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Nasa said to be investigating first allegation of a crime in space

Nasa said to be investigating first allegation of a crime in space

Science
Nasa is reported to be investigating a claim that an astronaut accessed the bank account of her estranged spouse from the International Space Station, in what may be the first allegation of a crime committed in space.Anne McClain acknowledges accessing the account from the ISS but denies any wrongdoing, the New York Times reports.Her estranged spouse, Summer Worden, reportedly filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.Ms McClain has since returned to Earth.The astronaut told the New York Times through a lawyer that she was merely making sure that the family's finances were in order and there was enough money to pay bills and care for Ms Worden's son - who they had been raising together prior to the split."She strenuousl...
Houston has a problem: NASA snubs city’s bid to lead next moon mission

Houston has a problem: NASA snubs city’s bid to lead next moon mission

Technology
It may have been one of the first words ever uttered on the moon, but Houston has been snubbed by NASA as the base of operations for the development of the next lunar lander.Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, has been chosen to lead preparations for the planned expedition, beating out competition from Johnson Space Center in the Texan city. The latter managed the iconic Apollo quest 50 years ago, and state congressmen hoped that legacy would see it chosen for the next mission, which is aiming to send a woman to the moon for the first time by 2024. ...
Nasa picks headquarters for Moon lander

Nasa picks headquarters for Moon lander

Science
A Nasa facility in Alabama that developed the giant rocket for the Apollo programme in the 1960s will play a key role in sending astronauts down to the Moon's surface in 2024.The Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville will lead the development of a vehicle that will land astronauts on the body for the first time since 1972.The decision was announced by Nasa's administrator Jim Bridenstine.But it's a disappointment for Texas, which was in the running.The White House wants to send a man and a woman to the South Pole of the Moon in five years, under a programme called Artemis.Huntsville in northern Alabama is known as "Rocket City", because of its long association with the space programme. It was here that the huge Saturn V launcher, which lofted humans ...
Three original NASA moon-walk videos auctioned off for $1.8M

Three original NASA moon-walk videos auctioned off for $1.8M

Science
July 21 (UPI) -- The original NASA videotapes of the Apollo 11 moon walk were auctioned off for $ 1.82 million on the 50th anniversary of the feat. NASA intern Gary George paid $ 217.77 for those three tapes and other NASA footage at a government surplus auction in 1976, Sotheby's house said in a news release. Sotheby's Space Exploration auction was conducted at its sale room in New York. The buyer, who paid $ 1,820,000 plus commission for first-generation NASA videotapes wasn't identified. "Fifty years ago today, we achieved the world's greatest human accomplishment, and what we universally recall about that event is best documented on these tapes," said Cassandra Hatton, vice president and senior specialist in Sotheby's Books & Manuscripts Department, said in the news release. "We ...