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NASA lost its ability to launch humans from U.S. soil when the space shuttle retired. Now, companies and billionaire entrepreneurs are defining a new space age.

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The splashdown came at 7:07 p.m. Eastern time in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast.

Four amateur astronauts were lifted into orbit precisely on time in another triumph for Elon Musk’s space company.

None of the crew has been to space before.

What began as a fight over a NASA contract to land astronauts on the moon has become especially bare-knuckled and personal.

Hundreds of millions of dollars now are flowing to an industry long viewed as too risky for serious investment.

Blue Origin's bare-knuckles approach to its rivalry with SpaceX rubs many in the space community the wrong way. “In the realm of battling billionaires in space, nobody gets the higher ground by fighting,” said a former senior NASA official.

Boeing engineers have been trying since Aug. 3 to fix a problem with 13 valves that forced the cancellation of a launch that was a do-over for a failed mission 19 months ago.

Despite its cost, the program won't produce spacesuits for walking on the moon until 2025, an inspector general's report says.

Boeing still does not know what caused the problem, which forced yet another delay in a program that has been plagued by serious issues for years.

Boeing’s next Starliner launch attempt is up in the air after a valve in the capsule’s control system led to a delay.

In addition to his Mars experiment, he developed an artificial sweetener and wastewater treatment technology.

NASA, Boeing and United Launch Alliance (ULA) have scrubbed the Aug. 3 launch attempt of the agency’s Orbital Flight Test-2 to the International Space Station.

GAO said NASA’s decision to award the contract to SpaceX “was reasonable, and consistent with applicable procurement law, regulation and the announcement’s terms.”

An unusual occurrence at the International Space Station sparked by the newly-docked Russian Nauka aircraft caused Boeing and NASA to reschedule Starliner's relaunch.

Boeing’s first Starliner flight mission in 2019 was a flop. Friday's re-do is a make-or-break chance to show Boeing can still be a major participant in the U.S. commercial crew program.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer wants passengers and businesses to be taxed for commercial flights to space that aren't for scientific purposes.

Jeff Bezos fulfilled a lifelong dream, blasting to the edge of space aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard space capsule, named for Alan Shepard, the first NASA astronaut to reach space.

Jeff Bezos and three others successfully take the first crewed flight of Blue Origin's reusable New Shepard craft.

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Jeff Bezos has said Blue Origin is "the most important work I am doing." Tuesday, he'll launch to space on the company's New Shepard rocket.

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