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Space for sale
: RR Auction has launched its July Science, Technology and Space auction featuring 300 lots dedicated to historic space artifacts. From an Apollo command module's fuel cell to an engine off the last of the Lunar Landing Test Vehicles, the online sale extends RR's record of offering authentic pieces from NASA's past. The auction is open for collectors' bids through Thursday, July 16.
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: Alabama has traded the historic Saturn V for the new Space Launch System on its space-themed, specialty license plate. First introduced as a fundraiser to "Save the Saturn V" at the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, the plate has depicted the Apollo-era booster for 15 years. The new Alabama Space Tag also updates its "First on the Moon & Beyond" tagline for "Dare to Explore."
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'Eau de Luna'
: Having already raised almost half a million dollars for the smell of space, a crowdfunded perfumer has now set sights on the moon. The "Eau de Space" campaign on Kickstarter, which is bottling what astronauts have described as the smell of outer space, is adding "Eau de Luna," the smell of the moon, as a stretch goal. Backers will be able to choose between the two cosmic fragrances, compared to burnt metal and gunpowder, respectively, after the campaign reaches $700,000 in pledges.
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Nassau Bay Spire
: When it is lit at night, the new monument at the corner of NASA Road 1 and Space Center Boulevard will shine into the sky, illuminating the connection between a small Houston suburb and NASA. Dubbed the "Nassau Bay Spire," the installation commemorates the role of Johnson Space Center in Nassau Bay's success.
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Apollo 11 joysticks auctioned
: Three hand controllers that helped achieve the first moon landing mission 51 years ago hit the auction block on Saturday (July 18), where they sold for over $780,000. The two rotation control sticks and translation hand controller were used aboard the Apollo 11 command module by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins in 1969. NASA sought the artifacts be returned so they could be handed over to the Smithsonian, but was unsuccessful. The controllers were sold by Julien's Auctions of Beverly Hills to unidentified buyers.
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'Hope' to Mars
: Riding on a rocket launched from Japan, the UAE's Hope probe left Earth for Mars on a mission to provide a complete picture of the Martian atmosphere. Billed as the first Arab interplanetary mission, if Hope is successful and circles Mars in February 2021, the United Arab Emirates will join the small club of nations that have operated a spacecraft in orbit around the Red Planet.
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Moon disaster deepfake
: Had the Apollo 11 moon landing failed and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were tragically lost 51 years ago on Monday (July 20), then President Richard Nixon would have addressed the nation with a speech that began, "Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace, will stay on the moon to rest in peace." MIT has now brought the alternate history to life in a film intended to raise awareness of deepfakes.
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Tied for 10
: NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Chris Cassidy each completed their 10th career extravehicular activity (spacewalk) on Tuesday (July 21), tying the American record first set by Michael Lopez-Alegria and Peggy Whitson. Behnken and Cassidy freed fixtures and prepped for the addition of a commercial airlock while outside of the International Space Station. NASA identified the spacewalk as the 300th U.S. EVA conducted since Gemini 4 in 1965.
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Tianwen-1 to Mars
: A Chinese Long March 5 launched China's Tianwen-1 spacecraft to Mars Thursday (July 23), beginning China's first attempt at landing on the red planet. The Tianwen orbiter, lander and rover are now on their way to arriving at Mars in February 2021, followed by a descent two to three months later. The probes will study Mars' geological structure, environment and atmosphere.
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'For All Mankind'
: Apple has released a first look at season two of "For All Mankind," Ron Moore's alternate history series. The minute-long teaser advances the space race into the shuttle era, while heating up the Cold War in the process. The video was first shown as part of a Comic-Con@Home virtual panel that streamed Saturday (July 25) with Moore, his fellow producers and the series' co-stars.
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'The Right Stuff'
: The cast and crew of "The Right Stuff," the Disney+ scripted series from National Geographic, debuted a clip from the pilot episode during a virtual panel as part of Comic-Con@Home on Saturday (July 25). A new adaptation of Tom Wolfe's book by the same title, "The Right Stuff" focuses on the Mercury astronauts and NASA's early efforts to send an American into space. Moderated by (real-life) astronaut Mae Jemison, the panel also discussed the research that went into shaping each of their portrayals.
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: Two pieces of Mars are set to go home as part of NASA's Perseverance rover. The Martian meteorite slices will serve as calibration targets for two instruments on the mission, enabling the rover to locate and cache samples from the red planet's surface for their future return to Earth. One of the meteorites was provided by the Natural History Museum in London to help in the search for the geological evidence of ancient microbial life on Mars.
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Save Space Camp
: Threatened by financial shortfalls due to the pandemic, Space Camp and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center may be forced to permanently close by October. The Huntsville, Alabama museum and astronaut training experience have launched the "Save Space Camp" campaign to raise the $1.5 million that is needed to remain open. Donations are sought from Space Camp alumni and the millions who have visited the Space & Rocket Center.
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: Looking ahead to the day that boot prints replace wheel treads, NASA is flying its first spacesuit material swatches on its Perseverance Mars rover. The sample fabrics include Vectran, Orthofabric, and two types of Teflon, as well as the polycarbonate from a helmet visor. In addition to observing how the materials fare on the surface of Mars, the spacesuit squares will also be used to calibrate the rover's SHERLOC laser and spectrometers.
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Mars 2020 Zippo
: As NASA's Perseverance rover lifted off to cache signs of life on Mars, Zippo launched a new lighter in tribute to the mission. The Mars 2020 Collectible Lighter is a limited edition of 1,000 that features a gold plated depiction of Mars and laser engraved wireframes of the six-wheeled rover and Martian surface. The new lighter continues Zippo's 60-year history of celebrating the United States space program with NASA and contractor designs.
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