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August 17, 2017

Russian cosmonauts on spacewalk deploy nanosatellites to honor Sputnik

Two Russian cosmonauts stepped out of the International Space Station for a spacewalk that included the deploy of small satellites in tribute to the dawn of the space age. Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy pitched a trio of nanosatellites in honor of Sputnik.

August 16, 2017

Total view: A brief history of solar eclipses seen from space

Don Pettit has never looked up to see a total eclipse. Twice though, he's looked down. As an International Space Station crewmember, Pettit is one of the few astronauts to not only view a total solar eclipse from space but see the moon's shadow cast down on Earth.

August 13, 2017

Disney relaunches Mission: SPACE ride at Epcot with revised NASA cameos

Next-generation NASA spacecraft have new cameos as part of the relaunched Mission: SPACE ride at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, but the refreshed attraction jettisons reference to the space agency itself. Riders can now experience Earth and Mars flights.

August 8, 2017

Fan-designed LEGO space shuttle stacks up to Saturn V rocket set

Could NASA's space shuttle be the next real launch vehicle to enter the LEGO universe? A fan-designed, scale model of the reusable spacecraft, sized to match the Saturn V, has soared on LEGO Ideas since lifting off less than a month ago.

August 4, 2017

From space plane to sky crane: How part of a space shuttle landed a rover on Mars

Hardware from one of NASA's retired space shuttle orbiters had a critical role in landing the Curiosity Mars rover. A helium regulator that flew on multiple missions as part of the winged spacecraft was re-launched as a key component of the rover's descent stage.

August 1, 2017

Space archaeologists to unearth astronaut artifacts, culture on space station

"Space archaeologist" might be expected as a job description for a fictional character on an interplanetary mission to find the ruins of an alien civilization. But a handful of real-life archaeologists are already planning to study culture in space, of the human variety.

July 31, 2017

Apollo astronaut penlight shines again as nautical lantern maker replica

A manufacturer that specializes in producing nautical torches is shining light on a lantern that was flown to the moon almost 50 years ago. Barbolight, based in Madrid, Spain, has created a modern replica of the penlight that was used by NASA's Apollo astronauts.

July 29, 2017

Neil Armstrong's gold Apollo lunar module model stolen from Ohio museum

A rare gold model of an Apollo lunar module gifted to Neil Armstrong shortly after the first moon landing in 1969 has been stolen from the Ohio museum that bears the astronaut's name. Police responded to a burglary alarm at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum.

July 28, 2017

Russian, US and Italian crew launches for space station on Soyuz MS-05

The grandson of a Russian rocket scientist, the grandson of Amelia Earhart's authorized photographer and an Italian who will be the oldest professional astronaut to live aboard the International Space Station launched to Earth orbit on a five month mission.

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August 14, 2017
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Thrift shop bargain hunters find rare NASA flight suits

Talia Rappa and Skyer Ashworth turned summer bargain shopping at a Titusville Thrift store closeout into the stuff of NASA collectors' legend when the central Florida college students paid 20 cents each for five rare NASA flight suits that experts say could be valued at $5,000 each or more.

August 3, 2017
Florida Today

Fashion goes out of this world

The fashion industry is discovering what we in Brevard have known for decades: Space is hot. Or should that be haute?

August 1, 2017
Houston Chronicle

U.S. made history on the moon – but how do we preserve it?

Could the United States declare a National Historic Landmark on the moon? It seems like a farfetched idea, but anthropologist Beth O'Leary hasn't given up hope in her nearly 20-year quest to get Americans to preserve their footprint, metaphorically and literally, in space.

July 24, 2017
National Geographic

New Moon Race Endangers Historic Space Artifacts

At the abandoned campsite, occupied for less than a day, the visitors left much behind: a section of the ship that carried them on this first-of-its-kind voyage and sophisticated tools for measuring seismic rumblings, solar wind, and the precise distance between this spot and home.

July 22, 2017
Sun Herald

Moon trees lead Roosa to retire from Walter Anderson museum

"I'm a big believer in legacies." Rosemary Roosa was speaking in reference to her father, Apollo 14 Astronaut Col. Stuart A. Roosa, who took about 500 tree seeds into outer space more than 45 years ago.

July 18, 2017
Associated Press

On 1st birthday since John Glenn died, memorial plans abound

Some plans to honor John Glenn didn't fly, but that hasn't stopped the late astronaut's devotees from pushing forward with other ideas.

July 17, 2017

What Could Space Archaeologists Tell Us about Astronaut Culture?

"Space archaeologist" would be a fine job description for a fictional character on an interplanetary mission to unearth the ruins of an alien civilization. But a handful of real-life archaeologists are already making a bid to study culture in space — of the human, not alien, variety.

July 14, 2017
Ars Technica

Scrap dealer finds Apollo-era NASA computers in dead engineer's basement

A pair of Apollo-era NASA computers and hundreds of mysterious tape reels have been discovered in a deceased engineer's basement in Pittsburgh, according to a NASA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report released in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

July 3, 2017
The Huntsville Times

Space City USA artifacts found in deteriorating Georgia barn

A large sign and other artifacts from Space City USA, a proposed theme park being built in Huntsville, Alabama in the 1960s were recently found in a deteriorating barn in Chickamauga, Georgia near Chattanooga.