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The October 2014 fatal loss of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo was likely caused by its co-pilot's premature unlocking of the feather braking system and the failure of the ship's designer to consider and protect against "a single human error," investigators at the National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday (July 28). The NTSB recommended additional oversight for all commercial sub-orbital spaceflight operators, but found no specific problems with SpaceShipTwo's design.
The fatal in-flight breakup and loss of Virgin Galactic's first SpaceShipTwo was likely the result of pilot error and the failure of the sub-orbital vehicle's developer to protect against such, federal investigators reported.
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In the sixth hour of ABC's ten-part "The Astronaut Wives Club," John and Annie Glenn ran for Senate, Scott and Rene Carpenter ran to Sealab and Alan and Louise Shepard ran for a doctor. In the episode "In the Blind," Ed White became NASA's new star, while Ed Dwight was turned away. How closely did "In the Blind" follow real space history? A look at some of the "A-OK!" and "Abort!" scenes from this week's broadcast.
It was out with the old and in with the new in "In the Blind," the sixth episode of ABC's 10 part "Astronaut Wives Club." Alan Shepard, John Glenn and Scott Carpenter, along with their spouses, struggle with life after space, as Ed White and Ed Dwight strive to launch.
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The mission patch for Russia's 43rd Soyuz spacecraft to launch to the International Space Station (set to lift off Wednesday, July 22) pays tribute to another mission 43 years ago. The Soyuz TMA-17M emblem borrows design elements from the Apollo 17 patch worn by the last astronauts to walk on the moon in 1972. A tale of two patches, the current patch came about because the cosmonaut in command is a "big fan of Apollo."
What is blue, gold and silver and links the final manned mission to launch to the moon with the next crew flying to the International Space Station? The Soyuz TMA-17M crew's mission patch.
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The fifth hour of ABC's "The Astronaut Wives Club" began with a "New Horizons" flyby and closed with the end of the Mercury program. In between, the episode touched on the role of women in the 1960's space program and society in general. How well did "Flashpoint" follow real space history? A look at the "A-OK!" and "Abort!" scenes from this week's broadcast.
In a bit of fortuitous timing, the fifth episode of ABC's "The Astronaut Wives Club" opened with a large sign reading "New Horizons." It was only coincidence though, that the show aired two days after NASA's New Horizons probe flew by the dwarf planet Pluto.
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NASA's New Horizons probe survived its flyby of Pluto on Tuesday morning (July 14), as its call home confirmed on Tuesday night. The spacecraft began its broadcast earlier in the afternoon, but its signal takes four hours and 25 minutes to span the more than 3 billion miles to Earth. Its first images from the flyby are expected Wednesday, but it will take the next 16 months for all of its science data to reach the ground.
NASA's New Horizons successfully flew by Pluto on July 14, becoming the first probe in history to visit the reddish dwarf planet. The flyby capped the first reconnaissance of the solar system's major worlds. The spacecraft "phoned home," confirming it survived.
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The fourth hour of ABC's "The Astronaut Wives Club" launched the fifth American into space, but only if you were really paying attention. Wally Schirra's "Liftoff" on six orbits was all but eclipsed by the wives being introduced to Houston high society and the arrival of "The New Nine" and their spouses. How well did "Liftoff" follow the space history on which it was based? A look at the "A-OK!" and "Abort!" scenes from the episode.
"The Astronaut Wives Club" went from six orbits to splashdown in "Liftoff," the ten-part series' fourth episode, which launched July 9 on ABC. The hour included the second-to-last Mercury flight, but only barely, as most of the focus was on events on the ground.
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Neil Armstrong's Apollo lunar spacesuit will be conserved, digitized and on display for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing thanks to the $500,000 raised for the Smithsonian on Kickstarter. The "Reboot the Suit" campaign reached its goal in its first four days and is now stretching to include some of the other space artifacts at the National Air and Space Museum. First up: the silver spacesuit Alan Shepard wore on the first U.S. spaceflight.
The Smithsonian's Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to conserve, digitize, and display astronaut Neil Armstrong's Apollo spacesuit rocketed to success and is now reaching to "reboot" Alan Shepard's Freedom 7 suit and other historic space artifacts.
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Russia's Soyuz TMA-17M crew lifted off for the International Space Station on Wednesday (July 22), two months later than planned. Oleg Kononenko, Kjell Lindgren, and Kimiya Yui were delayed launching by the loss of a Russian Progress cargo vehicle in late April. The three will spend five months on board the station serving as Expedition 44 and 45 flight engineers.
A veteran cosmonaut and two astronauts on their first flight launched for the International Space Station after a two month delay. Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, Kjell Lindgren of NASA, and Kimiya Yui of JAXA will work for five months aboard the orbiting laboratory.
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Consider it one small step for Kickstarter, one giant leap for putting the spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore on the moon back on public display. The Smithsonian on Monday (July 20) launched 'Reboot the Suit', its first-ever crowdfunding campaign, to raise the $500,000 needed to conserve, digitize and display the Apollo 11 suit in time for the mission's 50th anniversary in July 2019.
The Smithsonian has launched its first-ever crowdfunding campaign to conserve, digitize and return to display the spacesuit that Neil Armstrong wore on the moon. The institution partnered with Kickstarter to raise $500,000 and "Reboot the Suit."
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Just one day after it flew by and beyond Pluto, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft returned its first up-close images of the dwarf planet and its moons. The probe revealed ice mountains on Pluto and a deep canyon on Charon, as well as provided a first look at Hydra that wasn't just a point of light. The New Horizons' science team also revealed a new name for Pluto's most prominent feature: the heart is now called "Tombaugh Regio" in honor of the astronomer who discovered the planet in 1930.
As NASA's New Horizons flew past Pluto on July 14, it had aboard some of the ashes of the astronomer who discovered the planet in 1930. Now, the mission's science team has further honored the late Clyde Tombaugh by giving Pluto's heart-shaped region his name.
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Nine and a half years after leaving Earth, NASA's New Horizons piano-sized probe soared past Pluto Tuesday (July 14), carrying out a historic flyby of the dwarf planet. The spacecraft was scheduled to go by Pluto at a distance of just 7,750 miles at 7:49 a.m. EDT (1149 GMT), but its call home confirming it made it through the encounter will not be received on Earth until 8:53 p.m. As New Horizons' principal investigator Alan Stern advised his mission control and science teams, "knock on wood."
By the time you read this, the New Horizons robotic probe should be somewhere beyond Pluto, having completed a historic first flyby of the dwarf planet. That is, if it survived the encounter. Knock on wood.
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NASA named four veteran astronauts on Thursday (July 9) who will train to fly on the first crewed test flights of the Boeing CST-100 and SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. Bob Behnken, Eric Boe, Doug Hurley and Sunita Williams will train with representatives of the two companies for maiden missions to the International Space Station slated for launch in the next two years.
NASA has named its first commercial crew "cadre" — the four astronauts who will train to fly aboard the first test flights of Boeing's CST-100 and SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft. The space agency assigned Bob Behnken, Eric Boe, Doug Hurley and Sunita Williams.
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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
  • 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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