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January 23, 2017

Landmarks, on and off Earth, honor Apollo 1 astronauts 50 years after fire

A football field used by schools surrounding Johnson Space Center in Houston will take on a new name in memory of the astronauts who died in a launch pad fire 50 years ago. Apollo Field joins a number of memorials on and off Earth for the fallen crew.

January 19, 2017

'Mission Mars' exhibit brings exploration of red planet to Space Center Houston

NASA's ambition to send astronauts to Mars comes alive in an interactive exhibit opening at Space Center Houston. The new "Mission Mars" exhibit invites guests to step onto the red planet at the official visitor center for the Johnson Space Center in Texas.

January 18, 2017

CBS gives go for 'Mission Control' TV pilot from author of 'The Martian'

The author of "The Martian" just got the "go" for a pilot of a different type. Andy Weir, who penned the book that served as the basis for the 2015 feature film "The Martian," has now written "Mission Control," a space adventure headed for television.

January 17, 2017

'An outstanding crewmate': Gene Cernan, last man on the moon, remembered

The death of Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, elicited remembrances from his fellow Apollo astronauts and those working to follow in his lunar bootprints. "He was an outstanding crewmate," wrote Apollo 17 lunar module pilot Harrison Schmitt.

January 16, 2017

Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan, last man to walk on the moon, dies at 82

Gene Cernan, who as the commander of the final lunar landing in 1972 became known as the "last man on the moon," died on Monday (Jan. 16). "[He] left his mark on the history of exploration by flying three times in space — twice to the moon," said NASA.

January 13, 2017

Space Visor VR headset offers virtual tour of space artifacts, space station

Visitors to NASA's Kennedy Space Center can now take home the retired space shuttle Atlantis, the International Space Station and the entire solar system as souvenirs – all via a virtual reality (VR) headset and app-driven experience.

January 11, 2017

New 'Neil Armstrong Award of Excellence' to honor Astronaut Scholars

An award named for the first man to walk on the moon will honor scientists and engineers whose achievements reflect the same set of principles personified by Neil Armstrong and all of the astronauts who have ventured into space.

January 10, 2017

Space shuttle Endeavour exhibit gains two flight-worthy solid rocket boosters

The space shuttle Endeavour display at the California Science Center is getting a 'boost' in the form of two towering flight-worthy add-ons. Orbital ATK and NASA are donating a set of solid rocket boosters for the exhibit of the retired winged orbiter.

January 9, 2017

NASA's historic first mission control center recreated for 'Hidden Figures'

NASA's first mission control briefly returns to service in the 20th Century Fox film "Hidden Figures," seven years after the building was demolished and two months after its original contents reopened on public display as part of a new attraction.

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January 19, 2017
Canadian Press

Roberta Bondar marks 25 years since becoming Canada's first woman in space

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January 16, 2017

China reveals shortlist of names and logos for 2020 Mars mission

China has revealed a shortlist of names and logos submitted for its ambitious first mission to Mars, set to launch in 2020, with the public set to vote for the winners.

December 30, 2016
Cincinnati Enquirer

A tree from seeds that went to the moon is set to be cut down

There is a tree, nearly a quarter century old, hidden among boarded up buildings and freshly razed lots in South Fairmount. The tree is one of only 90 surviving trees like it documented in the world. And it slated to be cut down sometime in the next two years.

December 12, 2016
Florida Today

Space patch artist remembers Mercury 7 astronauts

The inspiration came early in the morning Saturday. Artist Tim Gagnon, of Titusville, wanted to commemorate the Mercury 7 astronauts with last week's passing of John Glenn, the last surviving member. So he started drawing.

December 3, 2016
Houston Chronicle

Money, access complicate effort to restore Mission Control

An overhead light flickers sickly in the Mission Operation Control Room 2 at Johnson Space Center. The nerve center for the Apollo missions, during which man first reached the moon, is an engineering cathedral in ruin.

November 17, 2016
The New York Times

Apollo Missions to the Moon: The Memorabilia Stage

During the Apollo moon missions, tension filled the operations room at the Apollo Mission Control Center in Houston. NASA staffers' consoles were not only piled with paperwork but also hastily removed suit jackets, American flags and uneaten snacks. And their amber glass ashtrays overflowed with cigarette butts.

November 8, 2016
Ars Technica

Gus Grissom taught NASA a hard lesson: "You can hurt yourself in the ocean"

Did Grissom really "screw the pooch" during his Mercury flight? Quite the contrary.

November 1, 2016
Creativity Magazine

NASA Archive Material Inspired This Buzz Aldrin Ad for Quaker Oats

Quaker Oats turned an insight from old NASA archive material from the Apollo 11 mission into a new spot highlighting the benefits of eating porridge.

October 24, 2016

Gradatim Ferociter! Jeff Bezos explains Blue Origin's motto, logo ... and the boots

You can't buy stuff from billionaire Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture on Amazon just yet, but just wait: Sixteen years after its founding, Blue Origin offers enough symbols, mottos and mascots to keep the folks who make caps, shirts, coffee mugs — and yes, even cowboy boots — busy for years.