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February 5, 2016

Edgar Mitchell, sixth astronaut to walk on the moon, dies at 85

Edgar Dean Mitchell, who in February 1971 became the sixth man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 85. The lunar module pilot on Apollo 14, Mitchell died at a hospice facility located near his home in West Palm Beach, Florida.


February 3, 2016

Audi rockets to Super Bowl 50 with Apollo astronaut-themed ad

A new television commercial set to air during Super Bowl 50 blends imagery from NASA's Apollo lunar program with the score of David Bowie's "Starman" to get viewers to "choose the moon." Audi's astronaut-themed spot will run during the first quarter of the Big Game.


February 3, 2016

Moon mission's living monuments: Apollo 14's 'Moon Trees' 45 years later

Spread across the United States, they stand as living monuments to a moon mission four and a half decades ago. The "Moon Trees," sprouted from seeds flown to the moon and back between Jan. 31 and Feb. 9, 1971, are reminders of the Apollo 14 mission.


February 1, 2016

Shuttle commander, spacewalker to enter Astronaut Hall of Fame

The commander of the 100th space shuttle mission and a seven-time spacewalker who summited Mount Everest will enter the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in May. Brian Duffy and Scott Parazynski will be honored as the Hall of Fame's class of 2016.


January 29, 2016

Auction offers cosmonaut's Omega watch worn on two space stations

A Russian cosmonaut's watch that kept time for 120,516 minutes on two space stations is now for sale. Christie's is auctioning the rare Omega Speedmaster Professional X-33 that Sergei Zalyotin wore while aboard the space station Mir and International Space Station.


January 28, 2016

Space shuttle Challenger's fallen flags and mission patches, 30 years later

The flags and patches, packed in watertight pouches, were found the next day floating in the ocean among the debris from the space shuttle Challenger. Intended as souvenirs of the 25th space shuttle mission, they became memorials for the fallen STS-51L crew.


January 26, 2016

Virtual 'Viking Mission Museum' preserves and presents Mars lander history

Forty years before SpaceX and Blue Origin made history by landing their rockets on the ground, a NASA probe fired three engines to descend through the atmosphere and touch down on the surface. That landing, however, was not on the Earth.


January 25, 2016

'Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes' recounts space shuttle tragedy 30 years later

A new National Geographic Channel special "Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes" marks the 30th anniversary of the space shuttle's loss. The documentary uses long-forgotten news footage, radio reports and rarely seen NASA video to retell the story of the 1986 tragedy.


January 23, 2016

Mission accomplished! 747-space shuttle exhibit launches in Houston

Officials at Space Center Houston hailed the opening of Independence Plaza on Jan. 23, a $12 million attraction showcasing NASA's first space shuttle-carrying jumbo jet topped by a full-size mockup of the winged orbiters.


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