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February 3, 2015

/ 11:05 p.m. CT (0500 GMT Feb 4)

LEGO launches mini space shuttles

: Kids lined up at LEGO stores Tuesday (Feb. 3) to claim free mini space shuttle kits, the latest of LEGO's "Monthly Mini Model Builds." The four-inch shuttle resembled the larger LEGO orbiter toy that launched on the real shuttle Discovery four years ago this month. Tuesday's free mini shuttle kits were distributed to children ages 6 to 14 at stores nationwide.

February 4, 2015

/ 1:25 p.m. CT (1925 GMT)

LEGO passes on Hubble

: LEGO will not be marking the Hubble Space Telescope's 25th anniversary this April, having announced on Wednesday (Feb 4) it would not be making a fan-voted version of the orbiting observatory into a set for sale. Revealing the results of its latest LEGO Ideas review, the Danish toy company chose WALL-E and Doctor Who projects instead of the Hubble telescope.

February 5, 2015

/ 9:35 a.m. CT (1535 GMT)

Mate-Demate demolished

: Kennedy Space Center's Mate-Demate Device that stood for more than 35 years was recently demolished to make way for future needs at the Florida spaceport. The large gantry, which mounted and removed the space shuttle from its jetliner carrier, was the second such device to be dismantled after the removal of Armstrong's (Dryden) MDD in southern California.

February 6, 2015

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

Cosmonaut cuisine for sale

: Visitors to the All-Russian Exhibition Center in Moscow are now able to sample real Russian space food dispensed by vending machine. Packaged in toothpaste-like tubes, the space food comes in 11 varieties and is produced by the same food plant that supplies the meals for the cosmonauts on the International Space Station. Each tube costs about $4.50 (300 rubles).

February 6, 2015

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

Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 purse

: For four decades, it sat in Neil Armstrong's closet, all but forgotten. Discovered after his death, the first man to walk on the moon had a secret stash of Apollo 11 artifacts. The National Air and Space Museum, working with the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal, has now revealed a significant part of Armstrong's personal collection, the Apollo 11-flown McDivitt Purse and its contents of lunar module "Eagle" parts and equipment.

February 11, 2015

/ 2:45 p.m. CT (2045 GMT)

The model rocket that soared to space

: At just seven inches tall, the Astron Scout now on display at The Museum of Flight may be the shortest rocket to ever lift off for space. The world's first model rocket to enter orbit, the Astron Scout flew on board space shuttle Atlantis with STS-37 astronaut Jay Apt in April 1991. Apt flew the Scout for Vern Estes, the founder of the model rocket company Estes Industries, who donated it to the Seattle museum.

February 11, 2015

/ 5:15 p.m. CT (2315 GMT)

DSCOVR departs for deep space

: A NOAA and NASA satellite is on its way to Lagrange Point 1, a waypoint between the sun and the Earth, where it will serve as an early-warning system for solar storms. Originally proposed by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, DSCOVR, or Deep Space Climate Observatory will also beam back images of the full-disc sun-lit Earth for research and inspiration.

February 12, 2015

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

2015 Astronaut Hall of Fame

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Thursday (Feb. 12) announced the four space shuttle astronauts who will be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame this May: Astronauts John Grunsfeld, Steven Lindsey, Kent Rominger and Rhea Seddon. The four, who combined flew 18 missions, are the 14th class of shuttle veterans to be honored and will bring the total members in the Astronaut Hall of Fame to 91.

February 12, 2015

/ 3:35 p.m. CT (2135 GMT)

That's no Star Wars poster

: The Expedition 45 crew that will live aboard the International Space Station this fall traded their blue flight suits for Jedi robes in their official poster, as NASA revealed on Thursday (Feb 12). The 6 astronauts and cosmonauts, including yearlong crewmates Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko, chose Star Wars as the theme of their photo shoot, complete with lightsabers.

February 15, 2015

/ 12:25 p.m. CT (1825 GMT)

Fiery finale

: The European Space Agency's fifth and final space station freighter plunged back into the Earth's atmosphere on Sunday (Feb 15), marking an end for the fleet. ESA's final Automated Transfer Vehicle, christened "Georges Lemaître" after the Belgian astronomer, logged a total of 186 days in orbit. Between 2008 and 2015, the five ATVs delivered 32 tons of supplies and experiments during their 776 days docked to the International Space Station.

February 20, 2015

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

Believe it or not

: What's 11 feet long, made of 280,000 matchsticks and held together by glue? The International Space Station (ISS), of course. Ripley's is debuting its 1:26 scale matchstick model of the orbital outpost, built by artist Patrick Acton, as part of the exhibit "The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not!" at Space Center Houston.

February 20, 2015

/ 8:40 p.m. CT (0240 GMT Feb 21)

Access to Atlas

: Boeing and United Launch Alliance held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday (Feb. 20) to begin construction on the first new crew access structure for the Atlas rocket since the one used by John Glenn 53 years ago to the day. When completed, the new 200-foot-tall tower will allow Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to host astronauts and support personnel for Atlas V/CST-100 flights to the International Space Station.

February 24, 2015

/ 11:30 a.m. CT (1730 GMT)

50 years and still crawling

: Fondly referred to as the 'workhorses' of the space program, NASA's two crawler-transporters CT-1 and 2 are now 50 years old. The tracked vehicles, which for half a century have moved rockets and space shuttles to the launch pad have been upgraded to support the next generation of heavy-lift and commercial launch vehicles. NASA marked the crawlers' first 50 years by taking CT-2 on a run to the pad on Monday (Feb. 23).

February 24, 2015

/ 5:25 p.m. CT (2325 GMT)

Alexei Gubarev, 1931-2015

: Selected to be a cosmonaut in 1963, Alexei Gubarev might have flown to the moon had the Soviet lunar program not been canceled. Instead, he flew twice to Salyut space stations, commanding a month-long mission that set a Soviet duration record and an eight-day flight with the first Interkosmos multi-national crew. Gubarev died Saturday (Feb. 21) at the age of 83.

February 27, 2015

/ 2:45 p.m. CT (2045 GMT)

Apollo XVIII

: Every midnight in March, New York City's Times Square will transform into Cape Canaveral as Marco Brambilla's Apollo XVIII lifts off onto more than a dozen of the Square's digital billboards. Weaving together archival NASA footage and computer renderings, the video art installment presents the countdown to an imagined lift-off of a Saturn V rocket to create a new collective viewing experience, placing the public at the foot of a new frontier.

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