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/ 6:35 a.m. CT (1135 GMT)
Behind Blue Origin bids
: Blue Origin won't say how many people deposited $10,000 to bid on the first seat aboard its New Shepard rocket, but those who raised the hammer to $2.8 million (thus far) were all first vetted by RR Auction. Heading into the final stretch (the sale ends on Saturday, June 12), the Boston-based auction firm expects the live bidding to send the seat into space lot even higher.
/ 12:35 p.m. CT (1735 GMT)
New Shepard seat sold
: Blue Origin's two-week auction for the first seat to space on its New Shepard launch vehicle concluded on Saturday (June 12) with a high bid of $28 million ($29,680,000 with buyer's premium). The unnamed winner, whose identity will be released later, has won the chance to join Jeff Bezos and his brother on the July 20th suborbital launch of the New Shepard rocket.
/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)
Orange stars, blue moons:
General Mills' Galactic Lucky Charms adds planets and a rocket to the cereal's classic marshmallows, as well as a promotion for NASA's Artemis return to the moon. The limited edition boxes feature the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft, along with fun facts and a chance to win a trip to Space Camp or Lucky Charms Galactic space patches.
/ 2:35 p.m. CT (1935 GMT)
iROSA roll out delayed:
The International Space Station was set to get its first power boost in decades on Wednesday (June 16), but the roll out of the first in a series of new solar arrays was delayed. Astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Thomas Pesquet partially installed the first ISS Roll-Out Solar Array (iROSA) on the left (port) side of the space station, but minor spacesuit issues and hardware problems deferred the deployment to their next spacewalk.
/ 8:45 p.m. CT (0145 GMT June 17)
Shenzhou 12 launches:
Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo lifted off on board China's Shenzhou 12 spacecraft on the first mission to outfit and occupy the nation's new space station. The three crewmates will set a record spending three months on the Tiangong outpost's Tianhe core module, tripling the length of China's previous longest mission. China's first crewed flight in five years, the flight will include the nation's second and third spacewalks.
/ 1:15 p.m. CT (1815 GMT)
Stowed on Starliner:
Boeing will fly flags for historically black colleges and universities on board the second orbital flight test (OFT-2) of its CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. The colorful banners have been packed alongside "Rosie the Riveter" coins and Silver Snoopy pins for the uncrewed flight to the International Space Station. A U.S. flag will also fly, but will stay in orbit to await Starliner's first crew.
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'Sun Science' stamps:
The United States Postal Service (USPS) on Friday (June 18) released "Sun Science," a set of 10 stamps celebrating the study of heliophysics using the multi-wavelength imagery from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. The colorful stamps feature solar flares, sunspots and coronal loops, illuminating why studying our Sun helps us understand the causes of solar variability and its impacts on Earth.
/ 1:15 p.m. CT (1815 GMT)
iROSA rolled out:
The first of six new ISS Roll-Out Solar Arrays (iROSA) was deployed successfully on Sunday (June 20), providing the orbiting outpost with its first power boost in decades. Spacewalkers Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency and Shane Kimbrough with NASA unfolded, bolted in place and ran electrical cables to the new array before it unfurled. The iROSAs will augment the station's eight legacy solar arrays, which have begun to show degraded power output after 15 to 20 years of use.
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Build to Launch:
This September, teachers can bring NASA's Artemis I mission into their classrooms with a new digital learning series from LEGO Education. "Build to Launch: A STEAM Exploration Series" will combine the real-life lessons from NASA's effort to return to the moon with hands-on activities designed to promote an interest in careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
/ 3:35 p.m. CT (2035 GMT)
Tests to be conducted on the International Space Station in 2022 may lead to astronauts being able to clean their clothes on the moon and Mars. Tide, Proctor & Gamble's laundry brand, has partnered with NASA and the ISS National Laboratory to develop the first detergent for use in space and to test stain removal on the space station. Tide may also study how a washing and drying unit can operate on the lunar and Martian surfaces.
/ 3:15 p.m. CT (2015 GMT)
PPK to NFT:
A microfilmed newspaper that flew to the moon in astronaut Alan Shepard's Apollo 14 personal preference kit (PPK) has inspired the USA TODAY Network's first NFT (non-fungible token). Set to be auctioned to benefit the Air Force Space & Missile Museum Foundation, the digital asset recreates the front page of the flight article using the photos and pages from 50 years of space news.
/ 7:00 p.m. CT (0000 GMT Jun 30)
An engineer whose work more than 50 years ago was key to safely returning the Apollo 13 crew to Earth will be memorialized aboard NASA's next mission to fly to the moon. The public has voted to name the manikin ("Moonikin") collecting data on the uncrewed Artemis I for Arturo Campos, the electrical power subsystem manager for the Apollo 13 lunar module.
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