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June 30, 2015

/ 6:00 a.m. CT (1100 GMT)


804+ days off the planet

: Gennady Padalka on Monday (June 29) beat the record for the most time spent in orbit over a career flying in space. Ninety three (93) days into his fifth stay on a space station, Padalka surpassed fellow cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev's record of 803 days that was set in 2005 after six spaceflights. Scheduled to land in September, Padalka will log a total 878 days in space.


June 28, 2015

/ 6:35 p.m. CT (2335 GMT)




SpaceX launch failure

: SpaceX suffered its first Falcon 9 launch failure on Sunday (June 28) during its Dragon resupply mission to the International Space Station. Describing it as a 'counterintuitive cause,' SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said there was an "overpressure event" in the Falcon 9's second stage, leading to the rocket's loss. Onboard the Dragon were more than 4,000 pounds of supplies, science experiments, and hardware for the space station, including a docking adapter to support commercial crewed craft.


June 27, 2015

/ 10:40 a.m. CT (1540 GMT)




'Forever Remembered'

: NASA on Saturday (June 27) opened "Forever Remembered," a new exhibit honoring the 14 men and women who died onboard space shuttles Challenger and Columbia in 1986 and 2003. The display includes artifacts recovered from the orbiters' wreckages, a first for any public memorial. Part of the Atlantis facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, the gallery also features personal mementos from each of the fallen astronauts, provided by their family members.


June 26, 2015

/ 2:45 a.m. CT (0745 GMT)


Astronaut Wives 'Protocol'

: "The Astronaut Wives Club" entered orbit on Thursday (June 25) with its second episode, titled 'Protocol.' The hour-long drama revolved around Betty Grissom's and Annie Glenn's experiences as their husbands left for space. How well did 'Protocol' follow the NASA history on which it was based? A look at the "A-OK!" and "Abort!" moments from this week's episode.


June 24, 2015

/ 5:35 p.m. CT (2235 GMT)


The NASA collection of Leon Ford

: One of the first significant space collectors, the late Leon Ford shared his passion for the history of space flight with collectors and astronauts alike. On Thursday (June 25), more than 100 of the rare space artifacts Ford curated will be auctioned in Boston during a live sale organized by RR Auction.


June 23, 2015

/ 8:05 a.m. CT (1305 GMT)


Soprano's Soyuz seat

: When British singer Sarah Brightman withdrew from her plans for a self-funded flight to the space station, she left an empty seat on Soyuz TMA-18M to be filled. As announced by Roscosmos Monday (June 22), Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov will now fly in her place when the spacecraft launches this September. Brightman's backup Satoshi Takamatsu announced he has decided to wait for a possible later flight in 2 to 4 years.


June 22, 2015

/ 2:15 p.m. CT (1915 GMT)


Shuttle runway reassigned

: NASA Monday (June 22) handed over control of the historic runway at the Kennedy Space Center where its space shuttles landed in Florida 78 times from 1984 to 2011. Now, under the auspices of Space Florida, the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) will be repurposed to support a commercial spaceport for use with horizontally-launched spacecraft, the Air Force X-37B, and unmanned aerial vehicles. At 15,000 feet long and 300 feet wide, the SLF is one of the largest runways in the world.


June 19, 2015

/ 8:40 a.m. CT (1340 GMT)


Post-'Launch' review

: The premiere of "The Astronaut Wives Club" aired Thursday (June 18) on ABC, launching the 10-episode series about the spouses behind the first American spacemen. The docu-drama is based on true events, as told by Lily Koppel in her 2013 bestselling book, but how closely did the show stay to real space history? A look at the "A-OK!" and "Abort!" scenes from the episode.


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June 18, 2015

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




'Astronaut Wives Club' blasts off on ABC

: After a two year countdown, "The Astronaut Wives Club" lifts off on ABC Thursday night (June 18) with "Launch," an aptly-titled debut that introduces viewers to the women behind America's first spacemen. As co-star Erin Cummings (who plays Marge Slayton) told collectSPACE, the series takes some creative license with the spouses' stories, but at the same time inspired a sisterhood among the show's cast.


June 16, 2015

/ 4:25 p.m. CT (2125 GMT)


Apollo 11 golden coins

: A bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives has introduced a bill calling for the U.S. Mint to issue gold curved coins celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing in 2019. The legislation, if passed into law, would see legal tender coins struck with a convex reverse design based on the iconic image of Buzz Aldrin's helmet visor reflecting Tranquility Base.


June 16, 2015

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


Interview with an 'Astronaut Wife'

: Actress Erin Cummings plays Marge Slayton, wife of Mercury original Deke Slayton, in ABC's new series "The Astronaut Wives Club," debuting Thursday (June 18). The docu-drama, based on author Lily Koppel's bestseller, tells the story of the real women behind NASA's first spacemen. Cummings recently spoke with collectSPACE about reconvening the astronaut wives club for the ten-episode limited event TV series.


June 14, 2015

/ 11:45 a.m. CT (1645 GMT)


Philae phones home

: The European Space Agency's Philae lander has "woken up" after seven months in hibernation on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The probe Sunday (June 14) "announced" to the world it was operational again via Twitter: "Hello Earth! Can you hear me?" Data received from the three-legged lander confirmed it was in good condition, giving scientists hope it will be able to resume studying the comet's properties.


June 13, 2015

/ 12:05 a.m. CT (0505 GMT)


Astronauts invade Seattle

: The Museum of Flight on Friday (June 12) took to the streets of Seattle to launch Astronauts on the Town, a public art project celebrating the museum's 50th anniversary. Twenty-five spacesuit-clad statues are being installed at public places and businesses for the next few months – hitting the town before hitting the auction block. The artist-decorated spacemen range from a "SpaceSquatch" to an "Aboriginaut" to a "Basstronaut."


June 11, 2015

/ 7:10 p.m. CT (0010 GMT June 12)


Jack King, 1931-2015

The 'Voice of Apollo,' Jack King announced the launch of the first mission to land men on the moon as chief of public information for NASA. King, who died on Thursday (June 11) at 84, helped pioneer how NASA worked with the press, while giving voice to the Gemini and Apollo countdowns. He later served as NASA's director of public affairs, and director of media relations for United Space Alliance during the space shuttle program.


June 11, 2015

/ 8:50 a.m. CT (1350 GMT)


TMA-15M touches down

: Almost 200 days after departing the Earth for the International Space Station, the Soyuz TMA-15M crew of cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, NASA's Terry Virts and astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA returned home Thursday (June 11). Lowered under a parachute, the Expedition 42/43 crewmates landed safely aboard the Soyuz capsule on the steppe of Kazakhstan.


June 10, 2015

/ 3:20 p.m. CT (2020 GMT)


Snapshots of spaceshots

: Noticing that the same NASA photos were being printed time and again, JL Pickering and John Bisney set out to create something different in their new book, "Spaceshots and Snapshots," now out from the University of New Mexico Press. Featuring nearly 700 images from the Mercury and Gemini programs, many seldom seen in print, the book offers "A Rare Photographic Journey" through the early NASA manned missions.


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