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May 22, 2015

Disney's 'Tomorrowland' draws inspiration from NASA's past and future

In the new Disney film "Tomorrowland," now in theaters, NASA provides the launch pad, literally and figuratively, for the movie's plot to unfold. "To many of us on the film, NASA is close to our hearts," Brad Bird, director of "Tomorrowland," said.

May 20, 2015

Air Force X-37B spaceplane lifts off on 4th flight, with LightSail in tow

The U.S. Air Force's classified X-37B space shuttle is back in orbit, having launched on its fourth flight, with a prototype solar sailing satellite in tow. The unmannned Orbital Test Vehicle soared from Cape Canaveral atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

May 17, 2015

Chuck Norris delivers punch of support for space shuttle exhibit at Houston gala

Chuck Norris Fact #905: Before NASA used a 747 jet to ferry its space shuttles, Chuck Norris carried the orbiters on his back. That may or may not be true, but Norris did help land a punch of support for the exhibit of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft in Houston.

May 13, 2015

Bill Nye launches Kickstarter to push solar sailing cubesat to space

Bill Nye (The Science Guy) wants you to be a part – and get a part – of a "revolutionary solar sailing spacecraft." The leader of The Planetary Society has started crowdfunding for LightSail, a citizen-funded flight by light.

May 13, 2015

'What is Pluto?' How astronaut Mark Kelly fared on Celebrity Jeopardy!

The astronaut who commanded the second-to-last space shuttle mission placed second on "Celebrity Jeopardy!," finishing behind an NFL football player. "Jeopardy made flying a rocket look easy!" said Mark Kelly.

May 12, 2015

Progress spacecraft failure delays landing, launch of space station crews

Two astronauts and a cosmonaut will not be landing from the International Space Station as scheduled as a result of a Russian cargo craft that failed to reach the orbiting outpost in late April. The next crew to launch for the space station has also been delayed.

May 11, 2015

Historic space shuttle access arm reaches out to public on temporary display

A large piece of a space shuttle launch pad has landed on temporary display, where the public may catch sight of it. The gantry arm that for 30 years served as the walkway into the space shuttles has been moved outside at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

May 8, 2015

Space Cups for all! Company crowdfunds zero-g coffee containers for barista-nauts

The company that put the "cup" in the first space cup of coffee now wants to put one in your hands. IRPI, the makers of the "Space Cups" now used on the International Space Station, launched a crowdfunding campaign to produce the capillary-flow containers.

May 7, 2015

Out-of-control Progress M-27M spacecraft falls back to Earth over Pacific Ocean

An out-of-control, uncrewed Russian cargo spacecraft has fallen back to Earth, a week after failing to reach the International Space Station. Launched on a routine resupply run to the orbital laboratory, Progress M-27M re-entered over the Pacific Ocean.

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May 13, 2015
Associated Press

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.

April 22, 2015
Midland (TX) Reporter-Telegram

Capt. Alan Bean turns astronaut experience into art

When talking to someone who has walked on the moon, everything else just seems small. But retired U.S. Navy Captain and NASA astronaut Alan Bean hardly rests on his laurels. Instead, he'd prefer to paint.

April 20, 2015
The Boston Globe

Apollo-era auction brings back memory of computer science pioneer

It took a woman to put the first man on the moon.

April 17, 2015
The Hindu

Stamps on Indo-French ties in space technology released

The Postal Department on Thursday formally launched a set of commemorative postage stamps to mark five decades of Indo-French collaboration in space technology.