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August 2, 2020

/ 2:05 p.m. CT (1905 GMT)

SpaceX splashdown

: Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken returned to Earth aboard SpaceX's first crewed Dragon on Sunday (Aug. 2), and in doing so, became the first U.S. astronauts to splash down in 45 years. Returning from a 64-day test flight to the International Space Station, Hurley and Behnken's spacecraft, Endeavour, landed safely in the Gulf of Mexico (another first), off the coast of Florida.

August 5, 2020

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

Smithsonian, someday

: Just two days after their history-making return to Earth, the crew of the SpaceX Dragon "Endeavour" spoke to the press about the Demo-2 mission. Asked by collectSPACE to consider the fate of their spacecraft (and a certain sequined dinosaur), Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken said their capsule could someday land in the Smithsonian – but not yet. First, Endeavour is slated to fly again. (And as for "Tremor," what's in it for their sons?)

August 11, 2020

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

'Space cola wars' at 35

: Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have enjoyed a good choice of drinks, from juice and tea to smoothies and even the occasional, freshly-brewed espresso (and instant coffee at other times). What they have not had are carbonated beverages, but that was not always the plan. Thirty-five years ago, the "cola wars" between Coca-Cola and Pepsi extended all the way into orbit with the first test of soda cans in space.

August 12, 2020

/ 2:00 a.m. CT (0700 GMT)

Astronauts and 'Away'

: Inspired by the real challenges that astronauts face on their long missions away from Earth, the Netflix series "Away," debuting Sept. 4, stars Hilary Swank as a wife and mother who leads a mission to Mars. Swank and her castmates based their characters on, and sought the advice of several astronauts, including one who appears in a brief cameo, playing himself in "Away."

August 14, 2020

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

Space Salsa

: A former science teacher has figured out how to add a spicy kick to space food. Danny's Rocket Ranch Space Salsa is made from freeze-dried green chiles, onions, tomatoes and other ingredients using Danny Jaques' southwestern recipe. For consumption both on and off the planet, part of the proceeds from the salsa's sale will support scholarships to send students to Space Camp.

August 18, 2020

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

Kounotori's final flight

: After nine missions and 11 years, the last of JAXA's HTVs or H-II Transfer Vehicles departed the International Space Station on Tuesday (Aug. 18) to meet its fiery end on re-entry into the atmosphere. The cargo spacecraft, nicknamed Kounotori ("white stork"), delivered more than 80,000 pounds of research equipment and supplies and discarded nearly 50,000 pounds of refuse over the course of its nine flights. Japan plans an upgraded HTV-X to succeed the HTV for future ISS and moon flights.

August 20, 2020

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

First space memorabilia from orbit

: It was 60 years ago this month that the Discoverer XIII reentry capsule became the first human made object to be recovered from orbit. The capsule, which had been developed to return film from classified reconnaissance satellites, held a secret payload: the first American flag to be retrieved after circling high above the planet. Sometimes overlooked, the flag was also the first space memorabilia collected from Earth orbit.

August 20, 2020

/ 12:05 p.m. CT (1705 GMT)

'The Right Stuff' launch date

: The story of America's first astronauts will lift off on Oct. 9 with the two-hour premiere of the new drama "The Right Stuff" on Disney+. The eight-part series from National Geographic is based on Tom Wolfe's 1979 bestselling book by the same title. A new two-minute trailer released on Thursday (Aug. 20) previews the series' portrayal of NASA's Mercury 7 astronauts.

August 21, 2020

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

Preserving Pathfinder

: A 40 year old NASA space shuttle simulator in need of restoration has been given a boost by the National Park Service. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama has been awarded $500,000 by the Save America's Treasures federal grant program to support the preservation of the Pathfinder space shuttle orbiter that was used to test NASA facilities before going on display.

August 26, 2020

/ 2:25 p.m. CT (1925 GMT)

Gerald Carr, 1932-2020

: The commander of the final mission onboard the first U.S. space station, Skylab, Gerald "Jerry" Carr has died. He was 88. A member of the 1966 astronaut class, Carr led the Skylab 4 crew on a record 84-day-long mission in 1973. Prior to that flight, Carr was in line to walk on the moon, until Apollo 19 was cancelled.

August 26, 2020

/ 6:15 p.m. CT (2315 GMT)

NASA astronaut selection delayed

: NASA has had to revise its timeline for selecting its next class of astronaut candidates due to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus. Originally set for June 2021, NASA's announcement of its 23rd group of astronaut candidates has been delayed to later in the year. The new schedule allows for more time to hold applicant interviews when it is again safe for in-person meetings at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

August 28, 2020

/ 3:00 a.m. CT (0800 GMT)

Skylab 4 OK-bound

: The Oklahoma History Center has begun preparing for the arrival of a historic NASA spacecraft on loan from the Smithsonian. A display case for the Skylab 4 command module was partially installed by a team from the Cosmosphere on Thursday (Aug. 27), ahead of the capsule's delivery in September. The spacecraft had been on exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum.

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