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/ 3:45 p.m. CT (2045 GMT)
Return of the worm
: SpaceX's first Falcon 9 rocket to launch with astronauts will fly with a symbol from NASA's past. The booster's first stage will lift off emblazoned with the 'worm,' NASA's long-retired, but retro-cool logotype. NASA said the worm's use was chosen to "help capture the excitement of a new, modern era of human spaceflight."
/ 7:45 p.m. CT (0045 GMT Apr 7)
Second Starliner OFT
: Boeing will launch a second orbital flight test (OFT) of its Starliner spacecraft to complete the objectives missed on its first mission, including docking with the International Space Station. The company is targeting the reflight for the fall, giving it time to re-verify the software that plagued its first OFT. Boeing will perform the second test at its own cost, before resuming plans to carry astronauts to and from the space station for NASA.
/ 3:20 a.m. CT (0820 GMT)
Soyuz MS-16 launch
: A new crew launched for a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station on Thursday (Apr 9). Russia's Soyuz MS-16 lifted off with Anatoli Ivanishin, Ivan Vagner and NASA's Chris Cassidy, who will serve as the Expedition 63 crew. The launch is the third for Ivanishin and Cassidy, and the first for Vagner.
/ 8:00 a.m. CT (1300 GMT)
Houston, we have a delay
: Fifty years ago, Apollo 13 called with "a problem." Now half a century later, it is the world that is working to survive. In response to the pandemic, events planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13 have been delayed or taken online. "The curse of Apollo 13 continues," says Jim Lovell and Fred Haise.
/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)
Moon medallions and space pens
: A small amount of the metal in NASA's official Apollo 13 50th anniversary medallions was flown to the moon. The bronze pieces are among the new mementos and collectibles produced in commemoration of the mission milestone. Among the other offerings are engraved space pens, autographed coin sets, commemorative patches and limited edition lapel pins.
/ 2:15 p.m. CT (1915 GMT)
Apollo 13 + 50 years = Expedition 63
: The NASA astronauts on the International Space Station reflected on the challenges they face coming home during a crisis as compared to the Apollo 13 mission 50 years ago. Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir are set to touch down on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 splashdown, while soon-to-be Expedition 63 commander Chris Cassidy continues aboard the station wearing a patch that pays tribute to the mission.
/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)
Apollo 13's 'moon rocks'
: Among the many factors that helped save Apollo 13 fifty years ago were the mission's "moon rocks." On the way back to Earth, the crew realized the lack of a moon landing meant they were about 95 pounds light of lunar samples. The solution was to create a makeshift moon rock stash by stowing some "souvenirs."
/ 1:10 a.m. CT (0610 GMT)
Soyuz MS-15 lands
: NASA astronauts Drew Morgan and Jessica Meir, together with Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos, returned from the International Space Station Friday (April 17). Landing on Russia's Soyuz MS-15, Meir and Skripochka logged 205 days on the station; Morgan totaled 272 days after his extended mission. The three crewmates' trip home marked the end of the station's Expedition 62.
/ 7:00 a.m. CT (1200 GMT)
LEGO 'Space Fan'
: Wearing her passion on her sleeve (and her cap and pants), the new Space Fan included with LEGO's 20th series of collectible minifigures is adorned with both LEGO and space exploration icons. Her shirt displays a Classic Space theme LEGO set, while the model rocket she is building is emblazoned with NASA's logo.
/ 11:25 a.m. CT (1625 GMT)
'Build A Planet' for Earth Day
: To celebrate the 50th annual Earth Day, LEGO and NASA have launched a new one-day Build A Planet challenge. Families are invited to build Earth, Mars, an exoplanet or any world of their own design and share their toy brick planets online. The activity is aimed at highlighting NASA's role in learning more about our home planet. Earth Day was inspired by the sight of the Earth over the moon as seen by the Apollo 8 astronauts.
/ 1:00 p.m. CT (1800 GMT)
: China has chosen Tianwen-1 as the name of its first mission aimed at landing a probe and rover on Mars. Derived from an ancient Chinese poem that posed "questions about the heavens," the name will also apply to future Chinese planetary exploration missions. A logo for the program was also revealed as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of China's first satellite launch.
/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)
: With its iconic square face and digital display, the Casio G-Shock was a common sight on the space shuttle as one of the several wristwatches NASA approved for its astronauts to wear on orbit. Now, Casio is paying homage to the space agency and the watch's space history with a limited edition, NASA-themed G-Shock.
/ 4:00 p.m. CT (2100 GMT)
Human landing systems
: NASA has picked three contractors to build the human landing systems in support of its Artemis program. A Blue Origin-led National Team, Dynetics and SpaceX will advance their different concepts to land astronauts on the moon by the agency's 2024 goal. The contracts, totaling $967 million, cover a 10-month base period for NASA to assess each of the companies' designs.
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