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September 1, 2015

/ 8:30 a.m. CT (1330 GMT)


Unearthing the NASA worm

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Brought back to Earth 40 years after it was designed, and more than two decades after it was lost, the NASA Graphics Standards Manual Reissue celebrates the 1970s book that redefined the space agency's visual identity for a generation. The design reference, created by Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn, introduced the NASA "worm" logo that replaced the NASA "meatball" until 1992. The reissue, organized by designers Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth, is being offered through a Kickstarter campaign launched on Tuesday (Sept. 1).


September 1, 2015

/ 11:50 p.m. CT (0450 GMT Sept. 2)


TMA-18M to space station

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Russia's Soyuz TMA-18M has lifted off on a two-day journey to the International Space Station to change out crew members and swap out spacecraft. Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, Andreas Mogensen of the European Space Agency (and Denmark's first astronaut in space) and cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov of Kazakhstan's space agency KazCosmos will increase the station's crew to nine for eight days prior to Mogensen and Aimbetov returning with cosmonaut Gennady Padalka.


September 4, 2015

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


NASA and 'The Martian'

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"...it does indeed look very realistic, there are a lot of realistic elements in it and it's very much appreciated from a NASA perspective," said Jim Green, NASA's director of planetary science, about Ridley Scott's new film, "The Martian," opening in theaters on Oct. 2. Green and Scott, together with NASA astronaut Drew Feustel, actor Matt Damon ("astronaut Matt Watney") and author Andrew Weir, met recently to discuss Mars, the movie, and making space exploration "smart and cool."


September 4, 2015

/ 10:40 p.m. CT (0340 GMT Sep 5)




Welcome the 'Starliner'

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Boeing celebrated the opening of its new Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility (C3PF) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center by revealing the new name it chose for its space capsule that will be assembled in the renovated space shuttle-era hangar. The structural test article for the CST-100 'Starliner' is now coming together in the C3PF, to be followed by the first of three capsules that will fly into space beginning in 2017.


September 8, 2015

/ 3:10 p.m. CT (2010 GMT)


Six months on station, and to Mars

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Scott Kelly and the crew on board the International Space Station Tuesday (Sept. 8) spoke with reporters about life on the orbiting laboratory and how it compares with future missions to Mars, both real and fictional. Kelly, who is almost half way through his nearly year-long mission, has logged about the same amount of time as it takes to fly from Earth to Mars, but the psych level differs between experiences, he said.


September 9, 2015

/ 7:30 p.m. CT (0030 GMT)


Train like 'The Martian'

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Mark Watney, as a crew member on NASA's Ares III mission to Mars, has endorsed Under Armour for being "the perfect company to help us as we press forward." Now, the public can train like "The Martian," thanks to Under Armour introducing a new line of Ares 3 "official mission gear." A video teaser released on Wednesday (Sept. 9) shows Watney (as portrayed by Matt Damon) training while wearing Under Armour sportswear.


September 10, 2015

/ 7:55 p.m. CT (0055 GMT)


Inside Crew Dragon

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SpaceX has offered a first look inside its Crew Dragon, the capsule it is building to fly astronauts to and from the space station and other destinations starting in the next two to three years. The black and white stark cabin features suede-lined seats, four windows and digital displays to monitor the Dragon's systems.


September 11, 2015

/ 8:00 p.m. CT (0100 GMT)


TMA-16M lands

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A Russian cosmonaut with more time in space than any other person in history returned to Earth on Friday (Sept. 11) together with the first Dane in space and the first cosmonaut in the Kazakh corps. Soyuz TMA-16M returned from the International Space Station to a safe landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan with Gennady Padalka, Andreas Mogensen and Aidyn Aimbetov.


September 15, 2015

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


171 days down, 171 days to go

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Year-long mission crew members Scott Kelly of NASA and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos logged their 171st day living, working and collecting data onboard the International Space Station on Tuesday (Sept. 15). They have 171 days to go. On their halfway point, the two said they were feeling positive about the rest of their mission, which is focused on learning more about how their bodies react to long duration spaceflight.


September 16, 2015

/ 12:15 p.m. CT (1715 GMT)


'The Martian' lands at NASA

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Two stars of the new 20th Century Fox film "The Martian" came to Johnson Space Center on Tuesday (Sept. 15), where they got a firsthand look at the progress toward NASA's journey to Mars and met their movie characters' real-life counterparts. The cast members, Sebastian Stan (Ares III mission astronaut and flight Chris Beck) and Mackenzie Davis (satellite com engineer Mindy Park) took a spin in a prototype planetary rover and spoke to astronauts aboard the space station.


September 17, 2015

/ 4:05 p.m. CT (2105 GMT)


The Eagle lands, again

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The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum has moved its original Apollo lunar module to the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall, making it the latest addition to the gallery as part of its two-year renovation. The lander, which will represent the Apollo 11 lunar module in its final configuration, was moved from the building's east end to create a dramatic centerpiece for the prestigious Milestones hall. This was the first time that the artifact was moved since the museum opened in 1976.


September 18, 2015

/ 8:05 a.m. CT (1305 GMT)


'Cosmonauts' launches in London

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Billed as the greatest ever exhibition of Soviet-era spacecraft and artifacts to be shown outside of Russia, "Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age" opened Friday (Sep. 18) at the Science Museum in London. Featuring more than 150 objects from the archives of the Russian space program, "Cosmonauts" includes the Vostok capsule that launched the first woman into space and the most complete example of a Soviet LK moon lander still in existence. The exhibition, which covers the full history of Russia in space, runs through March.


September 21, 2015

/ 4:35 p.m. CT (2135 GMT)


O Columbia

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"O Columbia," a new chamber opera from the Houston Grand Opera about the risk and wonder of exploration debuts on Wednesday (Sep. 23). Inspired by interviews with astronauts and engineers, "O Columbia" traces a history of dreamers and explorers, from Sir Walter Raleigh to a teenager's heartbreak with a shuttle astronaut, to future crew members venturing into the solar system.


September 22, 2015

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


From flight crew to Flight

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NASA selected five new flight directors on Monday (Sep. 21) including the first-ever flight crew member to be named Flight. Timothy "TJ" Creamer was chosen as an astronaut in 1998 and lived for 161 days on board the International Space Station in 2010. A former payload operations director, Creamer and his four classmates will help lead teams of controllers, engineering experts and support personnel from within the Christopher C. Kraft, Jr. Mission Control Center in Houston.


September 25, 2015

/ 5:00 a.m. CT (1000 GMT)


Fireball Run: Space Race

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Astronauts from the U.S., Brazil, India and France are set to launch on a 'space race' Sunday (Sep. 27) in support of finding missing children. The 9th season of the Fireball Run, a road rally trivia game, will take astronauts Jon McBride, Marcos Pontes, Rakesh Sharma and Jean-Loup Chretien, along with others competing, on a 2,000-mile, 8-day adventure to take part in challenges and give out missing child posters as they race from Hartford, Connecticut to Florida's Space Coast.


September 28, 2015

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


Water flowing on Mars

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New findings from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have offered the strongest evidence yet that liquid water is flowing intermittently on present-day Mars. Researchers have found the chemical signatures of hydrated salts on steep slopes where streaks are seen on the planet. "This is a significant development, as it appears to confirm water, albeit briny, is flowing today on the surface of Mars," stated John Grunsfeld, astronaut and NASA's associate administrator for science.


September 29, 2015

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


'Apollo: The Panoramas'

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A new book, now being funded on Kickstarter, presents a wide look at the photographs taken by astronauts while on the moon. "Apollo: The Panoramas" by Mike Constantine of Moonpans, contains more than 50 lunar surface panoramas, each spanning two full pages, with detailed descriptions and the comments of four moonwalkers. The panoramas provide "a much better sense of 'being there,'" Constantine told collectSPACE.


September 30, 2015

/ 10:30 a.m. CT (1530 GMT)


Time to sell

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Beginning Oct. 15, RR Auction of Boston will offer for sale the only privately owned wristwatch to be worn on the surface of the moon. David Scott, the commander of NASA's Apollo 15 mission in 1971, used the Bulova watch after his NASA-issued Omega Speedmaster broke. The unique timepiece was declared unauthorized for flight, unknown of by the public and then misidentified until last year, when Scott came forward with the details of the make and model of the wristwatch he wore on the moon.



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