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CATEGORY: NASA
Big Bird Narrowly Escaped Death on the Challenger Mission
January 26, 2018

The puppeteer inside the yellow suit was in talks to go to space. Read More

How Groupthink Led to 7 Lives Lost in the Challenger Explosion
January 25, 2018

The Challenger launched too early—in part, because Reagan wanted to give a speech about it. Read More

Right Stuff, Wrong Gender: The Woman Astronauts Grounded by NASA
July 24, 2017

These aspiring astronauts were part of the little-known “Mercury 13” program. Read More

Would NASA’s Original Astronauts Make the Cut Today?
June 7, 2017

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The Twisty Tale of an Apollo 11 Lunar Sample, Set to Go Up For Auction
May 25, 2017

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Scientists Make Biggest Breakthrough in Quest to Find Life Beyond Earth
February 23, 2017

Scientists have discovered a new solar system, consisting of seven warm, rocky planets orbiting the dwarf star Trappist-1, just 39 light years from Earth. Read More

Remembering the Apollo 1 Tragedy
January 26, 2017

When NASA’s first fatal spacecraft accident occurred 50 years ago, it happened not in deep space but right on the launch pad. Read More

Human Computers: The Women of NASA
December 13, 2016

Their calculations would chart the course of many ground-breaking space missions, yet their stories remain mostly unknown. Get the story behind the women mathematicians, engineers and scientists working at NASA. Read More

7 Things You May Not Know About John Glenn
December 8, 2016

Check out seven things you might not know about John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth. Read More

Study Links Apollo Astronauts to Cardiovascular Deaths
July 28, 2016

A new study reports that Apollo astronauts have experienced elevated rates of cardiovascular-related deaths, likely because of exposure to deep space radiation. Read More