| Feb 21, 2012
| 6:54 AM
GLOUCESTER — John Glenn may be the oldest living astronaut, but he’s still a young pup compared to Ray W. Hooker.
Hooker, 106, was in the twilight of his NASA career when Glenn rocketed to superstardom in 1962 as the first American to orbit...
| Jul 3, 2011
| 9:53 AM
Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, NASA was already planning what would become the space shuttle program.
President Richard Nixon in early 1969 formed the Space Task Group, whose job was to chart the nation's future in space.
One of the first...
| Jun 23, 2011
| 10:48 AM
Organizers of the Carrier Classic college basketball game scheduled for the deck of the Newport News-built USS Carl Vinson want the local shipyard to design and build the event's championship trophy.
The Morale Entertainment Foundation is negotiating...
| Jul 8, 2011
| 1:42 PM
George Ware’s cigar stayed in its wrapper — just as it did more than 30 years ago when the space shuttle program took flight.
A retired aerospace engineer, Ware wasn’t ready to celebrate Friday as Atlantis rocketed away from Earth on...
| Jul 8, 2011
| 4:45 PM
In 1972, President Nixon gave his blessing to ramp up Apollo's successor, the Space Transportation System (STS). Two years later, work began on the first space shuttle, a test vehicle that NASA planned to christen Constitution.
Those plans changed...
| Jul 17, 2011
Chicago went loony for the Moon Men.
It was Aug. 13, 1969, and the city threw one monster party for Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. and Michael Collins, the Apollo 11 astronauts whose journey to the moon and back had captivated the world.
| Sep 3, 2011
| 8:00 AM
As a child, I remember a coloring book that pictured a "Buck Rogers" rocket that looked like a football with three fins at its base. It was my job to give it life by coloring the rocket blast with yellows, oranges and reds that lifted the craft to stellar...
| Oct 13, 2011
| 11:30 AM
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- President Barack Obama will attend the Carrier Classic basketball game on Veterans Day on the USS Carl Vinson, the aircraft carrier that buried Osama bin Laden at sea.
The White House confirmed Thursday that the nation's basketball-...
| Aug 31, 2012
| 2:11 PM
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Neil Armstrong was buried Friday in a private service held by his family in Ohio. Memorials were also being held around the country, including events at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and the US...
| Aug 25, 2012
| 1:03 PM
Former U.S. astronaut, Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, has died at the age of 82, his family said on Saturday.
Armstrong underwent a heart-bypass surgery earlier this month, just two days after his birthday on August 5, to...
| Aug 25, 2012
| 2:46 PM
(Reuters) - Facts about former U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, who has died at the age of 82, according to U.S. media:
* Armstrong grew up in Ohio with a strong interest in flight and earned his pilot's license while...