Obama announces highest civilian honour to Sally Ride

US President Barack Obama has announced to award the nation`s highest civilian honour posthumously to the first American female astronaut Dr Sally Ride for her contributions to the US space program and education system.

US loses three space pioneers in five weeks

The United States lost three space pioneers in about five weeks from mid-July, but each one of them - Forrest McCartney, Sally Ride, and Neil Armstrong - did their country and humanity proud.

Sally Ride, 1st US female astronaut dies of cancer

Sally Ride, the first US woman to go into space, has died after a 17-month battle against cancer.

NASA releases new Moon pics requested by students

A NASA spacecraft in orbit around the moon has sent back five dozen new images of the lunar surface including a view of the far side with Earth in the distance.