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January 11, 2019

'Starman' aboard: Hot Wheels toy features SpaceX spacesuited driver

There's a Starman waiting in the sky, and now in stores, too. Mattel has released a new Hot Wheels toy model of Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster that launched atop SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy rocket one year ago. The toy features a miniature "Starman" driver.

January 7, 2019

Stephen Curry's 'Moon Landing' sneakers land on eBay for STEM education

A professional basketball player who made headlines by calling the Apollo moon landings into question has taken his "moon boot" out of his mouth and put it up for auction. Stephen Curry is offering his lunar sneakers to support STEM education.

January 3, 2019

China's Chang'e 4 probe achieves historic first landing on far side of moon

A Chinese robotic probe carrying a small, multi-wheeled rover has become the first spacecraft in history to land on the far side of the moon. China's Chang'e 4 lander touched down on the side of the moon that permanently faces away from Earth.

January 1, 2019

NASA's New Horizons flies by Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule

NASA entered the new year with a new horizon, the farthest-ever encounter with a planetary object. The space agency's New Horizons probe flew by the small world "Ultima Thule" on New Year's Day. It was the first close pass of a Kuiper Belt object.

December 27, 2018

Moon landing prints: Bureau of Engraving and Printing marks Apollo 11 50th

The government agency that prints U.S. money is producing a new set of paper to mark 50 years since the first moon landing. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is offering the "Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Engraved Print Collection."

December 21, 2018

Shuttle veterans Buchli, Kavandi to enter Astronaut Hall of Fame

A member of NASA's "Thirty-Five New Guys" and the 35th woman to fly into space will enter the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in April. James Buchli and Janet Kavandi will be enshrined as the Hall's 2019 inductees at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

December 20, 2018

Soyuz MS-09 returns station crew to Earth after 197 days in space

A cosmonaut and two astronauts returned from the International Space Station on a spacecraft that had been the source of a small pressure leak on the outpost. Sergey Prokopyev, Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Alexander Gerst logged 197 days in space.

December 17, 2018

US Mint reveals coin design for American Indians in space program

The United States Mint has revealed the design for its 2019 coin celebrating the roles of Native Americans in NASA history. The "American Indians in the Space Program" Native American $1 coin features engineer Mary Ross and astronaut John Herrington.

December 15, 2018

Metal Earth model kits celebrate Apollo 11 history and Starliner's future

A scale model company is celebrating the past and future of U.S. spacecraft with the latest additions to its popular Metal Earth line. Fascinations recently introduced two kits that commemorate Apollo 11's 50th and a model of Boeing's Starliner crew capsule.

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Jan. 2, 2019
Houston Chronicle

Former Chronicle reporter Al Reinert, co-writer of 'Apollo 13' script, dead at 71

Al Reinert, the former Houston Chronicle crime reporter who brought poetic images of space to audiences with the documentary film "For All Mankind," and co-wrote the film "Apollo 13," died due to complications of cancer on the early morning of New YearŐs Eve in his home of Wimberley. He was 71.

Jan. 1, 2019
San Diego Tribune

Oceanside man celebrated as hidden figure of space program

Oceanside resident Shelby Jacobs, 83, is responsible for one of the most iconic video images of NASA's race to put a man on the moon in the 1960s.

Dec. 28, 2018
National Air and Space Museum

Remembering Nancy Grace Roman, "Mother of Hubble"

In 1961, Nancy Grace Roman was already the first Chief of Astronomy in NASA's Office of Space Science.

Dec. 24, 2018

Tiny museum with big names gets back to Earth after half-year tour on ISS

A space museum of micro-miniatures designed by a craftsman from Siberia's Novosibirsk city, Vladimir Aniskin, wrapped up its half-a-year tour on board the International Space Station before getting back home last week.

Dec. 24, 2018
The Washington Post

Earthrise: The stunning photo that changed how we see our planet

The astronauts had spun around the moon a few times already, their gaze pointed down on the gray, pockmarked lunar surface. But now as they completed another orbit of the moon on Christmas Eve 1968, Frank Borman, the commander of the Apollo 8 mission, rolled the spacecraft, and, soon, there it was.

Dec. 14, 2018
Vanity Fair

Music on the Moon: Meet Mickey Kapp, Master of Apollo 11's Astro-Mixtapes

For the famous lunar mission, the astronauts took cassettes that were filled with music befitting their tastes — from Barbra Streisand to Glen Campbell — by a record executive.

Dec. 11, 2018
The Washington Post

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic says it is on the cusp of flying humans to space. But where does space begin?

As soon as Thursday, Virgin Galactic plans to fire the rocket motor of its spacecraft and fly to an altitude of more than 50 miles. If it accomplishes that goal, it would proclaim it has reached the edge of space, and that its pilots are the first astronauts to launch from United States soil since the last space shuttle mission in 2011.

Dec. 10, 2018
Vanity Fair

Tracking Down JoAnn Morgan, a Semi-Hidden Figure of U.S. Space History

Morgan was the only woman inside the control room at the historic launch of Apollo 11 in 1969. A glimpse of her is seen in a new documentary about the lunar mission, but that's only the beginning of her story.

Dec. 9, 2018
Vanity Fair

The Found Footage That Provides a Whole New Look at the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

In the new documentary "Apollo 11," freshly unearthed footage of the 1969 lunar mission, with the help of a community of space nerds, will tell the story of the historic event in a new way, making the film as much a cinematic discovery as a celestial one.