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February 19, 2017

SpaceX rocket lifts off for space station on first launch from NASA's Apollo 11 pad

For the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle, a rocket lifted off from NASA's Pad 39A, the same historic site from where astronauts launched for the moon. A Dragon spacecraft bound for the space station leapt off Pad 39A on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

February 16, 2017

Lawmakers call for first NASA SLS rocket to be named for last man on moon

U.S. lawmakers have authored legislation to christen NASA's first Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket the "Cernan 1" for the late Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon. If passed into law, Cernan's name could fly with a crew back to the moon.

February 15, 2017

NASA to look at flying astronauts on board first Space Launch System mission

NASA is looking at flying astronauts on the first launch of its heavy-lift rocket, a mission that could possibly send a crew to orbit the moon around the same time as the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing in 2019, according to the space agency's chief.

February 14, 2017

Space shuttle crew mates Ochoa, Foale to enter Astronaut Hall of Fame

The first hispanic woman to fly in space and a physicist who turned to the stars to survive a collision in orbit will be inducted in the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in May. Ellen Ochoa and Michael Foale, who flew together on the space shuttle, will be honored.

February 12, 2017

SpaceX Falcon static fire reignites historic NASA launch pad

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lit its engines in a pre-launch test, marking the return to use for NASA's Pad 39A, where astronauts lifted off for the moon and crews later leapt into Earth orbit on space shuttles from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

February 8, 2017

Tornado destroys first NASA space shuttle external tank to stand on launch pad

The first space shuttle external tank to stand on a launch pad was destroyed by a tornado that hit the New Orleans facility where it was built 40 years ago. The ground vibration test article was being stored outdoors at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana.

February 6, 2017

Soccer ball recovered from ill-fated shuttle Challenger flown to space station

A soccer ball that was on the ill-fated launch of space shuttle Challenger has made it into orbit 30 years later, thanks to the connection between one of the fallen astronauts and the current commander aboard the International Space Station.

February 4, 2017

How the winning Super Bowl team's jersey was sent to space — before game day

It is a familiar scene: mere seconds after the game ends, out come the shirts to celebrate the winner of the Super Bowl. On Feb. 5, the same thing is expected to occur in Houston. But for the first time, it might also happen in space.

February 2, 2017

ESA names German engineer to join 2009 astronaut class, eight years later

A German engineer has been named to the European Space Agency's (ESA) astronaut class — of 2009. Eight years ago, Matthias Maurer finished as one of the ten finalists for Europe's astronaut corps. Now he is training for a future spaceflight assignment.

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February 17, 2017
Denver Post

Denver artist Kacena tapped by sister to design NASA patch for Rodent Research IV mission

When Denver resident Doug Kacena was a freshman at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1994, his older sister, Melissa, asked for a favor.

February 8, 2017

Museum of Flight gets intact moon rocket engine to go with beat-up Apollo artifacts

When historic rocket engine parts from the Apollo moon missions go on display in May in Seattle, museumgoers will be able to compare them with an intact F-1 engine.

February 8, 2017

NASA investigation into 'stolen moon rocks' turns into the saddest short story

Through FOIA, Motherboard's Jason Koebler managed to receive a handful of investigatory reports from NASA regarding missing property, covering cases as weird as satellite parts ending up on eBay or a "wheelbarrow full" of sensitive documents ending up in a off-site dumpster. However, no case is stranger — or sadder — than the "stolen moon rocks."

January 30, 2017
The Space Review

Adapter in the rough

Sometimes life is like a movie. Think of the scene when the hero finally finds the lost artifact, after years of searching, hope fading. In that moment, his years of study let him recognize it immediately, no matter how ravaged and incomplete it is. He points out features and fixtures, present or missing, and names them as his fellows approve and agree.

January 23, 2017
The Space Review

The Outer Space Treaty at 50

There is an important anniversary happening later this month, which might be overlooked or even downplayed. Fifty years ago, on January 27, 1967, the Outer Space Treaty was opened for signature.

January 19, 2017
Canadian Press

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

The morning of January 22, 1992, was chilly along the east coast of Florida.

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.