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July 1, 2018

/ 9:00 a.m. CT (1400 GMT)




Rocket redo

: NASA's last remaining launch-configured Saturn IB rocket is getting a redo. Work is now underway to repair, restore and fortify the Apollo-era artifact so it can stay on display in the Rocket Garden at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. The restoration of Saturn IB SA-209 is expected to take about 16 months.


July 5, 2018

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


Astronaut-to-airline food

: Lufthansa is now offering a taste of real space food to some of its business class fliers. The airline is serving long-haul passengers leaving from Germany the chicken ragout with mushrooms that was prepared by its culinary group for ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst's Horizons mission on board the International Space Station. Lufthansa says its astronaut-turned-airline food will be limited to its flights departing in July and August.


July 9, 2018

/ 10:30 a.m. CT (1530 GMT)


Making 'First Man'

: A panel discussion held on Saturday (July 7) at the annual Spacefest in Tucson, brought together Neil Armstrong's two sons and some of the filmmakers behind Universal's "First Man." The hour-long event, which included screenwriter Josh Singer and author James Hansen, focused in part on the film's level of accuracy and how the production has balanced history with storytelling.


July 10, 2018

/ 12:30 a.m. CT (0530 GMT)


Fast track

: A Russian supply ship set a new record for the fastest trek to the International Space Station on Monday (July 9). Progress MS-09 docked to the station just three hours and 40 minutes after its liftoff, surpassing the previous expedited track to the orbiting laboratory by about two hours. Russia expects to use the two-orbit approach on future cargo and crew launches, pending more tests.


July 10, 2018

/ 9:00 a.m. CT (1400 GMT)




Astronaut Snoopy

: Peanuts Worldwide and NASA are extending Snoopy's mission at the space agency, 50 years after the beagle first began service for the U.S. space program. A new multiyear Space Act Agreement will see Snoopy and Charles Schulz's other characters help NASA promote its future deep space missions and engage a new generation of students in STEM educational activities.


July 12, 2018

/ 4:00 p.m. CT (2100 GMT)


Towers toppled

: The oldest standing launch structures at Cape Canaveral were imploded on Thursday (July 12), toppling gantries that supported 325 missiles and rockets. The two mobile service towers at Launch Complex 17 were used for Thor and Delta rocket launches from 1957 to 2011, including supporting some of the United States' most notable satellite and robotic spacecraft missions. LC-17 will continue in use without the towers as the testing ground for commercial lunar landers developed by Moon Express.


July 16, 2018

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


'Three Missions'

: NASA's pursuit of landing astronauts on the moon is the theme of Field Notes' 39th limited edition release. Featuring three memo books and three "punch out and assemble" models, the "Three Missions" set celebrates the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs of the 1960s and early 1970s with facts, figures, photographs and three paper replicas of the early U.S. crewed spacecraft.


July 20, 2018

/ 6:05 a.m. CT (1105 GMT)




One year from the moon

: On July 20, 1968 Tranquility Base was still tranquil. A year out from Apollo 11 making the first lunar landing, the parts needed for the mission were still in the process of coming together. On the 49th anniversary of humanity's giant leap, here is a look at what was happening to make Apollo 11 possible 50 years ago.


July 20, 2018

/ 9:00 a.m. CT (1400 GMT)


'Apollo 11'

: NEON and CNN Films on Friday (July 20) announced "Apollo 11," a cinematic space event film from director Todd Douglas Miller ("Dinosaur 13"). The cinema-direct film promises to show audiences the first mission to land humans on the moon "like never before." A release date for "Apollo 11" has not yet been announced, but a 30-second teaser offers a glimpse at the new documentary.


July 20, 2018

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


First moonwalker's memorabilia

: Six years after Neil Armstrong died, his personal items are being sold. Armstrong's family is working with Heritage Auctions of Dallas to sell more than 2,000 mementos and historical artifacts that belonged to the first moonwalker, including medals and flags that flew on Apollo 11. The first lots will debut for bids in early November, with more auctions to come next year.


July 23, 2018

/ 6:00 a.m. CT (1100 GMT)




Orange is the new beagle

: Snoopy debuted a new NASA-inspired look at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, shedding the white Apollo spacesuit he wore over the past 50 years for a new orange Orion model. The switch came as a result of an expanded partnership between NASA and Peanuts Worldwide, which will have Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the gang helping NASA promote STEM education and the agency's deep space Orion spacecraft missions.


July 25, 2018

/ 1:45 p.m. CT (1845 GMT)


Apollo 11 loops

: The Apollo 11 mission flew to the moon, landed on the lunar surface and returned to Earth in 195 hours. In that same stretch of time, flight controllers' discussions amounted to 100 times that amount of audio. Now, almost 50 years later, those 19,000 hours of archived communication loops are publicly available for the first time thanks to NASA and the University of Texas at Dallas.


July 30, 2018

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


Spacesuit streetwear

: Heron Preston's new collection blends the astronaut aesthetic with streetwear to pay tribute to NASA's 60 years. The capsule, which includes hoodies, t-shirts and a silver denim jacket, features the space agency's former NASA "worm" logotype. Preston's line also incorporates a three-way backpack inspired by the portable life support system worn by spacewalking astronauts.


July 31, 2018

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


Gemini rendezvous

: On Saturday (July 28), the Gemini 6 spacecraft was reunited with its pilot at the Oklahoma museum that bears his name. Previously exhibited at the Oklahoma History Center, the capsule that achieved the first rendezvous between crewed spacecraft in 1965 is now on long-term display at the Stafford Air & Space Museum in Weatherford. Thomas Stafford welcomed his former ride to its new home after the move that was years in the making.



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