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August 2, 2018

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

From Crip to commercial crew

: It has been 40 years since NASA last assigned a crew to test fly a U.S. spacecraft. Now as the agency prepares to announce its next selections, the space shuttle's first pilot, Bob Crippen recalls his experience and shares the advice he would offer to the astronauts who will test fly Boeing's CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX's Dragon commercial crew vehicles.

August 3, 2018

/ 11:50 a.m. CT (1650 GMT)

Commercial crewed

: NASA on Friday (Aug. 3) announced the nine men and women who will be the first to fly on new U.S. commercial spacecraft built and operated by Boeing and SpaceX. Robert Behnken, Doug Hurley, Eric Boe, Nicole Mann and former astronaut Chris Ferguson will crew the first test flights of the Starliner and Dragon, slated to launch to the space station in 2019. Suni Williams, Victor Glover, Josh Cassada and Mike Hopkins will then fly on the first NASA-contracted missions of the two spacecraft.

August 7, 2018

/ 3:05 p.m. CT (2005 GMT)

Gold medals for 'Hidden Figures'

: NASA's real "Hidden Figures" have been put forward for the highest honor bestowed by Congress. Legislation introduced in the Senate seeks to honor Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson and Christine Darden with the Congressional Gold Medal for their service to NASA during the early years of U.S. human spaceflight. If the act passes, the four will be NASA's first women to receive the prestigious award.

August 11, 2018

/ 3:20 a.m. CT (0820 GMT)

Touch the Sun

: NASA's Parker Solar Probe is now on a three-month cruise to the Sun by way of a flyby of the planet Venus. Launched on Sunday (Aug. 12), the 7-year mission will study the solar wind, flying closer to the Sun than any spacecraft has before and will become the fastest human-made object in history. The Parker Solar Probe also is first NASA spacecraft to be named for a living person.

August 13, 2018

/ 12:25 a.m. CT (0525 GMT)

Cosmonaut candidates

: Russia has named the members of its 17th class of cosmonauts after a year and a half recruitment. The eight men include military pilots, an airline pilot, an economist, aircraft and spacecraft engineers and the younger brother of a cosmonaut now on board the International Space Station. The candidates must still pass two years of training before being eligible for spaceflights.

August 14, 2018

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

Apollo 11 Robbins redux

: The original dies used to strike medallions flown on the Apollo 11 first moon landing have been used to mint new medallions to commemorate the historic mission's 50th anniversary. The newly-struck anniversary-edition Apollo 11 Robbins medallions are being announced Tuesday (Aug. 14) at the World's Fair of Money in Philadelphia, ahead of their public sale in September.

August 17, 2018

/ 5:00 a.m. CT (1000 GMT)

Space Heroes

: A new Kickstarter campaign, if successful, will enable backers to launch a new space race. Now seeking crowdfunding, "Space Heroes: Journey Into Space" blends the past, present and future of spaceflight in a trading card game. Players pick cards to launch missions in a race to earn points, while they also learn about historic spacecraft, payloads and space exploration milestones.

August 20, 2018

/ 4:45 p.m. CT (2145 GMT)

Above and Beyond

: A new documentary by the niece of President John F. Kennedy uses NASA's 60th anniversary as a foundation for the agency's next challenge. Rory Kennedy's film, "Above and Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow," will land in movie theaters nationwide before its television broadcast debut Oct. 13 on Discovery Channel.

August 24, 2018

/ 5:00 a.m. CT (1000 GMT)

Froot Loops not included

: A spacesuit that was worn by a fictional astronaut, but styled after a real cosmonaut's wardrobe, is now for auction. ScreenUsed is offering the costume that actor Simon Helberg donned as Howard "Froot Loops" Wolowitz in a 2012 episode of "The Big Bang Theory." Global Effects referenced an authentic example of the Sokol launch and entry suit to fabricate the replica.

August 25, 2018

/ 1:30 p.m. CT (1830 GMT)

Crew access arm

: SpaceX has installed the access arm that astronauts will use atop Pad 39A to board Crew Dragon spacecraft. Sleek in appearance, the SpaceX crew access arm is one of two that NASA astronauts will cross for launches to the International Space Station. The access arm for Boeing's CST-100 Starliner was mounted on LC-41 in 2016, but recently received a new, larger white room.

August 27, 2018

/ 1:00 p.m. CT (1800 GMT)

Astronaut candidate resigns

: A member of NASA's latest astronaut candidate class has resigned from the agency prior to completing basic training. A former engineer at SpaceX, Robb Kulin was selected in 2017 for NASA's 22nd group of astronauts, nicknamed "The Turtles." Kulin's departure, halfway into his spaceflight qualification training, was for "personal reasons," according to NASA.

August 29, 2018

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


: Matchbox took the concept for an astronaut-driven planetary rover and made it – smaller. NASA's Space Exploration Vehicle (SEV) with its "Chariot" chassis is among the assortment of toy cars for sale in stores now. The Matchbox SEV replicates the real rover's two suitports, side-mounted hatch and forward-facing bubble windows.

August 31, 2018

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

Over the moon

: The Venice Film Festival on Wednesday (Aug. 29) opened with the world premiere of director Damien Chazelle's "First Man," featuring Ryan Gosling as the late Neil Armstrong. The film, which launches Oct. 12, landed praise from reviewers for redefining spaceflight and reframing the story of the first man to walk on the moon.

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