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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.



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