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February 4, 2022

/ 12:35 a.m. CT (0635 GMT)


From the museum to 'Moonfall':

Ten years after he watched it roll through the streets of Los Angeles, director Roland Emmerich has taken NASA's space shuttle Endeavour out for another ride. "Moonfall," Emmerich's new film, is the first major motion picture to base scenes on the move of the retired shuttle to the California Science Center.


February 6, 2022

/ 11:00 p.m. CT (0500 GMT)


Tribute for a trailblazer:

Continuing its ten-year initiative to promote STEM equity, Olay is unveiling a statue of rocket engineer Mary Golda Ross at the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma. Ross is the first-known Native American to become an engineer and was Lockheed's first female engineer. Her work included developing the Agena rocket stage that was used as a target on Gemini missions and which launched Mariner probes to Venus and Mars.


February 14, 2022

/ 11:40 a.m. CT (1740 GMT)


Polaris Program:

Jared Isaacman, who flew on and underwrote the "first all-civilian space mission" Inspiration4 last year, has now paid for three more launches with SpaceX. Under his newly-announced "Polaris Program" and its first flight, "Polaris Dawn," Isaacman and his crewmates will seek to set a new Earth orbit altitude record and go out on the first commercial spacewalk. The subsequent Polaris missions will culminate in the first crewed flight of SpaceX's Starship, which is designed to launch astronauts into Earth orbit, to the moon, Mars and further out into deep space.


February 15, 2022

/ 4:45 p.m. CT (2245 GMT)




Astronaut Hall of Fame:

Astronauts from the early and late space shuttle program will be honored with induction into the Astronaut Hall of Fame this June. David Leestma, who was aboard the first space shuttle to fly with a full crew will be enshrined alongside Sandy Magnus and Chris Ferguson, who flew together on the last of the space shuttle missions to launch. The new inductees will bring the Hall's ranks to 105, spanning 60 years of space history.


February 17, 2022

/ 4:00 p.m. CT (2200 GMT)


Coca-Cola Starlight:

Taking inspiration from its first launch into space 35 years ago, The Cola-Cola Company is releasing Starlight, its first limited edition drink. Set apart by its red hue and a taste evoking both stargazing and a cold journey through space, Cola-Cola Starlight is set to land in U.S. stores on Monday (Feb. 21), followed by other countries in the months to come. Coca-Cola Starlight cans and bottles feature a multi-dimensional, light-filled star field and enable an other-worldly augmented reality experience.


February 18, 2022

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




'Solely for display':

NASA recently outlined its plan for how it will safely dispose of the International Space Station at the end of the orbiting outpost's life. The report addresses the budget and logistics needed to carry out the de-orbit, but makes no mention of preserving any parts for museum display. The omission was not by accident; in a statement, NASA said it has no current plans to bring any historic or representative space station items back to Earth.


February 20, 2022

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


Mercury-Atlas 6 at 60:

Sixty years ago on Sunday (Feb. 20), John Glenn became the first American to launch into Earth orbit. The 60th anniversary was marked both in space and on the ground, the latter in the "City of Lights" spotted by Glenn as he circled the planet. The four NASA astronauts now on the International Space Station and Perth Airport in Australia paid tribute to Glenn's legacy.


February 21, 2022

/ 6:25 a.m. CT (1225 GMT)


Moon Gallery in orbit:

Sixty-four works of art are now on board the International Space Station as part of a test payload for a future gallery on the moon. The Moon Gallery was delivered to the orbital outpost with Northrop Grumman's Cygnus, the S.S. Piers Sellers. In addition to being on display for the crew, the artworks (each no bigger than a cubic centimeter) will be used as moving targets to test the camera for Nanoracks' Nanolab research modules.


February 22, 2022

/ 9:05 p.m. CT (0305 GMT Feb 23)


Rocco A. Petrone LCC:

NASA on Tuesday (Feb. 22) named its historic Launch Control Center (LCC) at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the Apollo-era launch director credited with establishing and activating the ground infrastructure needed to send the first astronauts to the moon. The Rocco A. Petrone Launch Control Center will next be used for the countdown and liftoff of Artemis I.


February 27, 2022

/ 4:15 p.m. CT (2215 GMT)


Buran carrier destroyed:

The aircraft once used to ferry Soviet space shuttles has been destroyed by Russia during its attack against Ukraine. Once the world's largest plane, the Antonov AN-225 "Mriya" was being repaired at an airport northwest of Kyiv when Russia invaded. After a few unconfirmed reports, official word came Sunday (Feb 27) that the AN-225 was no more. Officials said they would rebuild, but that it would cost $3 billion and take five years.



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