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August 1, 2021

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


MTV Moon Person x NASA:

MTV marked 40 years on the air by revealing a new take on its iconic VMA "Moon Person" at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Sunday (Aug. 1). The new trophy, designed by artist Kehinde Wiley, uses botanical vines of historical significance to represent inclusivity and diversity. A life-size Moon Person statue now stands in NASA's rocket garden.


August 2, 2021

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


Apollo 15 50th watch:

If all had gone to plan 50 years ago, David Scott would have had no reason to wear a different watch for his third and final Apollo 15 moonwalk. But as history records, and Bulova's new watch celebrates, Scott replaced his NASA-issued chronograph with a personal timepiece. Bulova's new 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Lunar Pilot adds gold-tone accents to its replica of the watch Scott wore while exploring the moon.


August 5, 2021

/ 2:00 p.m. CT (1900 GMT)




MLP tagged:

MotoArt PlaneTags, a popular series of collectible luggage tags made from the metal skin of retired aircraft, now has its first NASA tag made from the steel of Mobile Launch Platform-2 (MLP-2). The historic but now scrapped structure supported Apollo Saturn and space shuttle launches between 1968 and 2011. MotoArt's MLP-2 tags are made from the two tail service masts that stood for 46 shuttle missions and are a limited edition of 20,000.


August 9, 2021

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


Astro Restoration Project:

A volunteer-run effort is bringing a 30-year-old space shuttle payload back to its original glory. The Astro Restoration Project is repairing and reuniting the three ultraviolet telescopes and support hardware for Astro-1 and Astro-2, the astronomy-dedicated Spacelab missions. The Astro payload will be displayed by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and the Smithsonian.


August 10, 2021

/ 9:30 p.m. CT (0230 GMT Aug 11)


Slurpee 'space' flight:

To be clear, the 7-Eleven Slurpee "Space Delivery" that was launched by balloon on Tuesday (Aug. 10) did not reach space. But the Coca-Cola-flavored frozen drink did become the highest flying, convenience store-dispensed beverage in history. The Slurpee flew in a limited edition commemorative cup that labeled the contents as a "Slurpee For All Mankind."


August 11, 2021

/ 11:15 p.m. CT (0415 GMT Aug 12)


Armstrong Test Facility:

Eight months after the name change was signed into law, NASA held a ceremony on Wednesday (Aug. 11) to rededicate its Plum Brook Station as the Neil A. Armstrong Test Facility. The remote site in Sandusky, Ohio, is used to expose spacecraft and rockets to the conditions they will encounter in flight. The renaming honors the late Apollo 11 commander and first moonwalker.


August 16, 2021

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


'Test astronaut':

Grumman test pilot Scott MacLeod not only followed in the footsteps of the Apollo astronauts, he often preceded them in making paths on the moon. Clad in a spacesuit and standing inside a mock lunar module at Grumman's factory, MacLeod offered a play-by-play look at what was happening in space and on the lunar surface for Walter Cronkite and his CBS audience. More than an actor though, it was MacLeod's job to stand-in for the astronauts when it came to developing the lunar lander.


August 19, 2021

/ 4:00 p.m. CT (2100 GMT)


Take the controls:

A Kickstarter campaign by a team of Hollywood artists is offering to produce museum-quality, full-scale replicas of the Apollo command module control panel featuring every switch, knob and indicator illuminated like the original. The replica was designed using NASA blueprints and 3D scans of the Apollo 11 spacecraft.


August 24, 2021

/ 2:00 p.m. CT (1900 GMT)


Tianwen-1 tokens:

The People's Bank of China is set to release three commemorative coins in celebration of the nation's first Mars mission. The Tianwen-1 gold and silver coins each depict a different aspect of the mission, including entering orbit, landing and exploring the surface. The coins' release on Monday (Aug. 30) coincides with the successful completion of the Zhurong rover's primary 30-Martian-day mission and the start of extended operations.


August 26, 2021

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


Space Pen enters Hall of Fame:

The only pen to be aboard every crewed NASA flight since Apollo 7 is being honored with entry into Space Foundation's Space Technology Hall of Fame. Founded by Paul C. Fisher in 1966, the Fisher Space Pen uses gas, rather than gravity, to keep its ink flowing. The Hall of Fame honors individuals and companies who have adapted technologies originally developed for use in outer space to enhance life on Earth.


August 26, 2021

/ 12:35 p.m. CT (1735 GMT)


Fly your own New Shepard:

Now you can launch your own Blue Origin New Shepard rocket from your backyard. The commercial spaceflight company has partnered with the model rocket company Estes Industries to offer a ready-to-fly 1:66 model of the suborbital booster and crew capsule. Each model rocket comes with a Club for the Future postcard that Blue Origin will fly on a New Shepard flight to space and then return to its sender as a keepsake.


August 27, 2021

/ 1:45 p.m. CT (1845 GMT)


Clothing label launch:

A new clothing label is redefining what it means to be "high end." The Space Collective is sending NASA logo-adorned labels to spend (at least) six months outside of the International Space Station in among a platform full of experiments. The cloth tags, once returned to Earth, will then be sewn to t-shirts and hoodies for purchase. Available for sale now, the limited edition tags (and a stash of flags) will come with flight documentation.



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