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December 1, 2020

Street artist Tristan Eaton to offer replicas of SpaceX-launched art

Tristan Eaton, a street artist whose original creations lifted off on SpaceX's first rocket to fly with NASA astronauts on board, is now ready for his own launch, of sorts: the sale of limited edition replicas of his space-flown "Human Kind" artwork.

December 1, 2020

Chang'e 5 probe lands on moon to collect and return lunar samples

China has landed a robotic spacecraft on the moon, moving a step closer to returning the first lunar samples to Earth in more than 40 years. The Chang'e 5 lander touched down in the moon's Oceanus Procellarum ("Ocean of Storms").

November 24, 2020

Panel reviews designs for NASA's 'Hidden Figures' Congressional Gold Medals

When it comes to depicting the women mathematicians and engineers whose work helped to advance supersonic flight research and landing the first humans on the moon, do you show them as the "hidden figures" or bring them into the light?

November 23, 2020

China launches Chang'e 5 on first attempt at moon rock return in 44 years

China has launched a robotic spacecraft to the moon in an attempt to do something that has not been achieved in almost 45 years — return lunar samples to Earth. The Chang'e 5 mission lifted off on a Long March 5 rocket from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center.

November 20, 2020

'The Real Right Stuff' film trades actors for archival footage as series companion

About halfway through "The Real Right Stuff," the new National Geographic documentary now on Disney+ soars past the Mercury astronaut stories depicted in the eight-episode "The Right Stuff" series for which it serves as a nonfiction companion.

November 20, 2020

'The Right Stuff' recap: Hey, let's get up there ('Flight')

The first season of "The Right Stuff" comes to an end with the flight of the first American into space. But "Flight," the title of the eighth and last episode of the National Geographic series' inaugural run on Disney+, seems to refer to more than just the Mercury mission.

November 18, 2020

Cosmonauts prep for module removal on spacewalk out new airlock

Two cosmonauts opened a new door to the outside of the International Space Station while preparing for the replacement of a 19-year-old docking module. Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov inaugurated the use of the Poisk module as an airlock.

November 18, 2020

Law firm claims stake in tape strips used to lift moon dust off Apollo 11 sample bag

A Kansas City law firm has filed suit over what it claims is its financial stake in five small strips of possibly-moon-dust-stained carbon tape, extending a complicated legal saga that has surrounded a white zippered pouch used on the first moon landing.

November 16, 2020

'Baby Yoda' revealed as astronauts' zero-g indicator on SpaceX Crew-1 mission

The crewmates who lifted off on SpaceX's first operational crewed mission for NASA are proving "this is the way." The Crew-1 astronauts revealed their fifth crew member — a small plush doll of "The Child" from the Star Wars spinoff series "The Mandalorian."

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Bill Ingalls has never been in space, but in more than 30 years as a contract photographer for NASA, he has traveled nearly everywhere else.

November 23, 2020
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How a Thanksgiving Day gag ruffled feathers in Mission Control

The phone call from the "Mountain" to Mission Control in Houston came at just about the worst possible time. It was the wee hours of Thanksgiving morning in 1991. Up in space, the crew members on board space shuttle Atlantis were sleeping. Now all of a sudden, Lead Flight Director Milt Heflin faced a crisis.

November 6, 2020

Haul of rare photos of space exploration's 'golden age' up for auction, including Armstrong on moon

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October 28, 2020
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October 27, 2020
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With skeletons in retro shirts and ties, Park Ridge family's Halloween display recreates 1966 NASA space launch

When it comes to decorating their front yard for Halloween, Ken and Julie Kovacin's visions go far beyond the typical jack-o'-lantern. This year, they went all the way back to the early days of space travel.

October 24, 2020

Resting places for Boeing's moon rovers win Washington state landmark status

Three spots on the moon are now official Washington state historic landmarks, thanks to a unanimous vote by a state commission.

October 17, 2020
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October 7, 2020
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September 25, 2020
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Patriots souvenir lands on historic mission to space with astronaut Jessica Meir

The Patriots Super Bowl LIII banner made its debut last September, as it was unfurled in front of a sold-out Gillette Stadium crowd. Just months later, a miniature version of that same banner would be unpacked in the most unexpected of places — the International Space Station [ISS].