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January 21, 2022

/ 4:20 p.m. CT (2220 GMT)

Astronaut archeologists:

The International Space Station is now the site of the first-ever archeological "dig" in orbit. NASA astronaut Kayla Barron initiated the study by marking off six "test pits" located around the complex, which are now being photographed daily by the Expedition 66 crew. SQuARE, or Sampling Quadrangle Assemblages Research Experiment, will provide insights into astronauts' habits and routines to benefit the design of future vehicles.

January 13, 2022

/ 11:00 a.m. CT (1700 GMT)

Mosaic Flight:

For the 100th time in NASA's history, a new flight director has led a shift in mission control. Fiona Turett chose "Mosaic Flight" as her team name before reporting to the flight director's console on Monday (Jan. 10). In addition to becoming the 100th flight director, Turett is the 18th woman to lead a team of NASA flight controllers and 24th active member of the current flight director office.

January 8, 2022

/ 12:20 p.m. CT (1820 GMT)

Fully deployed:

Two weeks after it lifted off, the James Webb Space Telescope unfolded its last component on Saturday (Jan. 8) and was fully deployed. The last step swung out the final side panel for Webb's primary mirror to roughly align its 18 golden, hexagonal segments. There are still five months of refinements before Webb can begin making astronomical observations in the infrared spectrum.

January 2, 2022

/ 3:00 p.m. CT (2100 GMT)

Crew-signed coins:

Five of the seven crew members to last service the Hubble Space Telescope have now lent their autographs to a set of Hubble-adorned coins to raise funds for the Astronauts Memorial Foundation. The new STS-125 sets include the signatures of Scott Altman, Greg Johnson, John Grunsfeld, Mike Massimino and Mike Good, as well as launch director Michael Leinbach that are paired with Maryland's 2020 American Innovation $1 coins.

December 28, 2021

/ 9:15 p.m. CT (0315 GMT Dec 29)

Rich Clifford (1952-2021):

A former NASA astronaut who launched on three space shuttle missions, Michael "Rich" Clifford died Tuesday (Dec. 28) at the age of 69. Clifford served as a mission specialist on STS-53 in 1992, STS-59 in 1994 and STS-76 in 1996, logging more than 27 days in space. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease after his second mission, a condition that he kept secret until years after he retired from the astronaut corps.

December 23, 2021

/ 4:30 p.m. CT (2230 GMT)

Don't Look Up:

There is no known comet or asteroid on a collision course with Earth (as of today), but that doesn't mean that director Adam McKay's new satirical film, "Don't Look Up" is purely science fiction. In fact, McKay quickly pauses the film to make sure you know the reality: "The Planetary Defense Coordination Office is a real place. This is their logo." Beyond the patch, technical advisor Amy Mainzer tells collectSPACE about the underlying message.

December 21, 2021

/ 12:30 p.m. CT (0630 GMT)

Step aboard the space station:

The Infinite has opened in Houston, offering daily visits to the International Space Station. The fully-immersive VR experience combines footage from the largest-ever media project filmed in space with a virtual reality full-scale recreation of the space station, resulting in the closest that most people will get to boarding the orbiting complex. If that was not enough, The Infinite then ends with the first VR footage of a spacewalk.

January 19, 2022

/ 6:05 p.m. CT (0005 GMT Jan 20)

Cosmosphere craft:

Brewed using Galaxy hops and featuring space trivia on its label, Space Race Hazy IPA is the first craft beer created for the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas. Working with Salt City Brewery, the space museum sought a blend that "captured the concept of the space race." Sales proceeds from Space Race IPA and its related merchandise will benefit the Cosmosphere.

January 14, 2022

/ 6:05 p.m. CT (0005 GMT Jan 15)

Writing on the moon:

Fifty years after the last astronauts landed on the lunar surface, Fisher Space Pen is ready to return to the moon. The company has introduced a new space pen series emblazoned with NASA's Artemis program logo, as well as the Moonwalker, a new nickel titanium-plated edition of the original AG7 astronaut pen that made history flying aboard the Apollo missions.

January 11, 2022

/ 2:30 p.m. CT (2030 GMT)

Moon over Miami:

"Space Adventure: The Arrival of Man on the Moon," an immersive touring exhibition, will make its U.S debut in April, bringing 300 Apollo artifacts to Miami. Produced in part by the Cosmosphere, the experience steps visitors through five rooms of large-scale replicas, restored relics and multimedia, taking them on a journey to the moon as NASA astronauts did 50 years ago.

January 10, 2022

/ 8:00 a.m. CT (1400 GMT)

Training day:

The ten members of NASA's 23rd class of astronaut candidates report to Johnson Space Center Monday (Jan. 10) to begin two years of basic training. The four women and six men spoke to collectSPACE about what they were looking forward to learn, from space station systems to spacewalking to flying T-38 jets, as well as shared (when applicable) their past NASA experiences.

January 6, 2022

/ 6:00 a.m. CT (1200 GMT)

Constellation Vault:

Uplift Aerospace has an agreement with NASA to launch a first-of-its-kind salesroom to the International Space Station. The company's "Constellation Vault" will showcase artwork, precious jewelry and artifacts that can then be purchased by members of Uplift's NFT-backed Space+ community. The vault will also exhibit items that will be donated to museums once back on Earth.

January 5, 2022

/ 7:00 a.m. CT (1300 GMT)

Alexa, take me to the moon:

You can now ask Alexa to "take me to the moon" to gain inside access to NASA's Artemis I mission. The Amazon virtual assistant, together with Cisco's Webex video conferencing software, are part of Lockheed Martin's Callisto, a technology demo flying aboard the Artemis I Orion spacecraft. Virtual crew members will be able to ask Alexa about the status of the capsule and control on board systems during the mission.

December 29, 2021

/ 2:00 p.m. CT (2000 GMT)

LEGO to launch Artemis sets:

LEGO has revealed the first two sets in its new NASA-inspired line. The LEGO City Space Rocket Launch Center and Lunar Research Base, set to go on sale on March 1, 2022, feature NASA logos and components based on real vehicles, like NASA's VIPER rover. The new sets also include astronaut minifigures similar to those launching on NASA's Artemis I.

December 26, 2021

/ 10:15 p.m. CT (0415 GMT Dec 27)

Raise a glass:

The past and future of moon missions both reach milestones in 2022 and The Whisky Barrel has the scotch whisky to toast each. The online spirits merchant now has for sale limited edition bottles of vintage whisky in celebration of the upcoming first launch NASA's Artemis lunar program and the 50th anniversary of the last moon landing with astronauts, Apollo 17.

December 25, 2021

/ 7:00 a.m. CT (1300 GMT)

Webb launch:

After nearly a quarter century in development, the world's largest and most powerful orbiting observatory has launched. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), now on its way to the second Lagrange Point (L2) about a million miles from Earth, was built to reveal the earliest of galaxies and exoplanet atmospheres. Before it can do that, though, Webb needs to be unfolded, avoiding more than 300 single points of failure, to be fully deployed.

December 19, 2021

/ 10:15 p.m. CT (0415 GMT Dec 20)

Soyuz MS-20 lands:

A Japanese billionaire, his production assistant and an experienced cosmonaut returned from a short stay on the International Space Station aboard Russia's Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft. Yusaku Maezawa, Yozo Hirano and Alexander Misurkin landed in Kazakhstan after spending almost 12 days in space. Maezawa shared his experience through a series of videos filmed by Hirano, which then were viewed by millions of people on YouTube.

Upcoming space events:

Ceremony [1/27]
NASA Day of Remembrance
Space Mirror Memorial, KSC, FL

Ceremony [1/29]
Astronaut Memorial Ceremony
Sand Point Park, Titusville, FL

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Michael Leinbach

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