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October 24, 2016

Chinese postage stamps honor Shenzhou 11 taikonauts now on space lab

China's latest astronauts to launch to space have landed on a series of new stamps and related postal souvenirs celebrating their on-going mission. Shenzhou 11 crewmates Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong are featured on the commemoratives.

October 21, 2016

ESA's Schiaparelli Mars crash site located in NASA orbiter image

Europe's Schiaparelli lander not only fell to Mars at "considerable speed," but an image from a U.S. orbiter reveals it may have also exploded on impact. ESA released the first photo of its experimental entry, descent and landing demonstrator's crash site.

October 20, 2016

ESA's ExoMars orbiter rounds Red Planet, but Schiaparelli lander may be lost

Mars gained a new orbiter but may have lost a lander. ESA's Schiaparelli probe stopped transmitting as it neared landing on the Red Planet, but its companion Trace Gas Orbiter now circles above Mars, where it will search for signs of life and relay communications.

October 19, 2016

Soyuz MS-02 lifts off with three-man crew for space station's 50th expedition

Two cosmonauts and an astronaut departed for the space station, where they'll begin the orbiting outpost's 50th expedition. Astronaut Shane Kimbrough and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko launched on board Russia's Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft.

October 18, 2016

Russia's next-gen spacecraft 'Federatsiya' making first flight as zero-g toy

Russia is set to launch the second ship in its new line of Soyuz crewed spacecraft to the International Space Station and, at the same time, mark the maiden flight of its new space vehicle – albeit in miniature. The Soyuz MS-02 will fly a "Federatsiya" zero-g indicator.

October 17, 2016

Orbital ATK launches 'SS Alan Poindexter' cargo craft on Antares' return to flight

A U.S. commercial rocket launched a cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station Oct. 17, marking the booster's return to flight after almost exactly two years. Orbital ATK's Antares rocket launched with the company's "S.S. Alan Poindexter" Cygnus freighter.

October 16, 2016

China launches two taikonauts on month-long Shenzhou 11 mission to space lab

China has launched two men on its first and only crewed mission to its second space lab. Veteran taikonaut Jing Haipeng and military pilot Chen Dong launched on the Shenzhou 11 spacecraft for a 30-day stay on board the Tiangong-2 orbiting module.

October 15, 2016

'Ask the Astronaut': Tom Jones' Q&A book offers modern spaceflight primer

Tom Jones has written an astronaut's primer for a new generation. In "Ask the Astronaut," Jones taps into his own history as a veteran shuttle crewmember while building upon two earlier Q&A books written by astronauts who preceded him into space.

October 11, 2016

'Die Astronautin': Private campaign seeks first German female astronaut

The search is on to select Germany's twelfth astronaut to launch to space. From Sigmund Jähn to Alexander Gerst, all 11 of the space fliers from Germany have been men. Now a private effort is underway to find and fly the first German woman to space by 2020.

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October 19, 2016
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October 11, 2016
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October 1, 2016

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September 22, 2016
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September 21, 2016
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Music for Aliens: Campaign Aims to Reissue Carl Sagan's Golden Record

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September 20, 2016
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September 14, 2016
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Hometown salutes retired astronaut Alan Bean with statue

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August 31, 2016

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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