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September 28, 2022

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

Surprise space toy inside:

Kinder Joy, the sweet treat with a bonus toy inside, now has a new space collection. Launched ahead of World Space Week, the toys include rovers, rocketships and astronauts that interact with an augmented reality app. Kinder Joy teamed with Alyssa Carson, an aspiring "future Mars walker," to help launch the collection and record videos about each of the space toys.

September 27, 2022

/ 10:45 a.m. CT (1545 GMT)

Omega Marstimer:

Omega, the company behind the first watch worn on the moon, is now ready to keep time on Mars. The new Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer features tools developed by the European Space Agency to assist scientists researching the Red Planet. In addition to tracking mission elapsed time on Earth, the digital and analog Marstimer can also display Mars' sol date and time.

September 26, 2022

/ 6:50 p.m. CT (2350 GMT)

DART hits Dimorphos:

The first mission to test technology for defending Earth against a potential strike from above, NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) came to its end Monday (Sept. 26). After a 10-month, 7-million-mile (11-million-km) journey to the Didymos asteroid system, the robotic probe intentionally impacted Dimorphos and, if all went to plan, changed the moonlet's trajectory.

September 23, 2022

/ 1:45 a.m. CT (0645 GMT)

Raise a bottle:

Astronauts flying with Axiom Space will soon be able to raise a toast with bubbly made for microgravity. Maison Mumm has partnered with Axiom to launch Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar on missions beginning in 2023. The champagne is contained in special glass and stainless steel bottles that are safe for spaceflight and that dispense the sparkling wine as a foam preserving the taste.

September 21, 2022

/ 9:10 a.m. CT (1410 GMT)

Soyuz MS-22 launches:

Sergey Prokopyev, Dmitry Petelin and Frank Rubio launched to the International Space Station Wednesday (Sept. 21), to spend six months as members of the expedition crew. Rubio's ride into orbit was arranged under the first new "crew swap" agreement in more than 15 years. Soyuz MS-22 will circle Earth twice before docking to Russia's Rassvet mini-research module.

September 19, 2022

/ 10:55 a.m. CT (1555 GMT)

Valery Polyakov, 1942-2022:

At 437 days, 17 hours and 58 minutes, cosmonaut Valery Polyakov set the record for the longest stay in space in 1995. On Monday (Sept. 19), he died at the age 80. Recruited as a physician specializing in space medicine, Polyakov flew twice to the space station Mir. With the 241 days from his first mission, Polyakov logged a total of 678 days and 16 hours off Earth.

September 19, 2022

/ 12:10 a.m. CT (0510 GMT)

Brian Binnie, 1953-2022:

Perhaps the last person to fly into space alone, Brian Binnie piloted the Ansari XPRIZE-winning flight of Scaled Composites' SpaceShipOne rocket plane on Oct. 4, 2004. He died at the age of 69 on Thursday (Sept. 15). A commander in the U.S. Navy who served as a naval aviator for 21 years, Binnie logged more than 4,300 flight hours. In addition to SpaceShipOne, Binnie also flew test flights for Rotary Rocket and XCOR.

September 27, 2022

/ 5:10 p.m. CT (2010 GMT)

Artemis I rolled back:

The Artemis I Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and its Orion rocket was returned to the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday (Sept. 27) to take shelter from Hurricane Ian. After the storm passes, NASA will still need to complete work on the vehicle before it can attempt to launch, possibly in October but more likely in November.

September 27, 2022

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

Aboard 'Atlantis':

Martin Gero knows what the inside of a space shuttle looks like. Years before becoming the showrunner for NBC's "Quantum Leap" revival, he attended Space Camp and spent time in the orbiter mockups. So he knows what Monday's episode "Atlantis" set aboard the space shuttle got wrong, but as he and the show's tech advisor tell collectSPACE, there is a reason for the change.

September 26, 2022

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

Launch on 'Leap':

Ben Song jumps into the life of an astronaut on the next episode of "Quantum Leap" airing on Monday (Sep. 26) on NBC. In "Atlantis," Song (Raymond Lee) joins the crew of a space shuttle mission just as they launch, seeking to put right what once went wrong.

September 22, 2022

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


The winning model from "LEGO Masters'" astronaut-studded season premiere is bound for NASA's spaceport in Florida. Soon, guests at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will be able to see the LMFD intergalactic fire station for themselves. Stephen Cassley and Stephen Joo, firefighters from Calgary, built the LEGO brick spaceship in the shape of a Maltese cross.

September 21, 2022

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

Meir on 'Masters':

NASA astronaut Jessica Meir guest stars on "LEGO Masters'" season premiere on Wednesday (Sept. 21) to lend her expertise to a space-themed challenge. The reality competition show invites LEGO enthusiasts to "get their brick on" and build their best brick-built creations. In "Ready to Launch," the teams design a fun spaceship that tells the judges something about them.

September 19, 2022

/ 12:10 a.m. CT (0510 GMT)

Brick Moon:

Named after the 1869 fictional account of a space station, Brick Moon is a new consultancy founded by directors of the International Space Station Archaeological Project. Using the data collected by the first archaeology study done about and aboard a space station, Brick Moon aims to advise designers of new commercial and government space habitats on how to solve for human factors to improve the living conditions on orbital outposts.

Upcoming space events:

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Andy Saunders' Apollo Remastered
Royal Albert Hall

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