'Mercury 13,' the series
: The story of the 13 women who underwent physiological testing for spaceflight at the start of the space age is being developed by Amazon as a miniseries. "Mercury 13" (working title) will be based on Martha Ackmann's 2003 similarly-titled book about the First Lady Astronaut Trainees, or FLATs. Amazon's "Mercury 13" is the second announced project about the women; another event series is in development by ITV Studios America.
First cat in space statue
: A statue will soon stand in Paris honoring the first, and perhaps only, cat to fly into space. More than $57,000 was raised on Kickstarter to fund the bronze monument honoring Félicette, the black-and-white stray that France launched on a 15-minute suborbital spaceflight in October 1963. The crowdfunded memorial is intended to raise awareness of the oft-forgotten feline.
Apollo in 'Artemis'
: Author Andy Weir ("The Martian") sets his new novel "Artemis" on the moon, near the site of the first moon landing. Centered around a crime at the first and only moon base, "Artemis," in stores on Tuesday (Nov. 14), includes more than a few nods to NASA's Apollo missions. Weir described the role that real lunar exploration history plays in his fictional future story in an interview.
SNC Dream Chaser glides
: Forty years and 16 days after the prototype orbiter Enterprise flew its fifth and final free flight approach and landing test, Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser achieved a similar feat from the same place. The smaller commercial space plane dropped away from a helicopter above the lake bed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to glide to a landing on the same runway used by the shuttles to return from orbit. The flight advances SNC's plans to use the Dream Chaser to fly cargo to and from the International Space Station under a contract with NASA.
Gold LM lands at auction
: Just four months after a Cartier-crafted gold lunar module was stolen from a museum, another has surfaced at auction. The model gifted to Buzz Aldrin in Paris in 1969 opened for bids at $10,000 on Thursday (Nov. 9) as part of RR Auction's week-long space memorabilia sale. The model is one of only three that were made for the Apollo 11 crew. Neil Armstrong's went missing from Ohio's Armstrong Air and Space Museum in July.
Saturn V at 50
: NASA's mighty moon rocket, the Saturn V, was launched for the first time 50 years ago. The Apollo 4 (AS-501) mission lifted off on Nov. 9, 1967 from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on an uncrewed test flight. The milestone marked the first of 13 Saturn V flights, including the delivery of 24 astronauts to the moon and the launch of Skylab, the United States' first space station.
: The U.S. 2018 Olympic snowboard team will wear uniforms inspired by NASA astronaut spacesuits. The uniforms take design cues from Mercury and Apollo spacesuits, as well as the color of the space shuttle-era launch and entry pressure suits. Created by Burton Snowboards, the team uniforms will be worn for the games in PyeongChang, South Korea in February.
LEGO 'Women of NASA'
: Four women from NASA's 60-year history are now available as LEGO minifigures. The Women of NASA set, which launched for sale Wednesday (Nov 1), features minifigs and related builds honoring "Mother of Hubble" Nancy Grace Roman, Apollo spacecraft software developer Margaret Hamilton and astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison. The $25 set includes 231 pieces.
Apollo 4 lands
: Just 9 days shy of 50 years since it launched on the first Saturn V rocket, the Apollo 4 command module landed at the Infinity Science Center on Tuesday (Oct. 31). Previously located at NASA's Stennis Space Center in nearby Hancock County, Mississippi, the capsule launched without a crew on Nov. 9, 1967, and orbited Earth three times. The Apollo 4 spacecraft joins NASA's final built Saturn V first stage at the Infinity Science Center.
Apollo 11 heads
: Eighteen artists submitted designs for consideration by the U.S. Mint to appear on the heads-side (or obverse) of the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coins to be issued in 2019. Reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and the Commission of Fine Arts, the designs depict the Saturn V rocket, Apollo command module, an astronaut's bootprint and the moon.
: European spaceflight enthusiasts and fans of the European Space Agency can now get their fill of ESA products through the new ESAshop. Launched online Wednesday (Oct. 25), the ESAshop offers original design and logo apparel and accessories, including shirts, jackets and hats, as well as backpacks and smart phone cases.
Paul Weitz, 1932-2017
: One of the first U.S. crew members to live on an American space station and commander of the first mission of space shuttle Challenger, Paul Weitz died on Monday (Oct. 23) at age 85. NASA selected Weitz with its fifth class of astronauts in April 1966 and he stayed with the agency for three decades. Weitz logged 33 days in space, including two hours on spacewalks.
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