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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...

‘Black in Space’ looks at final frontier of civil rights

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS | February 20, 2020

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In 1959, Ronald Erwin McNair walked into a South Carolina library. The 9-year-old aspiring astronaut wanted to check out a calculus book, but a librarian threatened to call the police if he didn't leave. McNair was black.Years...

Russia will replace 2 cosmonauts set for launch to space

February 19, 2020

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's space agency said Wednesday that two cosmonauts scheduled to launch to the International Space Station will be replaced with alternates for medical reasons.Roscosmos said crew members Nikolai Tikhonov and Andrei Babkin will be...

Candy, cheese soar to space station to satisfy crew cravings

By MARCIA DUNN | February 15, 2020

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A cargo ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Saturday, carrying candy and cheese to satisfy the astronauts' cravings.Northrop Grumman launched its Cygnus capsule from the Virginia seashore. The nearly 4-ton...

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...

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...

Astronaut craves salsa and surf after record 11 months aloft

By MARCIA DUNN | January 28, 2020

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After nearly 11 months in orbit, the astronaut holding the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman can't wait to dig into some salsa and chips, and swim and surf in the Gulf of Mexico.NASA astronaut Christina Koch told...

Space exploration betters humanity

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 18, 2019

April 10 brought humanity a new landmark in the realm of extraplanetary science — the Event Horizon Telescope, through a series of complex algorithms, eight satellites and a perfect combination of metaphysical rarities, took a picture of a black hole...