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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.

August 14, 2019

Dream Chaser to fly atop Vulcan Centaur for NASA cargo missions

A small commercial spaceplane contracted by NASA to bring cargo to and from the International Space Station now has its ride to orbit. The Dream Chaser, built by Sierra Nevada Corporation, will lift off atop United Launch Alliance's Vulcan Centaur rocket.

August 7, 2019

'All Systems Are Go!' with Timex 'Snoopy In Space' watch collection

The first beagle on the moon has landed on the face of Timex wristwatches. Snoopy, who 50 years ago flew to the moon, both in Charles Schulz' comic strips and in real life with NASA, has again donned his astronaut spacesuit for a new collection of timepieces.

August 5, 2019

DoubleTree offers limited edition 'Cookies in Space' tin ahead of first zero-g bake

You can now get your own taste of the "first cookie baked in space," months before the zero-g baking begins. DoubleTree by Hilton is marking the upcoming bake of its cookie dough on the International Space Station by selling a limited "Cookies in Space" tin.

July 29, 2019

Cast of National Geographic's 'The Right Stuff' experiences the real stuff at NASA

The stars of National Geographic's "The Right Stuff" have now experienced some of the real stuff. Cast members from the new television series had the chance to climb in and around jets at NASA as they prepared to portray the original Mercury 7 astronauts.

July 25, 2019

Past and present NASA artifacts are focus of photographer's new book

A new book explores humanity's connection to space exploration through the artifacts it has and continues to create. "NASA: Past and Present Dreams of the Future" presents some of NASA's most recognizable objects in a way they have never been seen before.

July 23, 2019

Chris Kraft, NASA's first flight director and father of Mission Control, dies at 95

Chris Kraft, NASA's first flight director who invented the concept of Mission Control, died on July 22, 2019. He was 95. "America has truly lost a national treasure with the passing of one of NASA's earliest pioneers," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

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August 14, 2019
The New York Times

How Flat Earthers Nearly Derailed a Space Photo Book

A highly engaged group of conspiracy theorists can override a fact-based endeavor's internet ads. This was a lesson that Benedict Redgrove, a photographer, said he took away from his recent attempt to advertise his space photo project on Facebook and Instagram.

August 3, 2019
Moesgaard Museum (Højbjerg, Denmark)

Viking Stone from Aarhus made a round-trip to space

In 2015, a whetstone from the Viking Age's Aros (Aarhus) joined Denmark's first ESA astronaut, Andreas Mogensen, when he spent eight days aboard the International Space Station ISS. This makes the stone the thing from the Viking Age to travel the furthest — ever! In 313 days, it circled the Earth 16 times a day, thus traveling over 200 million kilometers.

July 29, 2019

Talking Watches With David Williams

Meet the Canadian astronaut who's traveled to the bottom of the ocean and spacewalked in low Earth orbit — and wore the same watch for both.

July 27, 2019
The New York Times

'Would Dad Approve?' Neil Armstrong's Heirs Divide Over a Lucrative Legacy

Last fall, Neil Armstrong's two sons began a round of media appearances to promote a venture that would make them millions of dollars: a series of auctions of about 3,000 mementos from their father's moon mission and NASA career.

July 25, 2019

One giant leap for preservation: Kent wins landmark status for Boeing's moon buggies

King County now has three landmarks that are out of this world. Literally. Tonight, the King County Landmarks Commission unanimously approved historic landmark designation for the Boeing-built rovers that were left behind on the moon by the Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions nearly a half-century ago.

July 23, 2019
BBC News

Irish moon landing stamp spells 'moon' wrong

The Republic of Ireland's postal service has apologised for spelling "the moon" wrong in Irish on its new commemorative stamps celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo landing.

July 21, 2019
The Verge

A Lego designer talks about designing spaceships and collaborating with NASA

In 1978, Lego launched the first sets in its line of space toys, almost a decade after the Apollo 11 mission landed on the Moon for the first time. Since then, the company has consistently released sets featuring spaceships, astronauts and lunar bases, including detailed sets that draw on the hardware from real space missions.

July 11, 2019
The New York Times

Should Neil Armstrong's Bootprints Be on the Moon Forever?

With renewed interest in the moon, some say it's time to consider whether, and how, to preserve humanity's lunar heritage.

July 5, 2019
The New York Times

Mickey Kapp, Who Made Mixtapes for Astronauts, Dies at 88

Mickey Kapp, a record producer who, after forging a somewhat improbable connection with several Mercury 7 astronauts, went on to provide later space explorers with customized mixtapes to listen to during their historic flights, died on June 11 at his home in Carmel, Calif.