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/ 9:45 p.m. CT (0245 GMT Jun 2)
NASA has chosen two companies to build its next spacesuits to be worn in Earth orbit and on the moon. Axiom Space and Collins Aerospace will apply their respective expertise in space station ops and Apollo garments to develop spacesuits for use outside the International Space Station and on Artemis missions. The Exploration Extravehicular Activity Services (xEVAS) contract has a potential value of $3.5 billion over 12 years.
/ 10:00 p.m. CT (1500 GMT Jun 5)
Shenzhou 14 launches:
China launched its third crew to its Tiangong space station on a six-month mission to complete the assembly of the orbital complex. Shenzhou 14 lifted off Saturday (Jun 4) with taikonauts Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe on a fast-track path to dock to the Tianhe core module, where they will oversee the docking of two new laboratory cabin modules, Wentian and Mengtian.
/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)
When singer-songwriter Katie Toupin wrote and recorded "Astronaut," she thought it would be a good track for NASA, but she never expected she would be invited to perform it live at Space Center Houston's first Moon2Mars Festival. The four-day event, which began Thursday (June 9), also marked the debut of a permanent exhibit dedicated to NASA's Artemis missions to the moon.
/ 1:00 p.m. CT (1800 GMT)
Space for everyone:
The National Air and Space Museum has unveiled a new brand identity to go with its soon-to-be reopening, reimagined galleries. The new logomark, the first in the museum's history, uses positive and negative space to create a stylized craft that suggests both aviation and spaceflight at the same time. Embodying celebration, inspiration, approachability and inclusivity, the brand signals there is "space for everyone" at the museum.
/ 4:30 p.m. CT (2130 GMT)
Astronaut Hall of Fame:
Veterans of seven space shuttle missions and one expedition on the International Space Station together, David Leestma, Sandy Magnus and Chris Ferguson were honored with their induction into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on Sunday (June 11). The three, celebrated for their past, shared the excitement for what is next to come for NASA and space exploration.
/ 4:35 p.m. CT (2135 GMT)
Starliner CFT crew:
NASA astronauts Barry "Butch" Wilmore and Suni Williams will test fly Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on its next mission. NASA announced the Crew Flight Test (CFT) assignments on Thursday (June 16), as it continued to assess data from the Starliner uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) that landed in May. Astronaut Mike Fincke, who was previously assigned to the CFT mission, will serve as backup to commander Wilmore.
/ 6:30 p.m. CT (2330 GMT)
Before Lori Garver was NASA's (now former) deputy administrator and championed the space agency's support for commercial contracts, she arranged for the White House to present Jim Lovell with the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. In her new book, "Escaping Gravity," Garver reveals the untold story of how the ceremony came to be and how it was almost canceled.
/ 3:15 p.m. CT (2015 GMT)
Funko reveals as-cans:
Among the new Funko collectibles coming out this fall are the company's first real NASA astronaut figures. Packaged in what looks like a soda can (but without the carbonated drink inside), Funko's Soda NASA astronaut is posed in a white spacesuit holding a U.S. flag. One in six cans will have a "chase" variant with the astronaut in an orange pressure suit. Limited to 17,000 cans worldwide, the NASA astronaut vinyl figures are set to retail for $15 each with shipping to begin in late September.
/ 6:30 a.m. CT (1130 GMT)
From NZ to NRHO:
Rocket Lab launched its first mission to the moon on Tuesday (June 28), sending Advanced Space's CAPSTONE cubesat from a New Zealand launchpad on a four-month journey to a near rectilinear halo orbit. The private mission will collect data about the unique multi-body path, which is the same orbit NASA plans to use for its human-tended Artemis Gateway lunar space station.
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