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Shuttle Commander Steve Nagel waves after returning from a mission in the Colombia on April 26, 1993.  (File photo: BOB PEARSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Astronaut Steven Nagel Dies

Nagel flew four space shuttle missions and retired from NASA in 2011. He was 67.

08/23/2014

(L-R) West German Payload Specialist Ernst Messerchmid, October 27, 1985, and his crewmates on the Space Shuttle Challeger STS-61A mission Pilot Steven Nagel (waving), Payload Specialist Wubbo Ockels, ESA from Netherlands, Commander Henry Hartsfield, Payload Specialist Reinhard Furrer from West Germany and Guion S. Bluford, mission specialist, en route for lunch pad on October 27, 1985 before taking off on October 30. STS-61-A was the 22nd Space Shuttle mission. It was a scientific Spacelab mission funded and controlled by West Germany and carried German Spacelab D-1. It was also the last successful mission of the Space Shuttle Challenger. STS-61-A holds the record for the largest crew, eight people, aboard any single spacecraft for the entire period from launch to landing. The Space Shuttle mission carried the NASA/ESA Spacelab module with 76 experiments, and was declared a success. Payload operations were controlled from the German Space Operations Center in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany instead of the regular NASA centers. AFP PHOTO JOHATHAN UTZ (Photo credit: JONATHAN UTZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Astronaut Hank Hartsfield Dies At 80

Former astronaut Henry “Hank” Hartsfield, who logged 483 hours during three trips into space and commanded two shuttle missions, has died.

07/25/2014

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Opinion: Sally Ride, A Role Model For The Ages

Looking around our nation, it’s obvious that we need more heroines and heroes with Sally Ride’s brave and courageous character. Her inspiration and legacy must live on to create the heroines – and heroes – of the future.

07/24/2012

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NASA Building Menu For The Mission To Mars

Through a labyrinth of hallways deep inside a 1950s-era building that has housed research that dates back to the origins of U.S. space travel, a group of scientists in white coats is stirring, mixing, measuring, brushing and, most important, tasting the end result of their cooking.

07/17/2012

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Clayton Anderson Really Is A Big Sports Fan

Talking space and sports with our favorite Astronaut.

SportsRadio 610–02/21/2012

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Astronauts Watch Sports From Outer Space

Clayton Anderson, at one time, was one spaced out guy. Now he’s come back down to Earth. and he joins The Odd Couple.

SportsRadio 610–08/23/2011

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Anniversary Day For The Last Man To Walk On The Moon

The guys talk shop with the last man to leave footprints on the moon.

SportsRadio 610–07/20/2011

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Giffords’ Husband Considering Final Shuttle Flight

Astronaut Mark Kelly, the husband of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, said Monday he’d decide within the next two weeks if he’ll command NASA’s final launch of space shuttle Endeavour in April.

01/25/2011

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