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June 29, 2017

When KFC actually went to space: Before Zinger 1, there was 'Chix in Space'

A KFC spicy, crispy chicken sandwich, riding in an animatronic "bucket satellite," mounted to a Stratollite high-altitude platform, is now soaring into the stratosphere carried under a giant balloon. But the Zinger 1 mission is not Kentucky Fried Chicken's first spaceflight.

June 27, 2017

Soviet-era Buran space shuttle shipping to former Olympic site for display

A full-size mockup of a Soviet Buran space shuttle is departing Moscow for an exhibition center opening at the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. RSC Energia, Russia's contractor for crew spacecraft, handed over the orbiter to Sirius Science and Art Park in Sochi.

June 21, 2017

American Indians in the space program to be honored on 2019 US dollar coin

The U.S. Mint will honor the important roles that Native Americans have held in the U.S. space program with the issuance of a dollar coin in 2019. Part of an annual program, the Mint's theme for the 2019 coin is "American Indians in the Space Program."

June 20, 2017

US Mint reveals proposed designs for tails side of Apollo 11 50th anniversary coins

The U.S. Mint has taken a few "small steps" toward striking coins commemorating a half-century since the first moon landing. Three proposed designs for the curved coins' "tails side" were publicly revealed at a meeting of the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA).

June 19, 2017

Bill Dana, comedian who played astronaut José Jiménez, dies at 92

"Okay José, you're on your way!" With those words, radioed to Alan Shepard as he lifted off to become the first American astronaut to fly in space, Bill Dana's role in space history was cemented. Dana, a comedian and actor who played "José Jiménez," died June 15.

June 17, 2017

An 'Opportunity' for reflection: Mars crater offers reminder of Apollo moonwalk

Two craters on two different worlds explored by two different NASA missions have been linked to mark the 45 years between the two expeditions. NASA's Mars rover Opportunity passed by a young crater named in honor of the Apollo 16 lunar module, Orion.

June 16, 2017

Following Neil Armstrong's flightpath: New astronaut is NASA research pilot

For most of Bob Hines' astronaut candidate classmates, the act of putting on a blue flight suit was a new experience. But that was not the case for Hines, a NASA research pilot at Johnson Space Center. "I've been wearing it for a long time."

June 14, 2017

'Apollo 8' author Jeffrey Kluger looks back at first moon mission 50 years later

Jeffrey Kluger was a kid living in Baltimore when he watched NASA's Apollo 8 mission to the moon on the color TV in his mother's room. Even at 14 years old though, he knew something had changed. Fifty years later, he looks back in his new book, "Apollo 8."

June 13, 2017

KFC to launch Zinger chicken sandwich to edge of space on World View Stratollite

KFC is launching its spicy chicken sandwich on a mission that could make history at the edge of space. The chicken restaurant chain revealed the details of its "Zinger 1" mission, which will the sandwich onboard the maiden voyage of World View's Stratollite.

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June 26, 2017
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Finding the Future of Exploration in the Space Shuttle Program

While it may not seem as flashy as the Apollo program's famous moon landing, the Space Shuttle program — which ran from 1980 to 2011 — helped construct the International Space Station and conducted groundbreaking research that could lead to the first manned mission to Mars.

June 26, 2017
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Moonwalkers' Apollo 11 Capsule Gets Needed Primping For Its Star Turn On Earth

The Apollo 11 command module, which took the first moonwalkers to lunar orbit and back in 1969, is undergoing a painstaking restoration, in preparation for an unusual national tour later this year.

June 21, 2017
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Memories of the Moon landings are at risk of dying with the last remaining Apollo astronauts

Hearing first-hand about walking on the Moon is a rare privilege. For the six Apollo astronauts still alive to tell the story of mankind's greatest leap, it's a heavy responsibility.

June 12, 2017
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A hidden figure in plain sight

Fifty years ago, Robert Lawrence became the first African-American chosen as an American astronaut — but not as a NASA astronaut.

May 30, 2017
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Buzz Aldrin to auction off Apollo 11 artifacts

A fundraising effort for astronaut Buzz Aldrin's education-related initiative gives fans a chance to own a historic moon-related artifact.

May 19, 2017
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For a Washington Ballet premiere: Dancers, spacesuits and Velcro. Lots of Velcro.

Ethan Stiefel's new work for the Washington Ballet, "Frontier," is about astronauts and space travel. The dancers wear spacesuits. They're sleek, tailored, zip-up affairs, vaguely authentic looking, as though NASA and New York's Seventh Avenue met and made a onesie.

May 19, 2017
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Interview: Space Historian Glen Swanson Talks the Apollo Program

Glen Swanson has made a career in space — all while keeping his feet firmly here on Earth.

May 7, 2017
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Local astronaut to receive recognition

A famed astronaut and Warren resident will finally receive the recognition he deserves at the Lunar Module Memorial.

April 22, 2017
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Dispute heats up over who should keep "Lunar Bibles" from Apollo 14 mission

Ten microfilm Bibles once launched hundreds of thousands of miles into space sit landlocked today inside an Oklahoma courthouse while a legal battle rages in two states over who is the rightful owner of the celestial keepsakes.