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September 30, 2016

End of mission: ESA's Rosetta spacecraft collides with comet

The first-ever spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet and deploy a lander onto its surface came to the end of its mission, impacting the dusty, icy body. ESA's Rosetta descended to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.


September 28, 2016

Boeing's Starliner crew trainers installed in historic NASA simulator facility

For 50 years, NASA's Mission Simulator and Training Facility in Houston has been in use to ready astronauts to fly spacecraft to Earth orbit and beyond. Now, a pair of new Boeing simulators have been added to support crew training for the CST-100 Starliner.


September 27, 2016

SpaceX's Elon Musk unveils interplanetary transport system to colonize Mars

Elon Musk has revealed his plan for how to send humans to colonize Mars. The SpaceX CEO showed off his design for a large, 100-seat spaceship, and an even larger reusable rocket on which to launch the spacecraft, at the International Astronautical Congress.


September 26, 2016

Playing planetary explorer: Xtronaut board game draws from asteroid mission

Dante Lauretta has four points. He launched a spacecraft on a voyage out to a near Earth asteroid to return a sample from the surface. He assembled a rocket, planned a trajectory and overcome obstacles. Oh, and he did all that in real life, too.


September 24, 2016

Astronaut artifacts included in new African American history museum

Artifacts from some of the United States' first black astronauts have been included in the inaugural collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture now open in Washington, D.C. Mae Jemison and Charles Bolden are represented.


September 23, 2016

Lawmakers propose memorial for Apollo 1 astronauts at Arlington Cemetery

Three NASA astronauts who died in a fire on the launch pad may be honored with a new monument at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The Apollo 1 Memorial Act seeks to recognize 50 years since the deaths of Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee.


September 20, 2016

Jack Garman, NASA engineer who 'saved' Apollo 11 from alarms, dies at 72

Jack Garman, whose grasp of the Apollo 11 guidance computer saved the moon landing from a last-minute abort, died Sept. 20. He was 72. Garman recognized the unexpected 1201 and 1202 alarms that could have led to flight controllers aborting the mission.


September 19, 2016

First space shuttle astronauts mark STS-1 and STS-2 35th anniversaries

NASA's first space shuttle launch, 35 years ago, demonstrated a winged orbiter could lift off like a rocket and land like an plane, such that it could fly again. That first mission also cleared a hurdle for the flights that followed, beginning with the next one.


September 16, 2016

Astronaut on space station wears flightsuit painted by pediatric cancer patients

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station debuted a colorful painted flight suit as part of an effort to raise awareness about childhood cancer and the benefits of pairing art with medicine. NASA flight engineer Kate Rubins revealed the "COURAGE" suit.


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September 21, 2016
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Music for Aliens: Campaign Aims to Reissue Carl Sagan's Golden Record


Carl Sagan's Voyager Golden Record — of sounds of Earth, recorded greetings and an eclectic mix of music that was sent into space — has long been out of print and pretty much unobtainable for decades.

September 20, 2016
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In a serpentine building that snakes through the Connecticut countryside, a strange meeting took place this past July. A group of four scientists from NASA, including an astronaut, a robotics expert, and the agency's deputy administrator, conferred with some 30 painters, sculptors and poets.

September 14, 2016
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August 31, 2016
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The hacker, the scrapheap, and the first Apollo computer


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August 21, 2016
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Space and booze, an anecdotal history


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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
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The Leak Prosecution That Lost the Space Race


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August 4, 2016
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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
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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.