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  • 'Space Oddity'? First rock video sung and shot in space wows David Bowie.

    Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield performed and recorded the David Bowie classic 'Space Oddity' aboard the International Space Station, eliciting praise from Major Tom himself.

  • 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.

  • 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: 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 09/14

    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope quashed the possibility that what was previously believed to be a toddler galaxy in the nearby universe may actually be considered an adult. Called I Zwicky 18, this galaxy has a youthful appearance that resembles galaxies typically found only in the early universe. Hubble has now found faint, older stars within this galaxy, suggesting that the galaxy may have formed at the same time as most other galaxies.

  • 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.