CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Nearly two years after space shuttle Atlantis blasted off for the last time, NASA on Thursday put out a "For Lease" notice for one of its shuttle launch pads in Florida. In a notice posted on its procurement website, the U.S. space agency said it was looking for one or more companies to take over operations and maintenance of Launch Complex 39A. The facility is one of two launch pads at the Kennedy Space Center built in the 1960s to support the Apollo moon program. Both were later modified for the space shuttles, which began flying in 1981. ...
Vials of moon dust brought back to Earth by the first men on the moon have been found inside a lab warehouse in California after sitting in storage unnoticed for more than 40 years.
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has hired Richard Cordiner to script Spacesuit, based on the book by Nicholas de Monchaux. This tells the true story of the unsung heroes of the Apollo space programĖ a team of bra and girdle designers from Playtex who successfully built the iconic spacesuit that enabled Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to walk on the moon. This improbable band of outsiders, led by a former TV repairman, a car mechanic, and their crew of spirited seamstresses, accomplished what all the aerospace giants couldn’t. Itís a long way from the shop floor of Playtex to the surface of the moon, and this incredible story tracks how it happened. Marc Shmugerís Global Produce brought the project to the studio, and Shmuger & Tom McNulty will produce with Alexandra Loewy overseeing development. Kat Likkel and John Hoberg are exec producers and Jon Berg and Racheline Benveniste are overseeing for the studio. Cordiner works in advertising in San Francisco, but things changed when his script The Shark Is Not Working made the Black List. He was signed after that by Verve, Kaplan Perrone and attorney Karl Austen, and all this led to a double blind script deal at Warners. Shmuger’s Global Produce has the Alex Gibney-directed Julian Assange docu We Steal Secrets coming through Focus World and The Spectacular Now from A24.
The joystick controller used to steer the Apollo 11 spacecraft to the moon, the original recording of Neil Armstrong's heartbeat when he took humankind's first "small step" onto the lunar surface, and the complete tool kit carried on NASA's final manned moon mission won't be auctioned later this month, despite international headlines that heralded the rare space artifacts' sale.
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