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October 2, 2015

The real Mars lander in 'The Martian': Fact checking the film's NASA probe

A NASA spacecraft makes more than just a cameo appearance in "The Martian," Ridley Scott's new movie about an astronaut alone and stranded on Mars. Mission leaders help fact check the movie's replica of the historic Mars lander.

October 1, 2015

'The Martian' wants to mail you a potato: Movie promo offers stamped spuds

It may seem strange at first, but by the time you get done seeing "The Martian," the new Ridley Scott movie, you will understand why 20th Century Fox wants to mail you a Mark Watney-stamped potato.

September 30, 2015

Only privately-owned astronaut wristwatch worn on the moon heads to auction

Forty-four years ago, the watch David Scott was wearing broke as he was out for a walk. Somehow, the crystal protecting the watch's face popped off. Fortunately, he had another watch to wear. That wouldn't be newsworthy had Scott not been on the moon at the time.

September 29, 2015

Apollo panoramas: Moon landings go wide in crowdfunded photo book

A new photo book about the Apollo moon landings provides a "wide look" at the lunar surface vistas that the astronauts witnessed and captured on film 45 years ago. "Apollo: The Panoramas" is now being crowdfunded on Kickstarter.

September 28, 2015

Salty water may be flowing on Mars today, NASA spacecraft finds

Salty liquid water may be flowing down hills on Mars, countering the image of a dried-up planet, and bolstering the possibility that life may exist there today. Scientists found the signatures of hydrated salts on steep slopes where mysterious streaks have been seen.

September 25, 2015

Space race on Earth: Astronauts compete in 2,000-mile road rally

A new international space race is set to lift off between astronauts from Brazil, France, India and the United States. But instead of blasting off for the moon or Mars, the space explorers are embarking on a road rally from Connecticut to Florida's Space Coast.

September 22, 2015

From flight crew to Flight: NASA names its first astronaut-turned-flight director

Timothy "TJ" Creamer, who this week joined the ranks of Chris Kraft and Gene Kranz as one of NASA's newest flight directors, is no stranger to Mission Control. Creamer is the first astronaut to be named a flight director in the history of U.S. human spaceflight.

September 21, 2015

'O Columbia' opera explores spaceflight in chorus with NASA

It is not unusual, given NASA's presence in the community, to hear of people in Houston sing the virtues of space exploration. Those voices though, do not often take the form of an opera. That will change with the Houston Grand Opera's premiere of "O Columbia."

September 18, 2015

'Cosmonauts' exhibition offers rare look at Soviet space artifacts in London

The capsule that launched the first woman into space, the most complete Soviet lunar lander still in existence and the 80-year-old drawings of a rocket pioneer are among the more than 150 rare Soviet-era space relics now on public display in London.

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August 13, 2015
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