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June 30, 2020

Hubble Space Telescope to be celebrated on American Innovation $1 coin

The Hubble Space Telescope will be honored on a golden dollar coin reflecting the innovation embodied by the orbiting observatory and the U.S. state from where it is managed. The U.S. Mint revealed the art for Maryland's American Innovation coin.


June 29, 2020

Tulsa Air and Space lands last of NASA's shuttle crew cabin trainers

NASA's last space shuttle mockup still on its astronaut training room floor has landed a new educational mission in Oklahoma. The Tulsa Air and Space Museum announced that it will be taking possession of the full-size Crew Compartment Trainer-2 (CCT-2).


June 24, 2020

NASA names its headquarters building for 'hidden figure' Mary Jackson

NASA is recognizing one of its "hidden figures" by naming its main office after the first African American female engineer to work at the space agency. The Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters building in Washington, D.C. honors the trailblazer.


June 23, 2020

Candidate designs reviewed for 'Teacher in Space' Christa McAuliffe coin

A new U.S. silver dollar will depict Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher to launch towards space in a way that is representative of all educators, should the recommendations of two advisory panels and desire of the late Challenger astronaut's family be respected.


June 21, 2020

Astronaut-aquanaut connects with space station after deep sea dive

When astronauts on the International Space Station call down to Earth, they refer to it as "space to ground." For a call they made to Kathy Sullivan, the first astronaut to dive to the deepest point on the planet, while still at sea, a slightly different term was merited.


June 15, 2020

Shuttle-flown solid rocket segments arrive in Florida for Artemis I SLS rocket

A solid rocket booster segment that helped launch the Hubble Space Telescope, send the space shuttle Endeavour on its maiden mission and return John Glenn to orbit has arrived back at NASA's Florida spaceport to lift off with the Space Launch System.


June 11, 2020

Starline-VR: Boeing adds new dimension to astronaut training with virtual reality

When Chris Ferguson next launches to the International Space Station, he will don a helmet and position himself in front of the control console of Boeing's new commercial spacecraft. The same can now be said for how he will train for that Starliner flight, too.


June 8, 2020

Astronaut Kathy Sullivan is first woman to dive to deepest point on Earth

A former NASA astronaut who was the first American woman to walk in space has become the world's first woman to reach the deepest point on Earth. Kathy Sullivan dove to Challenger Deep, located at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean.


June 2, 2020

SpaceX Crew Dragon docking depicted on new Houston postmark

SpaceX's Crew Dragon has arrived at the International Space Station, both in orbit and on a new postmark. In commemoration of the historic docking, the U.S. Postal Service has introduced a new pictorial postmark depicting the capsule and its destination.


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July 6, 2020
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July 5, 2020
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NASA's most iconic building is 55 years old and just getting started


NASA's Kennedy Space Center is now nearly six decades old — it was formally created on July 1, 1962 as a separate entity from Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. Construction began soon after.

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June 25, 2020
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June 18, 2020
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Everything we know — and don't — about Tom Cruise's plans to film a movie in space


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June 17, 2020
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NASA's next Mars rover carries tribute to healthcare workers fighting coronavirus


NASA's next Mars rover will bear to the Red Planet a tribute to brave healthcare workers fighting a pandemic here on Earth.

May 25, 2020
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Local artist designs commemorative mission patch for SpaceX's and NASA's historic launch


When Tim Gagnon was 16 years old, he wrote his senator a letter asking to be invited to view the Apollo 17 launch in person.