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T-minus-1 year for Apollo 11’s golden anniversary

Forty-nine years ago today, humans first set foot on a world beyond Earth — and by the time the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing rolls around, a year from now, there’s likely to be more moon milestones to … Continue reading

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Sally Ride honored 35 years after space milestone

The first American woman in space, Sally Ride, is the subject of serious and playful memorials today, 35 years after her historic flight and nearly six years after her death. A U.S. postage stamp bearing Ride’s visage went on sale last month, and … Continue reading

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Alan Bean, Apollo 12’s artistic astronaut, dies at 86

Artist-astronaut Alan Bean, the moonwalker who saw himself as different from the rest, died today at the age of 86 at Houston Medical Hospital. Bean’s death followed a sudden illness that befell him two weeks earlier during a trip to … Continue reading

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15 years after Columbia, NASA honors fallen fliers

The last Thursday of January is NASA’s time to pay tribute to fallen astronauts, including 1967’s Apollo 1 astronauts and the Challenger shuttle astronauts who were lost in 1986. Today, there’s an added emphasis on the shuttle Columbia’s last crew, due … Continue reading

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Iconic free-flying astronaut passes away at 80

Retired astronaut Bruce McCandless II, the first astronaut to fly untethered from his spacecraft, has died at the age of 80. NASA said McCandless passed away on Thursday in California, but gave no cause of death. The former naval aviator flew in … Continue reading

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Apollo 12 astronaut Dick Gordon dies at 88

The first Seattle-born astronaut to fly in space, Dick Gordon, passed away on Monday at his home in California at the age of 88, NASA and the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation reported. He flew into orbit in 1966 as pilot for the Gemini 11 mission. Three … Continue reading

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Apollo 11 dust bag sells for $1.8 million

The 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing was payday for a Chicago-area lawyer who latched onto a moondirt sample bag from the mission and wouldn’t let go. The Sotheby’s auction house said the 8-by-12-inch bag was sold to … Continue reading

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