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September 4, 2003 / 8:07 a.m. ET
Space Unit meeting: The Space Unit of the American Philatelic Society will host their national meeting on September 20, in conjunction with the National Stamp Exhibition at the Valley Forge (PA) Convention Center. You do not have to be a member to attend, just have an interest in space stamps or covers.
September 4, 2003 / 9:43 p.m. ET
Appraisals by Aurora: Representatives from Aurora Galleries will be at The Space Store in Houston for two days beginning September 10, offering free appraisals of space and aviation memorabilia. They will also accept consignments for their November auction.
September 5, 2003 / 6:40 p.m. ET
Moon Shot sharpened: The skilled artists at Code 3 Collectibles have been hard at work perfecting their next release, Alan Shepard's "Moon Shot". Today, they sent over a few images of the latest revision, including new details added to the front of the suit. Next week, we will publish an exclusive first look at a new series of Code 3 models and provide you an opportunity to win them.
September 6, 2003 / 10:04 p.m. ET
Chocolate-covered space models: From Japan, the same country that brought us bubblegum-packed space models, now comes mini-spacecraft embedded within chocolate candies. Apollo Maniacs reports that the Furata company is now distributing a space-themed version of their popular 'Choco Egg' series. Models include a Saturn V, Explorer 1, Lunar Prospector, and the Space Shuttle Discovery. The level of detail however does not compare to the earlier released Kaiyodo's StarTales, which are now available for order through the Apollo Maniacs website.
September 6, 2003 / 10:22 p.m. ET
Martha Stewart on space collecting: The current issue of Martha Stewart Kids profiles the astronaut autograph collection of Anna Walsh. The daughter of collectSPACE member William Walsh, Anna is featured over two pages including an interview and a gallery of her signed photos.
September 8, 2003 / 9:21 p.m. ET
Touring Mars: Put away the telescope and get out the hiking shoes, as you will soon be on a trek across the Martian planitia. First though, you'll need to plan your trip. As Larry McGlynn writes, the "Traveler's Guide to Mars" by planetary scientist and space artist William Hartmann will lead you through Mars' features, step-by-step.
September 10, 2003 / 8:38 a.m. ET
Space models workshop: Code 3 Collectibles has provided us an exclusive first look at a trio of new models to be introduced as part of their National Air and Space Museum Collection. Share with us what you think about their Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft with detailed interiors, and you might just win one of each!
September 10, 2003 / 3:50 p.m. ET
Space at Superior: Long before Christie's, Aurora, or Swann entered the space memorabilia market, there was Superior Galleries of Beverly Hills' bi-annual space sales. That tradition came to a close two years ago, followed soon after by Superior's acquisition by Regency Stamps. Today, Sr. Vice President Alan Lipkin announced that Superior is preparing a return to space artifact auctions, beginning with their upcoming October 11, sale.
September 11, 2003 / 5:45 p.m. ET
Canadians are coming: As we reported nearly a year ago, the Canadian Post plans to release on October 1, eight stamps honoring Canadian astronauts. The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada has published a first look at the postage, which features circular portraits of each of the astronauts in their orange pressure suits.
September 11, 2003 / 6:56 p.m. ET
Walt's Tomorrowland: On December 2, Buena Vista Home Entertainment will release "Walt's Tomorrowland", a two-disc DVD set comprising four Disney telecasts produced in cooperation with Wernher von Braun ("Man In Space," "Man And The Moon," "Mars And Beyond," and "Eyes In Outer Space"). Also included is the theatrical short "Our Friend The Atom", an interview with futurist and author Ray Bradbury, and Walt's last film, "EPCOT". Featuring introductions by film historian Leonard Maltin, the collection will come packaged in a limited edition tin and include a collectible lithograph.
September 13, 2003 / 3:51 p.m. ET
Boggs' bibliography: Boggs SpaceBooks announced today that they have published to their website noted space historian Frederick Ordway III's 1962 "Annotated Bibliography of Space Science and Technology; A History of Astronautical Book Literature, 1931 through 1961". The newly hyperlinked bibliography lists 300 books along with a short description of each.
September 16, 2003 / 10:17 a.m. ET
Columbia trust, IMAX tribute: In the first of two space related announcements at the National Press Club today (return later this afternoon for news of the second), NASA Adminstrator Sean O'Keefe joined Richard Gelfond of the IMAX Corporation to formally inaugurate the Columbia Memorial Trust Fund to support the families of the crew. As one of its first activities, the Trust is planning to host an evening at the National Air and Space Museum on February 2, where an IMAX movie tribute to the Columbia (currently under development) will be screened.
September 16, 2003 / 5:58 p.m. ET
Coming soon to a city near you: "SPACE: A Journey To Our Future", a new traveling exhibit presented by General Motors, Lockheed Martin and Space Day, in full collaboration with NASA, was announced this afternoon during a luncheon held for reporters at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Targeted at students, SPACE will bring 12,000 square feet of educational exhibits to 15 cities nationwide over the next five years, beginning with Seattle, Washington on November 22.
September 17, 2003 / 9:41 a.m. ET
Unearthing the Dyna-Soar: With not so much as a (structural) skeleton remaining for study, it might have been that the USAF Dyna-Soar would be forgotten to history. Fortunately, Apogee Books' Robert Godwin has compiled the documents relating to the space plane's development with rare footage of its construction and testing into Dyna-Soar: Hypersonic Strategic Weapons System. Reviewer Roger Guillemette compares the X-20 to the development of the Orbital Space Plane.
September 18, 2003 / 10:47 a.m. ET
As seen on collectSPACE: As was first debuted during our exclusive workshop, Code 3 Collectibles' new trio of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo models is now available for order. Expected to start shipping in December, the $68 Friendship 7, $68 Gemini IV and $96 Columbia can also be purchased as a set, saving $40.
Code 3 Collectibles has also begun taking orders today for the $132 "Moon Shot" replica of Alan Shepard. All four models are limited to 3000 pieces each. In regards to the feedback received from our readers during the workshop, Code 3 Collectibles has acknowledged that some of your suggestions have been accepted and are being applied.
September 20, 2003 / 12:24 a.m. ET
Caveat, comrade: A new Russian e-mail scam targets space memorabilia collectors, offering autographs and hardware copied from valid eBay auctions operated by other dealers. The scam takes advantage of money wire services that cannot be traced (e.g. Western Union).
September 21, 2003 / 8:09 p.m. ET
Lost spacecraft: Galileo's 14 year mission came to an end this afternoon, when the spacecraft passed into Jupiter's shadow then disintegrated in the planet's dense atmosphere at 2:57pm EDT. Galileo was purposely put on a collision course with the planet to eliminate any chance of an unwanted impact on Jupiter's moon Europa, which Galileo discovered is likely to have a subsurface ocean.
September 22, 2003 / 7:48 p.m. ET
Moon rocks returned, debunked: Apollo moon rocks made headlines twice today. First, Sante Fe, New Mexico resident Susan Torres learned that the baseball-sized rocks she believed were Apollo 11 samples gifted to her late mother by fellow geologist Arnold Brokaw, and which were recently stolen from her home, were likely replicas commonly presented by NASA as a reward to geologists who worked on analyizing the samples.
Then, this afternoon, NASA Adminstrator Sean O'Keefe formally returned a fragment of the "Goodwill Rock" to the people of Honduras, five years after it was recovered by undercover buyers, including former NASA Special Agent and collectSPACE contributor Joseph Gutheinz.
September 24, 2003 / 3:27 p.m. ET
New from New Ware: New Ware's space kit series will expand soon with a new line of 1/24 scale resin astronaut kits, the first of which, "Last Men On The Moon" can be ordered now. Based on the designs of Ignacio Bernacer, "Last Men" depicts Cernan and Schmitt during Apollo 17. Next to be released is Alexei Leonov and Ed White, II, as the "World's First Spacewalkers".
September 25, 2003 / 8:56 a.m. ET
Gemini's front porch: The white room that once served as the bridge for astronauts crossing from Complex 19 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to their ride into space, the Gemini spacecraft was moved yesterday from a restoration area to a display area of the Air Force Space and Missile Museum, reports Florida Today. It has taken five years to complete the restoration, and it will require on-going care due to its exposure to the corrosive ocean environment. The public can view the white room as part of the "Then and Now" tour offered at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
September 27, 2003 / 1:54 a.m. ET
Voskhod 5 cosmonaut dies: Selected with two fellow doctors to train for space flight in 1965, Yuri Senkevich was to have flown aboard Voskhod 5 before his mission was canceled. Departing the program in 1966, he became a filmmaker and served as host on "Traveler's Club", the longest running TV show in Russia. Senkevich collapsed Thursday at age 66 from heart failure at his studio.
September 27, 2003 / 2:16 a.m. ET
Geminis on the move: The Kansas Comosphere and Space Center is about to become grand central station for no less than three Gemini spacecraft. When all is said and done, Gemini 3A will depart Kansas for St. Louis, in return for Gemini 6A, which will be restored and sent to Oklahoma. Meanwhile, Gemini 10 will arrive from Norway, will also go under restoration and then will go on display.
September 29, 2003 / 9:04 a.m. ET
Mitchell honors Grissom: The boyhood home of Virgil "Gus" Grissom has been renovated to reopen as a museum, reports the Associated Press. Relatives of the late astronaut gathered in Mitchell, Indiana, on Saturday for a dedication of the restored house. The museum will be opened to the public in the spring.
September 29, 2003 / 11:56 a.m. ET
Rendezvous in Houston: On October 24, astronauts, celebrities, congressmen, and former President George Bush will gather in Houston for a black tie gala to raise funds for the Challenger Learning Center Network. In addition to individual and corporate sponsorships "Cosmic Rendezvous - An Evening Among The Stars" will also raise funds through a live auction, featuring among other lots a 13 by 8 foot mural of the Space Shuttle Columbia, signed by the 20+ astronauts in attendance.
September 29, 2003 / 9:55 p.m. ET
Lovell signing scheduled: Novaspace Galleries has announced on their website that astronaut James Lovell will visit with them in Tucson, Arizona, to sign items mailed in by collectors. Base price per autograph is $150, with all items due to Novaspace by November 4.
September 30, 2003 / 8:29 a.m. ET
45 years of NASA: Beginning today, NASA will use its television channel and website to present a multimedia tour of the agency's history. Then tomorrow at 1:00pm, Administrator Sean O'Keefe will host a 45th anniversary live broadcast, with educator astronaut Barbara Morgan discussing the future of space exploration.