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November 25, 2015

Christie's to auction Omega Speedmaster watches flown in space and to the moon

Four decades after it journeyed a quarter of a million miles out into space, a watch used by the last astronaut to orbit the moon alone is set to be sold at an auction devoted to the make, model and history of the well-traveled timepiece.

November 24, 2015

Blue Origin's 'New Shepard' achieves first spaceflight and rocket landing

For the first time in history, a rocket used to launch a payload into space has returned to Earth and landed upright. Blue Origin's New Shepard sub-orbital capsule flew 62.5 miles high (100.5 km), just past the internationally-recognized boundary of space.

November 23, 2015

Fans' LEGO Saturn V rocket lands 'go/no-go' product launch review

A fan-suggested 3-foot-tall model of NASA's historic Saturn V moon rocket has landed on LEGO's launch pad and is now awaiting an official "go/no-go" call as to whether it will lift off as a commercial toy set.

November 20, 2015

Photos: Recovered NASA engines land at Seattle's Museum of Flight

At a press conference held on the 46 year anniversary of the second lunar landing, The Museum of Flight in Seattle publicly showed for a first time the preserved remains of the F-1 rocket engines that were used to launch NASA's Apollo 12 and Apollo 16 missions.

November 19, 2015 CEO delivers historic NASA moon engines to Seattle museum's CEO personally oversaw the delivery of some large artifacts from NASA's history, completing a shipment that traveled by truck, boat, and rocket. Jeff Bezos came to The Museum of Flight for the arrival of the restored remains of F-1 rocket engines.

November 16, 2015

SS Deke Slayton to fly, again: Orbital ATK names second ship for Mercury astronaut

Deke Slayton waited 16 years to fly in space after he was selected as one of the original Mercury astronauts in 1959. When he finally did get to fly, Slayton advised, "Decide what you want to do, and then never give up until you've done it."

November 12, 2015

Smithsonian seeking space fans to retype Apollo spacecraft packing lists

Are you a fan of the Apollo moon landings? Are you curious about all the different types of items that the astronauts carried onboard their command and lunar modules? Can you type? If so, then the Smithsonian might just have the perfect pastime project for you.

November 12, 2015

Bulova to sell replica of astronaut's watch worn on the moon

A replica of the only privately-owned watch worn by an astronaut on the moon's surface will soon go on sale for much less than the astronomical price tag that the historic flown timepiece sold for at a recent auction.

November 10, 2015

Lone Star Flight Museum to land at airport where NASA astronaut jets take off

For years, NASA astronaut Bonnie Dunbar came to Ellington Airport to fly. She returned to the southeast Houston airport, the home of the space agency's aircraft operations, to dig — in honor of the history, and future, of flight.

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November 23, 2015
Air&Space Magazine

The Watches That Went to the Moon

It was a grand watch, a combination timepiece-stopwatch built by Omega to be water-resistant, shock-proof, and able to withstand 12 Gs of acceleration. Most impressive of all: It had flown on Apollo 11, the first mission to land humans on the moon.

November 22, 2015
File 770

Orphaned Rover Still Available After Auction

Buddy's Antique Auction in Arab, Alabama might not be the first place you'd look to buy a genuine Lunar Rover — but it should be! The salvaged LRV recently in the news was scheduled for auction on November 21.

November 11, 2015

NASA's Quest to Reclaim Lost Spacesuits Before They Were Auctioned

What do a military surplus store, an antiques mall in Texas, and the bottom of Florida's largest lake have in common? They all, at one point or another, were places where you could find historically important NASA spacesuits, if you were lucky.

November 2, 2015

Lift off! A history of watches in space

On a recent trip to the Johnson Space Center in Houston to commemorate the ultimately safe return of the Apollo 13 mission, our group was most struck by how primitive the technology used in the space programme looks today.

October 27, 2015

Someone in Alabama Sold a Priceless Lunar Rover for Scrap Metal

During the Apollo missions, NASA only made a handful of lunar rovers. Three of them are still sitting on the surface of the moon. One of them is at the Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. And another was recently smashed into bits in an Alabama junkyard.

October 23, 2015
KJZZ/Arizona Science Desk

Astronaut's Son In Search Of Apollo 14 Moon Trees Planted By Father

Jack Roosa had anything but a typical childhood. In the Houston area where he lived in the 1960s, among his playmates were the Armstrong, Aldrin and Shepard kids.

October 22, 2015
Dayton Daily News

Astronauts come to museum to discuss space program that never launched

Robert Crippen chose a highly secretive Air Force space flight program in the 1960s thinking he would have a better chance to fly in space than choosing the NASA astronaut corps and ride on a Gemini space flight.

October 19, 2015
Lockheed Martin

Celebrating a Storied History in the Heavens: 10th Anniversary of the Final Titan

It was 10 years ago when Barb Sande gazed upward to watch the last Titan rocket soar into a cloudless, blue sky from its launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

October 12, 2015
The Space Review

Declassified documents offer a new perspective on Yuri Gagarin's flight

As anyone who has done research on the topic knows, there's an abundance of bewildering information about the Soviet space program, both in print and especially online.