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September 15, 2014
NASA's second shuttle carrier jet lands on public display in California

For the second time this year, a NASA jet used to ferry the space shuttles across the country has been put on public display. The younger of NASA's two modified-Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft was towed to the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark in California.

September 15, 2014
Apply to fly: Astronaut-led group launches contest to send public to space

An astronaut-led, private spaceflight training group has launched a crowd-funded contest to redefine the "right stuff" by awarding trips to space in return for the impact those who go can make to the world.

September 12, 2014
Achieve through excellence: NASA's new-but-familiar 'Flight Operations' emblem

NASA's new 'Flight Operations' emblem has a long history dating back decades. As now displayed in Mission Control, NASA's 'Flight Operations' logo succeeds the prior 'Mission Operations' insignia, reflecting the merger of the flight crew and mission ops directorates.

September 10, 2014
Soyuz TMA-12M returns space station trio and space whiskey to Earth

A pair of cosmonauts, an astronaut, and the makings for a stiff drink have made it safely back to Earth, returning from a stay onboard the International Space Station (ISS) to the steppe of Kazakhstan.

September 10, 2014
Woo hoo! Buzz Aldrin's guest role on 'The Simpsons' earns him an action figure

Buzz Aldrin, whose accolades include being the second out of only 12 astronauts to walk on the moon, can now add being one of the 25 greatest guest stars on "The Simpsons," at least as immortalized in a new line of toy action figures.

September 8, 2014
Astronaut helps launch watches designed for private space explorers

A new timepiece designed to be worn by the future crewmembers of a commercial space station has received former NASA astronaut Clay Anderson's signature of approval. The Giorgio Fedon 1919 "Space Explorer" watch features Anderson's autograph on its back.

September 5, 2014
Air Force using lasers to preserve historic space launch pads

The U.S. Air Force is using a new tool in its effort to preserve space history: lasers. The 45th Space Wing is using a laser scanner to create virtual models of the Cape Canaveral space launch complexes in partnership with the University of South Florida.

September 4, 2014
UK TV show Blue Peter challenges kids to design space patch for British astronaut

Britain's first official astronaut is in need of a proper mission patch and he has turned to the young viewers of a popular UK children's show to design it. Blue Peter, together with the UK Space Agency and European Space Agency, are holding a design contest.

September 2, 2014
Dog spacesuit among artist's Soviet space artifacts being auctioned

A German artist who once painted the side of a Russian rocket is auctioning his Soviet space relic collection, including examples of his own space art, a piece of of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's Vostok space capsule and a "dog space suit."

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September 14, 2014
RIA Novosti

Vostok-1 Rocket Fragment With Gagarin's Signature Sold in Berlin for $9,700
The Vostok-1 rocket fragment with the signature of Yuri Gagarin has been sold at the auction in Berlin for 7,500 euros [about $9,700].

September 12, 2014
Ottawa Citizen

Roberta Bondar band to change name after nudge from astronaut
An Ottawa band named after Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar has agreed to change its name after receiving a "friendly" lawyer's letter asking them to make sure the public wasn't mistaking the space hero with the rock 'n' rollers.

September 10, 2014

For Four Decades, Brands Have Loved Astronaut Jim Lovell
Some celebrities sell shoes and perfume. This one can sell anything.

September 9, 2014
Associated Press

Gus Grissom home seeks more items from astronaut's family
The group that oversees the Southern Indiana boyhood home of Mercury astronaut Gus Grissom is looking to add more items that belonged to Grissom or his family.

September 9, 2014
Wall Street Journal

Miso Soup, Seaweed Salad Eyed as Japanese Astronaut Food
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has selected 33 Japanese dishes including wagyu beef keema curry, miso soup and hijiki seaweed salad for development as future astronaut food.

September 5, 2014
Florida Today

New space shop, The Space Store, lands in Cocoa Village
Readying for his grand opening on Sept. 12, Brett Anderson filled display shelves with merchandise, placing a meteorite bracelet next to an X-37B space plane model and a lunar rover toy.

August 26, 2014
Parabolic Arc

Shuttle Carrier 747 to be Displayed in Palmdale
One of the modified 747 aircraft used to transport space shuttles will be going on display at the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark in Palmdale, Calif., in about a month.

August 25, 2014

The Moon Smells: Apollo Astronauts Describe Lunar Aroma
The moon has a distinctive smell. Ask any Apollo moonwalker about the odiferous nature of the lunar dirt and you'll get the same answer.