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By Marcia Dunn The Associated Press

1st US shipment in months flying to space station, food and Christmas gifts for crew

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. A U.S. shipment of much-needed groceries and other astronaut supplies rocketed toward the International Space Station for the first time in months Sunday, reigniting NASA’s commercial delivery service.

If the Orbital ATK capsule arrives at the space station Wednesday as planned, it will represent the first U.S. delivery since spring.

Bad weather delays US space station shipment, 1st in months for NASA’s commercial suppliers

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Wet and cloudy weather prevented NASA from resuming commercial space station deliveries Thursday.

The space agency was looking to get back on track with the first U.S. shipment to the International Space station in nearly eight months, but thick clouds and rain prevented an unmanned Atlas rocket from lifting off at dusk with 7,400 pounds of critical supplies.

US space station delivery on tap after 8-month stoppage, 1st supply run for Atlas rocket

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. NASA hopes to resume commercial shipments this week to the International Space Station, following months of frustrating delay.

The last successful U.S. supply run was in April. Russia and Japan have managed to fill the gap. Nonetheless, the 250-mile-high pantry isn’t as full as it should be.

NASA needs better handle on health hazards for Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. NASA needs to get cracking if it wants to keep its astronauts alive and well on missions to Mars, according to an in-house report issued Thursday.

In an extensive audit, NASA’s inspector general office looked at the space agency’s overall effort to keep astronauts safe during lengthy space missions ‚Äî especially trips to Mars, currently targeted for the 2030s.

Astronomers: Faraway object being destroyed by real-life ‘Death Star,’ a white dwarf in Virgo

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. A white dwarf star in the Constellation Virgo turns out to be a “death star” worthy of “Star Wars.”

Astronomers announced Wednesday that they have discovered a rocky object coming apart in a death spiral around this distant star. They used NASA’s exoplanet-hunting Kepler spacecraft to make the discovery, then followed up with ground observations.

NASA says Mars appears to have flowing water; could there be life on the red planet?

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Mars appears to have flowing rivulets of salty water, at least in the summer, scientists reported Monday in a finding that could have major implications for the possibility of life on the red planet.

“It suggests that it would be possible for there to be life today on Mars,” NASA’s science mission chief, John Grunsfeld, said at a news conference.