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Brought back to Earth 40 years after it was designed, and more than two decades after it was lost, the NASA Graphics Standards Manual Reissue celebrates the 1970s book that redefined the space agency's visual identity for a generation. The design reference, created by Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn, introduced the NASA "worm" logo that replaced the NASA "meatball" until 1992. The reissue, organized by designers Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth, is being offered through a Kickstarter campaign launched on Tuesday (Sept. 1).
A 40-year-old book that gave rise to one of NASA's most iconic logos is being launched back into print using Kickstarter. The NASA Graphics Standards Manual, first published in 1976, defined a new identity for the space agency, as led by the NASA "worm."
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Last week's removal of the water storage tanks from deep inside the space shuttle Endeavour is now complete at the California Science Center. Joined by the same tanks retrieved from inside the shuttle Atlantis in May, the reactivated artifacts are destined to be launched to the International Space Station to enhance the outpost's water supply system. This photo gallery provides a behind-the-scenes look at the water tanks' extraction.
Behind-the-scenes photographs reveal how the water storage tanks deep inside NASA's space shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour were extracted by the space agency for their use onboard the International Space Station.
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"The Astronaut Wives Club," ABC's 10-part series about the spouses of America's first spacemen, came to its end on Thursday night (Aug. 20) with a finale titled "Landing." Set between the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing and the problem-plagued Apollo 13 mission in 1970, the episode included the only cameo by a real Astro-family member, Apollo 14 astronaut Stu Roosa's daughter, Rosemary. How well did the tenth episode follow space history? A look at some of the "A-OK!" and "Abort!" scenes from "The Astronaut Wives Club" conclusion.
The spouses of NASA's first spacemen flew off into the sunset — or at least one of them did — on the final episode of "The Astronaut Wives Club." The tenth and last hour of the ABC docudrama was set between two of the most famous space missions in history.
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Visitors touring the California Science Center this week may notice space shuttle Endeavour's crew hatch open. Beginning Monday (Aug. 17), a NASA team will be working to remove Endeavour's water tanks from deep inside the retired orbiter so that they may be reused aboard the International Space Station. The tanks may help increase the amount of science being done by the astronauts working on the orbiting laboratory.
NASA's retired space shuttle Endeavour, on exhibit in Los Angeles since 2012, has been called back into service -- or rather, parts of it have -- for the benefit of the International Space Station. NASA will remove four water tanks from deep inside the winged orbiter.
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Space Center Houston on Wednesday (Aug. 12) set the opening date for Independence Plaza, its $12 million, eight-story-tall exhibit of a space shuttle replica on top of NASA's first Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. The nonprofit center will invite its guests to tour inside both the orbiter and modified Boeing 747 jetliner beginning Jan. 23, 2016. Both vehicles will include exhibits dedicated to telling the history of the space shuttle era.
The countdown is on to the launch of a new eight-story-tall attraction dedicated to telling the history of NASA's space shuttle and the jumbo jet that was used to ferry the fleet of winged spacecraft across the country.
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What is deep red, leafy, and grows 250 miles high? The latest snack for the astronauts on the International Space Station. Using Veggie, NASA's plant growth system, flight engineer Scott Kelly grew and harvested leaves of "Outredgeous" red romaine lettuce. On Monday (Aug. 10), Kelly and Expedition 44 crewmate Kjell Lindgren became the first U.S. astronauts to (officially) eat space-grown greens, following earlier cosmonaut farmers.
For the first time (at least officially), NASA astronauts on board the International Space Station have tasted the product, or produce, of their work. Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren happily chomped on the lettuce they freshly harvested from the Veggie growth system.
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Andreas Mogensen is set to become Denmark's first astronaut to fly in space when he launches to the International Space Station on Wednesday (Sept. 2). The 38 year old aerospace engineer's mission for the European Space Agency (ESA), dubbed "iriss," will be just 10 days long but will include a full slate of science and technology demonstrations. Mogensen is also taking along a crew of LEGO "iriss" minifigures, as made by the Danish toy company, to support educational outreach activities.
Denmark's first astronaut is launching on a ten-day taxi flight to the International Space Station, taking with him a Danish toy that is known worldwide. Andreas Mogensen will fly to the station with LEGO minifigures bearing the official logo of his mission.
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No gravity so astronauts won't step on Lego pieces.
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NASA's third manned Gemini mission, which orbited the Earth half a century ago this week, set a world duration record while demonstrating that an astronaut crew could work in space long enough to fly to the moon and back. Gemini 5 crewmates Gordo Cooper and Pete Conrad also set another American first: designing and wearing the first mission patch. The emblem, featuring a covered wagon, also included a hastily hidden slogan.
Fifty years ago, two NASA astronauts were more than one-third of the way through what was to be the world's longest space mission at the time. Gordo Cooper and Pete Conrad chose to underscore their time in orbit while setting yet another American first in space.
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With almost 9,500 backers donating nearly $720,000, the Smithsonian's first Kickstarter campaign has succeeded at funding not just the conservation and display of Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit worn on the moon, which was the crowd-funding effort's original goal, but also Alan Shepard's silver Mercury spacesuit that he wore on the first American crewed spaceflight. For their pledges, backers of the "Reboot the Suit" campaign will be updated about the conservation work as it progresses.
The spacesuits worn by Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, and by Alan Shepard, the first American in space, will be "conserved, digitized and displayed" thanks to the almost 9,500 people who backed the Smithsonian's first Kickstarter campaign.
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The ten-part docudrama "The Astronaut Wives Club" aired its penultimate episode Thursday (Aug. 13). In "The Dark Side," the ABC series flew from the Earth to the moon, focusing on the events that surrounded the Apollo 7 and Apollo 8 missions. How well did the ninth episode follow real space history? A review of the "A-OK!" and "Abort!" scenes from the show.
The ninth episode of "The Astronaut Wives Club" focused on "The Dark Side" of being a spaceman's spouse, as the show was titled. The docudrama's second-to-last installment explored the wives' fears and struggles with losing their loved ones.
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Amid commanding a crew on the International Space Station, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield found time to write, sing and record songs inspired by and about life in space. "Space Sessions: Songs From a Tin Can," the resulting album, will be released on Oct. 9 by Warner Music. The first album to be primarily performed and recorded in space, "Sessions" includes Hadfield's first single, "Feet Up," and his zero-g take on "Space Oddity."
In the first single off of Chris Hadfield's new music album, the first album to be primarily recorded in outer space, the astronaut sings "Can't stand on my own two feet, I just float away, I took a ride in a hot hot seat, now I'm ready to play, far away." And play he does.
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ABC's docudrama "The Astronaut Wives Club" aired its third to last episode Thursday (Aug. 6), covering the aftermath of the Apollo 1 fire that in January 1967 claimed the lives of Roger Chaffee, Ed White and Gus Grissom. How well did the eighth episode, entitled "Abort," follow real space history? A look at the "A-OK!" and "Abort!" scenes from this week's show.
The eighth episode of ABC's ten-part series "The Astronaut Wives Club" focused on the aftermath of the Apollo 1 accident. But in an episode titled "Abort," how successful were the show's scenes in following the trajectory of the real space history events.
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  • collectSPACE
    Editor, 1999 - present
  • Space Adventures Ltd
    Director of Marking, 2001 - 2003
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    Communities Producer, 2000 - 2001
  • Starport.com
    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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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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