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November 17, 2017

Amazon developing 'Mercury 13' as series about women tested for spaceflight

The true story of 13 women who underwent the same medical testing as NASA's original Mercury astronauts at the start of the space age is being developed as a new miniseries for Amazon. "Mercury 13" will tell the history of the First Lady Astronaut Trainees.

November 17, 2017

First cat in space Félicette to get memorial statue after successful crowdfund

The first cat to fly in space and live to meow about it is getting her own statue, thanks to the crowdfunded support of more than 1,100 of her fans. An online campaign raised more than $57,000 to honor Félicette, a black and white stray launched by the French in 1963.

November 16, 2017

Apollo astronaut watch, stolen in Ecuador, recovered 30 years later (exclusive)

An astronaut's wristwatch worn on board the Apollo 7 mission has been recovered by the Smithsonian decades after it went missing in Ecuador. The Omega Speedmaster used by Donn Eisele was tracked down with the help of space history enthusiasts.

November 14, 2017

Apollo in 'Artemis': Author Andy Weir sets new book at site of first moon landing

One hundred and 15 years after the historic Apollo 11 mission landed the first astronauts on the moon, tourists visit "Tranquility Base" and stay at a sprawling commercial base, at least as envisioned by Andy Weir, the author of "The Martian," in his new book.

November 13, 2017

Dream Chaser space plane glides to Earth on flight test steeped in history

A small space plane has repeated history — both its own and that of an iconic spacecraft. Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser flew a successful approach and landing test, dropping from below a helicopter to perform an autonomous touchdown.

November 10, 2017

Apollo 11 moonwalker's gold lunar module lands at auction

A solid gold model of NASA's historic Apollo lunar module is up for auction, as one of the two others in existence is still missing after a museum heist. Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin's 18 karat gold Cartier-crafted model is estimated to sell for $150,000 or more.

November 9, 2017

Saturn V@50: NASA moon rocket lifted off on maiden mission 50 years ago

It stood taller than the Statue of Liberty, was more massive than six Boeing 747 airplanes and generated more thrust than two dozen of the jumbo jets. The tallest, heaviest, and most powerful rocket ever successfully flown launched for the first time 50 years ago.

November 7, 2017

Dick Gordon, NASA astronaut who walked in space and flew to moon, dies at 88

Richard "Dick" Gordon, an Apollo-era NASA astronaut who became the fourth American to walk in space and one of 24 humans to fly to the moon, died Nov. 6, at age 88. Gordon flew as a pilot on Gemini 11 in 1966 and the Apollo 12 moon landing mission in 1969.

November 3, 2017

US Olympic snowboarders to sport NASA spacesuit-inspired uniforms in 2018

When the United States Olympic snowboard team takes to the snow in South Korea, they will be wearing uniforms appropriate for the 'giant leaps' they will perform. One-of-a-kind, NASA spacesuit-styled uniforms have been revealed for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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November 17, 2017

Volvo Orbits the Earth in the Final Chapter of Its Epic, Time-Twisting Trilogy

Volvo's two-year experiment in fractured, "nonlinear" narratives has already taken us from a New England lighthouse to the Arizona desert. Now, its final larger-than-life chapter leaves the Earth's atmosphere behind while encouraging viewers and car buyers to embrace the future... whatever it might bring.

October 16, 2017
The Space Review

From Skylab to Shuttle to the Smithsonian

Transition periods between space programs can be awkward, messy, and wasteful. We are certainly seeing that today as NASA has retired the space shuttle and spent many years trying to move on to the next phase — or more realistically, phases — in its human spaceflight program.

October 7, 2017
The New York Times

Joseph Schmitt, 101, Spacesuit Technician for Early Astronauts, Dies

Joseph W. Schmitt, who as one of NASA's earliest "suit techs" was often the last person to have face-to-face contact with astronauts before they shot skyward on their historic missions, died on Sept. 25 in Friedswood, Tex. He was 101.

September 22, 2017
The New York Times

Sputnik for Sale, if You'll Settle for a Beeping Replica

This could be your chance to make Sputnik beep again.

September 21, 2017
Florida Today

'Moon Tree' that traveled on Apollo mission and planted at KSC toppled by Hurricane Irma

A tiny tree seed that began its voyage in an Apollo command module and later sprouted to life at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex was lost to the winds of Hurricane Irma earlier this month.

September 11, 2017
Scientific American

China's Delayed Moon Mission Sparks Debate over Lunar Samples

The Chang'e 5 spacecraft could return invaluable new moon rocks to Earth, but who will get to study them?

September 1, 2017
The New Yorker

Dr. Space Junk Unearths the Cultural Landscape of the Cosmos

When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon, in 1969, the first images of his momentous leap were received and relayed by antennas at the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station, nestled in the foothills of a remote mountain valley in the Australian Alps, south of Canberra. Nothing now remains of the station but its concrete foundations.

August 28, 2017

A Moonwalk Did Not Destroy Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit, Now Time Won't Either

In 2019, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will herald one of the crowning achievements of America's space mission—the first human steps ever taken on the moon — with the display of the pressure suit, helmet and gloves worn by Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who famously said, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," as he set his boots down on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969.

August 14, 2017
Click Orlando

Thrift shop bargain hunters find rare NASA flight suits

Talia Rappa and Skyer Ashworth turned summer bargain shopping at a Titusville Thrift store closeout into the stuff of NASA collectors' legend when the central Florida college students paid 20 cents each for five rare NASA flight suits that experts say could be valued at $5,000 each or more.