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NASA's planned mission to redirect an asteroid into orbit about the moon will go with "Option B" and retrieve a boulder off of an asteroid rather than bag a complete space rock. The decision will give NASA the opportunity to use the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) to demonstrate deflecting an asteroid, as well as test out new capabilities needed to send astronauts deeper in space.
NASA will grab a boulder, rather than bag an asteroid, for astronauts to then explore near the moon, officials announced. The Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) will launch a robotic probe in 2020 to test capabilities needed for future crewed missions into deep space.
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Fifty years ago on Monday (March 23), NASA launched its first two-man crew on the maiden manned mission of the Gemini program. Gemini 3 commander Virgil "Gus" Grissom and pilot John Young orbited the Earth three times, during which they performed the first orbital maneuver by a crewed spacecraft. The two also set another, less important but perhaps better recognized first, smuggling the first corned beef sandwich into space.
Just about two hours into Gemini 3, NASA's first two-man spaceflight 50 years ago, John Young reached into his spacesuit's pocket and pulled out a surprise. "Where did that come from?" replied Gus Grissom, Gemini 3 commander.
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"The program, which saw 10 crewed spaceflights between 1965 and 1967, [...]". +Robert Pearlman wasn't the last Gemini flight in 1966?
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Alexei Leonov took a short (space) walk into history 50 years ago Wednesday (March 18), as he performed the world's first-ever extra-vehicular activity. The 12-minute EVA established that "leaving the spacecraft into outer space is quite possible and no longer mysterious to a man," as Leonov wrote in his official report for the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI).
It lasted just 12 minutes and 9 seconds, but the first spacewalk — 50 years ago — took the first steps towards shaping the future of space exploration. Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov became the first person to leave his craft and float in the vacuum of space.
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A fan's model of the International Space Station needs just under 4,500 more votes to be considered by LEGO for production, but has less than two months to recruit the support. "Now it's time to ignite those thrusters," LEGO wrote in a comment to the model's creator Christoph Ruge on the LEGO Ideas website. "Make that final push to 10,000 supporters!"
It took 200 astronauts 13 years to complete the International Space Station (ISS). Now, 4,500 people may be able to do the same in less than 50 days — sort of. A fan-designed LEGO version of the station has passed the halfway mark to being reviewed for sale.
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The world's largest solid rocket booster thundered across, rather than above, Utah on Wednesday (March 11) in a ground test for NASA's new heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS). The firing, the first of two planned qualification tests, measured the performance of the five-segment motor, which was built from case parts flown on 23 shuttle missions and an aft skirt that was used on the space shuttle's first flight, STS-1, in April 1981.
The world's largest solid rocket motor roared to life in Utah, but rather than lifting off the ground, the booster, laying on its side, was restrained in place as data was collected to qualify it for NASA's Space Launch System.
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When Orbital ATK lights a five-segment solid rocket motor in Utah on Wednesday (March 11), it will be test firing an advanced booster that's steeped in space shuttle history. The first of two ground tests in support of NASA's heavy-lift Space Launch System, the qualification motor (QM-1) is comprised of case parts that flew on 23 space shuttle missions dating back 30 years.
When the world's largest solid rocket motor is ignited in Utah, it won't leave the ground, but it will fire with components that have a long spaceflight history. The QM-1 test will mark the first of two static firings in support of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS).
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From his name tags found among rocket debris to the record number of flight insignia adorned with his name, the story behind Scott Kelly's many space mission patches is as dramatic as they are prolific. Set to launch Friday (March 27) to the International Space Station, Kelly together with cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will spend a year in orbit collecting data to support even longer expeditions into deep space.
Scott Kelly's name tags were intended to be on the space station by now. The two blue and gold badges were among the items that NASA had arranged to send to the orbiting outpost ahead of Kelly launching on a yearlong expedition.
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Omega's "Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award" Speedmaster asks the question on its dial, "What could you do in 14 seconds?" The question is a nod to the 14-second mid-course correction that Apollo 13 astronaut Jack Swigert timed using his Speedmaster 45 years ago. Omega earned a NASA Silver Snoopy award as a result of that event, which the new watch also celebrates with the inclusion of Snoopy on its face and caseback.
What do actor Ed Harris, comic strip beagle Snoopy, astronaut Jack Swigert, and James Bond have in common? A new chronograph celebrating the "successful failure" of Apollo 13 45 years ago.
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"Journey to Space," the new documentary from K2 and Giant Screen Films, is now launching onto the big screens at NASA centers and space museums. The movie, narrated by actor Patrick Stewart and astronauts Chris Ferguson and Serena Aunon, showcases NASA's historic space shuttle program and its future plans for deep space exploration, including landing on Mars.
A new documentary is launching audiences on a —Journey to Space.— Narrated by actor Patrick Stewart, the giant-screen 3D film is showcasing NASA's future spaceflight plans at visitor centers and space museums, with more venues to be added throughout 2015.
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One hundred and sixty seven days after leaving Earth for the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore and Roscosmos cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova returned home Wednesday (March 11). Descending under parachutes onboard Soyuz TMA-14M, the three Expedition 41/42 crewmates landed on the steppe of Kazakhstan.
A U.S. astronaut and two cosmonauts from Russia returned to Earth on March 11, after spending 167 days aboard the International Space Station. Expedition 42 crewmembers Barry Wilmore, Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova landed on Soyuz TMA-14M.
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British singer Sarah Brightman revealed the mission patch for her self-funded flight to the International Space Station at a briefing held Tuesday (March 10) in London. The soprano described her personal emblem as borrowing imagery from the Soviet space posters of the 1960s, while paying tribute to the Apollo moon landings as well. Scheduled for a Sept. 1 launch, Brightman plans to become the first professional musician to sing from space during her 10 days in orbit.
Sarah Brightman will be "chasing dreams" and "shaping futures" when she launches on a self-funded trip to the International Space Station in September, the soprano said as she revealed her personal mission patch at a press conference in London.
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft on Friday (March 6) became the first robotic probe to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet. The spacecraft was about 38,000 miles from Ceres when it was captured by the small icy body's gravity. Dawn also has the distinction of being the first mission to orbit two extraterrestrial worlds. From 2011 to 2012, the spacecraft explored the giant asteroid Vesta.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft is in orbit... again. The first robotic probe to circle two different extraterrestrial worlds, Dawn began orbiting Ceres, the smallest known dwarf planet and largest object in our solar system's asteroid belt, on March 6.
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    Editor, 1999 - present
  • Space Adventures Ltd
    Director of Marking, 2001 - 2003
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    Communities Producer, 2000 - 2001
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    VP of Content Dev. & Astronaut Relations, 1999 - 2000
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    Director of Communications, 1997 - 1999
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    Director of Online Programs, 1996 - 1997
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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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