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October 21, 2020

Soyuz crew lands from space station just ahead of ISS 20-year milestone

A NASA astronaut "sealed" 20 years of crewed operations aboard the International Space Station with his and his crewmates' safe return to Earth. Chris Cassidy, a former U.S. Navy SEAL, landed with Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner of Roscosmos.


October 20, 2020

NASA's OSIRIS-REx probe 'tags' asteroid Bennu to return samples

A NASA robotic spacecraft has played "tag" with a small asteroid in an effort to come away from the encounter with a cache of pebbles as its prize. The OSIRIS-REx probe completed its first Touch-And-Go (TAG) sample collection at the asteroid Bennu.


October 19, 2020

Astronaut Kate Rubins drew from photo to design new space station patch

An astronaut's photograph of the Earth is set to represent her and her crewmates' new mission, almost four years to the day after the image was first shared with the public. "The 64 patch is actually a photograph that I took," said NASA astronaut Kate Rubins.


October 16, 2020

Believed lost, 'nose art' from two Mercury astronauts' capsules resurface at auction

Once believed to be lost to history, two spacecraft shingles bearing the "nose art" from a pair of early NASA capsules have sold for almost half a million dollars. The panels from Scott Carpenter's and Wally Schirra's Mercury capsules were auctioned.


October 16, 2020

'The Right Stuff' recap: This is not a game ('Single Combat Warrior')

In his 1979 bestselling book, Tom Wolfe wrote about the Mercury astronauts as being the last of the single-combat warriors. The third episode of National Geographic's "The Right Stuff" on Disney+ borrows the phrase for its title.


October 14, 2020

Soyuz MS-17 crew launches on 'ultrafast' two-orbit flight to space station

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov launched to the International Space Station just ahead of and to extend 20 years of a continuous human presence in Earth orbit.


October 13, 2020

Former NASA astronaut to return to orbit on Axiom private mission (interview)

Michael Lopez-Alegria had no plans to fly into space again. But should all go to plan, about a year from now, he will lead the first fully-private mission to the International Space Station, making history as the first former NASA astronaut to return to the ISS.


October 9, 2020

'The Right Stuff' recap: Meet the Mercury 7 astronauts ('Sierra Hotel', 'Goodies')

"The Right Stuff" lifts off with a countdown to a liftoff. The new National Geographic show launched on Disney+ with the first two hours of the eight-episode series. Read a recap of both episodes, "Sierra Hotel" and "Goodies," and what was the right, wrong and real stuff.


October 9, 2020

'The Right Stuff' lifts off on Disney+, takes flight from book, film

Patrick J. Adams discovered his passion for space exploration within its pages. Michael Trotter was drawn to the test pilots story in the movie. Jake McDorman only dove into it after joining the production. "The Right Stuff" cast drew inspiration from the book and film.


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