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October 8, 2015

Apollo photos redux: The story behind the NASA moon pics posted to Flickr

The addition of tens of thousands of photos taken by the Apollo astronauts on the moon to an online repository drew wide interest in the media, but lost in many of the headlines were the facts behind the 40-year-old NASA photographs.

October 6, 2015

Astronaut Sally Ride's personal items and papers acquired by Smithsonian

In life, astronaut Sally Ride privately put into order her personal objects, artifacts, awards and papers, which will now forever represent her as America's first woman in space in the National Air and Space Museum.

October 5, 2015

Astronauts are stars in new Chop Shop art posters launched on Kickstarter

A marketing agency that represents former NASA astronauts is launching a unique take on its clients' spacesuited portraits, working with a popular print house to create a series of limited edition, illustrated art posters that celebrate the space travelers.

October 2, 2015

The real Mars lander in 'The Martian': Fact checking the film's NASA probe

A NASA spacecraft makes more than just a cameo appearance in "The Martian," Ridley Scott's new movie about an astronaut alone and stranded on Mars. Mission leaders help fact check the movie's replica of the historic Mars lander.

October 1, 2015

'The Martian' wants to mail you a potato: Movie promo offers stamped spuds

It may seem strange at first, but by the time you get done seeing "The Martian," the new Ridley Scott movie, you will understand why 20th Century Fox wants to mail you a Mark Watney-stamped potato.

September 30, 2015

Only privately-owned astronaut wristwatch worn on the moon heads to auction

Forty-four years ago, the watch David Scott was wearing broke as he was out for a walk. Somehow, the crystal protecting the watch's face popped off. Fortunately, he had another watch to wear. That wouldn't be newsworthy had Scott not been on the moon at the time.

September 29, 2015

Apollo panoramas: Moon landings go wide in crowdfunded photo book

A new photo book about the Apollo moon landings provides a "wide look" at the lunar surface vistas that the astronauts witnessed and captured on film 45 years ago. "Apollo: The Panoramas" is now being crowdfunded on Kickstarter.

September 28, 2015

Salty water may be flowing on Mars today, NASA spacecraft finds

Salty liquid water may be flowing down hills on Mars, countering the image of a dried-up planet, and bolstering the possibility that life may exist there today. Scientists found the signatures of hydrated salts on steep slopes where mysterious streaks have been seen.

September 25, 2015

Space race on Earth: Astronauts compete in 2,000-mile road rally

A new international space race is set to lift off between astronauts from Brazil, France, India and the United States. But instead of blasting off for the moon or Mars, the space explorers are embarking on a road rally from Connecticut to Florida's Space Coast.

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October 6, 2015
Bradenton Herald

South Florida Museum hands over rare films to NASA

A few years ago, Jim Toomey bid on old NASA test films from an online auction and later donated them — along with other space-related items — to the South Florida Museum.

October 6, 2015
The Moscow Times

Russian Space Enthusiast Raises 1 Million Rubles to Prove U.S. Moon Landing

When Vitaly Yegorov watched in awe as NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars three years ago, he never could have imagined his fascination with space would one day lead to the genesis of his own satellite — and a 1 million ruble campaign to dispel a popular Russian conspiracy theory that the U.S. moon landings were faked.

September 24, 2015
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Paper, Scissors, Rocket

Most spacecraft modelers work in plastic — these folks just need a bit of cardstock and a printer.

September 21, 2015
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Space-themed world coins more popular than ever

Of the myriad themes depicted on modern world issues, astronomy and space are certainly among the most popular.

September 16, 2015
Boston Globe

NASA memorabilia fetching high prices among collectors

This summer, photos of Pluto wowed the scientific community, but Larry McGlynn was busy framing his own small piece of space history.

September 9, 2015

Osiris-Rex To Kickstart Outreach Budget With Card Game

The head of NASA's Osiris-Rex asteroid sample-return probe plans to crowdfund a public outreach budget for the mission on Kickstarter by selling a card game in which players compete to build their own space missions.

September 4, 2015

NASA's Kapryan led historic launches

In the heat of the Space Race, some NASA managers ruled by fear and intimidation. Walt Kapryan was not one of them....

September 1, 2015

Restoring the Agena A and Agena B Rockets

What does it take to restore two 1960s-era rockets to their pre-launch appearance?

August 29, 2015
National Review

En Route to the First Moon Landing — Gemini 5, Fifty Years Ago

Gemini is the forgotten leg of the space race. Mercury got us started; Apollo put us on the moon; Gemini was sandwiched between.