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June 6, 2016

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


Mission Control

: A new documentary, to be previewed for the first time this week, shines light on the personal and professional stories of NASA's flight controllers. "Mission Control: The Men Who Put a Man on the Moon," from the producers of the Gene Cernan biopic "The Last Man on the Moon," features Chris Kraft, Gene Kranz, Steve Bales, John Aaron, Sy Liebergot, and others who made the "go/no go" calls behind the Apollo lunar landings' success.


June 7, 2016

/ 4:25 p.m. CT (2125 GMT)


S.S. Alan Poindexter

: Four years after Alan Poindexter died in a tragic recreational water sports accident, he is being honored with the naming of a space station-bound cargo craft. Orbital ATK on Tuesday (June 7) announced it had christened its OA-5 Cygnus resupply ship for the late NASA astronaut. A veteran of two spaceflights, Poindexter helped to build and stock the International Space Station.


June 8, 2016

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


Air Force space gallery

: The last Lockheed Martin Titan IVB rocket is now on display, 13 feet above visitors' heads, as part of the new space gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. A part of the museum's fourth building, which opened Wednesday (June 8), the new gallery showcases rocket planes, satellites and capsules that span the U.S. Air Force's history in space.


June 9, 2016

/ 2:40 p.m. CT (1940 GMT)


LEGO to launch Saturn V

: NASA's massive rocket that flew the first astronauts to land on the moon is the next topic on LEGO's launch pad. The toy company on Thursday (June 9) announced it will produce the Saturn V scale model designed by Felix Stiessen and Valerie Roche which last year received 10,000 votes on LEGO Ideas. The 3-foot toy rocket is slated for release later this year or early next.


June 16, 2016

/ 11:05 a.m. CT (1605 GMT)


To INFINITY and beyond

: The last Saturn V rocket stage to be built has left its birthplace and home of the past 38 years, the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, to be put on display at the INFINITY Science Center in Mississippi. The S-IC stage, which would have launched on Apollo 19 had that mission not been canceled, will arrive at the center on Tuesday (June 21), where a fundraising effort will lead to its conservation and a future indoor exhibit.


June 18, 2016

/ 4:30 a.m. CT (0930 GMT)


TMA-19M lands

: Tim Kopra, Tim Peake and Yuri Malenchenko are back on Earth, having safely landed on board Russia's Soyuz TMA-19M on the steppe of Kazakhstan. The three crewmates spent more than 185 days on the International Space Station since their launch in December. Malenchenko now ranks second for the most time in space. Peake is Britain's first government-sponsored astronaut.


June 20, 2016

/ 7:05 a.m. CT (1205 GMT)


#KSCHero

: On Nov. 11, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will open Heroes and Legends, featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. The new attraction will provide guests with immersive experiences that highlight the almost 100 astronauts honored in the Hall of Fame. To help put their roles as heroes into context, the visitor complex is now inviting the public to submit videos about their heroes, with the chance to see themselves in Heroes & Legends.


June 21, 2016

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




Mission S-IC-15 complete

: The last Saturn V stage to be produced launched on its new mission Tuesday (June 21), going on display at the Infinity Science Center. The S-IC once intended to fly on Apollo 19, was moved from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi by barge. It then took an overnight road trip to arrive at its new home. The Infinity Science Center is now fundraising to restore the stage.


June 27, 2016

/ 12:10 a.m. CT (0510 GMT)


Beyond Spaceship Earth

: A new $8 million immersive exhibit at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis tells the history of spaceflight through a three-part installment that features historic artifacts, visual displays, and hands-on activities. "Beyond Spaceship Earth," which debuted on Saturday (June 25), includes the Indiana Astronaut Wall of Fame, a walk-through recreation of the International Space Station and the authentic Mercury capsule Liberty Bell 7.


June 28, 2016

/ 7:35 p.m. CT (0035 GMT Jun 29)


SLS booster fired

: When NASA and Orbital ATK lit a five-segment solid rocket booster in Utah Tuesday (June 28), they were test firing an advanced motor steeped in space shuttle history. The second of two such ground tests in support of NASA's heavy-lift Space Launch System, the qualification motor (QM-2) was built from casings that flew on 40 space shuttle missions dating back 30 years.


June 30, 2016

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




First look at Milestones

: On Friday (July 1), the National Air and Space Museum turns 40 and to celebrate, it will debut the new Boeing Milestones of Flight. The renovated hall has a new layout, new artifact displays (including an Apollo lunar module and the studio model of Star Trek's Starship Enterprise) and a new digital experience.


June 30, 2016

/ 7:05 p.m. CT (0005 GMT Jul 1)


Songs to orbit Jupiter by

: NASA and Apple on Thursday (June 30) announced they have recruited musicians to record songs inspired by the agency's Juno mission to orbit Jupiter. Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, country music singer Brad Paisley and alternative rock band Weezer have contributed Jovian tracks to "Destination: Jupiter," which is now available through Apple Music and iTunes, just in time for the spacecraft's arrival at the giant planet on July 4.



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