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August 24, 2016

520 days and counting: Jeff Williams tops U.S. record for time in space

For the second time in less than one year, a NASA astronaut has floated past the record for the most time in space by an American. Jeff Williams, currently on his fourth mission, surpassed Scott Kelly's career record of 520 days and he still has two more weeks to go.

August 22, 2016

SpaceX lands historic recovered Falcon 9 rocket stage on display

Eight months after it made history, SpaceX's first recovered Falcon 9 rocket stage landed on display at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Standing 165 feet tall the stage is a monument to SpaceX's efforts to develop a reusable launch vehicle.

August 19, 2016

New commercial spacecraft 'parking spot' added to space station

The International Space Station now has its first parking spot for commercial vehicles. A pair of U.S. astronauts performed a six-hour spacewalk to install the berthing ring, where Boeing and SpaceX crew capsules will dock to the space station in the near future.

August 17, 2016

Public support urged for Apollo 11 curved coins legislation

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing is three years away, but the chance for the United States Treasury to issue coins for the mission's half-centennial is fleeting. A grassroots campaign is underway to support legislation now before the U.S. Congress.

August 16, 2016

Astronaut access arm raised into place for Boeing Starliner missions

The boarding ramp for Boeing's commercial crew spacecraft is now in place — 16 stories above the ground. The Starliner access arm was lifted by crane and bolted onto a tower at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 41 (LC-41) in Florida.

August 15, 2016

'Hidden Figures' trailer reveals space race history of black women at NASA

In 20th Century Fox's first trailer for "Hidden Figures," Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan find themselves stuck on the side of an empty country road as an officer pulls up behind their car. "We are just on our way to work, at NASA..."

August 10, 2016

Astronaut to hand off space-flown football at Houston Super Bowl LI event

Before Scott Kelly touched down after nearly a year on the space station, he helped kick off a year-long countdown to Super Bowl LI. Now on the ground, Kelly is set to hand off the flown football to the head of the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee.

August 6, 2016

Apollo 11 lunar sample bag lands at center of lawsuits

A small white bag that was used by Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong to hold the first lunar samples collected from the surface of the moon is at the center of not one, but two lawsuits over who owns it today: the woman who won it at an auction or NASA.

August 3, 2016

'Sooner State' shuttle: Stafford Museum to display NASA simulator in Oklahoma

A space shuttle cockpit used in the training of all of the astronauts who launched aboard the orbiters has landed in Oklahoma, where it will be displayed at a museum named for a NASA astronaut. The Stafford Air and Space will display the shuttle fixed base simulator.

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August 21, 2016
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August 17, 2016
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The Write Stuff: Fisher marks 50th anniversary of space pen

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August 16, 2016
The Atlantic

The Leak Prosecution That Lost the Space Race

He was the first whistleblower charged under the Espionage Act — and his trial set the pattern for how the government treats unauthorized disclosure of classified information.

August 4, 2016
Spaceflight Now

China's Yutu rover dies on the moon

A Chinese rover sent to the moon in 2013 has stopped operating, officials announced Wednesday, ending a groundbreaking 31-month mission that made discoveries in lunar geology and catapulted China's space program to new heights.

July 28, 2016
The New York Times

Study Asks if Moon Astronauts Got Increased Heart Risks

Only 24 people have ever gone to deep space, or to the area beyond the Earth's magnetic shield. These are the Apollo astronauts who flew to the moon, the last of whom did so in 1972.

July 26, 2016

Meet the Artist Who Drew This 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Patch for NASA

Juan Doe is a comic book artist and self-described "space fanatic." When NASA's CASIS and Marvel came calling, he answered.

July 22, 2016
USA Today

Astronaut John Glenn's orbit the Earth in-flight instructions fetch $67,000

Astronaut John Glenn's in-flight instructions from his historic 1962 mission around Earth fetched nearly $67,000 at auction in Los Angeles on Thursday.

July 16, 2016
National Geographic

See Vintage Space Gear for Sale on Apollo 11 Anniversary

Houston, we have a sale. On July 20, the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, the New York auction house Bonhams is selling almost 300 celestial items in its eighth annual Space History Sale.

July 15, 2016
TIME Magazine

Here's Why John Glenn Still Matters at 95

If the Beatles had their McCartney and the 1927 Yankees had their Babe, the Original Seven astronauts had their John Glenn.