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August 4, 2015

Apollo moon rocket engines recovered by Amazon CEO preserved for display

Two and a half years after an expedition led by the CEO of raised them off the seafloor, the historic rocket engine parts that launched NASA astronauts on at least three missions to land on the moon are now preserved for museum display.

July 31, 2015

'The Astronaut Wives Club': Space history vs. Hollywood in Episode 7 'Rendezvous'

The conceit of ABC's "The Astronaut Wives Club" is that the events of America's space program play out as a setting for the show's main characters — women who are (loosely) based on the spouses of NASA's Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacemen.

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.

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