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September 2, 2021

/ 7:25 p.m. CT (0025 GMT Sep 3)

From observer to administrator:

NASA's 14th administrator returned to his roots this week, visiting the Johnson Space Center for the first time since he was sworn into office. Bill Nelson previously reported to the center as a congressional observer training for his 1986 flight on the space shuttle. Despite the memories, Nelson's focus on this trip was the role Johnson is playing in NASA's future.

September 8, 2021

/ 12:30 a.m. CT (0530 GMT)

Images of Apollo:

J.L. Pickering's archives are one of the reasons why claims of never-before-seen NASA photos are almost always false. A private archivist with a collection of over 150,000 vintage prints and a reputation for uncovering rare spaceflight photography, Pickering has now consigned a small selection of perhaps the most iconic astronaut photos to Heritage Auctions. "Images of Apollo" opened for bids Tuesday (Sept. 7) and concludes Sept. 24.

September 10, 2021

/ 10:00 a.m. CT (1500 GMT)

The camera that captured 9/11 from orbit:

Twenty years after it was used to capture the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, astronaut Frank Culbertson's camera has been put on display. As the only American to be off the planet at the time, Culbertson was in a unique position to photograph the scene from aboard the International Space Station. The camera is on exhibit at the Cosmosphere in Kansas through the end of the month.

September 12, 2021

/ 2:15 p.m. CT (1915 GMT)

All-international EVA:

Akihiko Hoshide and Thomas Pesquet made history on Sunday (Sep. 12) as the first international crewmates to perform a spacewalk without an American or Russian at their side. The Japanese and French astronauts assembled and installed the mount for a new solar array outside of the International Space Station. The EVA was also the first to be filmed using a custom 3D, 360-degree VR camera for the ISS Experience production.

September 14, 2021

/ 2:15 p.m. CT (1915 GMT)

From Etsy to Earth orbit:

The four people set to fly on the privately-funded, all-amateur Inspiration4 mission have packed a stash of personal items and memorabilia to serve as mementos of their flight and a fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. From a miniature of their SpaceX spacecraft to a moonwalker's autograph, the items are as varied in their choice as the crew themselves.

September 15, 2021

/ 7:25 p.m. CT (0025 GMT Sep 16)

Inspiration4 launches:

The world's first all-amateur space crew is now in orbit, having lifted off on the Inspiration4 mission aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon. Commander Jared Isaacman, pilot Sian Proctor, medical officer Hayley Arceneaux and mission specialist Chris Sembroski will spend three days collecting medical data, viewing Earth and fundraising for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

September 15, 2021

/ 11:30 p.m. CT (0430 GMT Sep 16)

Space puppy:

Within three hours of it being revealed by the Inspiration4 crew, replicas of the mission's zero-g indicator, a plush space puppy, had sold out from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's online gift shop. Named "Jude," the Gund doll was modeled after the hospital's two facility golden retrievers. Sales of the toy, which is clad in a white spacesuit, benefit St. Jude's cancer studies and care.

September 17, 2021

/ 1:00 a.m. CT (0600 GMT)

Shenzhou 12 lands:

China's first crewed mission to its new space station came to an end Friday (Sep. 17) with the landing of the Shenzhou 12 spacecraft in the Gobi Desert. Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo spent 90 days on board the Tianhe core module, setting a new record for time in space by Chinese astronauts while outfitting the new outpost and conducting two spacewalks.

September 17, 2021

/ 10:20 p.m. CT (0320 GMT Sep 18)

'The Wonderful':

Director Clare Lewins has nothing but respect for the engineering that went into assembling the International Space Station, but that is not the "wonderful" she found when making "The Wonderful: Stories From the Space Station," now available on digital platforms worldwide. Lewins focused her attention to the people who have lived on the orbiting outpost and in turn, found what connects the astronauts and cosmonauts to all of humanity.

September 18, 2021

/ 6:25 p.m. CT (2330 GMT)

Inspiration4 lands:

Three days after leaving Earth to orbit higher than the Hubble Space Telescope, the Inspiration4 crew returned to the planet, splashing down aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon "Resilience" on Saturday (Sep. 18). Jared Issacman, Sian Proctor, Hayley Arceneaux and Chris Sembroski spent the privately-funded mission raising funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, collecting medical data, calling celebrities, and looking down at Earth.

September 20, 2021

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

Space food:

Just a brief space elevator ride away, Space 220 opened Monday (Sep. 20) at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center offering a truly unique (g)astronomical experience. Located in the Mission: SPACE pavilion, the restaurant, set aboard the space station Centauri, features a space-inspired menu and virtual view of Earth from orbit.

September 21, 2021

/ 11:00 a.m. CT (1600 GMT)

Rollerball rollout:

Retro 51 has launched sales of its new Space Shuttle Enterprise Tornado, a limited edition rollerball pen that reproduces the look of the winged orbiter. Produced in partnership with the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, the $60 pen can be purchased through Retro 51's retailers or with a print autographed by Enterprise commander Fred Haise through the foundation.

September 22, 2021

/ 6:45 p.m. CT (2345 GMT)

The real space behind Space 220:

The concepts behind Disney's new Space 220 restaurant were developed by imagineers rather than NASA engineers, but that does not mean it is all fantasy. Guests dining aboard the Centauri space station in Earth orbit should be on the lookout for several subtle (and not-so-subtle) nods to NASA's history and the International Space Station.

September 27, 2021

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

Missing moon rock found:

There is still a lot unknown as to what happened to a piece of the moon that was gifted to the state of Louisiana and then went missing sometime in the last 48 years. What we do know is that the state's Apollo 17 goodwill moon rock display was found in a Florida garage sale and saved thanks to a broken gun.

September 29, 2021

/ 12:30 p.m. CT (1730 GMT)

Little People Sally Ride:

Fisher-Price's new Little People Collector "Inspiring Women" set includes a 2.5-inch-tall toy figure of astronaut Sally Ride. Chosen for her role as America's first woman to fly into space, Ride is honored alongside figures for poet Maya Angelou, civil rights activist Rosa Parks and aviator Amelia Earhart. The set depicts the late Ride in her shuttle flight suit as she wore in 1983.

September 30, 2021

/ 1:00 p.m. CT (1800 GMT)

Zero-G Skittles:

Skittles is putting its new guarantee — "Now floats in space!" — to the test with a sweepstakes for a zero-g flight and bags of Zero-G Skittles. First announced in July in celebration of the candy's launch on Blue Origin's New Shepard, the limited edition packs of Planet Pineapple, Rocket Raspberry and Berry Blast-flavor candies are Skittles' first blue and purple only mix. To enter, fans only need to buy a Skittles product from Amazon and register the order on the Skittles In Space contest website.

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