WASHINGTON -- NASA commemorates the 90th birthday of astronaut John Glenn. The pioneering explorer was the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth and also was the oldest person to fly to space when he launched on the space shuttle in 1998.
A statue has been unveiled in London to celebrate the first spaceman-Yuri Gagarin.
The figure,which has been placed just off the mall next to admiralty arch,features the cosmonaut in his flight suit and standing on a globe.
Gagarin shook the world when it was announced on the 12th april 1961 that he had circled the earth in a spacecraft.
A host of dignitaries were present for the unveiling,including the cosmonaut's daughter Elena Gagarina.
Wednesday 6th July, five astronauts from the last Dicovery mission STS 133 and Professor Brian Cox gave a lecture to school children in the Isle of Man.
This was streamed live online at the time, and has now been put up on YouTube, link below:-
HOUSTON -- NASA astronaut and U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Kelly has announced his plans to retire from the agency on Oct. 1. He is a veteran of four space shuttle missions.
"We salute Commander Mark Kelly and his contributions to NASA as an extremely accomplished member of the astronaut corps and the final commander of the space shuttle Endeavour," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "We deeply respect his achievements and his decision to focus on his family. We continue to send out our thoughts and prayers to Mark and his wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, as she makes a remarkable recovery. We know that Mark will continue to do great things for his country no matter what he chooses to do next. He has helped us build a space program poised to take advantage of the many opportunities in our bright future."
Houston, we have an iPhone: Two iPhone 4 smartphones loaded with an app to help astronauts perform experiments in space will launch aboard NASA's shuttle Atlantis on July 8. They will be the first iPhones to fly in space, officials say
This high definition short is a fascinating document.
Narrated by NASA's Dr. Justin Wilkinson, it shows a tour of planet Earth as seen by astronauts, explaining what are the places that they first focus on while in orbit.
After spending 157 days aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 27 Commander Dmitry Kondratyev and Flight Engineers Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli landed safely in Kazakhstan Monday, May 23 2011.
HOUSTON – NASA has a new spaceflight champion and his name is Mike Fincke.
Fincke, an astronaut flying on the shuttle Endeavour's final mission, broke NASA's all-time record for the most time spent in space by an American late Friday (May 27) when he passed the 377-day mark, and he is raising the bar higher with every additional minute he spends in orbit.
By the time Endeavour lands on June 1, Fincke will have spent 382 days in orbit on three space missions.
The European Space Agency, Arianespace and the European Commission announced today that the launch of the first two satellites of Europe's global navigation satellite system is planned to take place on 20 October.
The ISS Progress 42 resupply craft launched Wednesday morning to replenish the International Space Station. Launch was at 9:05 a.m. EDT (7:05 p.m. Kazakhstan time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The Russian cargo craft will dock to the Pirs docking compartment at 10:29 a.m. Friday.