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September 4, 2015

Boeing opens renovated shuttle facility for 'Starliner' crewed space capsule

Boeing opened the doors to its commercial spacecraft processing facility, signaling the grand opening of the repurposed shuttle-era building and revealing Starliner as the name of the CST-100 crewed capsules that will be assembled for launch inside.


September 4, 2015

Making Mars exploration 'smart and cool': NASA and 'The Martian'

In the history of Hollywood envisioning the future of space exploration, few, if any films have come as close to NASA's own goals at the time of the movie's release as Ridley Scott's "The Martian." The 20th Century Fox film stars Matt Damon as an astronaut.


September 2, 2015

Soyuz TMA-18M launches Russian, Dane and Kazakh to space station

Russia's first second-generation cosmonaut, the first Danish astronaut, and the first (and at current, only) cosmonaut in Kazakhstan's corps launched Sept. 2 on a two-day trip to the International Space Station to swap out crew members and spacecraft.


September 1, 2015

Unearthing NASA's 'worm': Reissue of old manual celebrates retired NASA logo

A 40-year-old book that gave rise to one of NASA's most iconic logos is being launched back into print using Kickstarter. The NASA Graphics Standards Manual, first published in 1976, defined a new identity for the space agency, as led by the NASA "worm."


August 31, 2015

LEGO to launch: Astronaut from Denmark taking Danish toys to space station

Denmark's first astronaut is launching on a ten-day taxi flight to the International Space Station, taking with him a Danish toy that is known worldwide. Andreas Mogensen will fly to the station with LEGO minifigures bearing the official logo of his mission.


August 26, 2015

Photos: NASA re-enters retired shuttles to remove water tanks for space station

Behind-the-scenes photographs reveal how the water storage tanks deep inside NASA's space shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour were extracted by the space agency for their use onboard the International Space Station.


August 24, 2015

8 Days or Bust +50 years: Gemini 5 made history with first crew mission patch

Fifty years ago, two NASA astronauts were more than one-third of the way through what was to be the world's longest space mission at the time. Gordo Cooper and Pete Conrad chose to underscore their time in orbit while setting yet another American first in space.


August 21, 2015

'The Astronaut Wives Club': Space history vs. Hollywood in Ep. 10 'Landing' (finale)

The spouses of NASA's first spacemen flew off into the sunset — or at least one of them did — on the final episode of "The Astronaut Wives Club." The tenth and last hour of the ABC docudrama was set between two of the most famous space missions in history.


August 20, 2015

Smithsonian's first Kickstarter a success: $720,000 raised to 'reboot' spacesuits

The spacesuits worn by Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, and by Alan Shepard, the first American in space, will be "conserved, digitized and displayed" thanks to the almost 9,500 people who backed the Smithsonian's first Kickstarter campaign.


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