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May 1, 2018

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

Animating astronauts

: Disney Junior's next episode of "Mission Force One," debuting on Earth on Monday (May 7), has made history becoming the first kids TV show to premiere in space. The half hour program, "The Space Station Situation," was viewed last week by the crew on the International Space Station. The animated episode focuses on Miles (from Tomorrowland) and his friends as they travel to the past to save the space station with help from its crew (who are voiced by and modeled after real astronauts).

May 3, 2018

/ 2:00 a.m. CT (0700 GMT)

West to Mars

: Before it can become the first probe to study the deep interior of Mars, and before it can attempt measuring marsquakes for the first time, NASA's InSight Mars lander will make history leaving Earth. After sending all of its planet, asteroid and comet-bound spacecraft from Florida, NASA will launch InSight from California, making it the first interplanetary mission to rise from the west coast.

May 5, 2018

/ 7:40 a.m. CT (1240 GMT)

InSight to Mars

: NASA's InSight lander has left Earth for Mars, launching Saturday (May 5) on a 205-day trajectory from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California to Elysium Planitia on the Red Planet. InSight, which is NASA's first interplanetary mission to rise from the U.S. west coast, will be the first to probe the deep interior of Mars, detecting marsquakes and monitoring the subsurface flow of heat.

May 7, 2018

/ 12:45 a.m. CT (0545 GMT)

Robonaut returns

: The first humanoid robot in space is back on Earth. Robonaut 2, or R2 for short, returned Saturday (May 5) from the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's 14th Dragon cargo spacecraft to splashdown from the orbiting laboratory. Three years into its seven-year stay on orbit, R2 began shorting out, following upgrades to outfit it with legs. Once back at Johnson Space Center, R2 will be repaired for its expected return to the space station.

May 8, 2018

/ 5:45 p.m. CT (2245 GMT)

S.S. J.R. Thompson

: Orbital ATK's first nine Cygnus cargo spacecraft were christened for late astronauts who worked for the company or who helped advance U.S. spaceflight. For its tenth Cygnus' namesake, Orbital ATK has chosen their late vice chairman. The "S.S. J.R. Thompson" will launch as a memorial to the executive who also served as NASA's deputy administrator and helped develop rocket engines for the Saturn V and space shuttle.

May 11, 2018

/ 1:00 p.m. CT (1800 GMT)

Soyuz lands in Denmark

: The capsule that carried the first Dane into space has landed on display in Denmark. The Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft that launched with ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen in 2015 was acquired by the Danmarks Tekniske Museum, or the Danish Museum of Science & Technology, in Helsingør. The same Soyuz was used by the crew members of the first yearlong mission on the International Space Station to return to Earth in 2016.

May 15, 2018

/ 6:45 p.m. CT (2345 GMT)

Author Tom Wolfe, 1931-2018

: The news of Tom Wolfe's death came 55 years to the day after NASA's final Mercury mission launched an astronaut into Earth orbit — a flight Wolfe chronicled in his book, "The Right Stuff." The celebrated journalist and bestselling author died at the age of 88 on Monday (May 14). "The Right Stuff" did more than capture the early astronaut ethos; the book also inspired a new generation to push the outside of the envelope.

May 17, 2018

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

Bolden Collection

: The University of South Carolina in Columbia is the new home of the Charles F. Bolden Jr. Collection. The 40-box-strong archive, donated by the former space shuttle astronaut and twelfth administrator of NASA, documents Bolden's experience as a student at the U.S. Naval Academy, his active service in the Marines, and his years at NASA. The university's library will organize the archive and then there are plans to share Bolden's artifacts and space memorabilia as part of a traveling exhibit.

May 22, 2018

/ 1:00 p.m. CT (1800 GMT)

Sally Ride's stamp

: At some point 35 years ago, Sally Ride joined her STS-7 crewmates in signing a photo for illustrator Paul Salmon. A souvenir of his four years within the NASA Art Program, the autographed photo became the inspiration for Salmon's portrait of Ride that he painted for the U.S. Postal Service's new postage stamp. But as he recounted, Salmon felt that something more was needed to properly depict the first U.S. woman in space on a stamp.

May 23, 2018

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

Sally Ride stamps launch

: The U.S. Postal Service launched sales of its new Sally Ride postage stamp on Wednesday (May 23). For 50 cents, the public can now send mail while also celebrating the first American woman to fly in space. In addition to sheets of the stamps, the USPS also introduced pictorial postmarks and other collectibles to mark the Sally Ride commemorative's first day of issue.

May 24, 2018

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

Sally Ride Forever

: The U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday (May 23) held a ceremony to dedicate its new Sally Ride Forever stamp at the University of California San Diego. USPS and school officials were joined by Ride's life partner Tam O'Shaughnessy, as well as tennis legend Billie Jean King and astronaut Ellen Ochoa in celebrating the life of the first American woman to fly into space.

May 26, 2018

/ 12:45 p.m. CT (1745 GMT)

Alan Bean, 1932-2018

: The fourth human to walk on the moon, Alan Bean shared his and his fellow moonwalkers' experiences through art. Bean died at 86 on Saturday (May 26). A Navy captain, Bean flew as the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12, the second moon landing mission, and as the commander of Skylab II, the second crewed flight to the United States' first space station. He then devoted four decades to sharing how it felt to walk on the moon, painting his view of the moon with a palette infused with lunar dust.

May 28, 2018

/ 9:45 a.m. CT (1445 GMT)

Remembering Alan Bean

: Only a few hours after the news broke that Apollo moonwalker Alan Bean had died on Saturday (May 26), a tribute was paid from the Earth orbit. "Today, we honor and remember our fallen colleague and hero who helped advance the human species out into space." The salute joined similar remembrances shared on social media by three generations of astronauts.

May 28, 2018

/ 3:55 p.m. CT (2055 GMT)

Don Peterson, 1933-2018

: Donald Peterson flew on the space shuttle, but began training the same year that astronauts first landed on the moon. Peterson died Sunday (May 27) at the age of 84. First selected for the Air Force Manned Orbiting Laboratory, he flew on STS-6, the maiden flight of Challenger, and made the first spacewalk outside a space shuttle wearing an extravehicular mobility unit.

May 31, 2018

/ 12:45 a.m. CT (0545 GMT)

Bits of space history

: For All Moonkind has partnered with TODAQ Financial to establish a blockchain-powered registry for humanity's heritage on the moon. The project is focused on mapping the sites of spacecraft and other artifacts on the lunar surface, in preparation for designating locations for preservation and some level of protection.

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