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February 27, 2015
Artist's 'Apollo 18' moon mission launching onto Times Square billboards

The countdown is on to the launch of Apollo 18 and you're invited to witness it from New York City's Times Square. "Apollo XVIII" by artist Marco Brambilla weaves footage from NASA missions with computer renderings to form a countdown to a fictional moon flight.

February 24, 2015
Cosmonaut Alexei Gubarev, led first multi-national space station crew, dies at 83

Soviet-era cosmonaut Alexei Gubarev, who trained to fly to the moon but instead led the first multi-national space station crew, died on Feb. 21. He was 83. Gubarev logged 37 days in orbit during the Soyuz 17 and Soyuz 28 missions.

February 24, 2015
NASA celebrates crawler-transporters first 50 years with test drive

With an eye towards the future, NASA has marked the first 50 years of its two rocket-moving crawler-transporters by taking one of the newly-upgraded massive machines out for a test drive to the launch pad.

February 20, 2015
Boeing, ULA break ground on new access tower for Atlas V crewed launches

Fifty-three years to the day after John Glenn ascended a tower to become the first U.S. astronaut to ride an Atlas rocket into orbit, Boeing and United Launch Alliance officials broke ground for the next access gantry that will support crewed Atlas launches.

February 20, 2015
Ripley's debuts space station made out of 280,000 matchsticks, believe it or not

When astronauts talk about what they used to construct the International Space Station, they refer to docking ports, large metal bolts and miles of cabling. All artist Patrick Acton needed were eight gallons of glue and about 280,000 matchsticks, believe it or not.

February 15, 2015
Fiery finale: ESA's last ATV space station freighter makes fleet's final re-entry

In the end, ESA's final space station cargo freighter went out in a fiery blaze rather than the "big bang" of its namesake. The ATV-5, christened the "Georges Lemaître" after the Belgian astronomer, plunged into the Earth's atmosphere and was destroyed.

February 12, 2015
Future space station crew dons Jedi robes for Star Wars-inspired poster

That's no "Star Wars" poster. It's a station... crew. NASA revealed the official poster for the International Space Station's Expedition 45 crew and the Force is strong with them.

February 12, 2015
Four space shuttle fliers to be inducted by Astronaut Hall of Fame

The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame will honor four space shuttle astronauts this spring as it marks 25 years since its founding. Rhea Seddon, John Grunsfeld, Steve Lindsey and Kent Rominger will be enshrined on May 30 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

February 11, 2015
DSCOVR satellite launches to deep space to warn of solar storms, image Earth

A satellite mission to deep space has finally left the ground, after a 17-year-long wait that began with the brainstorm of the former U.S. vice president. The DSCOVR spacecraft will provide an early-warning for solar storms, as well as beam back full-disc images of Earth.

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February 10, 2015
Smithsonian Magazine

The Rich and Flavorful History of Chocolate in Space
You can't drink, you can't smoke and you can't have sex. But there is one human pleasure that's been with astronauts since the dawn of the space age: chocolate.

February 4, 2015

Intelsat Decommissions Shuttle-rescued Satellite
Satellite operator Intelsat of Washington and Luxembourg has officially decommissioned the Intelsat 603 satellite, whose claim to fame was having been rescued by spacewalking NASA astronauts after being launched into a bad orbit nearly 25 years ago.

February 4, 2015
Los Angeles Times

State senator wants Sally Ride statue in U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall
A California state senator is proposing to place a statue of pioneering astronaut Sally Ride in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall, which would make Ride the first woman to represent California and the first known gay person to be included in the collection.

January 30, 2015
Florida Today

U.S. Space Walk of Fame receives $100K donation
Having dedicated monuments to each of NASA's human spaceflight programs, including a shuttle monument last fall, a small Titusville nonprofit now aims to leverage space history to teach kids about science and engineering.

January 24, 2015
USA Today

Florida man hopes to save space race relic
An Air Force telescopic tracking station helped engineers monitor ascending rockets during the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and shuttle eras. And for decades its domed roof served as a roadside landmark for travelers on highway A1A.

January 22, 2015
Air & Space Magazine

Supermarket Spaceships
Before the era of true space exploration, some major retailers built full-scale mock-ups of rocketships and took them on tours around the country.

January 21, 2015
Idaho Mountain Express

Local artist paints future astronaut
Ketchum artist Christine Warjone has almost completed a commissioned portrait of astronaut trainee Major Anne McClain, who may one day be part of a Mars mission.

January 8, 2015
NM Museum of Space History

Museum Mourns Passing of Local Space Pioneer
When Edward Chris Dittmer was born on September 24, 1918, very few people thought about man travelling to space and even fewer considered that Dittmer would play an important role in that effort.