: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday (July 1) revealed his country's two new astronauts at a celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary. Test pilot Joshua Kutryk and engineer Jenni Sidey comprise their nation's fourth astronaut group since 1983 and bring Canada's total number of candidates to 14. Kutryk and Sidey will join NASA's 22nd class of astronauts for two years of basic training beginning on Aug. 21.
: Valerie Roche, the co-creator of the LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V rocket, has partnered with Emmanuel Urquieta to design the ultimate accessory: the Launch Umbilical Tower (LUT). Now accepting votes on LEGO Ideas, the LUT needs 10,000 supporters before the Danish toy company will consider it for commercial production.
: Escape Hunt in midtown Houston is now inviting the public to experience NASA's Apollo 13 mission like never before. Featuring accurate recreations of the command and lunar modules, the new "Houston, We've Had a Problem" game challenges guests to staff the consoles in Mission Control to solve six puzzles in 60 minutes, safely returning the astronauts to the Earth.
: After flying to space on five missions and summiting Mount Everest on his second try, astronaut-explorer Scott Parazynski is sharing his adventures in a new memoir. To promote "The Sky Below," Parazynski has launched a photo contest, inviting followers to share images of their #MostEpicAdventure on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. In return, Parazynski will award the winner with memorabilia from his space adventures.
A private company plans to return a few pounds of moon rock to Earth by 2020 for science and for sale. Moon Express, which became the first company to gain permission from the U.S. government to land a robotic spacecraft on the moon a year ago, revealed its family of MX probes on Wednesday (July 12), as well as announced three missions to establish the first commercial permanent robotic outpost at the moon's south pole.
: A veteran of five space shuttle landings, astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson logged "a couple of thousand flights" on NASA 945, learning and practicing how to touch down from orbit. Gibson helped to dedicate the exhibit of the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA) at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, home to U.S. Space Camp, on Thursday (July 13).
: Other than the (record setting) auction of a Russian capsule in 2011, Sotheby's has not focused on space artifacts since a pair of Soviet space sales in 1993 and 1996. That changes this week with Sotheby's Space Exploration auction in New York. The 173 lot sale includes the flown Apollo 13 flight plan, an oversize Lunar Orbiter print and a moon dust stained Apollo 11 lunar sample return bag, which is expected to sell for millions.
: Marking 48 years since the first moon landing, Space Center Houston on Thursday (Jul 20) kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to continue and expand the restoration of NASA's Apollo-era Mission Control. In return for your donations on Kickstarter, supporters can receive a specially-designed mission patch, autographed collectibles or even an invitation to tour inside Mission Control with Apollo 11 flight director Gene Kranz.
: Sotheby's on Thursday (Jul 20) offered 173 space history artifacts at its first auction focused on U.S. spaceflights. Among the top performing lots: $125,000 for an original illustration of Mars architecture by space artist Chesley Bonestell; $275,000 for the flight plan flown on Apollo 13; and $1.8 million for a lunar sample bag used to hold the first moon rocks collected on Apollo 11.