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January 1, 2019

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

New year, New Horizons:

Four years and 1 billion miles beyond its encounter with Pluto, NASA's New Horizons probe flew by "Ultima Thule" (2014 MU69), a city-size object in the Kuiper Belt, on New Year's Day (Jan. 1). The history-making flyby was the first visit to a world discovered after the mission launched and the most distant encounter with a planetary object to date. The data from the flyby may inform theories about how the solar system was formed.

January 3, 2019

/ 1:45 a.m. CT (0745 GMT)

First on the far side:

China made history on Wednesday (Jan. 2), achieving the first-ever landing of a spacecraft on the far side of the moon. The robotic Chang'e 4 lander touched down in Von Kármán crater within the South Pole-Aitken basin, where it will deploy a small, six-wheeled rover. The mission is also the first to transmit data from the moon back to Earth using a relay satellite in a halo orbit.

January 7, 2019

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

Curry's Moon Landing:

One month after he joked about his belief in the Apollo missions, basketball player Stephen Curry has listed a pair of his "Moon Landing" shoes on eBay to raise funds for STEM education. Curry wore the hand-painted sneakers during a Golden State Warriors' game versus the Houston Rockets. The shoes borrow their colors from the Apollo astronauts' moon boots and feature a crater-pocked lunar surface upper design.

January 11, 2019

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

Starman aboard

: Just in time to mark a year since a spacesuited mannequin was blasted into space while seated in a sports car riding atop SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy rocket, Hot Wheels has released its version of the Tesla Roadster with Starman. The new diecast toy car features a red metallic finish, spoked wheels and a plastic miniature of the Starman, similar to the Mattel Hot Wheels toy mounted to the dashboard of the Roadster now out beyond Mars.

January 19, 2019

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


: An NBA All-Star's new Nike's draw inspiration from a NASA facility located in his hometown. Paul George, who plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder, styled his "PG 3 X NASA" sneakers after the Armstrong Flight Research Center Building 703 in Palmdale, California, and his own dream of someday leaving footprints on the moon.

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