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June 2, 2020

SpaceX Crew Dragon docking depicted on new Houston postmark

SpaceX's Crew Dragon has arrived at the International Space Station, both in orbit and on a new postmark. In commemoration of the historic docking, the U.S. Postal Service has introduced a new pictorial postmark depicting the capsule and its destination.

June 1, 2020

Astronauts 'capture the flag' for SpaceX in race to reach space station

"Congratulations SpaceX, you got the flag." Just one day after riding SpaceX's Crew Dragon to a docking with the International Space Station, Doug Hurley held out a small American flag for the company behind his and Bob Behnken's arrival at the complex.

May 31, 2020

NASA astronauts enter space station after historic SpaceX docking

For the past nine years, all of the crew members who came to the International Space Station entered through the Russian segment of the complex. That changed though, when two NASA astronauts floated in from a SpaceX commercial spacecraft.

May 31, 2020

SpaceX 'stowaway' revealed by crew as sons' dinosaur toy 'Tremor'

A stowaway aboard SpaceX's first mission to launch astronauts to the International Space Station may have set a new record —Ęthe most sequins to enter Earth orbit. Revealed after launch, the passenger sent "tremors" across social media.

May 30, 2020

Astronauts name their SpaceX spaceship 'Endeavour' after retired shuttle

The first NASA astronauts to launch from the U.S. since the end of the space shuttle program have named their commercial spacecraft after one of the retired winged orbiters. Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken revealed the name of their SpaceX Dragon.

May 30, 2020

SpaceX launches first NASA astronauts to fly from US since shuttle

In a sight that has been absent for nearly a decade, a rocket carrying NASA astronauts launched from the United States, beginning a new era of American human spaceflight. Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley lifted off on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.

May 29, 2020

NASA marks new era of spaceflight with resurgence of 'worm' logo

What began as a single instance on the side of a rocket, has now grown into a full-fledge infestation. The "worm," NASA's former logo that was retired 30 years ago, has taken over the first mission to fly astronauts from a U.S.-based launchpad in nearly a decade.

May 28, 2020

Tristan Eaton's 'Human Kind' art flying on SpaceX astronaut launch

A street artist whose portfolio includes multi-story-tall murals and designer toys has ventured into a new genre — space art. As in artwork launched into outer space. "My art is going to space today!" exclaimed Tristan Eaton about SpaceX's first astronaut launch.

May 27, 2020

NASA astronauts avoided turning Dragon into 'Bob & Doug's excellent machine'

NASA's first astronauts to launch into space asked for a window. As chronicled in "The Right Stuff," Tom Wolfe's book about the rise of the U.S. human spaceflight program, the nation's original astronauts insisted that a window be added to their Mercury capsules.

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May 25, 2020
Florida Today

Local artist designs commemorative mission patch for SpaceX's and NASA's historic launch

When Tim Gagnon was 16 years old, he wrote his senator a letter asking to be invited to view the Apollo 17 launch in person.

May 19, 2020
Associated Press

Annie Glenn, widow of U.S. Sen. John Glenn, dies at 100

Annie Glenn, the widow of astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn and a communication disorders advocate, died Tuesday at age 100. Glenn died of COVID-19 complications at a nursing home near St. Paul, Minnesota, said Hank Wilson, a spokesman for the Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.

May 15, 2020

Mountain company prepares for first astronaut launch from American soil since 2011

Company co-CEO Andrew Nagle tells News 13 that for the first time since STS-135, the 135th and final mission of the American Space Shuttle program in 2011, astronauts are going to be launched into space from U.S. soil, and their patches will be going too.

May 13, 2020
Florida Today

Ed Harrison, who helped shape how the world saw space launches, dies at 81

A longtime public affairs officer at Kennedy Space Center, Harrison spent much of his time working with photographers and videographers to ensure they had access to capture launch photos and video that would run on front pages and lead TV news reports going back to the Mercury program in the early 1960s.

May 5, 2020

Tom Cruise, NASA planning to film a movie in space

NASA and Tom Cruise are in talks to shoot a movie onboard the International Space Station, the space agency's administrator Jim Bridenstine confirmed in a tweet Tuesday.

April 28, 2020
The New York Times

James Beggs, 94, Is Dead; NASA Chief Championed Space Shuttle

James M. Beggs, the NASA chief who oversaw more than 20 successful space shuttle launches and who was on leave during the fatal Challenger explosion in 1986, died on April 23 at his home in Bethesda, Md. He was 94.

April 24, 2020
Wisconsin State Journal

American Girl astronaut doll draws lawsuit from astronomer claiming likeness was stolen

From the purple streak in her hair to the holographic shoes she wears, a Chicago astronomer says Middleton-based doll maker American Girl stole her likeness and adapted her name to create a popular astronaut doll.

April 13, 2020

How Snoopy Ended Up On The Speedmaster, And The 50th Anniversary Of The Apollo 13 Incident

In 2003, Omega released a limited edition Speedmaster which had a rather quirky addition to the dial and caseback. On the dial, in the running seconds sub-dial at 9:00, was an improbable little figure: a cartoon dog in a cartoon spacesuit, doing a cheerful jig against a stellar backdrop, with the words "Eyes On The Stars" above his helmet.

April 13, 2020
Scientific American

Apollo 13 at 50 Years: Looking Back at the Mission's Lost Lunar Science

Had everything gone to plan, NASA's third mission to land astronauts on the moon would have deployed a pallet of science instruments and brought back samples from humanity's first visit to the lunar uplands. Instead, 50 years ago this month, Apollo 13 "had a problem."