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November 25, 2014 / 3:35 p.m. CT (2135 GMT)|
By the letters E,F,T: Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover and the other muppets who reside on Sesame Street have partnered with NASA to help count down to the first launch of Orion, the agency's new spacecraft, on Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1). Over the next ten days, the muppets will share facts about the next-generation capsule, which is designed to support NASA's Journey to Mars.
November 24, 2014 / 12:25 p.m. CT (1825 GMT)
Beaming to Mars: On Friday (Nov. 28), fifty years after the launch of the first successful mission to Mars, the space research funding company Uwingu will celebrate the Mariner 4 mission's anniversary with another Mars first — beaming 90,000 names, messages, logos and photos to the Red Planet. The result of Uwingu's "Beam Me to Mars" fundraising campaign, the project collected messages from the public, Mars mission scientists and celebrities.
November 23, 2014 / 3:10 p.m. CT (2110 GMT)
TMA-15M to space station A multi-national, all-air force crew lifted off to the International Space Station on Sunday (Nov. 23) on board Russia's Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft. Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, NASA astronaut Terry Virts, and Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency (ESA) will join the Expedition 42 crew after a four-orbit rendezvous with the station.
November 21, 2014 / 8:45 a.m. CT (1445 GMT)
Do you want to launch a snowman? When the Soyuz TMA-15M crew reaches space on Sunday (Nov. 23), they will know it is time to "let it go" when they see Olaf, the snowman from Disney's movie "Frozen," begin to float. Their carrot-nosed companion, in small plush doll form, will serve as both a traditional talisman and zero-g indicator for their four-orbit flight to the International Space Station.
November 20, 2014 / 9:15 a.m. CT (1515 GMT)
Parking space: A Gemini space capsule up for auction in Boston has drawn in more than just bids. The 2-ton boilerplate also attracted the local police for being parked in a loading zone. Narrowly avoiding a parking ticket, the capsule is set to be sold Thursday (Nov. 20), together with 600 other space artifacts, through RR Auction's website.
November 17, 2014 / 12:00 a.m. CT (0600 GMT)
Comet landing lands on UK mail: The first probe to land on a comet is being celebrated by the United Kingdom's Royal Mail with the use of a special postmark. Millions of letters delivered by the British postal service began arriving on Friday (Nov. 14) with the commemorative mark congratulating the European Space Agency on landing the Philae probe on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
November 14, 2014 / 11:45 p.m. CT (0545 GMT Nov 15)
Philae falls silent: With its batteries drained and not enough sunlight to recharge, ESA's Philae probe has fallen into "idle mode" for a potentially long silence. Most of its systems and all of its instruments have been shut off. From now on, no further contact with the first probe to land on a comet will be possible unless it is exposed to enough sunlight to generate power and wake Philae from sleep.
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November 14, 2014 / 1:25 p.m. CT (1925 GMT)
First Hasselblad in space sells for $275K: "It is a marvelous piece," said the UK-based collector who on Thursday (Nov. 14) won the first Hasselblad camera to fly in space at an auction in Boston. The historic artifact's new owner spoke exclusively with collectSPACE, sharing what attracted him to the camera, which has parts that flew with both Wally Schirra and Gordon Cooper on the last flights of NASA's Mercury Program. "It really gave mankind some of the first views of what was happening in space," he said.
November 13, 2014 / 2:35 p.m. CT (2035 GMT)
Finding Philae: A day after its Philae probe made history as the first craft to touch down on a comet, the European Space Agency on Thursday (Nov. 13) confirmed that the lander bounced twice before settling on the surface in the shadow of a cliff. Although photos returned from the probe show its immediate surroundings, mission managers are not yet certain of exactly where Philae finally landed.
November 12, 2014 / 5:35 p.m. CT (2335 GMT)
Philae is on the comet! For the first time in history, a space probe has descended to the surface of a comet. The three-legged lander, Philae, separated from ESA's Rosetta probe and, seven suspenseful hours later, touched down slowly on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The landing was not problem free: the probe's thrusters failed to activate and the harpoons that were to hold it down did not deploy, which may have caused Philae to bounce.
November 12, 2014 / 3:15 a.m. CT (0915 GMT)
Rollout of Orion: NASA's first space-bound Orion capsule has completed the final leg of its pre-launch journey, rolling out to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 37B, where it will lift off on NASA's and Lockheed Martin's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) on Dec. 4. Now at the launch pad, the Orion spacecraft will be lifted and attached atop the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy that will loft it on the two-orbit test flight.
November 10, 2014 / 6:00 a.m. CT (1200 GMT)
'Intersteller' inspiration: "Interstellar" lifted off this weekend, soaring beyond $50 million since opening Wednesday (Nov. 5). The sci-fi movie's depiction of space exploration was inspired in part by "the very specific look" of NASA's historic spacecraft, as well as director Christopher Nolan's strong belief in our "need to start looking out again and exploring our place in the universe more." The movie also inspired Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain to review their own connections to space exploration, as the "Interstellar" stars told collectSPACE.
November 9, 2014 / 10:35 p.m. CT (0435 GMT Nov 10)
TMA-13M lands: One hundred and sixty five days after leaving Earth for the International Space Station, Roscosmos cosmonaut Max Surayev, astronaut Reid Wiseman of NASA, and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency returned home Sunday night (Nov. 9). Descending to Earth aboard the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft, the three Expedition 40/41 crew members landed in Kazakhstan.
November 6, 2014 / 4:00 p.m. CT (2200 GMT)
Astronaut advised Interstellar actors: "Do you know how astronauts take showers? Oh my god," remarked actress Anne Hathaway, who stars as an astronaut opposite Matthew McConaughey in the new science fiction film "Interstellar." Hathaway, who at one time dreamed of flying in space, learned about life in Earth orbit (and destinations outward) from veteran NASA astronaut Marsha Ivins. Ivins shared her experience with the film's cast, as well as gave her approval for the design of the movie's spaceships.
November 4, 2014 / 12:30 p.m. CT (1830 GMT)
Star of the show: Almost one year after she returned from spending 5 months aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg proudly displayed the result of her idea to get the quilters worldwide excited about spaceflight. Attending the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Nyberg displayed her sewn-in-space star along with 2,200 other star-themed squares inspired by her work.
November 3, 2014 / 8:50 a.m. CT (1450 GMT)
SpaceShipTwo feathered: SpaceShipTwo's hybrid rocket engine fired as normal up until the spacecraft's tail booms feathered without being commanded and two seconds later the vehicle broke apart, NTSB investigators said on Sunday (Nov. 2). For reasons not yet known, video and telemetry data show that co-pilot Michael Alsbury unlocked the feathers 9 seconds into the rocket engine firing, but the handle needed to deploy the tail booms was not moved.
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