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May 28, 2015

NASA's last space shuttle external tank to complete Endeavour L.A. exhibit

It is a sight no one thought possible again: a complete NASA space shuttle – the winged orbiter, solid rocket boosters and a massive external tank, all authentic flight hardware – standing vertical as if poised for launch. But that's exactly what will be going on exhibit.

May 28, 2015

[Photos] ET-94: NASA's last space shuttle external tank

And then there was one... When the space shuttle was retired in 2011, there were three orbiters to place in museums and the parts remaining to build 16 solid rocket boosters. But there was only one flight-worthy external tank remaining: ET-94.

May 27, 2015

NASA moves space station module, clears way for commercial crew spacecraft

The International Space Station has a newly vacated parking spot thanks to the move of a module to a different port on the complex. The room's relocation advanced the plans to dock Boeing and SpaceX commercial crew spacecraft at the space station.

May 26, 2015

Google 'Doodle' celebrates Sally Ride, the first American woman in space

Google has paid tribute to the United States' first woman in space with animated Doodles on its site. The whimsical scenes are timed to celebrate what would have been the late astronaut Sally Ride's 64th birthday.

May 22, 2015

Disney's 'Tomorrowland' draws inspiration from NASA's past and future

In the new Disney film "Tomorrowland," now in theaters, NASA provides the launch pad, literally and figuratively, for the movie's plot to unfold. "To many of us on the film, NASA is close to our hearts," Brad Bird, director of "Tomorrowland," said.

May 20, 2015

Air Force X-37B spaceplane lifts off on 4th flight, with LightSail in tow

The U.S. Air Force's classified X-37B space shuttle is back in orbit, having launched on its fourth flight, with a prototype solar sailing satellite in tow. The unmannned Orbital Test Vehicle soared from Cape Canaveral atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

May 17, 2015

Chuck Norris delivers punch of support for space shuttle exhibit at Houston gala

Chuck Norris Fact #905: Before NASA used a 747 jet to ferry its space shuttles, Chuck Norris carried the orbiters on his back. That may or may not be true, but Norris did help land a punch of support for the exhibit of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft in Houston.

May 13, 2015

Bill Nye launches Kickstarter to push solar sailing cubesat to space

Bill Nye (The Science Guy) wants you to be a part – and get a part – of a "revolutionary solar sailing spacecraft." The leader of The Planetary Society has started crowdfunding for LightSail, a citizen-funded flight by light.

May 13, 2015

'What is Pluto?' How astronaut Mark Kelly fared on Celebrity Jeopardy!

The astronaut who commanded the second-to-last space shuttle mission placed second on "Celebrity Jeopardy!," finishing behind an NFL football player. "Jeopardy made flying a rocket look easy!" said Mark Kelly.

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May 27, 2015
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Late space buff's passion lives on

Almost a year after his untimely death, Leon Ford's passion for space will help others.

May 27, 2015
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Malmesbury millionaire buys a Russian rocket for his garden

A Russian rocket that once sailed through the earth's atmosphere faster than any other man-made object today resides in a Wiltshire garden after being snapped-up by internet millionaire Rory Sweet.

May 13, 2015
Associated Press

Clooney, astronauts mark 45th anniversary of Apollo 13

George Clooney has joined astronauts Jim Lovell, Tom Stafford and Eugene "Gene" Cernan at a gala in Texas to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission.

May 6, 2015
Huntsville Times

Oscar Holderer dies, last of Wernher von Braun's original 'Operation Paperclip' moon rocket team

Oscar Carl Holderer, the last member of Dr. Wernher von Braun's original "Operation Paperclip" team that built the Saturn V moon rocket, died Tuesday in Huntsville, Ala. He was 95.

May 3, 2015
Times of San Diego

'Astronaut Wives Club' Member Jo Schirra Dies at 91; Widow of Wally

Josephine "Jo" Schirra, married 62 years to one of the original Project Mercury astronauts, died April 27 at her Rancho Santa Fe home, according to a death notice.

May 1, 2015
Waco Tribune-Herald

Robinson leader's space shuttle replica finds new home

A little-known Robinson space shuttle — a custom-built replica of a NASA orbiter completed by city manager Bob Cervenka — left the city last week and travelled to its permanent home at the INFINITY Science Center, the official visitor center for NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

April 27, 2015
Florida Today

Neil Armstrong 'lands' at Madame Tussauds in Orlando

One small step for Tussauds, one giant step for Floridians.

April 22, 2015
Midland (TX) Reporter-Telegram

Capt. Alan Bean turns astronaut experience into art

When talking to someone who has walked on the moon, everything else just seems small. But retired U.S. Navy Captain and NASA astronaut Alan Bean hardly rests on his laurels. Instead, he'd prefer to paint.