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July 3, 2022

'For All Mankind' panels, mission patches landing at San Diego Comic Con

"For All Mankind" is heading to Mars by way of this year's San Diego Comic Con. Between a pair of star-studded panels and an exclusive set of mission patches, the Apple TV+ alternate space history series will be well represented at the pop culture event.

June 28, 2022

Shuttered full-scale space station mockup finds new use with Axiom Space

A Houston company building a commercial orbital outpost has found the perfect place to move: a sprawling facility that comes pre-equipped with a mockup of the International Space Station. Axiom Space has leased the former Fry's Electronics in Webster, Texas.

June 28, 2022

CAPSTONE cubesat lifts off for lunar orbit to blaze path for NASA Gateway

A small private spacecraft is now on its way to the moon to test new technologies and pave the way for a NASA human-tended space station to be deployed into a special lunar orbit. The CAPSTONE cubesat will be the first to enter a near rectilinear halo orbit.

June 23, 2022

NASA halts sale, requests return of Apollo 11 moon dust fed to cockroaches

As it turns out, attempting to sell moon dust that was extracted from the stomachs of cockroaches does indeed bug NASA. So much so, that the space agency requested RR Auction of New Hampshire halt its sale of the once-digested Apollo 11 lunar sample.

June 23, 2022

Funko to can NASA astronauts as limited edition Soda vinyl figures

NASA astronauts are finally crossing into "Pop" culture. Funko, the collectibles company best known for its line of Pop! brand vinyl figures, has revealed its first product depicting a NASA astronaut. The spacesuit-clad toy is part of the Soda line.

June 21, 2022

Former NASA deputy reveals story behind Apollo 13 astronaut's medal of honor

Less than a month after "Apollo 13" opened in movie theaters in June 1995, then-President Bill Clinton met with mission commander Jim Lovell to present one of the highest awards an astronaut can receive — the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

June 17, 2022

Statue of first American woman in space unveiled at aviation museum

With the crowd cheering "Ride, Sally Ride," a monument to the first American woman to fly into space was unveiled outside of the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island, New York. The statue was revealed on the eve of the anniversary of Ride's first flight.

June 17, 2022

NASA astronaut helped Pixar find space ranger's new look in 'Lightyear'

Tom Marshburn may not be the real-life Buzz Lightyear, but the space ranger — at least as he appears in the new movie "Lightyear" — would not be the same without the NASA astronaut. Marshburn was the animators' guide to space exploration.

June 16, 2022

NASA assigns two astronauts to Boeing's Starliner crew flight test

NASA has selected the first crew to fly on board Boeing's new commercial spacecraft. Barry "Butch" Wilmore and Suni Williams will fly on the Crew Flight Test (CFT) of the CST-100 Starliner capsule, spending about two weeks in Earth orbit.

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July 5, 2022
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In July 2018, a year before the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 flight, I began looking for Tiki mugs that had some connection to astronauts, spaceflight, or the Moon.

June 27, 2022
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They Found Two New Craters on the Moon and Discovered a New Mystery

After months of scrutinizing photographs of the lunar surface, scientists have finally found the crash site of a forgotten rocket stage that struck the far side of the moon in March.

June 27, 2022

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NASA has successfully launched a rocket from Australia's remote Northern Territory, making history as the agency's first commercial spaceport launch outside the United States.

May 12, 2022
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Plants grow in lunar soil brought to Earth by Apollo astronauts

Plants can grow in lunar soil. They don't love it — they become stressed, and may turn purple after initially looking green — but they can still germinate in lunar soil, send roots through it, sprout leaves, get bigger and potentially be edible.

May 2, 2022
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Auburn commemorating annual National Space Day with tribute to university's astronauts

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April 20, 2022
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How astronaut Charlie Duke brought the Air Force to the moon

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March 9, 2022
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Being Discovery's Curator

A few short months before the COVID-19 pandemic began, I took over responsibility for one of the Smithsonian's top five most iconic artifacts — Space Shuttle Discovery (the other four, to me, being those lovable pandas at the Zoo, Dorothy's sparkling slippers at American History, a huge blue diamond, and maybe that aircraft the brothers from Ohio made).

March 8, 2022

Ukrainian flag will launch on SpaceX rocket with Polaris Dawn crew this year

The all-private Polaris Dawn mission publicly shared its support for Ukraine as the nation continues to endure attacks from Russia.