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July 20, 2018

/ 10:00 a.m. CT (1500 GMT)


First moonwalker's memorabilia

: Six years after Neil Armstrong died, his personal items are being sold. Armstrong's family is working with Heritage Auctions of Dallas to sell more than 2,000 mementos and historical artifacts that belonged to the first moonwalker, including medals and flags that flew on Apollo 11. The first lots will debut for bids in early November, with more auctions to come next year.


July 20, 2018

/ 9:00 a.m. CT (1400 GMT)


'Apollo 11'

: NEON and CNN Films on Friday (July 20) announced "Apollo 11," a cinematic space event film from director Todd Douglas Miller ("Dinosaur 13"). The cinema-direct film promises to show audiences the first mission to land humans on the moon "like never before." A release date for "Apollo 11" has not yet been announced, but a 30-second teaser offers a glimpse at the new documentary.


July 20, 2018

/ 6:05 a.m. CT (1105 GMT)




One year from the moon

: On July 20, 1968 Tranquility Base was still tranquil. A year out from Apollo 11 making the first lunar landing, the parts needed for the mission were still in the process of coming together. On the 49th anniversary of humanity's giant leap, here is a look at what was happening to make Apollo 11 possible 50 years ago.


July 16, 2018

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)


'Three Missions'

: NASA's pursuit of landing astronauts on the moon is the theme of Field Notes' 39th limited edition release. Featuring three memo books and three "punch out and assemble" models, the "Three Missions" set celebrates the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs of the 1960s and early 1970s with facts, figures, photographs and three paper replicas of the early U.S. crewed spacecraft.


July 12, 2018

/ 4:00 p.m. CT (2100 GMT)


Towers toppled

: The oldest standing launch structures at Cape Canaveral were imploded on Thursday (July 12), toppling gantries that supported 325 missiles and rockets. The two mobile service towers at Launch Complex 17 were used for Thor and Delta rocket launches from 1957 to 2011, including supporting some of the United States' most notable satellite and robotic spacecraft missions. LC-17 will continue in use without the towers as the testing ground for commercial lunar landers developed by Moon Express.


July 10, 2018

/ 9:00 a.m. CT (1400 GMT)




Astronaut Snoopy

: Peanuts Worldwide and NASA are extending Snoopy's mission at the space agency, 50 years after the beagle first began service for the U.S. space program. A new multiyear Space Act Agreement will see Snoopy and Charles Schulz's other characters help NASA promote its future deep space missions and engage a new generation of students in STEM educational activities.


July 10, 2018

/ 12:30 a.m. CT (0530 GMT)


Fast track

: A Russian supply ship set a new record for the fastest trek to the International Space Station on Monday (July 9). Progress MS-09 docked to the station just three hours and 40 minutes after its liftoff, surpassing the previous expedited track to the orbiting laboratory by about two hours. Russia expects to use the two-orbit approach on future cargo and crew launches, pending more tests.


July 9, 2018

/ 10:30 a.m. CT (1530 GMT)


Making 'First Man'

: A panel discussion held on Saturday (July 7) at the annual Spacefest in Tucson, brought together Neil Armstrong's two sons and some of the filmmakers behind Universal's "First Man." The hour-long event, which included screenwriter Josh Singer and author James Hansen, focused in part on the film's level of accuracy and how the production has balanced history with storytelling.


July 5, 2018

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)


Astronaut-to-airline food

: Lufthansa is now offering a taste of real space food to some of its business class fliers. The airline is serving long-haul passengers leaving from Germany the chicken ragout with mushrooms that was prepared by its culinary group for ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst's Horizons mission on board the International Space Station. Lufthansa says its astronaut-turned-airline food will be limited to its flights departing in July and August.


July 2, 2018

/ 9:00 a.m. CT (1400 GMT)




Rocket redo

: NASA's last remaining launch-configured Saturn IB rocket is getting a redo. Work is now underway to repair, restore and fortify the Apollo-era artifact so it can stay on display in the Rocket Garden at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. The restoration of Saturn IB SA-209 is expected to take about 16 months.


June 29, 2018

/ 5:00 a.m. CT (1000 GMT)




Exit (Earth) through the gift shop

: NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex now has more than just souvenirs in its gift shop. The world's largest space shop now features interactive experiences, including the chance to follow in some famous astronauts' footsteps. A segment of the gantry arm that the Apollo 11 first moon landing crew crossed to board their Saturn V rocket has been integrated into the newly-renovated store as a second floor walkway.


June 27, 2018

/ 9:05 p.m. CT (0205 GMT Jun 28)


Webb launch delayed (again)

: NASA's next flagship orbital observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, will not launch until March 30, 2021 at the earliest, after a NASA review board found an array of concerns. The delay, which follows previous slips from 2018 to 2019 to 2020, will also result in the telescope exceeding its $8 billion cost cap by more than $800 million. Despite the setback, both NASA and the board agreed that the Webb was worth the wait.


June 26, 2018

/ 3:35 p.m. CT (2035 GMT)


Seaman's space expedition

: NASA and the National Park Service are launching a doll of Lewis and Clark's dog to the space station to celebrate the first 50 years since the creation of the National Trails System. The toy, which resembles Seaman, the Newfoundland dog that was part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, will complement four larger dolls traveling the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.


June 25, 2018

/ 2:30 p.m. CT (1930 GMT)


(Off-)world's strongest coffee

: Death Wish Coffee, the so-called world's strongest joe, is bound for space. NASA-prepared packets of Death Wish's freeze-dried blend will lift off on SpaceX's CRS-15 Dragon spacecraft for the Expedition 56 crew aboard the International Space Station. The extra-caffeinated boost was the idea of a former NASA astronaut who became a fan of the coffee brand on Earth.


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