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May 25, 2017

NASA embraces the 'worm,' its 'retro cool' retired logo, for new merchandise

The "worm" is back at NASA, sort of. Twenty five years after the agency unceremoniously retired the worm, its iconic logotype, in favor of returning to its first insignia, the retro logo has fallen back into NASA's good graces, at least when it comes to new merchandise.

May 22, 2017

Shuttle crewmates Foale and Ochoa enter Astronaut Hall of Fame

Nearly 25 years after they lifted off together, Michael Foale and Ellen Ochoa entered the Astronaut Hall of Fame as inductees. Ochoa and Foale made up the 16th class of shuttle astronauts to be inducted, and their addition brought the total enshrinees to 95.

May 20, 2017

Sotheby's to auction Apollo 11 moon rock bag used for first lunar sample

An Apollo 11 lunar sample bag that was the focus of a legal dispute is set for what could become a record sale. Sotheby's will auction the pouch, which protected the first samples collected from the surface of the moon, at its July 20 space exploration sale in New York.

May 19, 2017

Apollo exhibit: Jeff Bezos' recovered moon rocket engines debut in Seattle

Nearly 50 years after they lofted men to the moon, and four years after they were raised off the seafloor, the massive rocket engines recovered by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have debuted on display as part of the new Apollo exhibit at The Museum of Flight in Seattle.

May 17, 2017

Viktor Gorbatko, one of the first Soviet-era cosmonauts, dies at 82

Viktor Gorbatko, one of the first cosmonauts and a veteran of three space flights, died on May 17. He was 82. In March 1960, at the age of 26, Gorbatko was selected alongside Yuri Gagarin and 18 other air force pilots to train as the first Soviet cosmonaut group.

May 17, 2017

Pioneer probe's plaque returns to Earth as crowdfunded replica

A creative director obsessed with space and design has launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring a galactic greeting card from billions of miles in space back to Earth by producing and offering exact replicas of the Pioneer 10 probe's gold anodized aluminum plaque.

May 12, 2017

NASA forgoes crew on first Space Launch System mission, slips flight to 2019

The first launch of NASA's heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System, will forgo a crew. The agency nixed adding astronauts to EM-1, deciding that the additional risk, cost and schedule did not warrant the work. EM-1 will fly without a crew sometime in 2019.

May 12, 2017

NASA astronauts perform milestone 200th spacewalk at space station

Two U.S. astronauts working outside of the International Space Station made the 200th spacewalk in the almost two decade history of the orbiting outpost. Spacewalkers Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer worked to replace an avionics box during the landmark EVA.

May 12, 2017

'America's Secret Space Heroes' revealed in new Smithsonian Channel series

The first launch of NASA's Saturn V did not fly with a crew and, as great a feat as it was, few, if any of the people who worked it from the ground rose into the public's attention. A new series from Smithsonian Channel seeks to correct for space history's oversights.

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May 19, 2017
The Washington Post

For a Washington Ballet premiere: Dancers, spacesuits and Velcro. Lots of Velcro.

Ethan Stiefel's new work for the Washington Ballet, "Frontier," is about astronauts and space travel. The dancers wear spacesuits. They're sleek, tailored, zip-up affairs, vaguely authentic looking, as though NASA and New York's Seventh Avenue met and made a onesie.

May 19, 2017
Outer Places

Interview: Space Historian Glen Swanson Talks the Apollo Program

Glen Swanson has made a career in space — all while keeping his feet firmly here on Earth.

May 7, 2017
Tribune Chronicle

Local astronaut to receive recognition

A famed astronaut and Warren resident will finally receive the recognition he deserves at the Lunar Module Memorial.

April 22, 2017
Associated Press

Dispute heats up over who should keep "Lunar Bibles" from Apollo 14 mission

Ten microfilm Bibles once launched hundreds of thousands of miles into space sit landlocked today inside an Oklahoma courthouse while a legal battle rages in two states over who is the rightful owner of the celestial keepsakes.

April 13, 2017
The Washington Post

'Houston, we have a problem': The history of the iconic Apollo 13 misquote

On April 13, 1970, the Apollo 13 mission to the moon was rocked by an onboard explosion.

April 13, 2017
Los Angeles Times

NASA detained a 75-year-old woman selling a tiny moon rock. An appeals court says she can sue

A 75-year-old woman who tried to sell a paperweight containing a speck of moon rock may try to hold a federal agent liable for detaining her for two hours in a public parking lot in urine-soaked pants, a federal appeals court decided unanimously Thursday.

April 9, 2017
The Times of London

Rocket men: Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke and Harrison Schmitt on moonwalking and missions to Mars

Three of the last surviving lunar astronauts from the historic Apollo programme tell Bryan Appleyard what it's like to set foot on an alien world.

March 22, 2017
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Lunar habitat on display at the Virginia Air and Space Museum

Hampton visitors will soon be able to explore what life on the moon could be like.

March 19, 2017
Los Angeles Daily News

Part of San Fernando Valley's storied space race history vanishes

Heavy machinery has just about leveled the old Rocketdyne office and rocket engine manufacturing complex on Canoga Avenue in the West Valley.