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April 17, 2021

Soyuz MS-17 crew returns to Earth after 185 days on space station

Two cosmonauts and an astronaut landed safely from the International Space Station after spending 185 days aboard the orbiting laboratory. Sergey Ryzhikov, Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and Kate Rubins touched down aboard Russia's Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft.

April 16, 2021

NASA picks SpaceX Starship to land next astronauts on moon since Apollo

NASA has chosen SpaceX to land the next American astronauts on the moon. The space agency announced it had selected SpaceX to provide its first human landing system (HLS) since the Apollo lunar module 50 years ago.

April 15, 2021

NASA's New Horizons probe reaches rare distance, looks out to farthest Voyager

New Horizons is a long, long, long way from home. Fifteen years after launching from Earth and six years after becoming the first probe to fly by Pluto, NASA's New Horizons is reaching 50 AU, a mile marker that has been passed only by four other spacecraft.

April 14, 2021

US Mint to honor astronaut Sally Ride on 2022 'American Women' quarter

The first female U.S. astronaut to fly into space will be honored by the United States Mint in 2022, leading off a new series of circulating coins depicting notable American women. Sally Ride will be featured as part of the American Women Quarters Program.

April 13, 2021

LEGO launching NASA/ESA Ulysses solar probe as VIP reward set

LEGO has a new mission for its recently-launched space shuttle Discovery set and you can get it for free — if you are a VIP. The toy company is releasing a brick-built model of the Ulysses solar probe available to its customer loyalty program members.

April 12, 2021

Universal Astronaut Insignia to unite world space explorers and travelers

Sixty years after Yuri Gagarin became the first person to fly into space, a new symbol seeks to unite the hundreds of people who have followed his trajectory. The Universal Astronaut Insignia is intended to be worn by all of the world's space travelers.

April 10, 2021

UAE names two new astronauts, including first woman candidate

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has selected two new trainees for its burgeoning astronaut corps, including it first female candidate. Nora AlMatrooshi and Mohammad AlMulla were announced by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center.

April 9, 2021

Casio's new digital watch marks 40 years since first space shuttle launch

Casio is ready to launch a limited edition timepiece commemorating the 40th anniversary of NASA's first space shuttle launch. The G-Shock DW5600NASA21-1 features a black and white design inspired by the aesthetics of the Columbia orbiter.

April 9, 2021

Soyuz MS-18 crew launches to station 60 years after first human spaceflight

A three-person crew embarked for the International Space Station just three days shy of the 60th anniversary of the first human spaceflight. Oleg Novitskiy, Pyotr Dubrov and Mark Vande Hei lifted off on Soyuz MS-18, named the "Yu.A. Gagarin."

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April 2, 2021
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Titusville's Dorothy Kunde "catered" to some special people in her career, namely shuttle astronauts who blasted off to space. She prepared warm meals before the astronauts would head out on dangerous, but exciting, missions.

April 2, 2021
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SpaceX rocket debris lands on man's farm in Washington

A pressure vessel from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stage fell on a man's farm in Washington State last week, leaving a "4-inch dent in the soil," the local sheriff's office said Friday.

March 18, 2021

Girl Scout's essay on space travel will soon be an out-of-this-world keepsake

Girl Scout Laurel Schoen wrote an essay titled "What Space Travel Will be Like in 10 Years" ... and now it's going place.

March 10, 2021
Scientific American

Beatrice Finkelstein, the Woman Who Fed the Astronauts

Known fondly as the proprietor of "Bea's Diner," the nutritionist who created menus for our first spacefarers deserves to be better remembered.

March 7, 2021

Remembering Allan McDonald: He Refused To Approve Challenger Launch, Exposed Cover-Up

On Jan. 27, 1986, Allan McDonald stood on the cusp of history.

February 18, 2021
The New York Times

Bruce Blackburn, Designer of Ubiquitous NASA Logo, Dies at 82

Bruce Blackburn, a graphic designer whose modern and minimalist logos became ingrained in the nation's consciousness, including the four bold red letters for NASA known as the "worm" and the 1976 American Revolution Bicentennial star, died on Feb. 1 in Arvada, Colo., near Denver. He was 82.

February 12, 2021
The New York Times

Earth to Voyager 2: After a Year in the Darkness, We Can Talk to You Again

In the nearly 44 years since NASA launched Voyager 2, the spacecraft has gone beyond the frontiers of human exploration by visiting Uranus, Neptune and, eventually, interstellar space. Last March, the agency was compelled to shut down its only means of reaching 12 billion miles across the heavens to this robotic trailblazer. On Friday, Earth's haunting silence will come to an end as NASA switches that communications channel back on, restoring humanity's ability to say hello to its distant explorer.

February 4, 2021
BBC Sport

Golf on the moon: Apollo 14 50th anniversary images find Alan Shepard's ball and show how far he hit it

The first he shanked into a crater. The second he claimed to have smashed "miles and miles and miles."

January 27, 2021
Florida Today

Charles Hollinshead, one time "Voice of Apollo," dies

Charles T. Hollinshead, the last living NASA launch commentator for the Apollo Program passed away Monday at a veterans home in Asheville, North Carolina, after contracting Covid-19.