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August 5, 2020

Astronauts: SpaceX capsule could land in Smithsonian, someday

The first U.S. commercial spacecraft to launch astronauts into Earth orbit and then return them home safely could land in the Smithsonian, but not yet, said its crew. Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley considered the future of their SpaceX mission artifacts.

August 2, 2020

Astronauts on SpaceX capsule make first American splashdown in 45 years

Two NASA astronauts flying on SpaceX's first crewed capsule have safely splashed down from the International Space Station, marking the first water landing by a U.S. crew in 45 years. Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley returned to Earth after 64 days.

July 30, 2020

NASA Perseverance rover lifts off to Mars to cache signs of life

NASA's first Mars mission dedicated to searching for and caching signs of life for a future return to Earth is now on its way to the Red Planet. The Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter launched atop an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

July 28, 2020

NASA's Perseverance rover to test future spacesuit materials on Mars

NASA's Perseverance rover is headed to Mars "well suited" to help advance the day when humans walk on the Red Planet. Small material swatches mounted to the six-wheeled vehicle will help validate NASA's fabric choices for future Mars spacesuits.

July 28, 2020

Donations needed to 'Save Space Camp' after pandemic shortfall

Space Camp may soon be forced to count down to its final launch. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, which has been home to Space Camp since 1982, announced that it is at risk of permanently closing as a result of economic shortfalls due to the pandemic.

July 27, 2020

Mars sample return: NASA Perseverance rover to return Martian meteorites to Mars

NASA is preparing to launch its first Mars sample return mission, though not in the traditional sense of the term. The space agency is sending its Perseverance rover to the Red Planet with two pieces of Martian meteorite that were discovered on Earth.

July 25, 2020

'The Right Stuff' cast debuts first clip from NatGeo and Disney+ space series

A missing piece of mail almost derails Alan Shepard's future in a first look scene from the pilot episode of "The Right Stuff." The clip was set up by actor Jake McDorman, who portrays the real-life astronaut in the Disney+ series from National Geographic.

July 25, 2020

'For All Mankind' enters the shuttle era in first look at Apple TV+ series' season two

The space race between the United States and Soviet Union will charge into uncharted territory — and history, based on the first look at the second season of the Apple TV+ streaming service series "For All Mankind." Watch the Comic-Con@Home new teaser.

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July 24, 2020
The New York Times

Rene Carpenter, Astronaut's Wife Who Broke NASA Mold, Dies at 92

Rene Carpenter, the last surviving member of the much-glorified cohort of Mercury 7 astronauts and their wives, whom Tom Wolfe immortalized in his best-selling 1979 book "The Right Stuff," died on Friday in Denver. She was 92.

July 24, 2020

I Found NASA Astronaut Gene Cernan's Missing Moon Camera... on Earth

It's often repeated how most of the cameras that landed on the moon stayed on the moon. Astronaut Gene Cernan had been telling the story of how he left his camera on the lunar rover for years, recounting the tale in interviews.

July 20, 2020
The Space Review

Handshakes and histories: The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, 45 years later

Now, 45 years later, the Russian space agency Roscosmos has released a large trove of declassified documents about the Soviet side of this event which at the time seemed incredibly historic, but in retrospect now looks like a minor footnote in a long and continuing rivalry. Hindsight, it turns out, can be blurrier than we think.

July 17, 2020
Florida Today

Lockheed Martin will lease former Astronaut Hall of Fame for NASA's Orion spacecraft

A Titusville building once used for honoring American astronauts will continue its spaceflight legacy when Lockheed Martin begins using the facility next year for work related to NASA's Orion crew capsule.

July 16, 2020
Florida Today

Monument to nation's space program vandalized at Titusville Space View Park

Titusville Police were attempting to find out who scrawled graffiti across a monument honoring astronauts and workers involved with the nationŐs space program and the moon mission.

July 9, 2020
Houston Chronicle

Can astronauts be allergic to moon dust? NASA seeks an answer.

Allergies are annoying on Earth, but imagine having them on the moon while wearing a spacesuit: Your eyes are watering, nose is itchy and the helmet acts an effective barrier for the tissue.

July 9, 2020
The New York Times

Campaign Urges NASA to Rename the John C. Stennis Space Center

For 32 years, a NASA rocket testing center in southern Mississippi has carried the name of John C. Stennis, a former United States senator who was a champion of racial segregation for most of his time in Congress.

July 6, 2020
Houston Chronicle

Neil Armstrong's former El Lago home lists at $375K, offers chance to own piece of NASA history

Now's your chance to own a piece of NASA history. The family home of Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, is now on the market for $375,000.

July 5, 2020
Ars Technica

NASA's most iconic building is 55 years old and just getting started

NASA's Kennedy Space Center is now nearly six decades old — it was formally created on July 1, 1962 as a separate entity from Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. Construction began soon after.