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Coinciding with what would have been her 64th birthday on Tuesday (May 26), Sally Ride is featured in five new Google Doodles that highlight her achievements as an astronaut and educator. The Doodles, created by animator Olivia Huynh, show the first American woman in space floating onboard the shuttle and inspiring a new generation of scientists and explorers.
Google has paid tribute to the United States' first woman in space with animated Doodles on its site. The whimsical scenes are timed to celebrate what would have been the late astronaut Sally Ride's 64th birthday.
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Actors, astronauts and Houston's high society came out on Friday (May 15) to attend the "Galaxy Gala" fundraiser for Space Center Houston's display of the original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and replica orbiter Independence. The evening's attendees included veteran astronauts Gene Cernan, Mark Kelly, and Ellen Ochoa; actor Gary Sinise, who closed out the event with his Lt. Dan Band; and Chuck Norris, who delivered a punch of support for the $12 million landmark attraction.
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.
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Astronaut Mark Kelly traded his flight stick for a buzzer on Tuesday (May 12) as he faced Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and investor Kevin O'Leary of "Shark Tank" on Celebrity Jeopardy! Playing for a Houston hospital, Kelly fielded questions in "Traveling Among the Stars" and "'N'-Deavour" but it was a clue under "Physical Sciences" that led to his most notable reply.
The astronaut who commanded the second-<wbr>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.
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The public touring NASA's Kennedy Space Center can now get up-close with a historic space shuttle launch pad artifact, but its exhibit is temporary. The orbiter access arm and white room from Pad 39A was recently relocated to outside the 52-story Vehicle Assembly Building to wait its next indoor housing. The arm was used by 82 space shuttle crews from 1981 to 2011.
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.
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SpaceX conducted the first flight test of its Crew Dragon on Wednesday (May 6), demonstrating how the spacecraft and its future astronaut crews could fly away from a launch failure. The two-minute pad abort test used the Dragon's eight SuperDraco engines to push it just under a mile high and 1.4 miles downrange to a parachute-assisted splashdown. The same Dragon will be used for an in-flight abort test atop a Falcon 9 rocket later this year.
With a flash of flame and a puff of smoke, SpaceX's first '21st century spacecraft' took to the skies in a big test that left the rocket behind. SpaceX's first Crew Dragon leapt off its launch pad, but not because of a booster propelling it from below.
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The first lot in the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's annual spring auction offers a rare chance to see NASA's historic Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) capsule inside its processing facility in Florida. One of five experiences and 27 artifacts up for bid through Saturday evening (May 2), the Orion tour will be led by a Lockheed Martin representative and Hugh Harris, the "voice of NASA" for more than 100 launches.
Since splashing down after a history-making test flight in 2014, NASA's first Orion space capsule has been, for the most part, out of sight. Now, an auction benefiting students is offering the chance to go behind-the-scenes and see the Orion spacecraft up close.
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A clandestine mini-space shuttle and a citizen-funded prototype solar sailing satellite lifted off on Wednesday (May 20) from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch began the 4th mission for the U.S. Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), which this time is carrying an experimental thruster and a NASA materials study. The Planetary Society's first LightSail, one of ten CubeSats that hitched a ride atop the Atlas V, will demonstrate deploying the large reflective sail that will tack into the solar wind on its primary mission.
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.
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Bill Nye, as CEO of The Planetary Society, has started a Kickstarter campaign for the LightSail, a "citizen-funded flight by light" launching in fall 2016. Already beyond the Society's initial goal of $200,000, the crowdfunding campaign is now aiming for $1 million, in part by offering a "centimeter of sail," samples of the solar sailing cubesat's Mylar material, as a reward for pledges.
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.
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Terry Virts, Samantha Cristoforetti and Anton Shkaplerov had been scheduled to depart the International Space Station on Wednesday (May 13), but instead will wait until at least early June. The delay, which has also put off the next crewed launch to late July, comes as a result of the loss of Russia's Progress M-27M cargo spacecraft and the investigation into that failure.
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.
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IRPI, the Oregon-based R&D company behind the specially-designed space coffee cups on board the International Space Station, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to make the Space Cups available to all aspiring barista-nauts. Perks (get it?) include mission patches, 3D-printed cup keychains and of course, the cups themselves, in glass and 3D-printed plastic as is on orbit.
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.
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SpaceX is set to fire the first "big test" of its Crew Dragon, its capsule designed to deliver astronauts to the space station. The pad abort test, which will push (rather than pull) the capsule from a ground-based mount representing the company's Falcon 9 rocket, is the latest in a 55-year history of launch escape system trials that began with NASA's Mercury program.
Before astronaut Alan Shepard lifted off to become the first U.S. astronaut in space 54 years ago, a trio of pad abort tests ensured his Mercury capsule could safely fly away if the Redstone rocket he was riding on failed. Now, SpaceX is building off that history.
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The first-ever craft to orbit Mercury, the planet closest to the Sun, slammed into the surface on Thursday (April 30) after an almost 11 year mission. NASA's MESSENGER mission mapped Mercury and provided compelling evidence for abundant water and other volatile materials in the shadowed polar craters. At its end, MESSENGER added a 50-foot-wide crater to the planet.
The first robotic spacecraft to orbit Mercury, the planet in our solar system closest to the Sun, is no more. MESSENGER, or Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging spacecraft, impacted the small planet after an almost 11 year mission.
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  • collectSPACE
    Editor, 1999 - present
  • Space Adventures Ltd
    Director of Marking, 2001 - 2003
  • Space.com
    Communities Producer, 2000 - 2001
  • Starport.com
    VP of Content Dev. & Astronaut Relations, 1999 - 2000
  • Space Adventures Ltd
    Director of Communications, 1997 - 1999
  • National Space Society
    Director of Online Programs, 1996 - 1997
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collecting space (history, stories, adventures, artifacts...)
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An accomplished journalist, sought-after space history expert and respected appraiser of space memorabilia, Robert Pearlman is the editor of collectSPACE.com, the leading online publication, resource site and community for space history enthusiasts.

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2009, inducted into the Space Camp Hall of Fame; 2001 Collector of the Year Award from the Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC)
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West Orange, NJ - College Park, MD - Beltsville, MD - Arlington, VA - New York, NY - Jersey City, NJ - Houston, TX
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