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  • SpaceX rocket on its way to outer space (+video)

    This is the first privately-funded spaceflight to the International Space Station; it launched Tuesday after a scrubbed mission over the weekend.

  • SpaceX takes Star Trek's 'Scotty' to the Final Frontier

    SpaceX: The ashes of the actor James Doohan, who played Scotty on 'Star Trek' were launched to space on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The price?  $2,995 to launch 1 gram of ashes into Earth orbit.

  • Space pioneer John Glenn honored 50 years after historic flight

    Hundreds of NASA workers jammed a space center auditorium to mark the 50th anniversary of John Glenn's historic flight, to see and hear the first American to circle the Earth.

  • The astronaut who learned how to see

    Editor's Blog The astronaut who learned how to see

    Story Musgrave flew on six space shuttle missions -- and on every one of the shuttles that NASA is retiring this year. In a career of standout performances, he never forgot to savor the experience.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Project Mercury

    The Mercury-Atlas rocket, Friendship 7, would be the first American manned orbital space flight. The rocket is launched from Pad 14 in this photo from Feb. 20, 1962.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 07/09

    Like a sun on a fast rise, Space Shuttle Atlantis arcs into the still-black sky over the Atlantic Ocean, casting a fiery glow on its way. With a crew of five it is heading on the 10th assembly flight to the International Space Station. The primary payload on the mission is the joint airlock module, which will require two spacewalks to attach it to the Space Station. The airlock will be the primary path for Space Station spacewalk entry and departure for US spacesuits, and will also support the Russian Orlan spacesuit for EVA activity.

  • Remembering Guenter Wendt, Apollo-era 'pad führer'

    Guenter Wendt was NASA's original launch pad leader – or 'pad führer,' as he was affectionately known – for the agency's manned space program and the last man the Apollo astronauts saw before launching to the moon. He died Monday.