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June 28, 2022

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

Axiom Space leases full-scale ISS:

Axiom Space is moving its engineering operations into the former Fry's Electronics in Webster, Texas. Though work is underway to convert the retail store to support the development of a commercial orbital outpost, Axiom will retain the full-scale International Space Station that already spans the building. Axiom will use the facility to house its engineering mockups and up to 540 employees working on the Axiom Station.

June 23, 2022

/ 3:15 p.m. CT (2015 GMT)

Funko reveals as-cans:

Among the new Funko collectibles coming out this fall are the company's first real NASA astronaut figures. Packaged in what looks like a soda can (but without the carbonated drink inside), Funko's Soda NASA astronaut is posed in a white spacesuit holding a U.S. flag. One in six cans will have a "chase" variant with the astronaut in an orange pressure suit. Limited to 17,000 cans worldwide, the NASA astronaut vinyl figures are set to retail for $15 each with shipping to begin in late September.

June 21, 2022

/ 6:30 p.m. CT (2330 GMT)

Escaping Gravity:

Before Lori Garver was NASA's (now former) deputy administrator and championed the space agency's support for commercial contracts, she arranged for the White House to present Jim Lovell with the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. In her new book, "Escaping Gravity," Garver reveals the untold story of how the ceremony came to be and how it was almost canceled.

June 17, 2022

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

NASA and the 'Lightyear' look:

In the "Toy Story" universe, "Lightyear" is the movie that made Andy want an astronaut action figure. So it only makes sense that when Pixar had to find a new, more realistic look for their title character, they sought the advice of a NASA astronaut. On Earth and from orbit, Tom Marshburn helped the animators add the "authenticity of space" to the iconic Buzz Lightyear.

June 15, 2022

/ 8:00 a.m. CT (1300 GMT)

Adam Savage x Starliner:

With many new exhibits to see in the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's new Gateway attraction, opening Wednesday (June 15), the newest may be a replica spacesuit made by Adam Savage. The former Mythbuster was recruited by Boeing to faithfully reproduce the company's second selection for a Starliner astronaut outfit, a pressure garment designed by ILC Dover. A spacesuit enthusiast, this was Savage's first time building a replica when the original had yet to be seen.

June 10, 2022

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

For All Mankind:

What happens when the events of an alternate space history, though still set in the past, surpasses present day reality? For season three of the Apple TV+ series "For All Mankind," now streaming, the move from the moon to Mars meant leaving behind Apollo spacecraft designs for deeper cuts into unrealized projects and once future ideas. collectSPACE spoke with the series' cast and crew about the pivot from alt-space to hard sci-fi.

June 28, 2022

/ 6:30 a.m. CT (1130 GMT)

From NZ to NRHO:

Rocket Lab launched its first mission to the moon on Tuesday (June 28), sending Advanced Space's CAPSTONE cubesat from a New Zealand launchpad on a four-month journey to a near rectilinear halo orbit. The private mission will collect data about the unique multi-body path, which is the same orbit NASA plans to use for its human-tended Artemis Gateway lunar space station.

June 23, 2022

/ 6:45 p.m. CT (2345 GMT)

Moon dust sale bugs NASA:

Despite being on its second trip to the auction block, a vial of Apollo 11 moon dust has been pulled from sale at the request of NASA. Apparently, the space agency wants the sample back, even though it is less than pristine. The moon dust had been the subject of destructive testing; namely it had been purposely fed to cockroaches to study for any ill effects. The sale, by RR Auction of New Hampshire, had offered the remains of the research, including the extracted moon dust, two boxes of microscope slides and three of the preserved insects.

June 17, 2022

/ 7:35 p.m. CT (0035 GMT Jun 18)

Sally Ride statue:

The Cradle of Aviation is now home to a monument to the late NASA astronaut Sally Ride. The Long Island, New York air and space museum unveiled "The First American Woman in Space" statue on Friday (June 17), the day before the 39-year anniversary of Ride's first launch into space. The bronze sculpture depicts Ride holding a model of the space shuttle toward the sky.

June 16, 2022

/ 4:35 p.m. CT (2135 GMT)

Starliner CFT crew:

NASA astronauts Barry "Butch" Wilmore and Suni Williams will test fly Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on its next mission. NASA announced the Crew Flight Test (CFT) assignments on Thursday (June 16), as it continued to assess data from the Starliner uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) that landed in May. Astronaut Mike Fincke, who was previously assigned to the CFT mission, will serve as backup to commander Wilmore.

June 13, 2022

/ 4:30 p.m. CT (2130 GMT)

Astronaut Hall of Fame:

Veterans of seven space shuttle missions and one expedition on the International Space Station together, David Leestma, Sandy Magnus and Chris Ferguson were honored with their induction into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on Sunday (June 11). The three, celebrated for their past, shared the excitement for what is next to come for NASA and space exploration.

June 10, 2022

/ 1:00 p.m. CT (1800 GMT)

Space for everyone:

The National Air and Space Museum has unveiled a new brand identity to go with its soon-to-be reopening, reimagined galleries. The new logomark, the first in the museum's history, uses positive and negative space to create a stylized craft that suggests both aviation and spaceflight at the same time. Embodying celebration, inspiration, approachability and inclusivity, the brand signals there is "space for everyone" at the museum.

June 10, 2022

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


When singer-songwriter Katie Toupin wrote and recorded "Astronaut," she thought it would be a good track for NASA, but she never expected she would be invited to perform it live at Space Center Houston's first Moon2Mars Festival. The four-day event, which began Thursday (June 9), also marked the debut of a permanent exhibit dedicated to NASA's Artemis missions to the moon.

Upcoming space events:

Celebration [7/1-2]
KSC Diamond Anniversary
KSC Visitor Complex, Florida

Celebration [7/12-17]
Wapakoneta Moon Festival
Armstrong Air & Space Museum, Ohio

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Newly Added Sightings:
[06/29]  Tony Antonelli
[07/20]  Larry Connor
[07/16]  Don Thomas
Michael Foreman
Doug Wheelock

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