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July 29, 2016

'Star Trek: Discovery': Is the new starship named for NASA's space shuttle?

Four years ago, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum swapped out NASA space shuttles, trading the orbiter Enterprise for its sister ship Discovery. Now "Star Trek," the inspiration for the earlier shuttle's name, has done the same.

July 27, 2016

Goodbye Philae: Comet lander comm link switched off

The first-ever spacecraft to land on a comet has been cut off from the Earth forever. The European Space Agency (ESA) switched off the processor unit aboard its Rosetta orbiter, shutting down the communications interface with the Philae lander on Comet 67P.

July 22, 2016

Marvel's Rocket Raccoon and Groot star on space station payloads patch

Rocket Raccoon and Groot are launching to the International Space Station. The Marvel Comics characters star on the mission patch representing all of the payloads launching in 2016 to the U.S. National Laboratory on the orbiting outpost.

July 22, 2016

Sally Ride, Mae Jemison among 'Women of NASA' proposed as LEGO minifigs

They've been launched to the space station and journeyed to Jupiter, they have honored moonwalkers and made spaceflight the stuff of child's play. Now, they are going where no man, or rather woman, LEGO minifigure has gone before.

July 21, 2016

Space explorers from around the world to land in Houston for 2019 meeting

The world's largest annual meeting of space explorers will land in Houston in Fall 2019 to honor the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. The Association of Space Explorers selected Houston to host its 32nd Planetary Congress.

July 20, 2016

Smithsonian debuts Neil Armstrong gloves on display, reveals Apollo 11 3D model

The Smithsonian is marking the anniversary of the first moon landing with new museum and virtual exhibits showcasing some of the most historic Apollo 11 artifacts. Parts of Neil Armstrong's suit are returning to display and a 3D model of his spacecraft is now online.

July 19, 2016

Pluto stamp aboard NASA's New Horizons probe sets Guinness World Record

When NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew by the dwarf planet Pluto one year ago, the mission set a number of records. Beyond its own mission of discovery though, the robotic probe also served as the delivery vehicle for a small relic that set a record of its own.

July 16, 2016

Flight plan for Apollo 11 first moon landing getting crowdfunded re-issue

It was the minute-by-minute plan that put the first men on the moon in July 1969. Now, on its 47th anniversary, NASA's Apollo 11 Flight Plan is being relaunched as a crowd-funded reprint. Reproduction IO's Kickstarter project aims to reproduce the plan perfectly.

July 13, 2016

In-flight instructions used by first American in orbit John Glenn heads to auction

A scrolling checklist used by John Glenn as he became the first American to orbit Earth is now circling the auction block. The historic document, which Glenn used on his Mercury spacecraft Friendship 7, helped to track the capsule's position and astronaut's activities.

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July 28, 2016
The New York Times

Study Asks if Moon Astronauts Got Increased Heart Risks

Only 24 people have ever gone to deep space, or to the area beyond the Earth's magnetic shield. These are the Apollo astronauts who flew to the moon, the last of whom did so in 1972.

July 26, 2016

Meet the Artist Who Drew This 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Patch for NASA

Juan Doe is a comic book artist and self-described "space fanatic." When NASA's CASIS and Marvel came calling, he answered.

July 22, 2016
USA Today

Astronaut John Glenn's orbit the Earth in-flight instructions fetch $67,000

Astronaut John Glenn's in-flight instructions from his historic 1962 mission around Earth fetched nearly $67,000 at auction in Los Angeles on Thursday.

July 16, 2016
National Geographic

See Vintage Space Gear for Sale on Apollo 11 Anniversary

Houston, we have a sale. On July 20, the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, the New York auction house Bonhams is selling almost 300 celestial items in its eighth annual Space History Sale.

July 15, 2016
TIME Magazine

Here's Why John Glenn Still Matters at 95

If the Beatles had their McCartney and the 1927 Yankees had their Babe, the Original Seven astronauts had their John Glenn.

July 14, 2016
Ars Technica

A Cold War mystery: Why did Jimmy Carter save the space shuttle?

Ars solves the mystery by going directly to a primary source — the president himself.

July 11, 2016
The Atlantic

How Museums Fought for the Retired Space Shuttles

The icons of space exploration had long journeys from orbit to their permanent homes.

July 9, 2016

The code that took America to the moon was just published to GitHub, and it's like a 1960s time capsule

When programmers at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory set out to develop the flight software for the Apollo 11 space program in the mid-1960s, the necessary technology did not exist. They had to invent it.

June 30, 2016
Florida Today

KSC Visitor Complex tops off Heroes & Legends attraction

Raising a silhouette of a pioneering rocket plane above its entrance, NASA and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Thursday morning celebrated completion of the initial structure that will house the new Heroes & Legends attraction, scheduled to open to the public on Veterans Day.