International Space Station funding extended until 2030
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The International Space Station will be able to continue its operations in low-Earth orbit until at least 2030 after NASA secures approval. The decision, announced Friday, will enable research to continue at the orbiting laboratory for at least eight more years. WATCH: NASA’s James Webb Telescope, world’s most powerful, launches into space“The International Space Station is a beacon of peaceful international scientific collaboration and for more than 20 years has returned enormous scientific, educational and technological developments to benefit humanity,” said NASA administrator Bill Nelson. Over the years, the space station has hosted more than 3,000 investigations from over 4,200 researchers across the world and is returning enormous scientific, educational and technological developments to benefit people on Earth. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, and click here to watch the latest news on your Smart TV.wftv.com
World’s most powerful telescope rockets into space Saturday morning
ORLANDO, Fla. — The world’s largest and most powerful space telescope rocketed away Saturday on a high-stakes quest to behold light from the first stars and galaxies and scour the universe for hints of life. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope soared from French Guiana on South America’s northeastern coast, riding a European Ariane rocket into the Christmas morning sky. Alone in the vastness of space, Webb will soon begin an approximately two-week process to deploy its antennas, mirrors, and sunshield. We have LIFTOFF of the @NASAWebb Space Telescope! pic.twitter.com/Al8Wi5c0K6 — NASA (@NASA) December 25, 2021NASA is aiming for 10 years of operational life from Webb.wftv.com
NASA confirms next Friday for Webb Space Telescope launch
NASA Space Telescope FILE - In this April 13, 2017 photo provided by NASA, technicians lift the mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope using a crane at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Liftoff of the James Webb Space Telescope is now targeted for no earlier than Dec. 24. (Laura Betz/NASA via AP, File) (Laura Betz)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — (AP) — NASA is shooting for next Friday to launch its newest space telescope. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson confirmed Friday that the James Webb Space Telescope will attempt to blast off on Christmas Eve. U.S. and European space officials signed off Friday on the launch date, following one last round of testing.wftv.com
NASA announces astronaut candidate class
NASA Selects New Astronaut Recruits to Train for Future Missions NASA announced its 2021 Astronaut Candidate Class, pictured here at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston are: U.S. Air Force Maj. Nichole Ayers, Christopher Williams, U.S. Marine Corps Maj. (ROBERT MARKOWITZ NASA-JSC/NASA)BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — For the first time in four years, NASA announced a new astronaut candidate class. “Today we welcome 10 new explorers, 10 members of the Artemis generation, NASA’s 2021 astronaut candidate class. Former NASA astronaut and deputy administrator Pam Melroy highlighted the diverse backgrounds of candidates. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 13 NASA announces astronaut candidate class for 2021 Jessica A. Wittner, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy.wftv.com
Russia rejects accusations of endangering ISS astronauts
MOSCOW — (AP) — Russian officials on Tuesday rejected accusations that they endangered astronauts aboard the International Space Station by conducting a weapons test that created more than 1,500 pieces of space junk. U.S. officials on Monday accused Russia of destroying an old satellite with a missile in what they called a reckless and irresponsible strike. The debris could do major damage to the space station as it is orbiting at 17,500 mph (28,000 kph). A similar weapons test by China in 2007 also resulted in countless pieces of debris. One of those threatened to come dangerously close to the space station last week.wftv.com
Artemis Moon mission delayed to 2025, NASA administrator says
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The Artemis Moon mission has been delayed to 2025, according to NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. The mission is expected to return astronauts to the Moon for the first time in more than 50 years. Blue Origin sued NASA afterit gave the full contract to build the human landing system to SpaceX instead of funding both companies. According to NASA, the Artemis II mission includes sending astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft farther into space than any humans have traveled before, roughly 40,000 miles past the Moon, before returning home. But we’re NASA, and we’re rising to the challenge.”READ: NASA makes final preparations for rocket heading around the moon in FebruaryTo learn more about the mission, click here.wftv.com
NASA bumps astronaut moon landing to 2025 at earliest
On Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, NASA announced it is delaying putting astronauts back on the moon until 2025 at the earliest. (NASA via AP, File) (Uncredited)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — (AP) — NASA is delaying putting astronauts back on the moon until 2025 at the earliest, missing the deadline set by the Trump administration. The space agency had been aiming for 2024 for the first moon landing by astronauts in a half-century. In announcing the delay Tuesday, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said Congress did not provide enough money to develop a landing system for its Artemis moon program. That would bump the moon landing to at least 2025, according to Nelson.wftv.com
Florida Gov. DeSantis sues Biden over vaccine mandates
Ron DeSantis Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at the Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The state of Florida is suing the Biden administration over its coronavirus vaccine mandate for federal contractors. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that the state had filed suit against the federal government over its coronavirus vaccine mandate for federal contractors. In addition to the vaccine mandate for federal contractors, Biden also announced a vaccine mandate or weekly COVID-19 testing for private companies that employ 100 or more workers.wftv.com
Australia plans lunar rover to help NASA find oxygen on moon
Australia Lunar Rover In this undated image released by the Australian Space Agency, an imagined scene on the moon is depicted. Australia has agreed to build a 20-kilogram (44-pound) semi-autonomous lunar rover for NASA to take to the moon as early as 2026 in search of oxygen, the Australian government said on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. (Australian Space Agency via AP) (Uncredited)CANBERRA, Australia — (AP) — Australia has agreed to build a 20-kilogram (44-pound) semi-autonomous lunar rover for NASA to take to the moon as early as 2026 in search of oxygen. The rover would collect soil that contains oxides and NASA would use separate equipment to extract oxygen from that soil, a government statement said. Oxygen extracted from the lunar surface would ultimately be used to sustain a human presence on the moon and support future missions to Mars.wftv.com
International Space Station could be followed by commercial space stations after 2030, NASA says
NASA hopes that commercial space stations will orbit Earth once the International Space Station eventually retires, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said today (Aug. 25) at the 36th Space Symposium.space.com
NASA dedicates Ohio test facility for first moonwalker Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong did not want NASA's Plum Brook Station to be named after him. The first person to walk on the moon declined the honor when asked, but a group of NASA officials and members of Congress presided over a ceremony in Ohio to do just that.space.com
WATCH: Boeing’s Starliner Spacecraft moved into place ahead of key test flight to ISS
Boeing’s Starliner Spacecraft and a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket were rolled onto a launch pad Monday ahead of a key test flight. It’ll be the Starliner’s second un-crewed flight test to the International Space Station, intended to show the Starliner is capable of ferrying astronauts to the space station as part of NASA”s Commercial Crew Program. READ: Brevard County offers food vouchers, free admission to zoo to promote COVID-19 vaccinations“The Boeing flight test is extremely important,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said. A Russian spacecraft malfunctioned, firing its thrusters while docked at the ISS, temporarily knocking the space station out of its normal orientation. If all goes well for Boeing, it could be flying a crewed flight test before the end of this year.wftv.com
President Biden officially taps former Florida Sen. Bill Nelson to lead NASA
Florida’s former Sen. Bill Nelson is set to become NASA’s next administrator if confirmed by the Senate, after President Joe Biden officially nominated the Brevard County native to lead the space agency on Friday. Former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine stepped down in January, the day Biden was sworn into office. Steve Jurczyk stepped in as the acting NASA administrator on Jan. 20. Senator Bill Nelson to lead our agency. If confirmed he will be the third NASA administrator to have achieved spaceflight.
Biden picks former senator who flew in space to lead NASA
President Joe Biden has chosen Nelson, a former senator from Florida who flew on the space shuttle to lead NASA. Scott Applewhite, File)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – President Joe Biden has chosen a former senator from Florida who flew on the space shuttle right before the Challenger accident to lead NASA. Biden on Friday announced his intent to nominate Bill Nelson as the space agency's administrator. “There has been no greater champion, not just for Florida’s space industry, but for the space program as a whole than Bill,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, said in a statement. Plenty of qualified candidates,” retired space shuttle director and program manager Wayne Hale tweeted earlier this month.
Report: President Biden considering former Sen. Bill Nelson to lead NASA
Former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine stepped down in January, the day Biden was sworn into office. RUMINT: Former Sen. Bill Nelson (Fla.) is said to be Biden admin pick for NASA administrator, killing several birds with one stone: strong relationship with POTUS, congressional savvy. @Genevaexpat — Breaking Defense (@BreakingDefense) February 22, 2021Steve Jurczyk stepped in as the acting NASA administrator on Jan. 20. AdWhoever Biden nominates to lead NASA will still need to be confirmed in the Senate. Nelson did not support Bridenstine’s confirmation as NASA administrator, arguing the head of NASA should be someone in the spaceflight industry.
With another Florida loss, Democrats begin second guessing
As election postmortems go, the one that began in Florida Wednesday was especially wrenching for Democrats. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Perhaps only in Florida is a loss by fewer than 4 percentage points considered a public drubbing. Democrats zeroed in on two clear explanations: Biden didn't connect with the state's Latino voters, performing particularly poorly with Cuban voters in South Florida. Some Democrats also give Republicans credit for registering thousands of new voters and narrowing the voter registration advantage Democrats have long had. For Taddeo, the Democratic state senator, it means going back to basics.
Florida, butt of election jokes, believes system is ready
State leaders eliminated computer punchcard ballots, implemented statewide recount laws and made it easy to cast and process ballots before Election Day. Though there are other scenarios that make elections officials nervous, the computer punch-card ballots that fueled 2000's chaos are buried in history's landfill. Casting valid ballots and processing them is now easier, even before Election Day, and the Legislature has enacted clearer laws governing recounts. If the statewide margin then is within a half-percentage point — likely about 55,000 votes — a machine recount would occur. These voters are notified and have until two days after the election to prove their identity, but many won’t respond.
Florida Democrats running to boost Biden from the bottom up
"And Im glad to be part of that.Johnson's campaign is part of a major change in strategy for Florida Democrats. Long accustomed to being on the losing side of razor-close races, state Democrats are mounting challenges in Republican strongholds not necessarily to win but to lose by less. For years, Florida Democrats largely have focused on running up the score in heavily Democratic urban precincts in South Florida in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. But Florida Democrats are hoping that enthusiasm rises from the bottom up and compounds quickly. Were fielding candidates to win races, and we think that Trump will win Florida," said Florida Republican Party Chair Joe Gruters, who is running for reelection to his state Senate seat.