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April 4, 2019

/ 11:45 a.m. CT (1645 GMT)


Scent of space

: For years, astronauts have reported smelling the distinct scent of space, a burnt metal odor wafting from airlocks after spacewalks. Based in part on astronaut Tony Antonelli's own olfactory experience with the scent, Lockheed Martin launched "Vector," a fragrance that captures the outer space aroma. More than an April Fools' Day joke, Vector is also intended to increase awareness of Lockheed Martin's 60 year history of building spacecraft.


April 8, 2019

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)


Astronaut Hall of Fame

: James Buchli and Janet Kavandi were honored Saturday (April 6) with their induction into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Nearly 30 astronauts spanning the past 50 years of spaceflight attended the ceremony, which was held at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Buchli, who launched on four shuttle missions, and Kavandi, who flew three times to space, entered the Hall of Fame as its 98th and 99th astronaut inductees.


April 9, 2019

/ 8:45 p.m. CT (0145 GMT April 10)


'Best book on Apollo'

: In James Donovan's new book "Shoot for the Moon" the history of the first lunar landing mission is told from the perspective of some of the people who made it happen. One of those individuals found the approach resulted in the "best book on Apollo that [he had] read," an endorsement that now appears on the cover. The blurb's author? Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins.


April 11, 2019

/ 11:00 p.m. CT (0400 GMT April 12)


Beresheet's end

: An Israeli lunar lander met its end on Thursday (April 11) arriving on the moon's surface, but not as planned. SpaceIL had intended for the Beresheet spacecraft to be the first privately-developed probe to land on the moon, but an engine failure resulted in it crashing to the ground in the final minutes of its powered descent.


April 13, 2019

/ 12:30 a.m. CT (0530 GMT)




Destination Moon

: The spacecraft that flew the first humans to land on the moon on their journey to and from Earth will spend the 50th anniversary of its historic flight on display in Seattle. The Smithsonian traveling exhibition "Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission" opens Saturday (April 13) at The Museum in Flight, featuring the command module "Columbia." The museum has expanded the exhibit to include the role of Washingtonians in the space race.


April 15, 2019

/ 8:45 p.m. CT (0145 GMT April 16)


Owen Garriott, 1930-2019

: The first person to use ham radio from space, Owen Garriott died on Monday (April 15) at 88. A member of NASA's first group of scientist-astronauts, Garriott logged almost 70 days off the planet on two missions, Skylab 3 in 1973 and STS-9 in 1983. He was also the first U.S. astronaut to have a child follow him into space, with the launch of his son, Richard, in 2008.


April 16, 2019

/ 11:45 a.m. CT (1645 GMT)


Budweiser and boot prints

: Budweiser has brewed a limited edition lager in tribute to the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Based on a recipe that dates back to the time of the Apollo missions, Discovery Reserve features a reddish color reminiscent of Mars and a bottle design that includes nods to the past and future of space exploration.


April 17, 2019

/ 8:15 a.m. CT (1315 GMT)


Extended stay

: Christina Koch's current first stay onboard the International Space Station will be one for the record books. Rather than return home in six months as is typical, Koch will log 328 days, collecting data for missions to the moon and Mars while setting a record for the longest single mission by a woman. Her extended stay aboard the space station will span expedition crews 59, 60 and 61.


April 18, 2019

/ 3:30 p.m. CT (2030 GMT)


'Carrying the Fire'

: Considered by many as the best of the astronaut memoirs, "Carrying the Fire" by Apollo 11 command module pilot Michael Collins has been re-released for the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. In a new preface, Collins reflects on the current state of space exploration and his life as an ex-astronaut. Collins spoke to collectSPACE about the legacy of "Carrying the Fire."


April 22, 2019

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)


Apollo 11 pen

: Fisher Space Pen has a new pen capped by a piece of history. The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Astronaut Pen and Coin Set features an authentic fragment of Kapton polyimide tape that flew on the exterior of the command module "Columbia." The new set also includes a medallion minted for Fisher Space Pen. The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary AG-7 pen has a titanium nitride finish, 24 karat gold-plated engravings and is a limited edition of 500.


April 24, 2019

/ 10:00 a.m. CT (1500 GMT)


Cobi capsule

: Polish toy company Cobi has released a new building block kit of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner commercial crew capsule. The 227-piece set, which is built from blocks compatible with LEGO bricks, is an "officially licensed" Boeing product. The toy model also features two astronaut figures garbed in "Boeing Blue" spacesuits.


April 25, 2019

/ 8:00 p.m. CT (0100 GMT Apr 26)




Snoopy space art

: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of "Snoopy" and "Charlie Brown" orbiting the moon on Apollo 10, the Peanuts characters are now the stars in a new public art installation at Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston. Contemporary artist Kenny Scharf wrapped his "Peanuts Constellation" mural around a retired training mockup of an International Space Station node in a nod to the long relationship between NASA and Peanuts.


April 29, 2019

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)


Planetary Blocks

: A new project from Chop Shop and The Planetary Society transfers 20 bodies from our local celestial neighborhood onto toy blocks. "Planetary Blocks: Our Solar System," funded on Kickstarter, includes one star, eight planets, eight moons and three dwarf planets on wooden cubes that each display scientific details about the worlds they represent. Each block also includes the history of the planetary missions deployed to explore each body.



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