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Steve Gorman
For Steve Gorman's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Intuitive Machines' Odysseus spacecraft passes over the near side of the Moon following lunar orbit insertion on Feb. 21.
WORLD / Society
Feb 27, 2024
Sideways touchdown to cut mission short for moon lander Odysseus
New details have emerged about testing shortcuts and human error that led to an in-flight failure of the spacecraft's laser-guided range finders.
Palm trees in strong winds as the second and more powerful of two atmospheric river storms arrives to Santa Barbara, California, on Sunday
WORLD / Society
Feb 6, 2024
Pacific storm batters California with high winds, flooding and mudslides
The storm system, caused by dense moisture from the subtropical waters around Hawaii, is affecting areas that are home to some 35 million people.
A view of the outside of the OSIRIS-REx sample collector, with sample material from the asteroid Bennu seen on the middle right at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, in a recent undated photograph.
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 12, 2023
NASA unveils newly returned carbon-rich asteroid sample
A small quantity of the material collected by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu was unveiled at NASA's Johnson Space Center.
Technicians open NASA's OSIRIS-REx capsule in a clean room at a U.S. military facility in Utah on Sunday.
WORLD / Science & Health
Sep 25, 2023
Touchdown: Highly anticipated asteroid sample arrives on Earth
It is only the third asteroid sample, and by far the biggest, ever returned to Earth for analysis, following two missions by Japan's space agency.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 29, 2023
Presumed human remains and shattered Titanic submersible brought ashore
The evidence will be transported by a Coast Guard cutter to a U.S. port for analysis and testing by a marine board of investigation.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 16, 2022
NASA's Artemis rocket ship on course for moon after epic launch
The much-delayed launch kicked off Apollo's successor program, Artemis, aimed at returning astronauts to the lunar surface this decade and establishing a sustainable base there.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
May 25, 2022
Gunman kills 19 children and 2 teachers at Texas elementary school
The latest episode of U.S. gun violence unfolded 10 days after another youth opened fire with an assault-style rifle at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood of Buffalo.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
May 15, 2022
U.S. gunman kills 10 in racially motivated shooting at New York market
An 18-year-old white gunman shot 10 people to death and wounded three others at a grocery store in a Black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 26, 2022
All-private astronaut team returns safely from landmark space station visit
The SpaceX crew capsule carrying the four-man team, led by a retired NASA astronaut who is now vice president of the Texas company behind the mission, Axiom Space, parachuted into the sea after a 16-hour descent from orbit.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 25, 2022
First all-private astronaut team aboard space station undocks for flight home
The flight home was postponed for several days due to unfavorable weather at the splashdown zone, extending the Axiom crew's stay in orbit.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 23, 2021
Mars rover sends home movie of daredevil descent to landing on red planet
NASA scientists on Monday unveiled first-of-a-kind home movies from last week's daredevil Mars rover landing, vividly showing its supersonic parachute inflation over the red planet and a rocket-powered hovercraft lowering the science lab on wheels to the surface.
Japan Times
BASKETBALL / NBA
Jan 28, 2020
Fog likely to figure prominently in probe of Kobe Bryant copter crash
Weather conditions appear likely to come under the scrutiny of investigators probing the helicopter crash that killed former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others near Los Angeles on Sunday, when overcast skies and fog grounded other aircraft.

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