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February 1, 2020

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


LEGO ISS patch promo

: LEGO released its new International Space Station on Saturday (Feb. 1) and with it offered a matching space patch. The ISS emblem is available to LEGO VIP members for free with their purchase of the $70 space station set. The patch includes NASA's "ISS 20" logo, celebrating 20 years of station crew expeditions.


February 6, 2020

/ 4:10 a.m. CT (1010 GMT)




Record return

: Astronauts Christina Koch of NASA and Luca Parmitano of ESA, together with Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos, are now back from a record-setting expedition to the International Space Station. Returning to Earth on Russia's Soyuz MS-13, Parmitano and Skvortsov wrapped a 201-day stay on orbit, while Koch logged eleven months on this single mission, a new record by a woman.


February 11, 2020

/ 4:30 p.m. CT (2230 GMT)


Astronauts wanted

: NASA will again accept applications for its astronaut corps beginning on March 2. The new recruits, who now must have a master's degree and complete a two-hour online assessment, in addition to earlier requirements, will be considered for NASA's 23rd astronaut candidate class to be selected in mid-2021. The new group will train for flights to the space station and the moon.


February 12, 2020

/ 7:30 p.m. CT (0130 GMT Feb 13)


Home from space

: Christina Koch started to "draw back her footprint" on the International Space Station about a month before she left for Earth on Feb. 6. After spending a record-setting 328 days in orbit, she had squirreled away some favorite food items and friends' keepsakes, the latter she packed to bring home. On Wednesday (Feb. 12), Koch spoke to the press about moving from space to Earth.


February 18, 2020

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


District of 'Columbia'

: Twenty-eight months after it debuted in Houston, the first of its five cities, the "Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission" traveling exhibition has come to its end in Cincinnati. The tour's centerpiece, the historic command module Columbia, and its accompanying artifacts, are to become part of a new permanent exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum. First, the capsule is going on display at the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center.


February 18, 2020

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


Chasing Gemini

: Space Adventures is now offering the chance for a crew of up to four to see Earth from an orbital height not achieved since NASA's 1966 Gemini 11 mission, while also becoming the first private passengers to fly on SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft. Targeted for late-2021 to mid-2022, the free-flying mission will circle Earth at an altitude two to three times higher than the space station.


February 19, 2020

/ 4:35 p.m. CT (2235 GMT)


Cosmonaut crew change

: Roscosmos has removed two cosmonauts on the next space station crew after one was reportedly injured. Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner will now fly with NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy on board Soyuz MS-16 in April, replacing Andrei Babkin and Nikolai Tikhonov. The mission would have been the first launch for Tikhonov and Babkin after both experienced prior delays.


February 21, 2020

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


Space stamps

: The Isle of Man has worked with veteran NASA director George Abbey to create a new set of postage stamps marking the 50th anniversary of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission. The "One Giant Leap, Exploring the Moon and Space" stamps depict photos from the Apollo 13 control room and the four lunar landing missions that came after "NASA's finest hour." The eight stamps also celebrate Skylab, the space shuttle and International Space Station.


February 24, 2020

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


'Black in Space'

: At the same time that the U.S. was striving to win a space race against its Cold War foe, the Soviet Union, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the country was also responding to the civil rights movement. The Smithsonian Channel's new documentary, "Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier" looks at the intersection of race and the space race by chronicling the American and Soviet decades-long efforts to launch the first black astronaut.


February 24, 2020

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




Katherine Johnson, 1918-2020

: One of the "human computers" whose calculations were used for NASA's first spaceflights, Katherine Johnson died Monday (Feb. 24) at 101. The subject of the 2016 movie "Hidden Figures," Johnson was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal for her role as a trailblazing African American women and NASA mathematician.


February 28, 2020

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


Smithsonian Open Access

: The thousands of digital photographs that depict the artifacts held by the National Air and Space Museum are now yours to remix, reuse and repost, for personal or commercial projects. The Air and Space Museum content, including a 3D model of the space shuttle Discovery, has now been added to the Smithsonian Open Access initiative, which is releasing millions of image and data assets from their prior copyright restrictions.



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