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August 9, 2022

/ 11:00 a.m. CT (1600 GMT)

Senator's space collection:

After 30 years championing the Hubble Space Telescope on Capitol Hill, retired Sen. Barbara Mikulski is donating her space memorabilia collection to the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. The collection, which includes photos, drawings and models, features signed presentation by two of the space shuttle crews that serviced the Hubble in orbit.

August 3, 2022

/ 1:25 a.m. CT (0625 GMT)

Artemis I OFK:

Almost 10,000 patches, pins and other mementos are packed inside the Artemis I Official Flight Kit (OFK) set to fly to moon. The highlights among them, however, may be a lunar sample and a bolt off an F-1 rocket engine that connect the Apollo 11 first moon landing to the next spacecraft to launch into lunar orbit. Also inside the OFK: tree seeds, USB drives, and spacecraft shavings.

August 2, 2022

/ 12:00 p.m. CT (1700 GMT)

Air and Space reopening:

After six months being closed to the public, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will reopen half of its Washington, D.C. flagship building on Oct. 14. More than midway into a seven-year renovation, eight reimagined galleries are set to debut including "Destination Moon," focused on the Apollo moon landings, and "Exploring the Planets" with new interactives.

July 26, 2022

/ 3:00 p.m. CT (2000 GMT)

Record-setting space sale:

Sotheby's on Tuesday (July 26) set new records for the most valuable space exploration sale ever held and the most-ever paid at auction for a space-flown artifact. In total, the New York gallery's "Buzz Aldrin: American Icon" sale brought it $8.2 million, including the $2.8 million commanded by the Apollo 11 inflight coverall jacket that Aldrin wore on the mission.

July 15, 2022

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

Apollo 11 Flight Plan: Relaunched:

Fifty-three years after its pages were used to land the first astronauts on the moon, NASA's Apollo 11 flight plan has been reconstructed from the ground up. RelaunchSpace found the original fonts, recreated the graphics and laid out every page to be identical to the 1969 original, so that "Apollo 11 Flight Plan: Relaunched" would appeal to every space fan.

July 16, 2022

/ 7:15 p.m. CT (0015 GMT Jul 17)

Aldrin artifact auction:

The pen that saved the Apollo 11 moon landing and a jacket that was worn during the mission are among the artifacts that Sotheby's is auctioning from the personal collection of astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The July 26th "Buzz Aldrin: American Icon" sale will feature items spanning Aldrin's NASA career, from his spacewalks aboard Gemini 12 to his moonwalk 53 years ago this week.

August 8, 2022

/ 1:35 p.m. CT (1835 GMT)

Anatoly Filipchenko, 1928-2022:

A Soviet-era cosmonaut who launched on two space missions, Anatoly Filipchenko died Sunday (Aug. 7) at the age of 94. As commander of Soyuz 7 in 1969 and then Soyuz 16 in 1974, Filipchenko was twice tasked with docking hardware tests, first for a possible (but never realized) Soviet moon landing and then for the first joint flight with the United States. He logged a total of 10 days, 21 hours and 3 minutes in space.

August 3, 2022

/ 1:25 a.m. CT (0625 GMT)

Giant leap for lambkind:

Among the many items flying on the Artemis I moon mission is an unusually clever Shropshire lamb. Shaun, the title character from the television series "Shaun the Sheep," is launching in the OFK (Official Flight Kit) at the request of ESA (European Space Agency). Working with Aardman, the animation studio that created the stop motion sheep, ESA is using Shaun to help raise awareness of its contributions to the lunar orbit flight.

August 1, 2022

/ 5:20 p.m. CT (2220 GMT)

Project AstroVette Endeavour:

The striped Corvette that Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden drove when he was not circling the moon 51 years ago will be restored by an effort co-led by his grandson. William Worden-Penczak has partnered with Max Kaiserman, Luna Replicas founder, to launch Project AstroVette Endeavour. The plan is to use the car to celebrate its Apollo history and inspire the public.

July 22, 2022

/ 5:45 p.m. CT (2245 GMT)

Space race renewed:

The alternate space history series "For All Mankind" has been renewed for a fourth season on Apple TV+. The news was announced Friday (July 22) at San Diego Comic Con during a panel with the show's cast and crew. Production on the new season is set to begin in August just as the third season concludes.

July 20, 2022

/ 2:00 p.m. CT (1900 GMT)

Mattel x SpaceX:

For the first time, SpaceX has partnered with a global toy company to launch its rockets and other vehicles into the hands of children and collectors. As part of a new, multi-year agreement, Mattel will create and market SpaceX-inspired products for its Matchbox line, as well as its direct-to-consumer platform, Mattel Creations. Mattel's first SpaceX products are set for release in 2023.

July 19, 2022

/ 9:00 p.m. CT (0200 GMT Jul 20)

McDonald's moonman:

A newly-installed Apollo astronaut statue restores a Houston-area landmark that for more than 25 years welcomed visitors to NASA... with a side of fries. The McDonald's in Nassau Bay, which replaced the former location serving the Johnson Space Center community, erected a new version of the astronaut created by the same fiberglass artist as the 1995 original.

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