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April 29, 2016

Replica on the runway: Mock orbiter lands on real space shuttle strip

Almost five years after the last space shuttle touched down in Florida, an orbiter returned to the runway at the Kennedy Space Center. The mock orbiter "Inspiration" was rolled out to Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility, where it will be rebuilt into a traveling exhibit.

April 28, 2016

NASA T-38 jet reunited with space shuttle Enterprise in New York

A NASA jet that chased the prototype space shuttle Enterprise as it made test landings in California 40 years ago has finally caught up with the orbiter in New York. The T-38 Talon jet, tail number 913, was hoisted up onto the flight deck at the Intrepid Museum.

April 27, 2016

Starliner simulators: Astronauts fly Boeing spacecraft trainers

Two NASA astronauts using virtual switches and a control stick undocked Boeing's CST-100 Starliner commercial crew capsule from the International Space Station on Tuesday (April 26) — that is, until thunderstorms over St. Louis cut the simulation short.

April 25, 2016

Last flight-qualified space shuttle external tank crosses Panama Canal

A giant space shuttle fuel tank made for an unusual sight at the Atlantic Ocean entrance to the Panama Canal. The 154-foot-long (47 meter) external tank, riding on an uncovered flatbed barge, entered the famous waterway on its trip to the California Science Center.

April 25, 2016

Crossing oceans: Photos show last shuttle external tank at Panama Canal

Two weeks after leaving its assembly facility in New Orleans, ET-94, NASA's last existing external tank built to launch a space shuttle, began crossing the Panama Canal, reaching the 'apogee' of its ocean trip to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

April 24, 2016

British astronaut Tim Peake sets off-world record running marathon in space

A British astronaut set a world record, off the world, for the fastest marathon in orbit. ESA astronaut Tim Peake completed the London Marathon, running the 26 miles while circling the Earth about two and half times on board the International Space Station.

April 20, 2016

NASA spacecraft found in 50 year old time capsule opened in Houston

The first artifact that was pulled out from the newly-unearthed time capsule was a conical piece of plastic. "A Mercury capsule!" one of the spectators called out. "Apollo!" someone else said. In fact, it was a model of a Gemini spacecraft, as NASA was flying in 1966.

April 18, 2016

Jennifer Lawrence joins astronaut-studded 'A Beautiful Planet' IMAX premiere

Astronauts and cosmonauts joined a star on the blue carpet at the April 16 premiere of "A Beautiful Planet," IMAX's latest movie filmed in space. Jennifer Lawrence, who lends her voice to the 3D film, joined the space station crewmates in New York City.

April 14, 2016

First telephoto lens used on surface of the moon up for auction

The first telephoto camera lens used by an astronaut on the surface of the moon is now the focus of a week-long online auction that also features a prototype moon buggy and a choice of astronauts' memorabilia being sold to benefit a scholarship fund.

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April 27, 2016

NASA Marshall engineer designs LEGO SLS model, needs your help to make it an official set

When considering all those who would be well qualified to design a LEGO version of NASA's Space Launch System super-heavy lift rocket, a structural engineer working on the actual rocket would probably be pretty high on that list. It just turns out that Nick Mastramico is just that.

April 20, 2016
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Washington's National Air and Space Museum gets a Gagarin bust

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. has received a bronze bust of the world's first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, in his helmet and spacesuit.

April 15, 2016
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An astronomical fix? Air and Space rehab will be pricey

The comprehensive overhaul of one of the Smithsonian Institution's most popular attractions is expected to last nine years and cost $410 million.

April 6, 2016
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Astronaut Scott Kelly will write a book about his year in space

Scott Kelly, who returned to Earth last month after spending almost a year aboard the International Space Station, will write a book chronicling his groundbreaking journey. "Endurance: My Year in Space and Our Journey to Mars" will be published by Alfred A. Knopf.

March 21, 2016

Challenger Engineer Who Warned Of Shuttle Disaster Dies

Bob Ebeling spent a third of his life consumed with guilt about the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. But at the end of his life, his family says, he was finally able to find peace.

March 19, 2016
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Columbus man's brother walked on the moon

It was July 31, 1971, and the brother who used to drive Tom Scott around San Antonio became the first human to drive on the moon.

March 11, 2016

Cosmonauts: Tribute to Russia's space achievements becomes most successful Science Museum exhibition of all time

A celebration of Russia's pioneering space achievements has become the most successful exhibition in the 159-year history of the Science Museum in London.

March 7, 2016
WTVM-TV Columbus, GA

Columbus Airport stores large NASA space shuttle

A space shuttle is looking to make its final landing here in the Chattahoochee Valley! Residents of Muscogee and Harris counties may have spotted a NASA space shuttle on Monday around town as it was driven to the Columbus Airport for storage.

February 29, 2016
The New York Times

Relics of the Space Age

Nearly three decades ago, Roland Miller, a photographer, received a phone call asking for help in disposing of photography chemicals from an old office building at Cape Canaveral in Florida. When he went there, he was enchanted by the hulking masses of abandoned launch pads. Mr. Miller persuaded NASA and the Air Force to let him take pictures.