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March 3, 2015
Norm Carlson, test director who gave 'go' for Saturn V, shuttle and beans, dies

When U.S. astronauts next launch to space from Florida, the control team that oversees their liftoff may celebrate with the traditional crock of beans. If so, they'll be honoring the legacy of test director Norm Carlson, too.


March 2, 2015
F. Curt Michel, scientist-astronaut who left NASA after losing the moon, dies at 80

F. Curt Michel, an astrophysicist who was among NASA's first scientist-astronauts but who resigned after it became clear he would not fly to the moon, died Feb. 23, 2015. He was 80.


March 1, 2015
Astronauts add antennas, route cables on third of three station spacewalks

The International Space Station is now three steps, or rather spacewalks, closer to being ready for the arrival of new U.S. commercial crewed spacecraft with the completion of a trio of two-astronaut excursions.


February 27, 2015
Artist's 'Apollo 18' moon mission launching onto Times Square billboards

The countdown is on to the launch of Apollo 18 and you're invited to witness it from New York City's Times Square. "Apollo XVIII" by artist Marco Brambilla weaves footage from NASA missions with computer renderings to form a countdown to a fictional moon flight.


February 24, 2015
Cosmonaut Alexei Gubarev, led first multi-national space station crew, dies at 83

Soviet-era cosmonaut Alexei Gubarev, who trained to fly to the moon but instead led the first multi-national space station crew, died on Feb. 21. He was 83. Gubarev logged 37 days in orbit during the Soyuz 17 and Soyuz 28 missions.


February 24, 2015
NASA celebrates crawler-transporters first 50 years with test drive

With an eye towards the future, NASA has marked the first 50 years of its two rocket-moving crawler-transporters by taking one of the newly-upgraded massive machines out for a test drive to the launch pad.


February 20, 2015
Boeing, ULA break ground on new access tower for Atlas V crewed launches

Fifty-three years to the day after John Glenn ascended a tower to become the first U.S. astronaut to ride an Atlas rocket into orbit, Boeing and United Launch Alliance officials broke ground for the next access gantry that will support crewed Atlas launches.


February 20, 2015
Ripley's debuts space station made out of 280,000 matchsticks, believe it or not

When astronauts talk about what they used to construct the International Space Station, they refer to docking ports, large metal bolts and miles of cabling. All artist Patrick Acton needed were eight gallons of glue and about 280,000 matchsticks, believe it or not.


February 15, 2015
Fiery finale: ESA's last ATV space station freighter makes fleet's final re-entry

In the end, ESA's final space station cargo freighter went out in a fiery blaze rather than the "big bang" of its namesake. The ATV-5, christened the "Georges Lemaître" after the Belgian astronomer, plunged into the Earth's atmosphere and was destroyed.


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January 22, 2015
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Supermarket Spaceships
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