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December 2, 2016

'Apollo Pilot': Late astronaut Donn Eisele's lost words rediscovered in new memoir

Donn Eisele became the thirtieth person to orbit the Earth as a member of NASA's first crew to launch onboard an Apollo spacecraft in 1968. An Air Force colonel and test pilot, Eisele died in 1987 without written about his Apollo 7 mission, or so everyone thought.

December 1, 2016

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin in 'good spirits' after medical evacuation from South Pole

Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin was medically evacuated from the South Pole and flown to New Zealand, where he is recovering. Aldrin has fluid in his lungs, "but is responding well to antibiotics," officials with the tour operator that organized his trip to Antarctica said.

December 1, 2016

Russian Progress MS-04 cargo spacecraft lost in launch to space station

A Russian uncrewed supply spacecraft was lost Dec. 1, during its launch to deliver food, fuel, air and cargo to the International Space Station. The last telemetry received from the Progress MS-04 indicated a problem with its Soyuz U rocket's third stage.

November 29, 2016

Part Time Scientists reserve rocket to land Audi moon rovers at Apollo 17 site

A Germany-based group of rocket scientists are aiming to land a pair of privately-funded Audi-branded rovers on the moon and drive them to view NASA's Apollo 17 lunar roving vehicle, marking 45 years since humans last drove on the moon's surface.

November 28, 2016

Russia's Soyuz spacecraft marks 50 years since first flight

It launched under a different name and was not disclosed for two decades, but Russia's first Soyuz spacecraft lifted off 50 years ago Monday, Nov. 28. The Soyuz first took flight as the "Kosmos 133," a less-than-successful uncrewed mission.

November 22, 2016

Apollo coder and 'Apollo 13' actor receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Magaret Hamilton, a computer scientist who created the flight software for NASA's Apollo spacecraft, and Tom Hanks, an actor whose role emphasized how astronauts' lives relied on that programming, have been presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

November 22, 2016

Have spacesuit – will inspire: 'First Doll in Space' Lottie getting astronaut outfit

The "First Doll in Space" is getting her own spacesuit. "Stargazer Lottie," a doll made by the Irish toy company Arklu, spent 264 days aboard the International Space Station. Now in response to popular demand, Arklu plans to offer Stargazer Lottie's astronaut outfit.

November 21, 2016

Singer JiHAE finds her inner 'space geek' on National Geographic 'MARS'

National Geographic's series "MARS," about the planning now for and future achievement of landing astronauts on the Red Planet, has claimed its first "victim." JiHAE, who plays a ground controller and astronaut on "MARS," is now a "space geek" thanks to the series.

November 18, 2016

NASA loans lunar landing 'flying bedstead' and shuttle crew transport for display

Two NASA artifacts that were used to assist astronauts landing from space, albeit on two different worlds in two eras, have landed on loan at a museum near where they were last used. An LLRV and a shuttle crew transport are on display at Edwards Air Force Base.

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November 17, 2016
The New York Times

Apollo Missions to the Moon: The Memorabilia Stage

During the Apollo moon missions, tension filled the operations room at the Apollo Mission Control Center in Houston. NASA staffers' consoles were not only piled with paperwork but also hastily removed suit jackets, American flags and uneaten snacks. And their amber glass ashtrays overflowed with cigarette butts.

November 8, 2016
Ars Technica

Gus Grissom taught NASA a hard lesson: "You can hurt yourself in the ocean"

Did Grissom really "screw the pooch" during his Mercury flight? Quite the contrary.

November 1, 2016
Creativity Magazine

NASA Archive Material Inspired This Buzz Aldrin Ad for Quaker Oats

Quaker Oats turned an insight from old NASA archive material from the Apollo 11 mission into a new spot highlighting the benefits of eating porridge.

October 24, 2016

Gradatim Ferociter! Jeff Bezos explains Blue Origin's motto, logo ... and the boots

You can't buy stuff from billionaire Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture on Amazon just yet, but just wait: Sixteen years after its founding, Blue Origin offers enough symbols, mottos and mascots to keep the folks who make caps, shirts, coffee mugs — and yes, even cowboy boots — busy for years.

October 19, 2016
Smithsonian Magazine

What to Know About NASA's Historic Astronaut Beach House

The famous bungalow is on track to be repaired by 2018 when SpaceX is hoped to launch humans into space once again.

October 11, 2016
Hampton Roads Daily Press

NASA Langley dismantles wind tunnel, part of Columbia disaster probe

The giant steel sphere looked like something Atlas might have hoisted on his shoulders: four stories tall and looming over the landscape.

October 1, 2016

Big Wings, Bigger Dreams: A Sleepover In The Space Shuttle's Shadow

Visiting a museum full of airplanes and rocket ships is a pretty awesome field trip. Now imagine camping out for a whole night in Smithsonian's huge hangar outside Washington D.C.

September 22, 2016
Daily Breeze

Space history comes to life at Flight Path Museum near LAX

Aviation-themed Flight Path Museum and Learning Center debuted a new exhibit Thursday aimed higher — literally — than its usual displays.

September 21, 2016
The New York Times

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.