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November 9, 2018

NASA's restored Mission Control consoles touch down in Houston

NASA's efforts to restore its Apollo-era Mission Control has given new meaning to "We're go, Flight!" The call, which 50 years ago was in reference to the flight director, could now also apply to the consoles that flew aboard NASA's Super Guppy aircraft.

November 5, 2018

Neil Armstrong collection commands $5.2 million at auction

A bumper sticker from Wapakoneta, Ohio, advertising the city as the hometown of the "First Man to Step on the Moon" sold for $250. The vintage decal was among the least expensive items from Neil Armstrong's collection offered by Heritage Auctions.

November 2, 2018

Vans celebrates 60 years of NASA history with 'Space Voyager' sneakers

Since the 1960s, Vans has marketed its skate shoes as being "Off the Wall." But with the launch of its latest capsule, the sneakers might be more aptly tagged as "off the planet." Vans introduced its Space Voyager Collection, celebrating NASA's 60 years.

October 31, 2018

Thousands of Neil Armstrong's mementos up for auction

In life, Neil Armstrong was not one to assign much value to memorabilia. But the items that he and his family kept from his time as a boy scout to his becoming the first person to walk on the moon are about be assessed for all they are worth — at auction.

October 30, 2018

Sotheby's to offer Russian robot-retrieved moon rocks at auction, again

The only known pieces of the moon to be collected from the lunar surface and be legally sold are returning to the auction block, 25 years after they were first offered. The three tiny lunar pebbles will headline Sotheby's next space exploration auction.

October 29, 2018

Audit: NASA lost moon buggy, other space artifacts due to poor policies

After 60 years of space exploration, NASA could do a better job of tracking its history, federal investigators have found. The NASA Office of Inspector General completed an audit of NASA's historic property and made recommendations to better retain artifacts.

October 25, 2018

Hot Wheels Tesla Roadster toy celebrates SpaceX-launched car

Eight months after SpaceX launched a Tesla Roadster into space, the sports car can now be found 170 million miles away from Earth — and on local toy store shelves. Mattel has released a Hot Wheels die-cast model of the "1st car to orbit the Sun."

October 24, 2018

Northrop Grumman names space station-bound ship for moonwalker John Young

NASA's first astronaut to fly six times into space (seven, if you count his launch off the moon) and command four different types of spacecraft will add one more vehicle to his credit, if only in name. Northrop Grumman will launch the S.S. John Young cargo ship.

October 24, 2018

'Gene Kranz Day' honors Apollo-era flight director, funds Mission Control revival

A NASA legend who led the team that landed humans on the moon was saluted in Houston for his current role preserving the site where the Apollo 11 mission was managed. Oct. 23, 2018 was proclaimed "Gene Kranz Day" for the flight director.

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Nov. 13, 2018
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Executive: Kennedy Space Center now top-ranked attraction over Orlando's Disney World

Orlando's Walt Disney World is no longer the top themed attraction when it comes to social media reviews in Florida — the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has taken over.

Oct. 18, 2018
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Fastest-flying Scout flag in history now in a museum where it belongs

Troop flags have traveled to mountain peaks, been carried on 50-mile hikes and flown proudly at World Scout Jamborees on five different continents. But no troop flag has traveled farther — or faster — than the banner belonging to Troop 355 of Weatherford, Okla.

Oct. 14, 2018
High Plains Public Radio

Hutchinson To Hollywood: Locally Created Movie Props Make Big Screen Debut

A Hutchinson company helped set the scene in the new movie "First Man."

Oct. 10, 2018
Associated Press

Betty Grissom, widow of astronaut Virgil 'Gus' Grissom, dies

Betty Lavonne Grissom, who successfully sued a NASA contractor after her husband, Virgil "Gus" Grissom, and two other astronauts died in the 1967 Apollo launch pad fire, has died. She was 91.

Oct. 1, 2018

NASA's 60th Anniversary Puts Its History Office in the Spotlight

NASA turns 60 years old today (Oct. 1), and while the agency has been particularly focused on its past in anticipation of the big milestone, that's business as usual for a little-known office within NASA.

Sept. 28, 2018
The New York Times

Neil Armstrong Walked on the Moon. To These Boys, He Was Just Dad.

As the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 approaches, Rick and his brother Mark, 55, are auctioning about 3,000 belongings of their father, who died in 2012. In the process, they are revisiting their childhoods and the enduring legacy of their father as the first person to walk on the moon.

Sept. 11, 2018
The Verge

Product placement may help power NASA's next big space mission

Imagine: it's 2020, and NASA is about to launch its next robotic rover to Mars. But its name isn't something simple like Curiosity or Sojourner. Instead, it's the Michelin Tire Trailblazer, named for the company that bought the mission's naming rights and the famous Michelin man is adorned on the side of the spacecraft.

Sept. 11, 2018
The Wall Street Journal

Why Men Are Looking to Space for Style Tips

While real-life Bond characters Elon Musk and Richard Branson are speeding toward the possibility of actual travel to the cosmos for civilians, menswear designers are embroiled in their own space race.

Aug. 31, 2018
The Plain Dealer

First African-American astronaut in space, Guion Bluford Jr., honored at Great Lakes Science Center

The Great Lakes Science Center contributed to the decorated career of retired astronaut Guion Bluford Jr. on Thursday by marking the 35th anniversary of his maiden space shuttle mission with the unveiling of a new exhibit dedicated in his honor.