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January 23, 2015
Planetarium's Apollo 13 astronaut exhibit getting crowdfunded redesign

America's first planetarium wants to improve how it tells the story of a famous Apollo 13 astronaut, and needs your help to do it. The Adler Planetarium in Chicago is redesigning its exhibit "Shoot for the Moon" to immerse visitors in the life of James Lovell.

January 21, 2015
Patrick Stewart to narrate NASA's 'trek' to Mars in giant-screen 'Journey to Space'

An actor famous for his role commanding a fictional starship will narrate NASA's 'trek' to Mars in a giant-screen documentary. Patrick Stewart, who helmed the USS Enterprise on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," is lending his voice to "Journey to Space."

January 16, 2015
Missing Beagle 2 Mars lander found intact in images of planet's surface

The United Kingdom's Beagle 2 spacecraft, believed lost on Mars since 2003, has been found partially deployed on the Red Planet's surface in images captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

January 14, 2015
Digging for space history in surplus sale of NASA-flown gold

A federal surplus auction is selling a NASA flown-in-space artifact that may be worth its weight in gold — because it is gold. The six 24 karat gold plates reportedly flew in space for 69 months.

January 14, 2015
Ammonia leak alarm on space station has crew evacuate to Russian segment

A possible toxic ammonia leak on board the International Space Station caused the crew to evacuate to the Russian segment of the orbiting outpost. Further analysis though, by NASA flight controllers suggest it was likely a false alarm.

January 12, 2015
NASA conducts first test fire of shuttle-era engine for new Space Launch System

For the first time in more than three years, a space shuttle main engine has roared to life in support of NASA's next-generation heavy-lift rocket. The SSME, renamed the RS-25, fired for 500 seconds on the A-1 test stand at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

January 10, 2015
SpaceX launches Dragon to space station as rocket targets but fails at first landing

The launch of a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station is putting a new and potentially-historic spin on the old adage "what goes up, must come down." As the capsule soared to the orbital outpost, its rocket targeted a first-of-its-type landing.

January 8, 2015
Astronauts get their own Lego minifigures on space station

The astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station now have three new crew mates who look a lot like them — only much, much smaller. LEGO minifigures customized to look like the crew have been revealed aboard the orbiting outpost.

January 7, 2015
Outside the Spacecraft: Exhibit celebrates 50 years of astronaut spacewalks

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum invites the public to stroll through half a century of spacewalks. "Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity" presents art and artifacts that relate the continuing story of EVA.

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January 21, 2015
Idaho Mountain Express

Local artist paints future astronaut
Ketchum artist Christine Warjone has almost completed a commissioned portrait of astronaut trainee Major Anne McClain, who may one day be part of a Mars mission.

January 8, 2015
NM Museum of Space History

Museum Mourns Passing of Local Space Pioneer
When Edward Chris Dittmer was born on September 24, 1918, very few people thought about man travelling to space and even fewer considered that Dittmer would play an important role in that effort.

December 21, 2014

Former Wernher Von Braun house for sale in Huntsville
The house pictured above on Big Cove Road may seem ordinary, but it has seen its fair share of stars.

December 19, 2014

The Martian Script Goes Interstellar
Taking his commitment to realistic sci-fi very seriously indeed, Ridley Scott sent a page from The Martian into space for real this month, hitching a ride for it on the maiden voyage of NASA's Orion spacecraft.

December 18, 2014
The Huntsville Times

New U.S. Space & Rocket Center exhibit honors Ernst Stuhlinger's vision of tomorrow's rocket engine
It sounds like a dream: an engine that can run for a thousand days without stopping and propel a spacecraft to the farthest reaches of the solar system on less than 1,000 pounds of fuel.

December 17, 2014
The Huntsville Times

Dieter Grau, one of the last members of Wernher von Braun's German rocket team, dead at 101
Dieter Grau, one of the original German scientists who came to America with Wernher von Braun at the end of World War II and developed the space program that put men on the moon, died today in Huntsville. He was 101.

December 13, 2014
Sputnik International

Gagarin, Armstrong Honored at Memorial in Houston Texas
A pedestrian walkway dedicated to space pioneers Yuri Gagarin and Neil Armstrong opened in Houston, Texas Friday.

December 13, 2014
Eye On Annapolis

USNA swag sent into orbit with Orion
Onboard last Friday's successful launch of Orion were several small items from the Naval Academy donated by former NASA astronaut and Class of 1973 graduate of the academy, Ken Reightler.