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January 1, 2021

/ 9:15 a.m. CT (1515 GMT)

Preserve and protect

: U.S. companies and other entities working to fly to the moon with or for NASA are now legally prohibited from disturbing the Apollo lunar landing sites. The newly-enacted "One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act" is the first U.S. law directed at preserving the hardware left on the moon 50 years ago.

January 5, 2021

/ 1:15 p.m. CT (1915 GMT)

Moonwatch made anew

: Omega debuted a new generation of its iconic Speedmaster on Tuesday (Jan. 5), retaining the watch's moon worn look while introducing a new movement capable of the highest precision levels. The new Moonwatch Professional timepieces carry on Omega's Apollo legacy, including being qualified for use on all NASA missions, and are now also certified Master Chronometers.

January 11, 2021

/ 5:45 p.m. CT (2345 GMT)

ISS power boost

: Boeing will augment the International Space Station with six new solar arrays to power the orbital complex's expanded research and commercial use for years to come. The more compact, but also more capable XTJ Prime solar panels will partially overlay the current arrays that have provided the station electricity for the past two decades. The new arrays will be launched in the trunks of SpaceX Dragon capsules starting this year.

January 14, 2021

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

After 'Apollo 11'

: In the summer of 1969, 50 years before millions of people would isolate themselves to protect against a pandemic, a trio of astronauts did the same to prevent the spread of "moon germs." The new short film "Apollo 11: Quarantine" tells the lesser-known story of what happened after the first moon landing. Set to debut in IMAX and stream on video-on-demand, "Quarantine" comes from the same team behind the 2019 documentary "Apollo 11."

January 14, 2021

/ 11:30 p.m. CT (0530 GMT Jan 15)

William Thornton, 1929-2021

: A twice flown NASA astronaut, William "Bill" Thornton has died at the age of 91. Thornton studied the ill-effects that microgravity has on the human body while serving as a crew member on the space shuttle Challenger's STS-8 and STS-51B missions. On the ground, Thornton took part in Skylab and Spacelab simulations and invented tools to measure and counter the physiological impacts of spaceflight, including the treadmill that he and many other astronauts used aboard the shuttle.

January 15, 2021

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

'We came in peace'

: Apple TV+ released a new trailer for the second season of "For All Mankind" on Friday (Jan. 15), showing how the Cold War will heat up on the moon when the alternate space history series returns on Feb. 19. "We need to remind them of Apollo 11 – we came in peace for all mankind. We need to live up to that," warns astronaut Ed Baldwin (Joel Kinnaman) in the new trailer.

January 15, 2021

/ 4:55 p.m. CT (2255 GMT)

'Sun Science' stamps

: The United States Postal Service (USPS) will release this year a new set of ten different stamps celebrating the on-going study of our nearest star. The "Sun Science" postage stamps will feature colorful depictions of the Sun using the multi-wavelength images captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

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