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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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Russia's Progress M-27M cargo spacecraft, launched Tuesday (April 28), will not be docking to the International Space Station. The craft, which since reaching orbit has been in a rapid spin, is now falling back to Earth. The space station has enough supplies aboard to continue operations without problem.
An unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft has failed on its mission to deliver thousands of pounds of supplies for the astronauts on the International Space Station. All attempts at the Progress M-27M docking were canceled after it spun out of control.
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The space station just got its first big screen TV, sort of. As shared by year-long ISS resident Scott Kelly, the crew on Saturday (April 25) watched "Gravity" on the ISS Viewscreen, the space station's new 65-inch projection screen developed by Screen Innovations for NASA. The portable, zero-g screen is not just for movie night, but also for the crew's training exercises and weekly video conferences with their family members on Earth.
Movie nights aboard the International Space Station have just received a major upgrade with the launch of the first projection screen designed for use in microgravity. Astronauts can now float back and relax as films play on a unique, ambient-light-rejecting screen.
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ABC has aired its first trailer for "The Astronaut Wives Club," its docudrama series based on author Lily Koppel's bestselling book about the real spouses of NASA's early spacemen. The 30 second spot shows scenes recreating the 1959 conference that introduced the Mercury astronauts and LIFE magazine photographing their wives, as well as an Atlas launch.
"Get to know the first ladies of space." Just days after releasing the launch date for its spacemen spouses docudrama series, ABC has aired its first preview for "The Astronaut Wives Club."
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Twenty-five years ago Friday (April 24), the world's most famous orbiting observatory launched on the space shuttle. Celebrating a quarter century of the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA has released a set of do-it-yourself Hubble25 commemoratives, including a medallion and scale model you can 3D print.
NASA is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope with free do-it-<wbr>yourself commemorative collectibles. NASA is offering a medallion, a model of the space telescope and a Hubble "space ball."
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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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The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Monday (April 27) dedicated its exhibit of the space shuttle Enterprise to the fallen Apollo 1, Challenger STS-51L and Columbia STS-107 crews. The ceremony, which occurred three years to the day after the prototype orbiter arrived in New York, included members of the astronauts' families and the NASA Administrator.
Three years after arriving in New York City for display, NASA's prototype space shuttle Enterprise was dedicated on April 27 to the Apollo 1, STS-51L and STS-107 astronauts who gave their lives in the pursuit of space exploration.
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Former astronaut Mark Kelly is among the stars set to appear on Celebrity Jeopardy! airing May 11 through 15. A veteran of four space flights, including commanding the final mission of the shuttle Endeavour, Kelly is also the twin brother of astronaut Scott Kelly, who is one month into the first year-long stay on the International Space Station. Mark Kelly will be vying on the game show to win $50,000 for a charity of his choosing.
His twin brother now on a year-long mission aboard the space station, this former NASA astronaut is slated to compete on "Celebrity Jeopardy!" in May. Who is Mark Kelly?
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The Hubble Space Telescope marked 25 years in space Friday (April 24), having launched on space shuttle Discovery in 1990. The world's most famous orbital observatory, the Hubble's first quarter century is encapsulated by its millions of observations and the artifacts returned by five astronaut servicing missions.
The Hubble Space Telescope, launched 25 years ago, will never land in a museum. But that doesn't mean all of Hubble's history will be lost. The observatory's legacy will live on in the artifacts from its quarter century (and more) observing the universe.
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ABC's new TV series "The Astronaut Wives Club" will debut on June 18, the network announced Monday (April 20). The docu-drama, based on author Lily Koppel's book of the same title, focuses on the spouses of first U.S. spacemen. "Astronaut Wives" stars JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Yvonne Strahovski, Odette Annable, Dominique McElligott, Erin Cummings, Zoe Boyle and Azure Parsons and is written by Stephanie Savage.
ABC's "The Astronaut Wives Club" now has its launch date. The new docudrama about the spouses of the first U.S. spacemen will premiere Thursday night, June 18, 2015 at 8 p.m. EDT, the TV network has announced.
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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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