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June 14, 2019

Smithsonian extends Apollo 11 spacecraft tour, adds stop in Cincinnati

The spacecraft that carried the crew of the first moon landing to and from Earth 50 years ago has just had its current mission extended. The Smithsonian announced that the Apollo 11 command module will stay on tour for a new last stop in Cincinnati, Ohio.

June 12, 2019

Roadway in front of NASA Headquarters renamed for 'Hidden Figures'

The history of NASA's early female mathematicians is now a little less "hidden" with the dedication of a new street sign pointing to the role of women in the space program. NASA Headquarters can now be found along "Hidden Figures Way."

June 11, 2019

Montblanc evokes astronaut view of Earth with new StarWalker pens

Montblanc is capping its trademark "snow peak" with the much higher perch of outer space. The luxury pen maker introduced its new StarWalker line of writing instruments, each topped by a blue translucent dome evoking the view of Earth above the moon.

June 10, 2019

Zero Halliburton offers Apollo 50th cases inspired by moon rock boxes

A luggage company with a lunar legacy is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Zero Halliburton, known for its aluminum briefcases, has introduced two new limited edition technical cases inspired by the Apollo 11 lunar sample containers.

June 7, 2019

NASA opens space station to commercial activities, private astronauts

NASA is extending its support aboard the International Space Station to include new commercial activities, including hosting private astronauts, in an effort to eventually turn over low Earth orbit to private industry, the space agency announced at Nasdaq.

June 5, 2019

Legislation calls for protection of Apollo 11 moon landing site

The United States Congress may soon take action to help preserve Tranquility Base on the moon. The "One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act" requires that all U.S. licensed lunar missions protect the site where humans first landed on the moon.

June 4, 2019

Smithsonian unveils Neil Armstrong Apollo spacesuit statue at ballpark

Fans heading to Nationals Park can make a "short stop" to see a monument to the first moon landing. The Washington Nationals is the first of 15 Major League Baseball clubs to display a Smithsonian-created, interactive statue of Neil Armstrong's Apollo spacesuit.

June 4, 2019

International Space Station tops fans' vote to become new LEGO toy

The International Space Station has won the honor of becoming an official toy set in the LEGO universe. The orbiting outpost topped a fan vote of more than 22,000 enthusiasts to become the next real-life spacecraft to be made into a toy brick model.

June 3, 2019

'For All Mankind' trailer teases Apple TV+ alternate space race series

What if, 50 years ago, the first person to walk on the moon was not an American astronaut? That is the premise behind "For All Mankind," a new alternate history series premiering with the Apple TV+ streaming service this fall.

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June 5, 2019
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How Russia's Space Dogs Inspired a Galaxy of Swag

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May 17, 2019
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Patrons of long-closed NASA watering hole Outpost Tavern cling to memories

At the end of Roger Mitchell's shift as a software engineer at the Johnson Space Center one night in 1988, he and a friend made a right turn from Saturn Lane onto NASA Parkway, craving a cold beer and a hamburger.

May 13, 2019
The New York Times

Why Apollo 10 Stopped Just 47,000 Feet From the Moon

In a year when we'll celebrate Apollo 11's 50th anniversary, it's worth remembering the pathfinders who completed the same mission with one critical order: don't actually land on the moon.

May 7, 2019
Houston Chronicle

Memorial Grove at Johnson Space Center offers tribute to late astronauts

Gray clouds hugged the tops of the towering live oak trees at the Johnson Space Center's Astronaut Memorial Grove on a recent weekday. Wind whipped through the empty spaces among their branches, sending an echo of rustling leaves throughout the secluded field.

May 6, 2019

How Epic & ILM's John Knoll Tried to Recreate the Moon Landing for Microsoft's Build 2019 Keynote

In the end, it wasn't meant to be. Microsoft had pulled out all the stops for its Build 2019 developer conference keynote on Monday morning. The company had partnered with Epic Games and Industrial Light & Magic chief creative officer John Knoll for a hugely ambitious demo of its Hololens 2 headset that aimed to recreate the Apollo 11 moon landing, 50 years after the fact, in mixed reality.

May 1, 2019
Houston Chronicle

Bidding for a piece of NASA's glory days

On the Heritage Auctions website, space collectors are eyeing an American flag. It's not one of the most coveted: It didn't fly on the moon. But it did fly to the moon, packed with other souvenir flags aboard Apollo 11, the most famous space mission ever. And later, that flag went home with Neil Armstrong — first-human-on-the-moon Neil Armstrong, "one small step" Neil Armstrong, the most famous astronaut ever.

April 19, 2019
The Atlantic

A Soda Company's Long Obsession With Outer Space

Think about the dreaminess of twilight, when the sun has slipped below the horizon, and the darkening sky streaked with dusky purples and blues. There, among the emerging stars and the silvery moon, lustrous as a pearl, you see it — an ad for a soda company.

April 4, 2019
BBC News

How a Nottingham engineer got a union jack on the Moon

A British engineer has revealed for the first time how he got a union jack on the Moon.

March 29, 2019
MLB News

Jackie Robinson 'space' jersey lands at NLBM

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum will have an incredible new piece to display when it opens a new exhibit next month called "Barrier Breaking:" A Jackie Robinson jersey that has flown through space.