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September 5, 2019

/ 3:00 p.m. CT (2000 GMT)


Astronaut's 'Apo11o'

: Drawing from his 213 days following similar NASA flight plans and inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing mission, Terry Virts created "Apo11o: To the Moon and Back," a new luxury edition of the Apollo 11 Flight Plan. Hand-crafted in leather and 23 karat gold, the limited reproduction is enhanced by a photo essay, new introductions and gate-fold technical drawings.


September 6, 2019

/ 7:35 p.m. CT (1235 GMT Sep 7)


Almost to the moon

: India's first attempt at a moon landing ended prematurely on Friday (Sept. 6), when all communications were lost with the Vikram lander while on its approach to the moon's south polar region. The Vikram lander, part of the ISRO Chandrayaan-2 mission, had been carrying a six-wheeled rover and science payloads to study the presence of water ice on the lunar surface.


September 9, 2019

/ 6:00 a.m. CT (1100 GMT)


Registered AstroVette

: Alan Bean's custom 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is now the 25th automobile to be added to the National Historic Vehicle Register. Painted black over gold to evoke the colors of the lunar module, Bean's Corvette is the last known surviving example of the Apollo 12 crew's matching AstroVettes. The coupe is being exhibited on the National Mall to celebrate its new status.


September 16, 2019

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


Plum proposal

: Ohio's U.S. Senators have introduced legislation to rename NASA Plum Brook Station for the late Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said they are looking to honor Armstrong, a native Ohioan, to ensure that "future generations will be inspired by Neil Armstrong's amazing accomplishments in air and in space."


September 18, 2019

/ 1:15 p.m. CT (1815 GMT)


Gateway logo

: NASA's Gateway, part of the Artemis program to return U.S. astronauts to the moon before ultimately heading to Mars, now has its own logo. The emblem, revealed by the Johnson Space Center, "is a bold look closely aligned with the Artemis brand." The lunar Gateway will serve as a way station for Orion spacecraft and landing vehicles moving between Earth and the moon's surface.


September 20, 2019

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


A coin for Christa

: Congress has passed a bill calling for the U.S. Mint to issue a $1 coin honoring Christa McAuliffe, NASA's "Teacher in Space," who died on board the Challenger in 1986. The commemorative silver coins, to be released in 2021 for the 35th anniversary of the tragedy, will be sold to the public to support FIRST Robotics' efforts to engage children in science and technology opportunities.



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