
  • SpaceX lands rocket at sea 2nd time after satellite launch

    May 6, 2016 9:22 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - SpaceX has done it again. For the second month in a row, the aerospace company landed a rocket on an ocean platform, this time following the launch of a Japanese communications satellite. A live web broadcast showed the first-stage booster touching down vertically early Friday on... more »
  • Yearlong spaceman back home in Houston with family, pool

    March 3, 2016 12:19 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA space champ Scott Kelly is finally back home in Houston with his family and the swimming pool that he craved throughout his yearlong absence from Planet Earth. Before he could go home to his own bed Thursday, Kelly had to endure more medical tests... more »
  • Homecoming for 2 spacemen after year aloft: 'We did it!'

    March 1, 2016 4:48 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is closing the door on a space mission that has spanned a U.S.-record 340 days. Kelly and his roommate for nearly a year, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, check out of the International Space Station on Tuesday night, U.S. time. By the time... more »
  • Livingston Parish plays key role in galactic discovery confirmed Thursday Play Video

    February 10, 2016 4:05 PM

    LIVINGSTON - It's almost unimaginable to think a seven-mile drive north of I-12 and the Livingston exit will take you to the home of where scientists have proven a 10 0 -year-old scientific phenomenon. Thursday, scientists from across the country gathered at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory in Livingston... more »
  • Scientists: Solid evidence for 9th planet in solar system

    January 20, 2016 11:45 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL - Scientists say they finally have "solid evidence" for Planet X, a true ninth planet on the fringes of our solar system. The gas giant is thought to be almost as big as Neptune and orbiting billions of miles beyond Neptune's path - distant enough to take 10,000... more »
  • Take a look at nighttime Louisiana from space

    January 6, 2016 11:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The capital region's bright lights are the center of an image tweeted by astronaut Scott Kelly on the International Space Station Tuesday. Kelly used the hashtag "year in space" when he shared the image. While he called attention to New Orleans, shown as the cluster... more »
  • Study: Star clusters might host intelligent civilizations

    January 6, 2016 1:47 PM

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Clusters of stars on the fringes of our Milky Way galaxy may be home to intelligent life. That's that word from an astrophysicist who's new to probing extraterrestrial territory. Rosanne DiStefano of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, presented her theory Wednesday at the... more »
  • Strong evidence Mars has streams of salt water in summertime

    September 28, 2015 11:15 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL- Scientists are reporting that Mars appears to have not only frozen water but flowing streams of salty water, at least in the summertime. They say their latest observations "strongly support" the longtime theory that salt water flows down certain Martian slopes each summer. These dark, narrow streaks tend... more »
  • Boeing names its new Apollo-style spacecraft the Starliner

    September 4, 2015 12:55 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Boeing already has the Dreamliner. Now it also has the Starliner. The aviation and aerospace giant announced the name of its future space fleet Friday. More than 200 people gathered at Florida's Kennedy Space Center to celebrate the grand opening of Boeing's commercial crew and... more »
  • Scientists find closest thing yet to Earth-sun twin system

    July 23, 2015 2:41 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL - Scientists have identified the best bet yet for an Earth-like planet that might harbor life. The researchers announced their discovery Thursday based on observations from NASA's Kepler space telescope. This older, bigger cousin to Earth is called Kepler-452b. What makes this planet remarkable is that it orbits... more »
  • Astronaut brings space exploration to Scotlandville High Play Video

    May 14, 2015 7:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An astronaut who spent several months in space brought his experience down to earth for high school student in Louisiana this week. Richard Mastracchio spoke with about 200 students at Scotlandville Magnet High school Thursday about the time he spent in space and his life as... more »
  • Italian astronaut brews, sips first fresh espresso in space

    May 4, 2015 11:36 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - The International Space Station is finally serving up fresh Italian espresso. Over the weekend, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy fired up the world's first espresso machine in space. She posted a photo of herself on Twitter on Sunday, sipping from a cup designed for use... more »
  • 1 from Louisiana on list of 100 who could go to Mars

    February 16, 2015 11:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An LSU student was cut from a list of 100 who are competing at a chance to get a one-way ticket to Mars. Randy Paylor, a hydrogeologist and PhD Candidate at LSU was one of 705 people who made an initial cut from 200,000 candidates who... more »
  • Price war to get into space

    January 26, 2015 7:49 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA- Once American commercial companies start flying into space, NASA expects to save millions in not having to pay Russia for a left. SpaceX and Boeing say they are ready to make their first manned test flights in two-years. NASA choose the companies to move American astronauts... more »
  • SpaceX aims for pre-dawn launch to the space station

    January 6, 2015 4:39 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - A SpaceX rocket stands poised at Cape Canaveral, Florida, for a pre-dawn flight to the International Space Station. The unmanned Dragon capsule contains more than 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments ordered up by NASA. That's the primary objective for SpaceX. But the California-based company... more »
  • Cosmic 1st: European spacecraft lands on comet

    November 12, 2014 10:15 AM

    DARMSTADT, Germany - The European Space Agency says it has succeeded in landing a spacecraft on a comet for the first time in history. The agency says it has received a signal from the 100-kilogram (220-pound) Philae lander after it touched down on the icy surface of the comet named... more »
  • Virgin Galactic looks to resume tests in 2015

    November 5, 2014 5:12 PM

    ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The head of the space tourism company that suffered a tragic setback when its experimental rocket ship broke apart over the California desert says test flights could resume as early as next summer. Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides told The Associated Press on Wednesday that work is... more »
  • Branson vows to find out cause of spacecraft crash

    November 1, 2014 12:05 PM

    MOJAVE, Calif. - Billionaire Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson say he's determined to find out what went wrong during a test flight of his prototype space tourism rocket, killing one pilot and injuring another. Branson told a press conference Saturday in Mojave, California, that safety has always been the top... more »
  • Better earthly digs before blasting off

    October 6, 2014 7:56 PM

    TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, NEW MEXICO- In hopes of attracting high-rollers into space, Virgin Galactic expanded its lodging and entertainment options for people who'll pay big bucks to blast off from its spaceport. Its partnering with a lodge in Truth or Consequences that is owned by media mogul Ted Turner.... more »
  • US-Russian crew docks with space station

    September 26, 2014 2:06 AM

    BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan - American and Russian space veterans, along with a newcomer, have joined the crew of the International Space Station. The new face is Russian Elena Servova, who arrived with her colleagues aboard a Soyuz spacecraft which docked early Friday. Servova is making her first journey into space and... more »
  • Houston firm offers space flights for pet remains

    July 30, 2014 1:01 PM

    HOUSTON - A Houston company that already sends human remains out of this world will offer the same memorial space flights for four-legged loved ones. Celestis Inc. on Wednesday announced that rockets carrying the cremated remains of dogs and cats will start this fall. Spokeswoman Pazia Schonfeld says the cost... more »
  • Baton Rouge teen has hopes of going to Mars

    May 18, 2014 3:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A teenager in Baton Rouge is on a mission to go to Mars. Alyssa Carson is 13 and goes to the Baton Rouge International School. She enjoys playing music and sports just like your average teenager. But her biggest passion is outer space. Since she's... more »
  • Space heater causes house fire in Baton Rouge

    March 17, 2014 3:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters said combustibles placed too close to a portable heater were to blame for a house fire in Baton Rouge this morning. The fire happened around 11 a.m. in the 2700 block of North Lark. Firefighters said it started in the rear bedroom of the... more »
  • Delay into space

    October 30, 2013 7:44 PM

    LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO- The launch date to take tourists into space was pushed back again by Virgin Galactic as the company will ask the New Mexico legislature for more money. The launches are to be from New Mexico's Spaceport America. The new date is August of next year instead... more »
  • Baton Rouge house fire caused by space heater

    October 24, 2013 2:14 PM

    Baton Rouge- A space heater is being blamed for a house fire in Baton Rouge. It happened around noon Thursday in the 2500 block of Madison. Fire investigators say the heater was placed too close to furniture in the living room. The house was engulfed in flames... more »
  • NBC to send someone into space

    October 3, 2013 7:20 PM

    NEW YORK- An out-of-this-world prize awaits the winner of a new game show on NBC. It'll be called "Space Race" and TV producer Mark Burnett will team with Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic where the winner will get a ride into space on Virgin's aircraft. Burnett produces "The Voice"... more »
  • QE2 asteroid to fly by Earth from safe distance

    May 28, 2013 10:39 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - An asteroid more than 1½ miles long will zoom past Earth this week from a far-off distance. The big rock called Asteroid 1998 QE2 will make its closest approach Friday. It will keep a safe distance of 3.6 million miles, or 15 times the distance between... more »
  • Baseball-size Martian rock recovered in Sahara

    January 3, 2013 1:27 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Scientists say a 2-billion-year-old rock from Mars that landed on Earth is quite different from other Martian meteorites. They say it is older than most and contains more water. It's also similar to volcanic rocks examined by the NASA rovers Spirit and Opportunity on the Martian surface.... more »

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