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August 26, 2015

/ 6:15 p.m. CT (2315 GMT)

Orbiters inside out


Last week's removal of the water storage tanks from deep inside the space shuttle Endeavour is now complete at the California Science Center. Joined by the same tanks retrieved from inside the shuttle Atlantis in May, the reactivated artifacts are destined to be launched to the International Space Station to enhance the outpost's water supply system. This photo gallery provides a behind-the-scenes look at the water tanks' extraction.

August 24, 2015

/ 1:00 p.m. CT (1800 GMT)

'8 Days or Bust' +50


NASA's third manned Gemini mission, which orbited the Earth half a century ago this week, set a world duration record while demonstrating that an astronaut crew could work in space long enough to fly to the moon and back. Gemini 5 crewmates Gordo Cooper and Pete Conrad also set another American first: designing and wearing the first mission patch. The emblem, featuring a covered wagon, also included a hastily hidden slogan.

August 21, 2015

/ 12:05 p.m. CT (1705 GMT)

Astronaut Wives 'Landing'


"The Astronaut Wives Club," ABC's 10-part series about the spouses of America's first spacemen, came to its end on Thursday night (Aug. 20) with a finale titled "Landing." Set between the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing and the problem-plagued Apollo 13 mission in 1970, the episode included the only cameo by a real Astro-family member, Apollo 14 astronaut Stu Roosa's daughter, Rosemary. How well did the tenth episode follow space history? A look at some of the "A-OK!" and "Abort!" scenes from "The Astronaut Wives Club" conclusion.

August 20, 2015

/ 12:05 p.m. CT (1705 GMT)

Suits rebooted


With almost 9,500 backers donating nearly $720,000, the Smithsonian's first Kickstarter campaign has succeeded at funding not just the conservation and display of Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit worn on the moon, which was the crowd-funding effort's original goal, but also Alan Shepard's silver Mercury spacesuit that he wore on the first American crewed spaceflight. For their pledges, backers of the "Reboot the Suit" campaign will be updated about the conservation work as it progresses.

August 17, 2015

/ 5:00 a.m. CT (1000 GMT)

Taking Endeavour's tanks

: Visitors touring the California Science Center this week may notice space shuttle Endeavour's crew hatch open. Beginning Monday (Aug. 17), a NASA team will be working to remove Endeavour's water tanks from deep inside the retired orbiter so that they may be reused aboard the International Space Station. The tanks may help increase the amount of science being done by the astronauts working on the orbiting laboratory.

August 14, 2015

/ 5:55 p.m. CT (2255 GMT)

Astronaut Wives 'The Dark Side'


The ten-part docudrama "The Astronaut Wives Club" aired its penultimate episode Thursday (Aug. 13). In "The Dark Side," the ABC series flew from the Earth to the moon, focusing on the events that surrounded the Apollo 7 and Apollo 8 missions. How well did the ninth episode follow real space history? A review of the "A-OK!" and "Abort!" scenes from the show.

August 12, 2015

/ 3:20 p.m. CT (2020 GMT)

Launch set for Shuttle-747 display


Space Center Houston on Wednesday (Aug 12) set the opening date for Independence Plaza, its $12 million, eight-story-tall exhibit of a space shuttle replica on top of NASA's first Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. The nonprofit center will invite its guests to tour inside both the orbiter and modified Boeing 747 jetliner beginning Jan. 23, 2016. Both vehicles will include exhibits dedicated to telling the history of the space shuttle era.

August 11, 2015

/ 3:00 p.m. CT (2000 GMT)

Space Sessions


Amid commanding a crew on the International Space Station, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield found time to write, sing and record songs inspired by and about life in space. "Space Sessions: Songs From a Tin Can," the resulting album, will be released on Oct. 9 by Warner Music. The first album to be primarily performed and recorded in space, "Sessions" includes Hadfield's first single, "Feet Up," and his zero-g take on "Space Oddity."

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August 10, 2015

/ 12:15 p.m. CT (1715 GMT)

Astronaut farmers


What is deep red, leafy, and grows 250 miles high? The latest snack for the astronauts on the International Space Station. Using Veggie, NASA's plant growth system, flight engineer Scott Kelly grew and harvested leaves of "Outredgeous" red romaine lettuce. On Monday (Aug. 10), Kelly and Expedition 44 crewmate Kjell Lindgren became the first U.S. astronauts to (officially) eat space-grown greens, following earlier cosmonaut farmers.

August 7, 2015

/ 9:45 p.m. CT (0245 GMT Aug 8)

Astronaut Wives 'Abort'

ABC's docudrama "The Astronaut Wives Club" aired its third to last episode Thursday (Aug. 6), covering the aftermath of the Apollo 1 fire that in January 1967 claimed the lives of Roger Chaffee, Ed White and Gus Grissom. How well did the eighth episode, entitled "Abort," follow real space history? A look at the "A-OK!" and "Abort!" scenes from this week's show.

August 5, 2015

/ 3:30 a.m. CT (0830 GMT)

'Nod' of approval


The Lancaster JetHawks will hold their annual aerospace appreciation night on Sunday (Aug. 9), this year honoring seven-time shuttle astronaut Jerry Ross. As part of the celebration, the baseball team will give away 1,000 bobbleheads depicting Ross flying the B-1 Lancer bomber that he tested at nearby Edwards Air Force Base. Ross is the 11th aerospace legend to be honored by the California minor league team, including astronauts Fred Haise, Gordon Fullerton, Buzz Aldrin and Hoot Gibson.

August 4, 2015

/ 12:05 a.m. CT (0505 GMT)

Apollo engines conserved


After two and a half years of careful conservation, the Apollo F-1 engine parts recovered by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos are now preserved and ready for exhibit. Conservators at the Cosmosphere in Kansas were able to identify that the Saturn V components powered at least three moon missions, including Apollo 11. Some of the engine parts are destined for the Smithsonian, while the placement of others is still being determined.

July 31, 2015

/ 3:55 p.m. CT (2055 GMT)

Astronaut Wives 'Rendezvous'


The wives met tragedy in the seventh episode of ABC's "The Astronaut Wives Club," as the ten-part series fast forwarded past the Gemini flights to the ill-fated Apollo 1. But in its attempt to compress two years into one hour, the episode introduced timeline problems and omitted key events. How closely did "Rendezvous" follow real space history? A look at some of the "A-OK!" and "Abort!" scenes from this week's show.

July 28, 2015

/ 6:55 p.m. CT (2355 GMT)

"A single human error"


The October 2014 fatal loss of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo was likely caused by its co-pilot's premature unlocking of the feather braking system and the failure of the ship's designer to consider and protect against "a single human error," investigators at the National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday (July 28). The NTSB recommended additional oversight for all commercial sub-orbital spaceflight operators, but found no specific problems with SpaceShipTwo's design.

July 27, 2015

/ 1:35 p.m. CT (1835 GMT)

Suit rebooted

Neil Armstrong's Apollo lunar spacesuit will be conserved, digitized and on display for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing thanks to the $500,000 raised for the Smithsonian on Kickstarter. The "Reboot the Suit" campaign reached its goal in its first four days and is now stretching to include some of the other space artifacts at the National Air and Space Museum. First up: the silver spacesuit Alan Shepard wore on the first U.S. spaceflight.

July 24, 2015

/ 7:45 p.m. CT (0045 GMT July 24)

Astronaut Wives 'In the Blind'


In the sixth hour of ABC's ten-part "The Astronaut Wives Club," John and Annie Glenn ran for Senate, Scott and Rene Carpenter ran to Sealab and Alan and Louise Shepard ran for a doctor. In the episode "In the Blind," Ed White became NASA's new star, while Ed Dwight was turned away. How closely did "In the Blind" follow real space history? A look at some of the "A-OK!" and "Abort!" scenes from this week's broadcast.

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