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June 30, 2015

804 days and counting: Cosmonaut beats record for career spent in space

A Russian cosmonaut currently onboard the International Space Station has broken the record for the most time spent off the planet — and he is still has months to go before he comes home to Earth. Gennady Padalka on June 29 logged his 804th day in space.

June 28, 2015

SpaceX rocket explodes during launch of cargo capsule for space station

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a cargo capsule destined for the International Space Station broke apart two minutes after lifting off from its Florida launch pad on June 28. The failure marked the company's first loss of a Falcon 9 after 18 successful launches.

June 27, 2015

NASA exhibits space shuttles Challenger, Columbia debris for first time

Artifacts recovered from the wreckages of the Challenger and Columbia space shuttles are for the first time now on public display, as part of a powerful new exhibit that honors the two spacecraft and their fallen astronaut crew members.

June 26, 2015

'The Astronaut Wives Club': Space history vs. Hollywood in Episode 2 'Protocol'

"The Astronaut Wives Club," ABC's ten-part docu-drama about the spouses of America's first spacemen, entered orbit with its second episode revolving about NASA's second and third crewed spaceflights. But how close did "Protocol" follow the real space history?

June 24, 2015

Space collector's legacy heads to auction: Leon Ford's NASA artifacts for sale

More than 100 artifacts from the estate of one of the first "significant space collectors" are being auctioned in Boston. The auction, hosted by RR Auction, features many of the stand-out pieces curated by Leon Ford, who died in August 2014.

June 23, 2015

Kazakh cosmonaut replaces singer Sarah Brightman on space station flight

A cosmonaut from Kazakhstan will fly to the International Space Station in the fall, filling the seat earlier reserved for British soprano Sarah Brightman. Aidyn Aimbetov will fly on Soyuz TMA-18M, while Brightman's backup Satoshi Takamatsu waits for a later flight.

June 22, 2015

NASA hands over historic Shuttle Landing Facility for commercial use

The runway in Florida where space shuttles touched down for nearly 30 years has a new commercial mission. NASA handed over its historic Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center to Space Florida to advance a new era of horizontal spaceflight.

June 18, 2015

'The Astronaut Wives Club' post-'Launch' review: space history vs. Hollywood

"The Astronaut Wives Club," ABC's new 10-episode drama about the women behind the United States' first spacemen, has lifted off. The premiere, aptly titled "Launch," spanned two years of NASA events in one hour. How close though, was it to real space history?

June 18, 2015

'Astronaut Wives Club' blasts off: Co-star talks creative license and cast sisterhood

In "The Astronaut Wives Club," debuting on Thursday (June 18) on the ABC TV network, viewers meet the women who stood behind America's first spacemen as the space age got off the ground. Part two of cS's interview with co-star Erin Cummings.

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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

Almost a year after his untimely death, Leon Ford's passion for space will help others.

May 27, 2015
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Malmesbury millionaire buys a Russian rocket for his garden

A Russian rocket that once sailed through the earth's atmosphere faster than any other man-made object today resides in a Wiltshire garden after being snapped-up by internet millionaire Rory Sweet.

May 13, 2015
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Clooney, astronauts mark 45th anniversary of Apollo 13

George Clooney has joined astronauts Jim Lovell, Tom Stafford and Eugene "Gene" Cernan at a gala in Texas to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission.

May 6, 2015
Huntsville Times

Oscar Holderer dies, last of Wernher von Braun's original 'Operation Paperclip' moon rocket team

Oscar Carl Holderer, the last member of Dr. Wernher von Braun's original "Operation Paperclip" team that built the Saturn V moon rocket, died Tuesday in Huntsville, Ala. He was 95.

May 3, 2015
Times of San Diego

'Astronaut Wives Club' Member Jo Schirra Dies at 91; Widow of Wally

Josephine "Jo" Schirra, married 62 years to one of the original Project Mercury astronauts, died April 27 at her Rancho Santa Fe home, according to a death notice.

May 1, 2015
Waco Tribune-Herald

Robinson leader's space shuttle replica finds new home

A little-known Robinson space shuttle — a custom-built replica of a NASA orbiter completed by city manager Bob Cervenka — left the city last week and travelled to its permanent home at the INFINITY Science Center, the official visitor center for NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

April 27, 2015
Florida Today

Neil Armstrong 'lands' at Madame Tussauds in Orlando

One small step for Tussauds, one giant step for Floridians.