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collecting space (history, stories, adventures, artifacts...)
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The news of Tom Wolfe's death came 55 years to the day after NASA's final Mercury mission launched an astronaut into Earth orbit — a flight Wolfe chronicled in his book, "The Right Stuff."

The celebrated journalist and bestselling author died at the age of 88 on Monday (May 14). "The Right Stuff" did more than capture the early astronaut ethos; the book also inspired a new generation to push the outside of the envelope.
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The capsule that carried the first Dane into space has landed on display in Denmark.

The Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft that launched with ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen in 2015 was acquired by the Danmarks Tekniske Museum, or the Danish Museum of Science & Technology, in Helsingør. The same Soyuz was used by the crew members of the first yearlong mission on the International Space Station to return to Earth in 2016.
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Orbital ATK's first nine Cygnus cargo spacecraft were christened for late astronauts who worked for the company or who helped advance U.S. spaceflight. For its tenth Cygnus' namesake, Orbital ATK has chosen their late vice chairman.

The "S.S. J.R. Thompson" will launch as a memorial to the executive, who also served as NASA's deputy administrator and helped develop rocket engines for the Saturn V booster and the space shuttle.
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The first humanoid robot in space is back on Earth. Robonaut 2, or R2 for short, returned Saturday (May 5) from the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's 14th Dragon cargo spacecraft to splashdown from the orbiting laboratory.

Three years into its seven-year stay on orbit, R2 began shorting out, following upgrades to outfit it with legs. Once back at Johnson Space Center, R2 will be repaired for its expected return to the space station.
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NASA's InSight lander has left Earth for Mars, launching Saturday (May 5) on a 205-day trajectory from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California to Elysium Planitia on the Red Planet. InSight, which is NASA's first interplanetary mission to rise from the U.S. west coast, will be the first to probe the deep interior of Mars, detecting marsquakes and monitoring the subsurface flow of heat.
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Disney Junior's next episode of "Mission Force One," debuting on Earth on Monday (May 7), has made history becoming the first kids TV show to premiere in space.

The half hour program, "The Space Station Situation," was viewed last week by the crew on the International Space Station. The animated episode focuses on Miles (from Tomorrowland) and his friends as they travel to the past to save the space station with help from its crew (who are voiced by and modeled after real astronauts).
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Engineers at Johnson Space Center in Houston are outfitting a boilerplate Orion capsule to fly a three-minute test flight next year.

Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) will validate the launch abort system (LAS) developed to save astronauts' lives in event of a problem with the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. The AA-2 capsule will launch on a smaller solid rocket booster for the atmospheric test.
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Master Replicas Group has introduced its new Space Terrains, models of the surface of the moon and Mars.

The cast-resin terrains, which are being offered under a license with the Smithsonian, are based on the data and high resolution images from NASA spacecraft. The first terrains include the moon's Tycho crater and Mons Olympus, the solar system's largest volcano, on Mars.
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Jim Bridenstine was sworn in as NASA Administrator by Vice President Mike Pence on Monday (April 23).

A naval pilot, politician and the director of an air and space museum, Bridenstine is the 13th person to be administrator in NASA's 60 years and the first head of the agency born after the Apollo moon landings.
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A Soviet-era cosmonaut who flew to three different space stations, Vladimir Lyakhov died on Thursday (April 19) at 76. Lyakhkov lived in Earth orbit for a total of 333 days as the commander of the Soyuz 32, T-8 and TM-6 missions to the Salyut 6, 7 and Mir space stations in 1979, 1983 and 1988, respectively.
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