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January 2, 2022

/ 3:00 p.m. CT (2100 GMT)

Crew-signed coins:

Five of the seven crew members to last service the Hubble Space Telescope have now lent their autographs to a set of Hubble-adorned coins to raise funds for the Astronauts Memorial Foundation. The new STS-125 sets include the signatures of Scott Altman, Greg Johnson, John Grunsfeld, Mike Massimino and Mike Good, as well as launch director Michael Leinbach that are paired with Maryland's 2020 American Innovation $1 coins.

January 5, 2022

/ 7:00 a.m. CT (1300 GMT)

Alexa, take me to the moon:

You can now ask Alexa to "take me to the moon" to gain inside access to NASA's Artemis I mission. The Amazon virtual assistant, together with Cisco's Webex video conferencing software, are part of Lockheed Martin's Callisto, a technology demo flying aboard the Artemis I Orion spacecraft. Virtual crew members will be able to ask Alexa about the status of the capsule and control on board systems during the mission.

January 6, 2022

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

Constellation Vault:

Uplift Aerospace has an agreement with NASA to launch a first-of-its-kind salesroom to the International Space Station. The company's "Constellation Vault" will showcase artwork, precious jewelry and artifacts that can then be purchased by members of Uplift's NFT-backed Space+ community. The vault will also exhibit items that will be donated to museums once back on Earth.

January 8, 2022

/ 12:20 p.m. CT (1820 GMT)

Fully deployed:

Two weeks after it lifted off, the James Webb Space Telescope unfolded its last component on Saturday (Jan. 8) and was fully deployed. The last step swung out the final side panel for Webb's primary mirror to roughly align its 18 golden, hexagonal segments. There are still five months of refinements before Webb can begin making astronomical observations in the infrared spectrum.

January 10, 2022

/ 8:00 a.m. CT (1400 GMT)

Training day:

The ten members of NASA's 23rd class of astronaut candidates report to Johnson Space Center Monday (Jan. 10) to begin two years of basic training. The four women and six men spoke to collectSPACE about what they were looking forward to learn, from space station systems to spacewalking to flying T-38 jets, as well as shared (when applicable) their past NASA experiences.

January 11, 2022

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

Moon over Miami:

"Space Adventure: The Arrival of Man on the Moon," an immersive touring exhibition, will make its U.S debut in April, bringing 300 Apollo artifacts to Miami. Produced in part by the Cosmosphere, the experience steps visitors through five rooms of large-scale replicas, restored relics and multimedia, taking them on a journey to the moon as NASA astronauts did 50 years ago.

January 13, 2022

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

Mosaic Flight:

For the 100th time in NASA's history, a new flight director has led a shift in mission control. Fiona Turett chose "Mosaic Flight" as her team name before reporting to the flight director's console on Monday (Jan. 10). In addition to becoming the 100th flight director, Turett is the 18th woman to lead a team of NASA flight controllers and 24th active member of the current flight director office.

January 14, 2022

/ 6:05 p.m. CT (0005 GMT Jan 15)

Writing on the moon:

Fifty years after the last astronauts landed on the lunar surface, Fisher Space Pen is ready to return to the moon. The company has introduced a new space pen series emblazoned with NASA's Artemis program logo, as well as the Moonwalker, a new nickel titanium-plated edition of the original AG7 astronaut pen that made history flying aboard the Apollo missions.

January 19, 2022

/ 6:05 p.m. CT (0005 GMT Jan 20)

Cosmosphere craft:

Brewed using Galaxy hops and featuring space trivia on its label, Space Race Hazy IPA is the first craft beer created for the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas. Working with Salt City Brewery, the space museum sought a blend that "captured the concept of the space race." Sales proceeds from Space Race IPA and its related merchandise will benefit the Cosmosphere.

January 21, 2022

/ 4:20 p.m. CT (2220 GMT)

Astronaut archeologists:

The International Space Station is now the site of the first-ever archeological "dig" in orbit. NASA astronaut Kayla Barron initiated the study by marking off six "test pits" located around the complex, which are now being photographed daily by the Expedition 66 crew. SQuARE, or Sampling Quadrangle Assemblages Research Experiment, will provide insights into astronauts' habits and routines to benefit the design of future vehicles.

January 26, 2022

/ 8:15 p.m. CT (0215 GMT Jan 27)

S.S. Piers Sellers:

Northrop Grumman has named its next Cygnus cargo spacecraft for the late NASA astronaut Piers Sellers. The S.S. Piers Sellers honors the memory of the climate scientist who flew on three missions to assemble the International Space Station. Sellers is the first space station-era career astronaut to have lived to see Cygnus enter service and then have one named for him.

January 28, 2022

/ 7:00 a.m. CT (1300 GMT)

Reagan's Challenger artifacts recovered:

Thirty-six years after they were prepared for presentation to President Ronald Reagan, a crew patch and American flag flown aboard the ill-fated flight of space shuttle Challenger have been recovered. It is unclear if the artifacts ever made it to Reagan, but they resurfaced among the collection of a NASA liaison to the White House. Mounted to a plaque, the patch and flag are now at the Reagan Presidential Library.

January 31, 2022

/ 5:00 p.m. CT (2300 GMT)

From 'Moonfall' to museum:

A real NASA simulator used to train astronauts is now on display at a museum by way of a movie set. "Moonfall," the new disaster film by director Roland Emmerich, saved the Guidance and Navigation Simulator (GNS) used for decades at Johnson Space Center to film the movie's space shuttle scenes with stars Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson and John Bradley. When production wrapped, the simulator was shipped to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, avoiding an uncertain fate.

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