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May 28, 2016

BEAM out: First human-rated expandable habitat inflated on space station

The Space Station grew a room bigger, and gained a bigger room, with the inflation of an experimental habitat. The BEAM, or Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, was inflated to its full size using the space station's air to fill out the fabric-constructed room.


May 26, 2016

Ohio airport renamed for original Mercury astronaut John Glenn

The second U.S. international airport to be named for a NASA astronaut honors the first American to orbit the Earth. Ohio lawmakers on May 25 unanimously voted to rename the Port Columbus International Airport for John Glenn.


May 25, 2016

Space-craft: NASA offers origami model of space station's expandable habitat

NASA's plans to expand an inflatable habitat aboard the International Space Station have given rise to a new "space-craft." The space agency is offering "origaBEAMi," a print, fold and inflate-it-yourself miniature paper model of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module.


May 23, 2016

The external tank has arrived! What's next for L.A. space shuttle display

The day after its celebrated road trip through the streets of Los Angeles, the last built-for-flight space shuttle external tank still needed to be moved a short distance before it could officially be declared home at the California Science Center.


May 21, 2016

Space shuttle external tank takes road trip to California Science Center

NASA's retired space shuttle Endeavour has received its external tank. The burnt orange fuel tank, NASA's last remaining example of its type, built for, but never launched, arrived at the California Science Center, completing a one-day road trip through Los Angeles.


May 19, 2016

Kelly Elementary: Astronaut twins honored with grade school renaming

A New Jersey grade school has launched its new name with the help of its namesakes — NASA's first identical twin astronauts. Mark and Scott Kelly, who attended Pleasantdale Elementary, returned to West Orange, New Jersey for the renaming of their alma mater.


May 18, 2016

Space shuttle external tank completes sea voyage, arrives in Los Angeles

NASA's final remaining external tank built to launch a space shuttle has made landfall in Los Angeles, completing its five-week ocean journey. The tank, destined for the California Science Center, arrived in Marina del Rey to embark on a road trip through L.A.'s streets.


May 16, 2016

Astronaut Hall of Fame inducts Brian Duffy and Scott Parazynski

The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame enshrined its 15th class of space shuttle fliers, adding a mission commander and a spacewalker to the institution's ranks. Brian Duffy and Scott Parazynski were inducted in a ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.


May 14, 2016

Space shuttle external tank bound for L.A. museum plays role in sea rescue

The crew of a sunken fishing boat can thank a sea-going space shuttle external fuel tank for their rescue. The boat's passengers were recovered by the tugboat towing the orange-brown tank to Los Angeles for delivery to the California Science Center.


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