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February 27, 2017

Apollo 11 spacecraft tags land on Antiques Roadshow for appraisal

Only days after the Smithsonian announced its national tour for Columbia, the spacecraft that flew the first men to walk on the moon, two rare artifacts off the Apollo 11 command module have turned up at a different type of roadshow — the Antiques Roadshow.

February 25, 2017

NASA to return Apollo lunar sample bag to auction winner, per court order

NASA, following a court order, will hand over a lunar sample bag to an Illinois woman who purchased the artifact at auction. The court's finding brings to an end an almost two-year dispute that landed the Apollo 11 moon rock bag at the center of multiple lawsuits.

February 23, 2017

'Mission Control' film about NASA's Apollo unsung heroes is a 'go' for theaters

A new feature length documentary about the NASA team that guided the early astronauts into space and onto the moon has received a 'go' to launch into movie theaters. "Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo" from Haviland Digital will be released in April.

February 22, 2017

Smithsonian to launch Apollo 11 Columbia spacecraft on national tour

The historic NASA spacecraft that flew with the first U.S. astronauts to walk on the moon will launch on a national tour celebrating the 50 years since its lunar mission. The Apollo 11 command module Columbia will travel to Houston, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Seattle.

February 22, 2017

'Destination Moon': Museums and science centers plan for Apollo 11 exhibit

For Houston, it will be a homecoming; for St. Louis, a product of its past. In Pittsburgh, it will be seen as a symbol of innovation; and in Seattle, an arrival worthy of a celebration. The Apollo 11 command module, Columbia, will go on a two-year tour to the four cities.

February 19, 2017

SpaceX rocket lifts off for space station on first launch from NASA's Apollo 11 pad

For the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle, a rocket lifted off from NASA's Pad 39A, the same historic site from where astronauts launched for the moon. A Dragon spacecraft bound for the space station leapt off Pad 39A on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

February 16, 2017

Lawmakers call for first NASA SLS rocket to be named for last man on moon

U.S. lawmakers have authored legislation to christen NASA's first Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket the "Cernan 1" for the late Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon. If passed into law, Cernan's name could fly with a crew back to the moon.

February 15, 2017

NASA to look at flying astronauts on board first Space Launch System mission

NASA is looking at flying astronauts on the first launch of its heavy-lift rocket, a mission that could possibly send a crew to orbit the moon around the same time as the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing in 2019, according to the space agency's chief.

February 14, 2017

Space shuttle crew mates Ochoa, Foale to enter Astronaut Hall of Fame

The first hispanic woman to fly in space and a physicist who turned to the stars to survive a collision in orbit will be inducted in the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in May. Ellen Ochoa and Michael Foale, who flew together on the space shuttle, will be honored.

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February 17, 2017
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Denver artist Kacena tapped by sister to design NASA patch for Rodent Research IV mission

When Denver resident Doug Kacena was a freshman at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1994, his older sister, Melissa, asked for a favor.

February 8, 2017

Museum of Flight gets intact moon rocket engine to go with beat-up Apollo artifacts

When historic rocket engine parts from the Apollo moon missions go on display in May in Seattle, museumgoers will be able to compare them with an intact F-1 engine.

February 8, 2017

NASA investigation into 'stolen moon rocks' turns into the saddest short story

Through FOIA, Motherboard's Jason Koebler managed to receive a handful of investigatory reports from NASA regarding missing property, covering cases as weird as satellite parts ending up on eBay or a "wheelbarrow full" of sensitive documents ending up in a off-site dumpster. However, no case is stranger — or sadder — than the "stolen moon rocks."

January 30, 2017
The Space Review

Adapter in the rough

Sometimes life is like a movie. Think of the scene when the hero finally finds the lost artifact, after years of searching, hope fading. In that moment, his years of study let him recognize it immediately, no matter how ravaged and incomplete it is. He points out features and fixtures, present or missing, and names them as his fellows approve and agree.

January 23, 2017
The Space Review

The Outer Space Treaty at 50

There is an important anniversary happening later this month, which might be overlooked or even downplayed. Fifty years ago, on January 27, 1967, the Outer Space Treaty was opened for signature.

January 19, 2017
Canadian Press

Roberta Bondar marks 25 years since becoming Canada's first woman in space

The morning of January 22, 1992, was chilly along the east coast of Florida.

January 16, 2017

China reveals shortlist of names and logos for 2020 Mars mission

China has revealed a shortlist of names and logos submitted for its ambitious first mission to Mars, set to launch in 2020, with the public set to vote for the winners.

December 30, 2016
Cincinnati Enquirer

A tree from seeds that went to the moon is set to be cut down

There is a tree, nearly a quarter century old, hidden among boarded up buildings and freshly razed lots in South Fairmount. The tree is one of only 90 surviving trees like it documented in the world. And it slated to be cut down sometime in the next two years.

December 12, 2016
Florida Today

Space patch artist remembers Mercury 7 astronauts

The inspiration came early in the morning Saturday. Artist Tim Gagnon, of Titusville, wanted to commemorate the Mercury 7 astronauts with last week's passing of John Glenn, the last surviving member. So he started drawing.