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March 13, 2018

Kerbal Space Program adds Space Race rockets in 'Making History' game add-on

A popular space simulation game has added the parts for its players to attempt moments from space history. The Making History pack for Kerbal Space Program includes missions inspired by real events and rockets modeled after historic U.S. and Russian spacecraft.

March 9, 2018

'Searching for Skylab' film seeks to return first US space station to public view

Before the International Space Station, prior to the space shuttle, but after the final moon landing, nine Americans took the first steps to establishing a U.S. foothold in Earth orbit. "Searching for Skylab," a new documentary, aims to reveal "America's forgotten triumph."

March 6, 2018

Mattel models new Barbie doll after NASA 'hidden figure' Katherine Johnson

A once-"hidden figure" from NASA history is being honored by one of the best-known toy lines in the world. NASA computer Katherine Johnson is among the first historical figures to be modeled in Barbie's "Inspiring Women" doll series.

March 1, 2018

New US postage stamp for astronaut Sally Ride gets May 'launch' date

A new postage stamp in honor of Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, now has a launch date. The U.S. Postal Service has announced May 23, 2018 as the first day of issue for its Sally Ride commemorative. The dedication will be held in La Jolla, Calif.

February 28, 2018

Orion walkway: NASA mounts access arm on Space Launch System tower

The walkway that astronauts will cross when boarding NASA's next spacecraft bound for the moon has now been raised into place. A crane hoisted the Orion crew access arm up onto the Space Launch System tower at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

February 27, 2018

Two astronauts, cosmonaut land on Earth after 168 days on space station

Astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin returned to Earth after spending 168 days aboard the International Space Station. Russia's Soyuz MS-06 landed the Expedition 54 crew mates on the steppe of Kazakhstan.

February 22, 2018

Historic Apollo-Soyuz spacecraft gets new display at California Science Center

NASA's last Apollo command module to lift off into space has shed its skin to provide a better look at the first U.S. spacecraft to fly a joint mission with Russia. The craft that flew on the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project has traded its Plexiglas cover for a new glass case.

February 20, 2018

Bigelow Aerospace forms company to sell space on inflatable space stations

Bigelow Aerospace, the firm behind the first inflatable module added to the International Space Station, will soon be ready to expand its operations on orbit — if there is a market to do so. Bigelow Space Operations will sell use of Bigelow's larger inflatable stations.

February 16, 2018

Astronomer replaces fighter pilot in private bid to be first German woman in space

A private initiative to launch the first German woman fly into space has a new candidate. Astronomer Suzanna Randall has taken the place of an earlier chosen fighter pilot in Die Astronautin (The Female Astronaut) and will train for a possible space station mission.

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March 12, 2018
The Space Review

Our fear of "heritage" imperils our future

Say the word "heritage" out loud in a room full of commercial space executives and engineers and you’d think you’d unleashed an offensive stream of profanity. Eyes glaze over, people shake their heads, or they smile and nod while looking for an exit.

March 9, 2018
Associated Press

Late Astronaut John Glenn's Estate Sale Draws Hundreds

People have lined up for the chance to buy mementos of the late astronaut John Glenn at his estate sale in Maryland.

March 5, 2018

Should We Open Some Sealed Apollo Moon Samples?

Between 1969 and 1972, Apollo astronauts brought back to Earth a total of nine containers of moon material that were sealed on the lunar surface.

February 5, 2018
Associated Press

Dennis Quaid narrates audiobook of 'The Right Stuff'

Asked how it felt to narrate the audiobook of "The Right Stuff," Dennis Quaid slipped right into character.

January 26, 2018
Ars Technica

Amateur search for dead spy satellite turns up undead NASA mission

NASA lost contact with its IMAGE satellite in 2005, but it may still be operating.

January 25, 2018
Florida Today

KSC remembers Columbia, fallen astronauts

When Columbia and its crew did not make it home to Kennedy Space Center 15 years ago, a young Tal Ramon returned to Israel and found refuge in the piano his father, Columbia astronaut Ilan Ramon, had bought as a young fighter pilot. On Thursday, Tal Ramon performed two moving piano songs from his 2016 album, "Character," during NASA's annual tribute to fallen astronaut heroes at the KSC Visitor Complex.

January 24, 2018

China just bounced a laser off reflectors on the Moon placed by NASA's Apollo 15 mission

China has successfully used a 1.2-metre telescope laser ranging system to bounce light off a retroreflector placed on the Moon during NASA's Apollo 15 crewed lunar mission.

January 23, 2018

Ex-Prize: Google's $30 Million Moon Race Ends with No Winner

It's official: The $30 million Google Lunar X Prize is no more.

January 19, 2018
Daily Press (Hampton, VA)

Virginia Air & Space Center bounces back

The Virginia Air & Space Center is poised for liftoff as a visitor destination spot and a STEM education magnet throughout the city and beyond.