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January 2, 2017

/ 3:45 a.m. CT (0945 GMT)

Drink like the astronauts

: You can now buy your own "Space Cup" just like the type used by the astronauts on the International Space Station. Made by the same fluid systems firm that developed the cups for orbit, Spaceware offers both a flight-fidelity cup and less expensive porcelain Space Cup (in four colors) featuring the same shape as the cups demonstrated on the space station. "Think of this as a bit of art, science and space history all in one."

January 4, 2017

/ 1:55 p.m. CT (1955 GMT)

Igor Volk, 1937-2017

: Soviet-era cosmonaut Igor Volk, who died on Tuesday (Jan. 3), flew to the Salyut 7 space station in 1984 to gain the spaceflight experience he needed to lead the first flight of the Buran space shuttle. The Soyuz T-12 mission was a success, but the Buran program was canceled before Volk, or any cosmonaut, could launch on the winged orbiter. A decorated test pilot, he was 79.

January 4, 2017

/ 7:55 p.m. CT (0155 GMT Jan 5)

Space Race in Seattle

: Moon rocks, sunken rocket engines, and other relics of the space race will debut on display at The Museum of Flight in Seattle on May 20. The new exhibit will feature the personal artifacts of Apollo 12 astronaut Pete Conrad and Saturn V F-1 engines that were recovered from the ocean floor by Bezos Expeditions. The exhibit will also include Apollo spacecraft and spacesuits.

January 5, 2017

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0600 GMT)

'Get the girl to check the numbers'

: In the new 20th Century Fox film "Hidden Figures," opening wide on Friday (Jan. 6), John Glenn (Glen Powell) directs NASA to "get the girl to check the numbers." It is a line taken straight from history, referring to mathematician Katherine Johnson and the orbital trajectory calculated by dual IBM computers. But when exactly did the astronaut speak those words?

January 6, 2017

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0600 GMT)

Hidden Figures' hidden history

: In "Hidden Figures," the new 20th Century Fox film now open wide in U.S. theaters, the untold history of NASA's African-American women "human computers" is explored within the timeline of the United States' first spaceflights. The entire film is a nod to the early space program, but the movie also includes a number of "hidden" references to NASA's history.

January 9, 2017

/ 12:15 p.m. CT (1815 GMT)

Mission control in a mental hospital

: More than 50 years after it was last active, NASA's first mission control comes back to life in the new 20th Century Fox film "Hidden Figures." Unable to access the authentic consoles and equipment in Florida and lacking the budget to use a sound stage, the filmmakers located the space for their recreation in a former psychiatric hospital near Atlanta, Georgia.

January 10, 2017

/ 5:00 a.m. CT (1100 GMT)

Endeavour exhibit gets a boost

: When the space shuttle Endeavour goes vertical at the California Science Center, slated for 2019, it will stand on display with a set of solid rocket boosters donated by Orbital ATK and NASA. The addition of the flight-worthy motors will not only ensure the unprecedented, launch-pad-like exhibit is authentic, but that it is also seismically and structurally sound.

January 11, 2017

/ 4:25 a.m. CT (1025 GMT)

Neil Armstrong Award of Excellence

: The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) has announced a new annual award to recognize the top achievements by Astronaut Scholars. The Neil Armstrong Award of Excellence will honor scientists, engineers, and explorers whose character and work reflect the principles embodied by Armstrong and all of the astronauts who have ventured into space.

January 13, 2017

/ 1:35 p.m. CT (1935 GMT)

Space Visor

: Now you can climb aboard the Gemini 9 and Apollo 14 capsules, see space shuttle Atlantis and spacewalk outside of the International Space Station, thanks to a new VR headset from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Space Visor, now for sale at the complex's souvenir shop, also features a virtual tour of the Rocket Garden and a simulated Apollo lunar rover ride.

January 16, 2017

/ 6:55 p.m. CT (0055 GMT Jan 17)

Gene Cernan (1934-2017)

: Eugene Cernan, the "last man on the moon," died on Monday (Jan. 16) at the age of 82. Chosen by NASA to be an astronaut in 1963, Cernan launched on three missions, two of them to the moon. As pilot of Gemini 9, Cernan became the second American to walk in space in 1966. Three years later, he lifted off on Apollo 10, the dress rehearsal for the first moon landing. In 1972, Cernan became the last person (to date) to step foot off the moon as commander of the Apollo 17 mission.

January 17, 2017

/ 1:00 p.m. CT (1900 GMT)

'Last Man' remembered

: Gene Cernan, the last man on the moon, died on Monday (Jan. 16), eliciting tributes by those who knew and flew with him. Thomas Stafford, who led both of Cernan's first Gemini and Apollo missions, and Harrison Schmitt, who with Cernan explored the moon, were among the voices from NASA's past and present who shared remembrances of their crewmate and colleague.

January 18, 2017

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0600 GMT)

'Mission Control'

: A new TV series from the author of "The Martian" will center on NASA flight controllers managing the space station in Houston. Andy Weir on Tuesday (Jan. 17) announced that CBS Television Studios has ordered the pilot episode of "Mission Control," a "drama set at NASA" that will strive for scientific accuracy.

January 19, 2017

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0600 GMT)

Mission Mars

: Debuting Saturday (Jan. 21), "Mission Mars" invites the public to step onto the red planet at Space Center Houston. The new exhibit immerses visitors in the future of Mars exploration using a multi-story-tall high-definition projection, hands-on displays and real meteorites and artifacts. "Mission Mars" also showcases a 45-foot-tall Space Launch System model and Orion research capsule.

January 23, 2017

/ 12:15 a.m. CT (0615 GMT)

Apollo Field

: As Houston gets ready to host the Super Bowl, a football field in one of the city's suburbs is drawing attention to another 50 year old event, albeit one more somber in nature. The field at Clear Creek Independent School District's Challenger Columbia Stadium is set to be named Apollo Field, in honor of the Apollo 1 crew who died in a fire on the launch pad on Jan. 27, 1967. Apollo Field is now among a number of tributes, on and off Earth, that are memorials to Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee.

January 24, 2017

/ 4:45 p.m. CT (2045 GMT)

'Last Man' mourned

: A funeral service held in Houston Tuesday (Jan. 24) celebrated the life and legacy of astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man on the moon. Family members, friends and fellow astronauts gathered at St. Martin's Episcopal Church to mourn the Gemini and Apollo veteran, who died on Jan. 16 at 82. Cernan will be interred at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin at a later date.

January 25, 2017

/ 10:00 a.m. CT (1600 GMT)

Space for Art

: What do a set of bagpipes, a stuffed toy dinosaur, a fondant sculpted cake and skateboards have in common? They are all the artistic instruments and work of NASA astronauts, engineers and scientists from the Johnson Space Center in Texas on exhibit at Space Center Houston. The "Space for Art" exhibit, curated by astronaut-turned-artist Nicole Stott, explores the relationship between art and spaceflight as found within the NASA community.

January 26, 2017

/ 4:30 p.m. CT (2030 GMT)

Day of Remembrance

: One day prior to the 50th anniversary of the fire that claimed their lives, the Apollo 1 crew was remembered on Thursday (Jan. 26) during a ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The annual NASA Day of Remembrance observance brought to Florida family members of the fallen astronauts, who joined with NASA officials and Apollo veterans in paying tribute to Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee.

January 27, 2017

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

Ad Astra Per Aspera

: Fifty years to the day after they sealed the fate of three astronauts, the hatches from NASA's first crewed Apollo command module have gone on display. The exhibit, titled "Ad Astra Per Aspera: A Rough Road Leads to the Stars," serves as a tribute to the Apollo 1 crew of Gus Grissom, Edward White, and Roger Chaffee, while also showing how their sacrifice led to NASA sending astronauts safely to the moon. The exhibit is located in the Saturn V facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

January 30, 2017

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

Into the blue

: Boeing's reveal of a spacesuit for its CST-100 Starliner astronaut crews has drawn attention for its lightweight design and modern features like touchscreen compatible gloves. And because it is blue. But for those familiar with space history, the "Boeing Blue" Starliner attire shares the shade of spacesuits past.

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