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October 18, 2017

S.S. Gene Cernan: Space station resupply ship named for late moonwalker

The last human to step foot off the moon is the latest astronaut to be honored with the naming of a station-bound cargo spacecraft. Orbital ATK's next Cygnus resupply ship, the S.S. Gene Cernan, is christened for the late Apollo 17 commander.


October 18, 2017

'Women of NASA' LEGO set to launch for sale Nov. 1

Four trailblazing figures from NASA's history are set to launch as new LEGO minifigures. Astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, as well as programmer Margaret Hamilton and astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, feature in the LEGO Ideas set, "Women of NASA."


October 12, 2017

Apollo 11 spacecraft traveling exhibit lands at Space Center Houston (photos)

A moon ship has landed in Space City. The iconic Apollo 11 command module Columbia has arrived at Space Center Houston, where it is premiering Oct. 14 as the centerpiece of the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibit "Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission."


October 11, 2017

Starry Knights: UCF football team to wear NASA-themed uniforms

A Florida football team is about to add a few stars to its Knights. The University of Central Florida has revealed that its Knights football team will wear NASA-inspired uniforms for a "Space Game" on Oct. 14, including a space mission patch and astronomical helmet.


October 9, 2017

'Destination Moon' traveling exhibit marks return to Houston for Apollo 11 spacecraft

The last time that it traveled to Houston, the spacecraft that flew the first humans to walk on the moon was purposely kept away from the public. On its first return to the Texas city in 48 years, the Apollo 11 command module Columbia will be available for all to see.


October 6, 2017

Coat of arms for Canada's new Governor General nods to her astronaut past

As a Canadian astronaut, Julie Payette used mission patches to represent her spaceflight experiences and personal journey. Now, as Canada's new Governor General, she has a new symbol of her achievements — her coat of arms.


October 5, 2017

Astronauts give a 'hand' to robotic arm on spacewalk outside station

Two U.S. astronauts gave a Canadian robot arm a hand, removing and replacing one of the manipulator's two latching end effectors. Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei, both of NASA, went outside the International Space Station to work on the Canadarm2.


October 3, 2017

Astronaut-photographer Terry Virts shares 'View from Above' in new book

If a single picture is worth a thousand words, then astronaut Terry Virts has said had a lot to say about the view from space. So much so, that the photos in his "View from Above," represent less than one tenth of one percent of all the photographs he took in space.


September 27, 2017

Sputnik replica sells for $850K sixty years after launch of original satellite

A full-scale, vintage test model of the world's first artificial satellite sold at auction for more than three-quarters of a million dollars, just one week before the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik-1 and the beginning of the Space Age.


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October 16, 2017
The Space Review

From Skylab to Shuttle to the Smithsonian


Transition periods between space programs can be awkward, messy, and wasteful. We are certainly seeing that today as NASA has retired the space shuttle and spent many years trying to move on to the next phase — or more realistically, phases — in its human spaceflight program.

October 7, 2017
The New York Times

Joseph Schmitt, 101, Spacesuit Technician for Early Astronauts, Dies


Joseph W. Schmitt, who as one of NASA's earliest "suit techs" was often the last person to have face-to-face contact with astronauts before they shot skyward on their historic missions, died on Sept. 25 in Friedswood, Tex. He was 101.

September 22, 2017
The New York Times

Sputnik for Sale, if You'll Settle for a Beeping Replica


This could be your chance to make Sputnik beep again.

September 21, 2017
Florida Today

'Moon Tree' that traveled on Apollo mission and planted at KSC toppled by Hurricane Irma


A tiny tree seed that began its voyage in an Apollo command module and later sprouted to life at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex was lost to the winds of Hurricane Irma earlier this month.

September 11, 2017
Scientific American

China's Delayed Moon Mission Sparks Debate over Lunar Samples


The Chang'e 5 spacecraft could return invaluable new moon rocks to Earth, but who will get to study them?

September 1, 2017
The New Yorker

Dr. Space Junk Unearths the Cultural Landscape of the Cosmos


When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon, in 1969, the first images of his momentous leap were received and relayed by antennas at the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station, nestled in the foothills of a remote mountain valley in the Australian Alps, south of Canberra. Nothing now remains of the station but its concrete foundations.

August 28, 2017
Smithsonian

A Moonwalk Did Not Destroy Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit, Now Time Won't Either


In 2019, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will herald one of the crowning achievements of America's space mission—the first human steps ever taken on the moon — with the display of the pressure suit, helmet and gloves worn by Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who famously said, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," as he set his boots down on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969.

August 14, 2017
Click Orlando

Thrift shop bargain hunters find rare NASA flight suits


Talia Rappa and Skyer Ashworth turned summer bargain shopping at a Titusville Thrift store closeout into the stuff of NASA collectors' legend when the central Florida college students paid 20 cents each for five rare NASA flight suits that experts say could be valued at $5,000 each or more.

August 3, 2017
Florida Today

Fashion goes out of this world


The fashion industry is discovering what we in Brevard have known for decades: Space is hot. Or should that be haute?