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April 1, 2021

/ 2:30 p.m. CT (1930 GMT)

Designing Discovery

: Milan Madge saw the real space shuttle Discovery on display at the National Air and Museum long before he knew that he would lead the team of LEGO designers in building a toy brick model of the winged orbiter. A long-time fan of the space shuttle (and its earlier LEGO versions), Madge spoke with collectSPACE about developing the new set, which went for sale at LEGO Stores and on on Thursday (April 1).

April 2, 2021

/ 5:15 p.m. CT (2215 GMT)

Commander's cover

: It took 38 years, but Richard Truly is about to get one of the ten envelopes that he and his STS-8 crewmates autographed while aboard the space shuttle Challenger. While his four fellow astronauts each got theirs, Truly's went missing – and he was the only stamp collector on board the 1983 mission. The reunion is thanks to another collector, David Ball, who won the STS-8 cover after it was listed on eBay without explanation.

April 5, 2021

/ 8:00 a.m. CT (1300 GMT)

Space Explorers Club

: Registrations open on Monday (April 5) for the Space Explorers Club, the new virtual engagement program from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. Limited to 35 members, the club will present a different astronaut speaker each month, beginning with Apollo 13 and space shuttle Enterprise pilot Fred Haise in May. Registrants will also receive autographs, a certificate and, when possible, a special invite to an in-person meet.

April 7, 2021

/ 4:15 p.m. CT (2015 GMT)

Philip Chapman, 1935-2021

: NASA's first astronaut born in Australia, Philip Chapman died on Monday (April 5) at the age of 86. Selected with the second class of scientist-astronauts in 1967, Chapman coordinated the experiments for the 1971 Apollo 14 moon landing, but resigned from NASA a year later before flying into space himself. Chapman went on to work on commercial reusable spacecraft and the development of solar power satellites.

April 9, 2021

/ 3:00 a.m. CT (0800 GMT)

'Yu.A. Gagarin' launches

: Three new crew members for the International Space Station launched Friday (April 9) aboard the "Yu.A. Gagarin," Russia's Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft named for the first human to fly into space 60 years ago this month. Cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov together with astronaut Mark Vande Hei lifted off on a two-orbit rendezvous to join ISS Expedition 64/65.

April 9, 2021

/ 2:00 p.m. CT (1900 GMT)

Casio celebrates STS-1 at 40

: Casio's new G-Shock digital watch marks 40 years since the first launch of NASA's space shuttle. The limited edition watch, which goes on sale on Monday (April 12), features design elements inspired by the aesthetics of the Columbia orbiter, including a backlight that illuminates a silhouette of the space shuttle and a dial adorned by the NASA's red "worm" logotype.

April 10, 2021

/ 6:15 p.m. CT (2315 GMT)

UAE astronauts

: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) doubled the size of its astronaut corps on Saturday (April 10), announcing two new members, including a woman. Mohammad AlMulla and Nora AlMatrooshi will train with NASA's next astronaut class at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, where first Emirati astronaut Hazza AlMansouri and his backup Sultan AlNeyadi are already preparing for future missions to the space station and perhaps the moon.

April 12, 2021

/ 9:00 a.m. CT (1400 GMT)

Universal Astronaut Insignia

: Ever since Yuri Gagarin returned from the first human spaceflight 60 years ago Monday (April 12), there have been pins and other devices to represent subsets of the world's space fliers. Now, the Universal Astronaut Insignia from the Association of Space Explorers is available to unite everyone who has traveled beyond Earth, on orbital and suborbital flights.

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