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July 2, 2019

/ 6:35 a.m. CT (1135 GMT)

Ascent Abort-2

: NASA on Tuesday (July 2) conducted a three-minute flight test that built upon more than 50 years of protecting crews in flight. In a scene that evoked the Little Joe tests of the Apollo-era, NASA's Orion Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) test successfully performed an in-flight abort of an capsule-shaped crew module on a refurbished ICBM launched from Cape Canaveral. The AA-2 test qualifies the Orion Launch Abort System for Artemis moon missions.

July 5, 2019

/ 6:45 p.m. CT (2345 GMT)

Apollo 11 coins in space

: Two coins struck by the U.S. Mint to commemorate the Apollo 11 moon landing recently completed a trip to the International Space Station. The two half dollar curved coins were in orbit for a month, during which NASA astronaut Christina Koch displayed one in a video for the Mint. Now back on Earth, the coins will be placed on public exhibit by the Mint and Smithsonian.

July 9, 2019

/ 5:15 p.m. CT (2215 GMT)

50 years, 50 states

: The countdown is on to Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebrations in all 50 of the United States and countries around the world. More than 250 events are planned to hail the first moon landing, from galas and festivals to screenings and concerts. New York City's Times Square will turn into Tranquility Base while the Washington Monument will be transformed into a Saturn V rocket.

July 12, 2019

/ 7:00 a.m. CT (1200 GMT)

Walking on the Moon

: Velcro fasteners add a hook to Apollo 11 history in a new tribute to the first moon landing underwritten by Velcro Companies. Walking Off the Earth's cover of "Walking on the Moon" uses Velcro products to add a unique sound to the track, while the fasteners also enable a spacewalk of sorts in the music video. The Apollo astronauts used Velcro Brand hook and loop strips to keep their checklists in order and their equipment secure.

July 13, 2019

/ 11:00 p.m. CT (0400 GMT)

Astronaut Snoopy

: Fifty years after his first stint as a NASA-inspired astronaut in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Snoopy is coming back this November with a new spacesuited giant balloon. The famous comic strip beagle will float down the streets of New York City in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing as he serves a new NASA mission to further STEM education. Astronaut Snoopy is also adorning new products and collectibles.

July 15, 2019

/ 11:00 a.m. CT (1600 GMT)

For All Mankind

: In Ronald D. Moore's new Apple TV+ series "For All Mankind," the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing was on June 26, 1969, and it wasn't achieved by the United States. The space race goes on, and in doing so Moore envisions the moon bases and missions he dreamt of as a kid while watching Apollo 11 land on the moon. Moore revealed the first details about the show in an interview with collectSPACE and other publications.

July 16, 2019

/ 8:00 a.m. CT (1300 GMT)

Armstrong's spacesuit

: Sometime soon, if it hasn't already happened, a 13-year-old will get his or her first look at the spacesuit worn by the first human to walk on the moon. Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit is now back on display at the National Air and Space Museum, 13 years after being taken off of exhibit to be conserved. The display debuted Tuesday (July 16), 50 years after Armstrong wore it for the Saturn V rocket launch of the Apollo 11 mission.

July 17, 2019

/ 6:30 a.m. CT (1130 GMT)

On Apollo 11

: Fifty years later, Mike Collins' views on his Apollo 11 mission are like what they were in July 1969: overarching. Looking back at the moon, Collins tells collectSPACE about the views he did not have in lunar orbit and the perspective others have incorrectly assigned to his time alone. Collins also described the one factor of the first moon landing mission that he still finds to be a surprise.

July 18, 2019

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


: It took more time for LEGO to put together its model of Buzz Aldrin debuting at the Apollo 50 Festival on Thursday (July 18) than it did for the real Apollo 11 astronaut to fly to the moon and return to Earth. Built by a team of LEGO Master Builders, the 30,000-brick model is a part of LEGO's celebration of the first moon landing and its commitment to inspire an interest in space exploration.

July 19, 2019

/ 7:00 a.m. CT (1200 GMT)

First Moon Landing stamps

: A new pair of U.S. postage stamps was released on Friday (July 19) in commemoration of the first moon landing's 50th anniversary. The USPS chose an image of the moon and an iconic photo of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin for the stamps' art. Sold in sheets of 24, the "1969: First Moon Landing" 2019 stamps also feature on a number of collectible philatelic products.

July 19, 2019

/ 4:15 p.m. CT (2115 GMT)

Artemis logo

: NASA debuted its logo for the Artemis program on Friday (July 19), the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. The new emblem both borrows from and aims to distinguish Artemis from Apollo, as the earlier aims to return Americans to the moon before landing astronauts on Mars. The new Artemis logo includes nods to Greek mythology and the Project Apollo emblem.

July 20, 2019

/ 11:40 a.m. CT (1640 GMT)

Soyuz MS-13 launch

: Aleksandr Skvortsov, Luca Parmitano and Drew Morgan launched aboard Russia's Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft on Saturday (July 20), 50 years to the day after the first humans landed on the moon. Bound for the International Space Station, the crew designed their Expedition 60 patch as a tribute to the Apollo 11 mission.

July 21, 2019

/ 11:00 a.m. CT (1600 GMT)

Millions for moon memorabilia

: Three high profile auctions themed around the Apollo 11 50th anniversary offered for bid thousands of items related to the moon landing. Sotheby's in New York and Heritage Auctions of Dallas each had one lot sell for seven figures, including an original set of Apollo 11 moonwalk videotapes for $1.82 million and Neil Armstrong's flown gold Robbins medal for $2,055,000. The anniversary was not enough though, to draw in bids for an Apollo 11 book that Christie's put up for $7 to $9 million.

July 23, 2019

/ 2:50 a.m. CT (0750 GMT)

Chris Kraft, 1924-2019

: Chris Kraft, NASA's first flight director and the inventor of Mission Control, died on Monday (July 22) at the age of 95. Responsible for developing spaceflight operations, Kraft led NASA's Mission Control for the Mercury and early Gemini astronaut flights. He went on to be the Director of Flight Operations before serving as director of Johnson Space Center. NASA's Mission Control Center in Houston was named in Kraft's honor in 2011.

July 25, 2019

/ 6:55 p.m. CT (2355 GMT)

NASA's past, present in artifacts

: Benedict Redgrove spent nine years pursuing his view of space history to produce "NASA: Past and Present Dreams of the Future," a photo book featuring over 200 images of space artifacts. Redgrove photographed the items in place at NASA and on display at museums before digitally removing their settings. He is now using Kickstarter to fund the book's release.

July 29, 2019

/ 8:45 p.m. CT (0145 GMT Jul 30)

The real stuff

: National Geographic recently arranged for the cast of its new adaptation of Tom Wolfe's "The Right Stuff" to see some of the real stuff at NASA. In a new featurette for the upcoming TV series, Patrick Adams and Jake McDorman (John Glenn and Alan Shepard) join other actors as they prepare to portray the Mercury astronauts.

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