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February 22, 2019

NASA gives 'go' for SpaceX Crew Dragon to fly test flight to space station

NASA has given a "go" for the launch of the first SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft to fly to the International Space Station. SpaceX's Demonstration Mission 1 is set to fly a Crew Dragon on a six-day, uncrewed test flight to and from the orbiting outpost.

February 21, 2019

In the beginning: Israeli 'Beresheet' lander launches for the moon

In the beginning, there was light from nine rocket engines. The Beresheet lunar lander, built by the Israeli non-profit SpaceIL, lifted off for the moon atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The lander's name, "Beresheet," translates to "in the beginning" in Hebrew.

February 17, 2019

Designer offers replica Apollo 11 bag for your moon rocks and more

Forget the Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Gucci knockoffs, what may be the must-have high-end bag replica this summer — 50 years after the first moon landing — is a Puntzi. The design house has recreated a moon rock bag used on NASA's Apollo 11 mission.

February 14, 2019

'Apollo 11' to launch onto IMAX screens on March 1

"Apollo 11" now has a launch date. The Todd Douglas Miller documentary, which features never-before-seen 70mm footage and previously unheard audio from the historic first moon landing mission, will debut exclusively in IMAX theaters on March 1.

February 13, 2019

Opportunity's end: NASA declares rover's mission complete after 15 years on Mars

Opportunity has reached its end. One of NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers that landed on the red planet in 2004, and the record holder for the longest off-Earth drive, Opportunity's mission was declared as complete after 15 years on Mars' surface.

February 13, 2019

New US dollar coin honors role of Native Americans in space program

John Herrington is looking forward to his new pocket change. A former NASA astronaut who was the first enrolled member of a Native American tribe to fly into space, Herrington is among those celebrated by the U.S. Mint's 2019 Native American $1 coin.

February 8, 2019

Campaign launched to 'Revive the Saturn V' vertical rocket replica

You can now help revive the Saturn V. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama has launched an effort to return its one-of-a-kind standing replica of the Saturn V moon rocket to its like-new condition in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

February 7, 2019

Virgin Galactic space-flown rocket engine donated to Smithsonian

The hybrid rocket motor that powered Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo on its first flight into space will next be used to ignite public interest in the future of spaceflight as an artifact in the Smithsonian National Air and Museum's collection.

February 7, 2019

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo test pilots awarded FAA astronaut wings

The United States now has two new certified Commercial Astronauts. Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo test pilots Mark "Forger" Stucky and Frederick "CJ" Sturckow were awarded Commercial Astronaut Wings by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Feb. 22, 2019

Somebody Discovered a Saturn Rocket Motor Just Sitting in a Missouri Junkyard

Whenever I drive past a junkyard, itŐs always a struggle to keep my focus on driving and not crane my neck sideways to scrutinize every interesting bit of twisted metal rusting in the yard. Sometimes, though, that instinct can pay off in big, unexpected ways. Like how this guy happened to notice a rocket motor from a Saturn rocket just sitting in a Missouri scrapyard.

Feb. 19, 2019
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The Tragic Tale Of How NASA's X-34 Space Planes Ended Up Rotting In Someone's Backyard

The craft were once seen as the future of cheaper, faster space access. Since then they have been reduced to backyard junk that nobody wants to claim.

Feb. 19, 2019
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Imax Space Doc Director Toni Myers Dies at 75

NASA astronauts, trained by Myers to use Imax cameras to send back images from space, paid tribute to the director of "Hubble 3D" and "A Beautiful Planet."

Feb. 19, 2019
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Speedmaster Signature Case Back Collection (50 Years In Space)

For this week's Speedy Tuesday article, we talk to a guy who has been featured here before in 2015. He calls himself TLIGuy on the Australian based OmegaForums and is occupied with creating an overview of historic moments in manned spaceflight between 1965 and 2015, using Speedmaster case backs.

Feb. 7, 2019
Florida Today

Day of Remembrance: At KSC, NASA remembers fallen astronauts of Apollo and space shuttle

The names of 24 fallen astronauts glistened in the Thursday morning sunlight at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, all reminders of the dangerous paths already traveled — and the ones yet to come.

Jan. 28, 2019
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What piece of Pittsburgh would you send to the moon?

Lines should form for this get-out-the-vote plea: An election that will send the winner on a 239,000-mile journey — to the moon! OK, it's a gimmick, but one that Pittsburghers should relish.

Jan. 25, 2019

Apollo Astronauts May Have Brought a Piece of Ancient Earth Back From the Moon

A re-analysis of lunar materials collected during the Apollo 14 mission has resulted in a rather astonishing conclusion: One of the rocks brought back appears to contain a small chunk of Earth dating back some 4 billion years. Incredibly, it's now amongst the oldest terrestrial rocks known to exist.

Jan. 21, 2019
BBC News

Black Arrow: UK space rocket returns home from Australia

The UK's only rocket to successfully launch a satellite into orbit is to be unveiled in Scotland after a 10,000-mile journey back home.

Jan. 18, 2019

Vietnam receives objects from Japan for display at space museum

The Vietnam National Space Centre (VNSC) has received several objects from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for exhibition at the country's space museum.