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January 1, 2018

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

Houston, Luciana has landed!

2018 Girl of the Year Luciana Vega launched on Monday (Jan 1) at American Girl stores, where the 18 inch doll was met by her fans. Designed with the help of NASA and Space Camp, Luciana is described as an 11-year-old aspiring astronaut who aims to fly to Mars. In addition to the doll, American Girl is selling a collection of accessories, including a spacesuit, flight suit and a Mars Habitat that features a real astronaut's voice.

January 3, 2018

/ 3:15 p.m. CT (2115 GMT)

NASA 60th anniversary

: NASA debuted the official logo to mark its 60th anniversary year on Wednesday (Jan. 3). Created by Matthew Skeins, a NASA artist, the logo depicts "how NASA is building on its historic past to soar toward a challenging and inspiring future." The art features "60" and "NASA" in bold and tall type above Earth with the United States visible at night. Two vectors form the number "6" while representing NASA's aviation and space efforts.

January 5, 2018

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

Explore Apollo

: Imagine trying to use Siri or another digital assistant to recognize speech amid random interruptions from 35 people in different locations, often speaking with Texas accents. That is just one of the technological challenges researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas faced when digitizing and transcribing NASA's Apollo audio to make the moon mission archives publicly accessible.

January 6, 2018

/ 11:05 a.m. CT (1705 GMT)

John Young, 1930-2018

: The first person to fly six times into space (seven, if you include his launch off of the moon), John Young died Friday (Jan. 5) at the age of 87. An astronaut for 42 years, Young logged 34 days in space on two Gemini flights, two Apollo missions to the moon (he was the ninth person to walk on the moon) and two space shuttle missions, including the shuttle's maiden launch.

January 9, 2018

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

In memory

: Astronauts who flew into space with John Young and others who he inspired are sharing memories of their colleague and hero who died on Friday (Jan. 5) at 87. More than 30 space explorers took to social media to pay tribute to the late Apollo moonwalker. Bob Crippen, who flew with Young on the first space shuttle mission, said Young's memory will live on if remembered in the hearts of those who associated with the space program.

January 10, 2018

/ 9:00 a.m. CT (1500 GMT)

Team Rocket or Groot?

Move over Thanos, the Guardians of the Galaxy are taking on a new challenge: space station science. Groot and Rocket are the inspiration for two teams of research opportunities in the Guardians of the Galaxy Space Station Challenge, a contest for students presented by Marvel and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space. Two of the technology or plant growth investigations will be performed on the space station.

January 12, 2018

/ 11:45 p.m. CT (0545 GMT Jan 13)

SpaceX pulls patch

: SpaceX on Friday (Jan 12) pulled its Zuma mission patches from gift shop and online sales, amid reports that the secret satellite had been lost. After clarifying that its Falcon 9 rocket had done "everything correctly," the company reportedly recalled the emblems in "consideration for its customer," the U.S. government. Prior to Friday, SpaceX had only withheld its patches from sale if the mission the insignia represented was not a success.

January 15, 2018

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

'One Strange Rock'

: "I am going to tell you about the most incredible place — and you know what? You're walking on it." Will Smith hosts "One Strange Rock," a new series that looks at Earth from the unique perspective of astronauts who spent time onboard the International Space Station. The ten-part documentary, from filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, premieres March 26 on National Geographic.

January 15, 2018

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

LEGO Moments in Space

: LEGO launched a design contest on Monday (Jan. 15) to find ideas for a space-themed promotional set to be a "gift with purchase" in 2019. The LEGO "Moments in Space" contest is open through Feb. 9 and seeks small to mid-size space models that can be "as sci-fi or realistic as you wish." The winning idea may be adapted for distribution at LEGO shops and Legoland.

January 17, 2018

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

'First to the Moon'

A new documentary that looks back at Apollo 8, the first mission to fly astronauts to the moon aims to be out by the flight's golden anniversary this December. To do so, director Paul Hildebrandt is looking to crowdfund the production expenses for his film, "First to the Moon: The Journey of Apollo 8," which when complete will feature restored archival footage and interviews with Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders.

January 18, 2018

/ 5:10 p.m. CT (2310 GMT)

Astronaut removed from flight

: In January 2017, NASA announced that Jeanette Epps would be the first African American astronaut to serve on the crew aboard the International Space Station. One year later, she has been removed from her flight. Serena Auñón-Chancellor, a fellow NASA astronaut and Epps' backup, will take Epps' seat on Russia's Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft slated for launch in June and serve on the station's Expedition 56 and 57 crews.

January 19, 2018

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

Astronaut Hall of Fame

: Two space shuttle-era astronauts will be honored with induction into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in April. Scott Altman, who commanded the last flight to service the Hubble Space Telescope, and Thomas Jones, who made three spacewalks to help install the U.S. Destiny lab on the International Space Station, will enter the Hall of Fame during a ceremony on April 21 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

January 19, 2018

/ 3:25 p.m. CT (2125 GMT)

Christa's lessons lift off

: NASA astronauts and educators Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold will complete the science lessons planned by Christa McAuliffe on the International Space Station. McAuliffe, who died 32 years ago on the space shuttle Challenger, was set to be the first teacher in space. Acaba and Arnold will film four of McAuliffe's lost lessons for distribution by the Challenger Center.

January 22, 2018

/ 2:25 p.m. CT (2025 GMT)

LEGO scrubs shuttle, tower

: LEGO will not be launching a fan-created model of NASA's space shuttle or selling a launch tower for its previously released Saturn V rocket set. The toy company on Monday (Jan. 22) reported it had rejected the 'NASA Space Shuttle (Saturn V Scale)' by Andrew Harkins and the 'NASA Saturn-V Launch Umbilical Tower' by Valerie Roche and Emmanuel Urquieta following the completion of its latest LEGO Ideas product review.

January 24, 2018

/ 11:45 a.m. CT (1745 GMT)

The Humanity Star

: Rocket Lab, which saw its first Electron launch vehicle reach orbit on its second test flight Saturday (Jan. 20), has revealed "The Humanity Star" is now circling Earth. The geodesic sphere-shaped satellite is covered in 65 highly-reflective panels to shine from orbit, like a disco ball casting light on a dance floor. Designed as a "focal point for humanity," Rocket Lab says The Humanity Star will become the brightest object in the night sky.

January 25, 2018

/ 10:20 p.m. CT (0420 GMT Jan 26)

Kansas-bound consoles

: A $5 million effort to restore NASA's historic Apollo-era mission control began on Thursday (Jan. 25) with the careful removal of some of the room's iconic consoles. The workstations from the first two rows of MOCR-2 (Mission Operations Control Room-2) and inside the adjoining simulation control room were loaded on a truck to be delivered from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston to the Cosmosphere in Kansas, where they will be made to appear as they during the moon landings.

January 29, 2018

/ 1:30 a.m. CT (0730 GMT)


: Born out of a project to create replica World War II Enigma machines, S&T GeoTronics' OPEN DSKY reboots the Apollo spacecraft's display keyboard as an Arduino-based open source unit. The replica DSKY is capable of running the Apollo Guidance Computer code but assuming you do not have the need to pilot a command or lunar module, it can also show the time, monitor your travel and even play sound recordings. S&T GeoTronics is crowd funding OPEN DSKY on Kickstarter through March 3.

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