: With an eye on helping to advance future long-duration space missions and extend their own discipline into the "final frontier," a team of scholars have established ISS Archaeology, the first large-scale project to study astronaut artifacts and culture in orbit. The "space archaeologists" will construct a virtual 4D map of the items on board the International Space Station to gain insight into the movement of astronauts (and the objects around them) over the course of the orbiting outpost's crewed history.
: Five years ago, NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars — with help from a previously flown part of a retired space shuttle. A helium regulator that was extracted from a winged orbiter became the off-the-shelf solution for controlling the pressure for the Mars Science Laboratory's descent stage rocket thrusters. The use of the space shuttle heritage regulator went largely unnoticed at the time Curiosity landed on Aug. 5, 2012.
: Though it would not be the first NASA space shuttle built from the iconic toy bricks, Andrew Harkins' design for a LEGO model of the reusable spacecraft stands alone as the only one sized to match the scale of the popular NASA Apollo Saturn V. Since lifting off on the LEGO Ideas website last month, Harkins' "NASA Space Shuttle (Saturn V Scale)" has soared to 6,500 votes, out of the 10,000 needed for a LEGO production review.
: Orion and the James Webb Space Telescope make cameo appearances in the newly-reopened Mission: SPACE at Walt Disney World Resort's Epcot theme park in Florida. The ride, which for the first time now features two experiences — a thrilling launch to Mars and a less intense mission into Earth orbit — offers guests the chance to train like astronauts. Originally hosted by Gary Sinese, Gina Torres now serves as the capcom for the ride's International Space Training Center (ISTC).
: The crew on the International Space Station will soon join the small club of astronauts and cosmonauts who have viewed a solar eclipse from space. Unlike on Earth, where those in the path look up to see the moon pass in front of the Sun, astronauts and cosmonauts have the rare chance to see the full shadow of the moon as cast on the Earth. The brief history of eclipses seen from space span 50 years and multiple missions.
: On Thursday (Aug. 17), two Russian cosmonauts working outside the International Space Station hand deployed five nanosatellites, including three to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the launch of the world's first satellite, Sputnik, on Oct. 4, 1957. Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy spent 7 hours on the spacewalk, which also collected residue samples on the Russian segment of the space station and tested a new spacesuit, the Orlan MKS, featuring advanced systems.
: The Expedition 52 crew on board the International Space Station will take three different looks at the solar eclipse on Monday (Aug. 21), as they orbit the Earth three times. Though the station will not cross the path of totality, the six astronauts and cosmonauts' view will include the partial eclipse when looking at the sun, and uniquely, the moon's umbra shadow darkening the Earth.
: The crew aboard the International Space Station captured the "Great American Eclipse" from orbit Monday (Aug. 21), witnessing both a partial eclipse of the sun and the moon's shadow darkening a portion of the United States during totality. The Expedition 52 astronauts and cosmonauts were only the seventh crew to see a total solar eclipse (as visible from the Earth) from space since the advent of spaceflight 60 years ago.