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December 7, 2023

Ex-NASA scientist dishes on space food in new memoir 'Space Bites'

Of all of the freeze-dried, thermostablized and off-the-shelf food items that she helped send into space, Vickie Kloeris' personal favorite was the cherry-blueberry cobbler. A NASA food scientist for 34 years, Kloeris has published her memoirs, "Space Bites."

December 6, 2023

Northrop Grumman cargo craft named for astronaut who died of plane crash injuries

NASA astronaut Patricia Hilliard "Patty" Robertson, who died from injuries sustained in a plane crash before she could fly to the International Space Station, is Northrop Grumman's chosen namesake for its first Cygnus to launch atop a SpaceX rocket.

December 6, 2023

NASA marks 25th anniversary of ISS with call to crew on space station

Twenty-five years ago, Bob Cabana was at the aft flight deck controls of the space shuttle Endeavour when he fired the orbiter's thrusters to connect a U.S.-built node with a Russian module in orbit, giving birth to the International Space Station.

December 5, 2023

Nose cones top off work to stand-up solid rocket boosters for Endeavour exhibit

The work to stand up two rockets for the launchpad-like exhibit of NASA's retired space shuttle Endeavour has been capped — literally and figuratively — with the addition of two nose cones. The first major parts for the vertical exhibit are complete.

November 29, 2023

Mary Cleave, space shuttle astronaut who led NASA's science division, dies at 76

Former astronaut Mary Cleave, who launched twice on the space shuttle before becoming the first woman to head NASA's science division, has died at the age of 76. Cleave was the tenth woman to fly into space and logged 11 days in Earth orbit.

November 22, 2023

Denmark's comic strip bear cub Rasmus Klump takes a spin on the space station

Denmark's first astronaut Andy Mogensen marked the midpoint of his second mission aboard the International Space Station by comparing his zero-g spinning skills against that of another Danish icon, the comic strip character Rasmus Klump.

November 19, 2023

SpaceX's Starship is now a Matchbox Sky Busters die-cast toy

SpaceX's Starship has launched into space and landed as a Mattel Matchbox toy. The reusable spacecraft, which flew a mostly-successful second test flight, is among the latest additions to the classic toy brand's line of die-cast aircraft (and spacecraft).

November 18, 2023

SpaceX Starship reaches space on 2nd test flight, but then is lost

The largest and most powerful rocket to leave the ground lifted off on its second test flight on Saturday (Nov. 18). SpaceX ignited the 33 engines at the base of its integrated Starship and Super Heavy launch vehicle at its Starbase facility in Boca Chica, Texas.

November 16, 2023

Fisher Space Pens to fly with Blue Origin crews as 'official ballpoint'

Fisher Space Pen has some new Blue ballpoints. The maker of the pressurized-ink writing instruments used by astronauts to scrawl in space has partnered with Blue Origin to become the company's official pen provider for all upcoming crewed launches.

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November 30, 2023

For Henry Kissinger, NASA'S Apollo 11 lunar landing was about more than the moon

While Kissinger is remembered most for his hawkish foreign policy positions, the former Secretary of State played a key role in promoting the success of NASA's Apollo 11 mission in landing on the moon to the world.

November 28, 2023
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Spacelab-1: 40 years on

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November 18, 2023
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SpaceX Artist-in-Residence on painting spacecraft and Starlink satellites: 'The machine is my patron'

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October 20, 2023

'The Right Stuff' at 40: Director Philip Kaufman on chasing demons in the sky to make a true American classic

Representing 'the best and the finest' of American cinema, San Francisco Bay Area-based director Philip Kaufman's "The Right Stuff" launched into theaters 40 years ago tomorrow (Oct. 21) with enough bravery and bravado to fortify a dozen Hollywood superhero films.

October 17, 2023
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Washington Resident & Apollo Astronaut Was Once A Household Name

Bill Anders, a Washington resident and former NASA Apollo astronaut, was a household name in the late 1960s. He was born 90 years ago on this day — October 17th, 1933.

October 16, 2023
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After six decades, 'Gagarin's Start' will meet its end as a launch pad

Because it lacks the funding to modernize its most historic launch pad, Russia now instead plans to turn "Gagarin's Start" into a museum.