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  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: John Glenn

    Astronaut John Glenn, Jr. enters into the spacecraft Friendship 7 prior to MA-6 launch operations at Launch Complex 14. Astronaut Glenn is entering his spacecraft to begin the first American manned Earth orbital mission.

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  • NASA and the Navy practice space-capsule recovery

    With NASA's Orion under development, the Defense Department and NASA are dusting off their old capsule-recovery playbook to achieve something they haven't done since 1975.

  • Virgin Galactic spaceship cleared for test flights

    Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, a commercial six-passenger spacecraft, to begin rocket-powered suborbital test flights, the company said on Wednesday. Virgin Galactic is owned by billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Group.

  • Amazon CEO Bezos will hoist mammoth, antique rocket engines from seafloor (+video)

    Using high-tech sonar, an expedition spearheaded by Bezos has discovered what he claimed were discarded engines from the Apollo 11 mission lurking 14,000 feet deep.

  • Amazon founder locates Apollo 11 rockets

    Jeff Bezos, the dot-com billionaire, announced that he has located the booster rockets that lifted the first moon mission into space at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean.  He hopes to raise one or both to the surface.

  • John Glenn's first spaceflight was fraught with risks and unknowns

    Before Glenn completed three laps of Earth on Feb. 20, 1962, no American had spent more than 15 minutes in space.

  • 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.

  • John Glenn reflects on NASA's space legacy 50 years after first orbit

    On Feb. 20, 1962, Glenn piloted NASA's Mercury capsule, known as Friendship 7, three times around Earth, matching the groundbreaking achievement of the rival Soviet Union, which launched cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin into orbit 10 months earlier.  

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: John Glenn

    Astronaut John Glenn, Jr. enters into the spacecraft Friendship 7 prior to MA-6 launch operations at Launch Complex 14. Astronaut Glenn is entering his spacecraft to begin the first American manned Earth orbital mission.

  • 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.