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April 2, 2020

The 'worm' is back! NASA revives its retro logotype on SpaceX rocket

A blast from NASA's past has returned for the blastoff of the first American astronauts to launch into orbit from U.S. soil in almost a decade. The space agency revealed that its retired logotype, affectionately referred to as the "worm," has been officially resurrected.

March 27, 2020

NASA signs SpaceX Dragon XL to supply lunar orbit Gateway

SpaceX will adapt its Dragon spacecraft to launch supplies to the moon under a new contract with NASA. Dubbed "Dragon XL," the new SpaceX cargo capsule will service Gateway, NASA's planned human-tended waystation in lunar orbit.

March 25, 2020

Committee waves off landing Apollo lunar module on new $1 coin

A proposal to land the Apollo lunar module on the reverse side of a new $1 coin has been waved off by the committees reviewing the design. The moon lander was among the subjects considered for New York's coin in the U.S. Mint American Innovation series.

March 23, 2020

Smithsonian seeks public's help with Sally Ride's astronaut training notes

Before she became the first U.S. woman to fly into space, Sally Ride needed to learn how to be an astronaut. Now, 30 years later, the public can help expand access to Ride's training experience by volunteering to transcribe her extensive handwritten notes.

March 18, 2020

Apollo astronaut Al Worden, who orbited the moon, dies at 88

Apollo 15 astronaut Alfred M. Worden, who performed the first-ever spacewalk in deep space while on his way home from the moon in 1971, has died at the age of 88. Selected as a NASA astronaut in 1966, Worden flew as the command module pilot on Apollo 15.

March 17, 2020

OneWeb dedicates satellite launch to first spacewalker Alexei Leonov

A company launching a constellation of broadband satellites is paying tribute to the first "human satellite" 55 years after he walked in space. OneWeb has dedicated its third satellite launch to cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, who made history in March 1965.

March 16, 2020

NASA visitor centers and space museums close as coronavirus precaution

Many of the NASA visitor centers and space museums located across the U.S. have now temporarily closed in support of the effort to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19). The measure has also postponed the celebration of the Apollo 13 mission's 50th anniversary.

March 13, 2020

Apollo 13 in Real Time website offers new insight into mission, 50 years later

"I'm naturally concerned. How do things look this morning?" It is 7:06 a.m. CDT on April 14, 1970. Ten hours earlier, almost to the minute, an explosion aboard Apollo 13 put the mission into peril, threatening the lives of Jack Swigert, Fred Haise and Jim Lovell.

March 12, 2020

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket debuts on display at Space Center Houston

You can now get up close, around and even under the first commercial rocket launch two missions for NASA. Space Center Houston, the visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center, is welcoming the public to see its newest exhibit, a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster.

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March 31, 2020
Ars Technica

Michael Collins didn't land on the Moon, but he got this song written about him

Neil Armstrong was the first human to walk on the Moon. Buzz Aldrin soon followed him onto the lunar surface. And Michael Collins? Well, he remained behind, in lunar orbit. Alone.

March 26, 2020
Air & Space Magazine

Turns Out Alexei Leonov's First Spacewalk Wasn't Quite as Dramatic as We Thought

Last week's 55th anniversary of the world's first spacewalk proved yet again that some of the most iconic events of the early Space Age can still be greatly misunderstood.

March 17, 2020
Associated Press

Widow of Yuri Gagarin, First Human in Space, Dies at 84

The widow of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly to space, died Tuesday. She was 84.

March 6, 2020
KPRC Click2Houston

Retired NASA astronaut has space memorabilia stolen from storage facility near Galleria area

More than two dozen storage units were broken into in at the Public Storage near the Galleria, according to investigators. The thief got away with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of valuables. Walter Cunningham, a retired NASA astronaut, was one of the victims.

February 21, 2020
The New York Times

Julius Montgomery, Who Broke a Space-Age Race Barrier, Dies at 90

In the Jim Crow South, he was the first black professional to be hired at Cape Canaveral, then made a sacrifice so that a technology school might open.

February 15, 2020
Associated Press

Annie Glenn, widow of astronaut John Glenn, turning 100

Annie Glenn, the wife of the late astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn, is turning 100 Monday and is doing fine, a spokesman said.

February 3, 2020
New Castle News

Fire patches ride to space station

Two county firefighter patches quietly went missing early in 2019, and right around the new year they surfaced in a place nearly no one suspected — the cupola of the International Space Station, courtesy of NASA Astronaut Andrew Morgan.

February 1, 2020
Emirates News Agency

CBUAE to issue silver coin to commemorate first Emirati astronaut's space mission

The Central Bank of the UAE said it will issue a commemorative coin of silver, starting tomorrow, Sunday, to memorialise the historic space mission of Hazza Al Mansoori, the first Emirati astronaut.

January 30, 2020
Ars Technica

A deep dive into the Apollo Guidance Computer, and the hack that saved Apollo 14

How on Earth do you patch the software on a computer orbiting the Moon? Very carefully.