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July 28, 2015

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crash likely caused by co-pilot error, NTSB finds

The fatal in-flight breakup and loss of Virgin Galactic's first SpaceShipTwo was likely the result of pilot error and the failure of the sub-orbital vehicle's developer to protect against such, federal investigators reported.

July 27, 2015

Armstrong spacesuit funded, Smithsonian takes next 'giant leap' on Kickstarter

The Smithsonian's Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to conserve, digitize, and display astronaut Neil Armstrong's Apollo spacesuit rocketed to success and is now reaching to "reboot" Alan Shepard's Freedom 7 suit and other historic space artifacts.

July 24, 2015

'The Astronaut Wives Club': Space history vs. Hollywood in Episode 6 'In the Blind'

It was out with the old and in with the new in "In the Blind," the sixth episode of ABC's 10 part "Astronaut Wives Club." Alan Shepard, John Glenn and Scott Carpenter, along with their spouses, struggle with life after space, as Ed White and Ed Dwight strive to launch.

July 22, 2015

Soyuz TMA-17M launches with three-man crew for space station

A veteran cosmonaut and two astronauts on their first flight launched for the International Space Station after a two month delay. Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, Kjell Lindgren of NASA, and Kimiya Yui of JAXA will work for five months aboard the orbiting laboratory.

July 22, 2015

Tale of two patches: Soyuz crew lifting off to station pays tribute to Apollo

What is blue, gold, and silver and links the final manned mission to launch to the moon with the next crew flying to the International Space Station? The Soyuz TMA-17M crew's mission patch.

July 20, 2015

Smithsonian turns to Kickstarter to 'reboot' Neil Armstrong spacesuit display

The Smithsonian has launched its first-ever crowdfunding campaign to conserve, digitize and return to display the spacesuit that Neil Armstrong wore on the moon. The institution partnered with Kickstarter to raise $500,000 and "Reboot the Suit."

July 17, 2015

'The Astronaut Wives Club': Space history vs. Hollywood in Episode 5 'Flashpoint'

In a bit of fortuitous timing, the fifth episode of ABC's 'The Astronaut Wives Club' opened with a large sign reading "New Horizons." It was only coincidence though, that the show aired two days after NASA's New Horizons probe flew by the dwarf planet Pluto.

July 16, 2015

Revealed by New Horizons, Pluto's 'heart' named for planet's discoverer

As NASA's New Horizons flew past Pluto on July 14, it had aboard some of the ashes of the astronomer who discovered the planet in 1930. Now, the mission's science team has further honored the late Clyde Tombaugh by giving Pluto's heart-shaped region his name.

July 14, 2015

New Horizons spacecraft survives historic flyby of dwarf planet Pluto

NASA's New Horizons successfully flew by Pluto on July 14, becoming the first probe in history to visit the reddish dwarf planet. The flyby capped the first reconnaissance of the solar system's major worlds. The spacecraft "phoned home," confirming it survived.

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July 23, 2015
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July 22, 2015
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July 21, 2015
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July 20, 2015
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In the shadow of the pad where NASA hopes to launch the world's largest rocket, Kennedy Space Center on Friday cut the ribbon on a new pad intended for some of the smallest launch vehicles.

July 19, 2015
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Marking 40 Years Since Apollo-Soyuz Mission And The First Handshake In Space

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In photographs, the Space Shuttle looks smooth. Midflight, against the black of space, its bright white surface seems almost enameled, like a big tooth spit into the solar system. But get closer, and the whole underside is actually covered in tiles — over 24,000 of them, molded from melted-down sand and stuck to each other with "space age glue."

July 6, 2015
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June 9, 2015
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40 Years After Historic Flight, Apollo-Soyuz Astronauts, Cosmonauts Reunite In Oklahoma

The two commanders of an historic 1975 space flight that helped improve U.S.-Soviet relations during the Cold War gathered in Oklahoma Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the mission.

May 27, 2015
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Late space buff's passion lives on

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