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July 29, 2014
Europe's fifth and final ATV freighter flying to space station

Europe's line of space freighters is going out with a (big) bang. Named Georges Lemaître after the Belgian priest and astronomer who proposed what became the Big Bang theory, the European Space Agency's fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle has launched.

July 28, 2014
Mars rover Opportunity rolls past off-Earth driving record set by Soviet Lunokhod

A NASA rover has set a new mileage record for off-world driving, covering 25 miles in 10 years on Mars. Opportunity, one of a pair of U.S. Mars Exploration Rovers (MER), rolled past the prior distance record set in 1973 by the USSR's Lunokhod 2 on the moon.

July 25, 2014
Hubble Space Telescope could be LEGO model with fans' votes

The Hubble Space Telescope is an amazing example of space engineering that for nearly a quarter century has been a vital research tool and public relations boon for astronomy. As such, it is due time for a LEGO model of the observatory, fan Gabriel Russo says.

July 23, 2014
Public invited to watch shuttle 'lift off'...and land atop jet at Space Center Houston

The countdown has begun for the liftoff of a space shuttle from Houston — and you are invited to take a front row seat. On Aug. 14, Space Center Houston's shuttle replica, the "Independence," will be hoisted by crane on top of NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

July 21, 2014
NASA names historic operations building for first moonwalker Neil Armstrong

NASA paid tribute to the first person to walk on the moon by naming a historic building at its Florida space center where work is being advanced to send crews to Mars. The "Neil Armstrong Operations & Checkout Building" will support NASA's "next giant leap."

July 20, 2014
Apollo 11 patch flown on 1st moon landing to launch with astronauts to Mars

When U.S. astronauts make the next "giant leap" launching to Mars, they will bring with them a memento from the first moon landing 45 years ago. NASA is presenting Kennedy Space Center with a mission patch that was flown on Apollo 11 for the first Mars crew.

July 17, 2014
Astronaut Hank Hartsfield, led first flight of space shuttle Discovery, dies at 80

Astronaut Hank Hartsfield, who commanded space shuttle Discovery's first flight, died on July 17. He was 80. Hartsfield logged a total of 483 hours in space, circling the Earth 321 times on three space shuttle missions.

July 17, 2014
Moon boot-styled sneakers celebrate GE's role in first lunar landing

General Electric is taking a "small step" into sneaker design to commemorate the role — or rather, sole — it had in making mankind's first "giant leap" on the moon. The company will offer its moon boot-inspired sneakers 45 years to the day after the first lunar landing.

July 13, 2014
SS Janice Voss takes flight: Station-bound spaceship a 'fitting tribute' to astronaut

Janice Voss never flew to the International Space Station, but her name is making the trip on a commercial ship christened in her memory. Orbital Sciences launched the SS Janice Voss from a pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

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July 20, 2014
Scientific American

Should the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites Be Protected?
The Sea of Tranquility remains tranquil today, but it may not always be so. The site, where Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon 45 years ago this Sunday, has apparently been undisturbed since then. But a growing number of countries, including China and India, are planning moon missions, and new commercial space players may make lunar landings well.

July 16, 2014
Australian Broadcasting Corp.

NSW man who believes he found space junk from Russian rocket posts it on Gumtree for $100,000
A man who believes he found a piece of space junk from the Russian rocket which spectacularly re-entered the atmosphere over Australia put it up for sale for $100,000.

July 16, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle

NASA artifacts from Ames center go on display in local spaces
Well before World War II, when fields around Mountain View and Sunnyvale were rich with crops and orchards and no one had dreamed of Silicon Valley, the Army ruled a former Navy base at Moffett Field and trained its pilots for the Army Air Corps.

July 14, 2014
The Space Review

Kidnapping a Soviet space station
On March 10, 1985, the Space Shuttle Challenger was poised for launch at the Kennedy Space Center on an audacious mission: rendezvous with the unmanned Soviet Salyut-7 space station, capture it, stow it away in its cavernous payload bay, and bring it back to Earth.

July 13, 2014
Boston Globe

Collector selling capsules of space history
David Ursin pulls the pickup truck to the side of the road and gets out to check a loose strap on the trailer behind him, which holds a Gemini space capsule.

July 11, 2014

When Skylab Crashed Into Australia
Skylab, America's first space station, had a dramatic birth and death.

July 7, 2014
Florida Today

Final Atlantis crew reflects on progress
When Atlantis blasted off from Kennedy Space Center at 11:29 a.m. three years ago Tuesday, commander Chris Ferguson's watch began marking the time on NASA's final shuttle mission.

July 7, 2014

How NASA reinvented the tortilla, and other tales of food in space
During the early space shuttle days, NASA sent its astronauts into the heavens with fresh bread packed into a special food locker so they could make sandwiches.