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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.

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