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September 16, 2019

Lawmakers propose renaming NASA Ohio facility for Neil Armstrong

The first man on the moon could soon have a second NASA facility renamed in his memory. Lawmakers have introduced a bill to redesignate NASA's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, for Neil Armstrong, who was first to walk on the moon 50 years ago.


September 9, 2019

Apollo 12 astronaut's 'AstroVette' added to historic vehicle register

An Apollo astronaut's car that was custom-styled after his spacecraft's colors is set to land on the National Mall and in the Library of Congress. The 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray driven by Alan Bean is entering the National Historic Vehicle Register.


September 6, 2019

India loses contact with Vikram lander on final approach to moon

India's first attempt at landing a spacecraft on the moon ended more than a mile above the surface when communications with the probe were lost. ISRO had been proceeding towards a touchdown with its Vikram lander, part of the Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission.


September 5, 2019

Astronaut creates deluxe edition of Apollo 11 moon landing plan

An astronaut who set records while circling Earth aboard spacecraft and aircraft has now put together the ultimate flight plan for landing on the moon. Terry Virts has created "Apo11o: To the Moon and Back," honoring the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing.


August 30, 2019

A rover by any other name: NASA invites students to name Mars 2020 rover

NASA needs a name for its new Mars rover. The space agency has launched a student contest to name its Mars 2020 rover, which will search for past microbial life and cache soil samples for their future return to Earth while paving the way for a human mission.


August 26, 2019

Barbie hails astronaut Sally Ride with new 'Inspiring Women' doll

Barbie has added to her astronaut wardrobe the flight suit of a real space explorer. Mattel revealed its Barbie Inspiring Women Series Sally Ride doll, modeled after the late NASA astronaut who was the first U.S. woman and youngest American to launch into space.


August 20, 2019

Snoopy and NASA discover space in new McDonald's Happy Meal

Kids can now join Astronaut Snoopy as he blasts off on his NASA adventures with a new McDonald's Happy Meal. "Discover Space with Snoopy," produced with NASA, features toys and books themed to Charles Schulz's comic strip dog and spaceflight.


August 19, 2019

Boeing astronaut reveals mission patches for Starliner flight tests

The first astronauts assigned to launch on Boeing's new Starliner spacecraft now have a mission patch to represent their flight. Boeing's first commercial astronaut revealed the emblem that the crew will wear, as well as the new insignia for two Starliner tests.


August 16, 2019

Apollo to OmegA: NASA signs over legacy launcher for new rocket

A mobile launch platform that 50 years ago supported the first moon landing mission will now find new use with a commercial rocket. NASA provided its Apollo 11-legacy mobile launcher to Northrop Grumman for the new OmegA rocket.


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August 29, 2019
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July 27, 2019
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July 25, 2019
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July 23, 2019
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Irish moon landing stamp spells 'moon' wrong


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