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/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)
North Korea's NADA
: Marking a year since its founding, North Korea revealed the name and official logo for its space agency, and it was "nothing" if not interesting. Emblazoned across the blue globe-shaped emblem is the acronym for the DPRK's National Aerospace Development Administration, or NADA. According to announcement, the logo is intended to symbolize the peaceful development of space and the DPRK's "will to launch satellites" into orbit.
/ 12:10 a.m. CT (0510 GMT)
Loss of signal
: NASA on Wednesday (April 2) suspended most of its joint activities with Russia given the country's "ongoing violation of Ukraine's sovereignty," the space agency said in a statement. NASA and Roscosmos will however continue to work together to maintain safe and continuous operation of the International Space Station.
/ 6:25 p.m. CT (2325 GMT)
: Liberty Bell 7, astronaut Gus Grissom's Mercury capsule that spent nearly 40 years on the ocean floor, will return to the sea this summer. The spacecraft will depart the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center for a trip by ocean freighter to Europe, where it is to go on display for four months at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn. The capsule will be a part of the exhibit "Outer Space: The Space Between Art and Science," which will connect space artifacts, scientific displays and science fiction to historical and modern works of art. Liberty Bell 7 will leave for Germany in August to go on display from October 2014 through February 2015.
/ 3:25 p.m. CT (2025 GMT)
Apollo 13 astronaut auction
: 44 years ago this Friday (April 11), astronaut Jack Swigert found himself launching on Apollo 13, having come off the backup crew three days earlier. He was the first to alert Mission Control that 'we've had a problem' when an explosion occurred midway to the moon. Now, the mission patches that he wore during that ill-fated mission, the mechanical pencil he carried, and other memorabilia from his estate is heading for an auction to be held in May by Los Angeles-based Nate D. Sanders.
/ 8:55 p.m. CT (0155 GMT April 18)
John C. Houbolt (1919-2014)
: On Nov. 15, 1961, NASA Langley engineer John Houbolt fired off a letter to the agency's number two official that began, "Somewhat as a voice in the wilderness, I would like to pass on a few thoughts." Houbolt, who died Tuesday (April 15) at the age of 95, then asked, "Do we want to go to the moon or not?" Houbolt argued for "lunar orbit rendezvous," a plan that ran counter to NASA's prevailing thoughts on how to land men on the moon. But Houbolt's persistence in championing the alternate approach resulted in its adoption and in the years since, has been credited as critical to Apollo's success.
/ 1:30 p.m. CT (1830 GMT)
: As an artifact of 1998 computing power, the Toshiba Satellite Pro laptop sold by RR Auction on April 16 is a world away from the more than $60,000 it commanded. But as the machine Bill Clinton used to send the first email by a sitting U.S. president, and as that email was sent to John Glenn on the space shuttle Discovery, the computer has the crossover appeal of being presidential, cyberspace and space memorabilia.
/ 9:45 a.m. CT (1445 GMT)
Apollo 12 astronaut auction
: A selection of lunar mementos from the personal collection of Apollo 12 moonwalker Alan Bean form the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions next Space Signature auction. The May 14 sale features nearly 20 lots belonging to Bean, many never having been offered at public auction before, including a trio of artifacts carried out onto the Ocean of Storms. In addition to a pair of scissors and a pen, the auction offers a cloth strap from the life support backpack Bean wore on his moonwalks.
/ 6:00 a.m. CT (1100 GMT)
: Two of the instruments that played critical roles in discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope are now on display in a new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. "Repairing Hubble" marks the 24th anniversary of Hubble's launch into space aboard the shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990. The exhibit features the orbiting observatory's "contact lenses," COSTAR, and the first camera to demonstrate the unique capabilities of astronomical imaging from space, WFPC2.
/ 6:15 a.m. CT (1115 GMT)
: A 1,000-foot convoy is now ready to roll with NASA 905, NASA's original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, on an eight-mile, two night road trip from Ellington Field to Space Center Houston starting Monday (April 28). The Boeing 747 jumbo jet, which for three decades ferried NASA's orbiters across the country, will go on display next year as part of a new eight-story-tall attraction that will pair the aircraft with the replica space shuttle Independence.
/ 8:45 a.m. CT (1345 GMT)
Home sweet home
: Two years after ferrying its final orbiter and two nights after departing on an eight-mile road trip, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft arrived at Space Center Houston on Wednesday morning (April 30). Known by its tail number, NASA 905, the historic Boeing 747 jet will be topped with the replica space shuttle Independence as the centerpiece of a $12 million attraction opening in 2015.
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