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/ 12:00 p.m. CT (1700 GMT)
Air and Space reopening:
After six months being closed to the public, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will reopen half of its Washington, D.C. flagship building on Oct. 14. More than midway into a seven-year renovation, eight reimagined galleries are set to debut including "Destination Moon," focused on the Apollo moon landings, and "Exploring the Planets" with new interactives.
/ 1:25 a.m. CT (0625 GMT)
Giant leap for lambkind:
Among the many items flying on the Artemis I moon mission is an unusually clever Shropshire lamb. Shaun, the title character from the television series "Shaun the Sheep," is launching in the OFK (Official Flight Kit) at the request of ESA (European Space Agency). Working with Aardman, the animation studio that created the stop motion sheep, ESA is using Shaun to help raise awareness of its contributions to the lunar orbit flight.
/ 11:00 a.m. CT (1600 GMT)
Senator's space collection:
After 30 years championing the Hubble Space Telescope on Capitol Hill, retired Sen. Barbara Mikulski is donating her space memorabilia collection to the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. The collection, which includes photos, drawings and models, features signed presentation by two of the space shuttle crews that serviced the Hubble in orbit.
/ 2:00 p.m. CT (1900 GMT)
Webb stamp for sale:
The USPS (United States Postal Service) is now accepting pre-orders for its James Webb Space Telescope postage stamp. Set for release on Sept. 8, the new Forever stamp depicts the infrared observatory set against a starscape. In addition to sheets of stamps, the USPS is also selling first day of issue covers and accepting RSVPs for the official first day ceremony.
/ 9:15 a.m. CT (1415 GMT)
'For All Mankind' season finale:
The third season of the alternate space history series "For All Mankind" reaches its end on Friday (Aug 12) in an episode set both on Earth and on Mars. Showrunners Ben Nedivi and Matt Wolpert spoke with collectSPACE about the history driving this season's major developments and what is still to come.
/ 6:15 p.m. CT (2315 GMT)
The beagle has landed (again):
Snoopy, the "world famous astronaut" and comic strip beagle, is returning to space and the walls at NASA on a new poster promoting Artemis I mission success. The "Around the Moon and Home Again" employee motivational poster is based on an earlier design created for a Space Center Houston exhibit.
/ 4:45 p.m. CT (2145 GMT)
'A long way from the Apollo sites':
NASA on Friday (Aug. 19) revealed the 13 possible regions near the lunar south pole where the next astronauts may land on the moon. The candidate areas were identified by scientists and engineers for their ability to support a safe touchdown, while also meeting the science goals of NASA's Artemis III mission. All of the regions are in walking distance of craters that may hold water ice trapped in the shadow of the Sun.
/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)
Sally Ride ornament:
A new ornament from the U.S. Mint celebrates the first American woman to fly into space with an example of the quarter issued in her honor at its center. The Dr. Sally Ride 2022 American Women Quarters Ornament, for sale beginning on Friday (Aug. 26), is hand-crafted in solid brass and limited to 5,000 pieces.
/ 10:55 a.m. CT (1555 GMT)
Artemis Moon Doughnut:
The moon really is made of cheese... cake, and smothered in Cookies n' Kreme icing, at least according to Krispy Kreme, which is celebrating NASA's launch to the moon with a new, one-day-only Artemis Moon Doughnut. Set to coincide with the Artemis I mission's liftoff, the doughnut will go on sale Monday (Aug. 29), unless NASA decides to delay the launch by Saturday.
/ 10:05 a.m. CT (1505 GMT)
Artemis I launch scrub:
NASA's first try at launching the Artemis I mission to the moon ended in a scrub on Monday (Aug. 29) as a result of a rocket engine cooling issue. The countdown was in an unplanned hold at T-40 minutes when launch director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson called the attempt off. Engineers are studying the problem, which involved the flow of liquid hydrogen to condition the engines at the bottom of the Space Launch System rocket.
/ 9:35 p.m. CT (0135 GMT Aug 31)
Artemis I try two:
NASA has set Saturday (Sept. 3) for its second attempt at launching the Artemis I moon mission. Data collected during Monday's scrub suggests what was thought to be an engine issue was the result of a faulty sensor instead. The two-hour launch window on Saturday opens at 2:17 p.m. EDT (1817 GMT) and results in a 38-day trip around the moon splashing down Oct. 11.
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