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April 1, 2022

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

'Apollo 10 1/2':

Richard Linklater drew from his own youth to bring 1960s Houston back to life in his new film "Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood." Now streaming on Netflix, the animated movie is part fantasy and part nostalgia-driven reality. In his interview with collectSPACE, Linklater said his desire with "Apollo 10 1/2" was to convey just how exciting it was to live through the moon landings.

April 3, 2022

/ 1:00 a.m. CT (0600 GMT)

From the moon to Missouri:

Fifty years to the month since it was brought to Earth, an Apollo 16 moon rock has landed on display at The Space Museum and Grissom Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri. The rock, which is part of the Ambassador of Exploration Award presented to astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom, was previously part of the National Treasures exhibit at Disney World's Epcot theme park. Lowell Grissom, Gus' brother, requested The Space Museum as its the site of the moon rock's new display.

April 5, 2022

/ 3:35 p.m. CT (2035 GMT)

Back on Earth:

A week after returning from a record 355 days in space, Mark Vande Hei shared his experience on Tuesday (April 5), taking part in his first press conference since landing back on Earth. Vande Hei had some "aches and pains," but overall found that his longer stay on the International Space Station was easier than his shorter first flight. His time off the planet "enhanced his perception" about sending astronauts on longer, deep space missions.

April 6, 2022

/ 2:15 p.m. CT (1915 GMT)

Bjarni Tryggvason, 1945-2022:

One of the original six members of Canada's astronaut corps, Bjarni Tryggvason has died at the age of 76. Tryggvason flew on the space shuttle Discovery as an STS-85 payload specialist to test a payload vibration isolation platform that later was adapted for use on the International Space Station. Though he also trained with NASA to serve as a mission specialist, Tryggvason's August 1997 launch was his only spaceflight.

April 7, 2022

/ 12:25 p.m. CT (1725 GMT)

Call them 'The Flies':

NASA's 23rd class of astronaut candidates now has their official nickname. Following tradition, the preceding class, "The Turtles," picked out the name for their successors, "The Flies." Staying true to custom, the name is intended to be both flattering (they are "super fly") and playfully disparaging (turtles eat flies). "The Flies" now join the 1984 "Maggots" and 1992 "Bugs" as the NASA astronaut classes with insect-inspired nicknames.

April 8, 2022

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

Private crew personal items:

The first all-private crew to visit the International Space Station packed items celebrating the space history that preceded them. The Ax-1 crew, including Larry Connor of Ohio, Mark Pathy of Canada and Eytan Stibbe of Israel, as well as Michael Lopez-Alegria, a former NASA astronaut, chose to fly items from the first moonwalker and the first Israeli in space.

April 8, 2022

/ 5:00 p.m. CT (2200 GMT)

'Caramel' confusion:

When the Ax-1 crew reached orbit on Friday (April 8), a plush toy began to float about their SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, indicating they were in zero-g. A long standing tradition, the long-eared doll caused some brief confusion. "Is that Thumper? I think that is Thumper from 'Bambi,'" the co-host of SpaceX's launch webcast said. Rather, it was "Caramel," the dog mascot of the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation. You can own your own souvenir "Caramel" doll, in return for a donation.

April 10, 2022

/ 9:25 p.m. CT (0225 GMT Apr 11)

'Space City' Connect:

The Houston Astros on Sunday (April 10) debuted their new Nike City Connect uniforms, which the team will wear for Monday home games this season. The Astros will boldly display Houston's role in space exploration with jerseys emblazoned with "Space City" across their chest and details inspired by astronauts' garments and NASA materials. The baseball team's stores are now stocking jerseys and related "Space City" apparel.

April 11, 2022

/ 11:00 a.m. CT (1600 GMT)

Mars 1995:

If the Soviet Union had landed the first human on the moon in 1969, what nation would be first on Mars? That is the set up for season 3 of "For All Mankind," which debuts June 10 on Apple TV+. Set in 1995, the ten-episode third season builds off the alternate space history created by Emmy Award-winner Ronald D. Moore.

April 12, 2022

/ 3:45 p.m. CT (2045 GMT)

Shuttle simulator rolls in:

Led by a couple of the astronauts who used it to train for their spaceflights, NASA's retired Shuttle Mission Simulator-Motion Base (SMS-MB) rolled into the Heritage Hangar at the Lone Star Flight Museum in Houston on Tuesday (April 12). Coinciding with the 41st anniversary of STS-1, the first shuttle launch, the delivery also marked the completion of an extensive effort to restore the simulator so it could de displayed lit up, as if a crew was inside training for their next shuttle mission.

April 13, 2022

/ 1:05 p.m. CT (1805 GMT)

Half a million for moon dust:

Microscopic moon dust from the first lunar sample picked up by an astronaut on the moon successfully sold for $504,375 at Bonhams New York on Wednesday (Apr. 13). Surrendered by NASA after a series of lawsuits, the Apollo 11 specks represented a rare legal sale of a government-certified moon sample.

April 14, 2022

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

Mission DreamStar:

Two Barbie dolls are now aboard the International Space Station, flying as part of Mattel's and the ISS U.S. National Lab's Mission DreamStar. In a new video released on Thursday (April 14), the dolls are shown floating along with NASA astronaut Kayla Barron, who shares some of the science experiments that she and her crewmates are doing in orbit. Part of Mattel's Space Discovery line, the Barbie dolls will go on display at the Smithsonian after returning to Earth this summer.

April 15, 2022

/ 9:25 p.m. CT (0225 GMT April 16)

Shenzhou 13 lands:

China's Shenzhou 13 crew returned to Earth on Friday (April 15), landing in the Gobi Desert. Taikonauts Zhai Zhigang, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu set a new duration record, spending 182 days on the Tianhe core module of the Tiangong space station. Zhai became China's most experienced spacewalker and Wang logged the most time in space by a Chinese citizen.

April 16, 2022

/ 2:05 p.m. CT (1905 GMT)

Apollo 16 at 50:

Fifty years ago on Saturday (April 16), John Young, Ken Mattingly and Charlie Duke launched on the penultimate mission to land humans on the moon. The Apollo 16 crew was the first to explore the lunar highlands and, as Duke recalled 50 years later, what they found was unexpected. From lifting the largest lunar sample to taking country music along for the ride, Apollo 16 is remembered for making the most of a trip to the moon.

April 21, 2022

/ 6:00 p.m. CT (2300 GMT)

Earth Views:

In time for Earth Day, former NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg has revealed Earth Views, her new textiles collection with Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Based on some of her favorite photos taken from on board the International Space Station, Earth Views brings the colors and textures of our planet to quilts and other fabrics-based art projects. Nyberg has also designed patterns based on the star she sewed in orbit and her view out of the cupola.

April 25, 2022

/ 12:15 p.m. CT (1715 GMT)

Ax-1 splashes down:

After getting a bonus five days on the International Space Station while waiting for the winds to subside at their primary and backup landing sites, the Axiom Mission-1 (Ax-1) crew safely splashed down Monday (April 25) off the coast of Florida. Ax-1 commander (and former NASA astronaut) Michael Lopez-Alegria, Larry Connor, Mark Pathy and Eytan Stibbe returned to Earth on SpaceX's Dragon Endeavour with the results of 25 science experiments they completed during the private mission.

April 25, 2022

/ 4:55 p.m. CT (2155 GMT)

Meet the LEGO Space Team:

The stars of LEGO Education's "Build to Launch" video series come to life in a new Artemis-themed exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Guests can now meet life-size versions of the minifigure LEGO Space Team, who as NASA astronauts, flight controllers and engineers serve to inspire kids to take up the same careers. The new Build to Launch exhibit offers the chance to join the LEGO Space Team in a photo op and piece together toy brick creations.

April 27, 2022

/ 3:15 a.m. CT (0815 GMT)

Crew-4 launches:

NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines and Jessica Watkins, along with ESA's Samantha Cristoforetti, lifted off for the International Space Station on Wednesday (April 27). Flying on board SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft "Freedom," the four Crew-4 astronauts will dock and then join the Expedition 67 crew for six months of science research on the space station.

April 27, 2022

/ 8:15 p.m. CT (0115 GMT April 28)

Zippy and Etta:

A plush turtle and a small monkey served as the zero-g indicators — or rather, singular indicator — aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft Freedom on Wednesday (April 27). The Crew-4 astronauts had two of their daughters pick out the toys, named "Zippy" and "Etta" respectively, for personal reasons. The dolls also represent all four crewmates' astronaut classes and their nicknames.

April 28, 2022

/ 4:20 p.m. CT (2120 GMT)

Benches of honor:

NASA dedicated three black granite benches to the veterans of its Mission Control Center on Thursday (April 28). Underwritten by the Manned Spaceflight Operations Association with support from the Johnson Space Center, the benches are a memorial to the more than 6,000 people who oversaw the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz Test Project and space shuttle flights.

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