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Pioneering black NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson dies

By BEN FINLEY | February 24, 2020

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...

Trump’s $4.8 trillion budget proposal revisits rejected cuts

By ANDREW TAYLOR | February 10, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.8 trillion election year budget plan on Monday that recycles deep, previously rejected cuts to domestic programs like food stamps, Medicaid, and housing as the recipe for wrestling the federal budget...

Solar Orbiter blasts off to capture 1st look at sun’s poles

By MARCIA DUNN | February 10, 2020

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Europe and NASA's Solar Orbiter rocketed into space Sunday night on an unprecedented mission to capture the first pictures of the sun's elusive poles.“We're on the way to the sun. Go Solar Orbiter!” said Cesar Garcia...

Trump budget to face skepticism, overwhelming politics

By ANDREW TAYLOR | February 9, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronted with the threat of trillion-dollar-plus deficits for as far as the eye can see, President Donald Trump is offering a $4.8 trillion budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year that rehashes previously rejected spending cuts...

NASA’s record-setting Koch, crewmates safely back from space

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | February 6, 2020

MOSCOW (AP) — NASA astronaut Christina Koch, who spent nearly 11 months in orbit to set a record for the longest spaceflight by a woman, landed safely Thursday in Kazakhstan along with two International Space Station crewmates.The Soyuz capsule carrying...

NASA shutting down space telescope, infrared eyes to cosmos

By MARCIA DUNN | January 29, 2020

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is pulling the plug on one of its great observatories -- the Spitzer Space Telescope -- after 16 years of scanning the universe with infrared eyes.The end comes Thursday when ground controllers put the aging spacecraft...

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